Intro To Cinema 4D Tutorial Series

July 11, 2013

Comprehensive Training

Greyscalegorilla’s tutorials are formed around the idea that training should be fun, educational, beautiful, and free. We have made over two-hundred tutorials in the last 4 years. We have a few intro videos that go over some of the basics. But, we have never made a comprehensive series of tutorials that really gave a broad introduction to Cinema 4D. We have now.


It’s Time

If you are an artist or a Motion Designer, it’s probably time you get more familiar with 3D if you haven’t already. Clients and employers expect more than just 2D animation skills. And, for artists and Motion Designers Cinema 4D is quickly becoming the standard for 3D software that is made with creative people in mind.

You Have The Power

You no longer NEED to have a huge computer to start using these tools. Even many laptops are now powerful enough to get started playing. It’s easy to see with all these things happening that adding 3D to your Motion Graphics workflow is getting more accessible.

20 Hours Of Video: Get Started

So, with all this in mind, we created a full Cinema 4D training series for anyone just getting started with Cinema 4D or for someone that has been only focusing on one aspect of the program and want’s a more well rounded education. Chris Schmidt delivers high-quality education that stem from his over 10 years of professional Cinema 4D training experience. He focuses on not only teaching you how to do things, but also WHY you are learning it so you can apply it to your projects later.

Full Project Series

One of the best ways to learn any piece of software is to use it in a real project. So, after the basic intro training series, watch our full project tutorial series to make a fully animated scene in Cinema 4D using all your new skills including mograph, animation, modeling, lighting, Dynamics and Rendering.

Tutorial Example

We have put a lot of time into this series to make this the best training series out there for Cinema 4D. I hope you love it. Happy Learning!

Start Learning Cinema 4D

  • Mark Somerville July 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    This is FANTASTIC. Without doubt the best tutorial series I have seen. I have learnt a lot from watching this. Chris you should some techniques I have never seen before. Using lights to create dust. Nick I loved how you brought it all together with the lighting . I cant thank you both enough for putting the time in you both did for this . You both deserve a huge round of applause…

  • Woohoo! Huge work out there! And the representation is just charming!

    You guys definitely set the new rules of tutorial world.. and by giving all them for free..!

    Just keep doing what yo do guys! ๐Ÿ™‚ Cinema 4D user community needs you!

  • I’m glad you’re doing this. I think it could help a lot of people. Right now theyre just a little square in the tutorial page, are you planning on making them a little easier to find?

    • Yeah. We have some plans of featuring our larger series like this one, the Cineware series and our upcoming After Effects page we are making.

      • Nick, I believe there are more users like me that using Cinema 4D for some time, but still very beginner for After Effects, and still don’t know the actual possibilities of what can be done in AE, when being a mainly C4D user.

        So, we need an individual After Effects page that telling the story from beginning..

        • Kerim, I’m with you – AE scares the beejeezus out of me, but I know I need to pull my finger out and just do it – A little, gentle persuasion might just do the trick… and let’s face it, if anyone can do it, it’s this bunch of guys…

          Keep up the good work boys (and girls)!

          • actually there are like millions of AE tuts on the internet. and if you are looking like a web site like this, try Andrew Kramer is like Nick Campbell of After Effects. plenty of plug-in’s he made, and tutorials from basic to advanced, so this site doesn’t need a AE tuts. also you can try

          • there is a french guy who does tuts for AE users :
            somme tuts are free (and interesting !)

          • Jรธrgen Hรฅland July 13, 2013 at 4:20 pm

            Video Copilot even have a basic site for AE:

          • Jonathan Marais July 19, 2013 at 3:35 am

            Ha Ha… So funny. Im new to this site and C4D and the ways I was directed to Grayscale Gorilla was “Nick Campbell is like the Andrew Kramer of C4D”.

            Video Copilot is nothing short of BRILLIANT! I have learned every ounce of my AE knowledge from that site and Andrew Kramer is a genius… And funny as hell too… If Grayscale Gorilla is HALF as good as Video Copilot then I think I am gonna be spending a lot of time on here ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to it

          • Jonathan, i’m sure you are going to love this site. Sure Andrew is funny as hell and is genius. Trust me GSG team is the same, funny and pretty instructive tutorials, they not only give you the technical information but also help you to improve your creativty, which is imho much valuable than the information. videocopilot and greyscalegorilla deserve to be glorified. thanks them all.

      • Please tell us more about these projects

  • At first i was like.. ‘Oh man they’re also doing tutorial packs to pay’ ..

    Then i checked it.. wait no price? Holy CRAP it’s FREE! Awesome!

    Thank you so much for this!

    • I replied to this comment because it is exactly how I feel ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thanks for all the tutorials past and present. I am a long time fan.

      I have one small request, please be aware that not all of us beginners/intermediates have access to the full C4d. With the Visualize version I am missing all the dynamics tags that Chris so ably demonstrated as well as the MoGraph module. I know all I have to do is fork over more bucks, but . . .

      • It’s true that not everyone has all the tools, but all the fun stuff I love to teach tends to fall into the broadcast/studio package. That’s why I started out with how to download the demo version of C4D Studio so everyone can follow along no matter what version they have. Hope it’s still useful for you!

    • I concur! This is fantastic, I am very grateful and appreciative that you and your team put together these resources for the greater good of the C4D learning community!
      Thank you so much!

  • “fun, educational, beautiful, and free.”

    I love the’re great and fun .i love your job what you do for c4d worldwide community.
    push harder

    sebastien a french guy..
    see ya.

  • Giridhar Sharma July 11, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Again, amazing stuff you guys.
    Kudos and thanks for this. It should be helpful for the starters and intermediates (like me) to get along with the core fundamentals of the software.

    Later on, can you please also make some tutorial/s on how to use Cinema4D for 2D kind of Infographic/Data visualization stuffs Or say for live action CG motion graphics (something like this –


  • Looks great…. a great idea.. When I was watching the Cinema 4d lite intro, I was thinking to myself its a great video to introduce beginners and would be great for full licence cinema 4d too.. Now you have done it..

    also there is a slight type “You no longer NEED to have a huge computer to use start using these tools. ”

    Maybe remove the word “use”

  • Thanks for helping me put the images in my head someplace where they can be seen. You guys are what the Internet is all about. Michael p.s. I am a large man. Can I copy your logo and put it on an XXLT shirt?

  • Ready to have my brain explode. This is exactly what I have been waiting for. Awesome!

  • great work guys, thank you!!!

  • Great work guys! Fantastic to see such a great resource available to the community.

    Keep it up ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Is anyone else having trouble viewing these, i click on it, and all i get is a daisy wheel. I’ve given it 5 mins or so, thinking that they might be rather large vidoes, but it does nothing, am i alone here?

    • Same problem here dude, and no answers

      • Can you guys tell me which browser/OS you’re using? I made a few updates, so this issue should be resolved. Sorry about that!

        • i had the same problem, tried to open it on latest versiosn of chrome, internet explorer and firefox, also 2 of my friends tried, one on macintosh, didn’t work.

        • Same here. Browser makes no difference. Was working on firefox though till i made a Flash-Player Update, so it might have to do something with that Update.
          (I’m on a Mac / OS 10.8.2)

        • btw i’m using Windows 8, one of my friends on Windows 7 and another one on Os X Mountain Lion.

        • Just came across these tutorials and am massively impressed. I’m having the same issue with videos not playing but only when behind a proxy. Fine at home, spinning wheel at work (school). Are there specific settings for the proxy to allow the videos to play?

  • Thank you so much for putting this series together! I’ve been dabbling in Cinema 4D for a while now, but have been lacking certain technical fundamentals. This course will definitely add a strong base to my C4D skill set!

  • Blown away on how much time you guys put into helping others learn and make a living off of the knowledge you have passed on. Thank you guys.

  • WOOOOWWW!, AWESOME!, thanks for all!…
    Thanks for everything what you have done for us, they are the best teachers I have know, I learn a lot …..Thank again

    My english is very poor but I want to thank.

    Dario (Argentina. At the foot of america)

  • sounds awesome, you guys rock.
    what am i missing?… when i click on view lesson, all that happens is it displays a bit of text describing the the lesson, but no videos:O(….the only video ive seen is the little intro video of nick and chris.

  • Excelente! Big round of Applause!

  • So, let me get this straight…

    20 hours of training… for free. You guys are awesome! Can’t thank you enough!

    Thanks for motivating and inspiring. Keep up the great work!

  • maybe its a browser specific bug…i tried firefox, no go…..then i tried safari, and video plays fine.
    could be a conflict with a firfox addon?, i dunno, but at least i can use safari to watch …even tho i hate it…thanks again boys!!

  • For the people having problems to play the lessons, try a different browser.
    it’s weird i use Firefox, tried with IE but same problem, then i tried Chrome and… bingo!.

  • Nick and gang!

    Thanks for everything you are doing!

    I hope that your rare philosophy of honest and genuine marketing pays off big!

    Also, make some new for products for me to buy!


  • Great! This Very thumps up for Beginners…I am start Now…

  • Thanks for the comprehensive tutorials!! This will help fill in the holes in my learning C4D. I did the very first tutorial and watched the first video on moving around. I’m using a Magic Trackpad instead of a mouse, so I find that the option key doesn’t work as well for me. If I use the 1,2, and 3 keys it works much better for getting around the viewport. Hope that helps anyone else that is trying to learn this without a mouse.

  • Wow, such a huge bam from nowhere :O Thank you guys for making this, and thank you for sharing your knowledge with others! This is amazing!

  • Totally awesome, i’m not a beginner in C4D, but to learn how to build complete scences is awesome. Thank you GSG. Best C4D Platform!

  • Nick this is absolutely awesome idea!Thank you so much, from all of us Motion Designers:)

  • Awesome work. I should possibly change my life of corporate designer to dive myself completely in the 3d world. Cinema is my dreams companion and you’re my leading light in learning it. tnx a lot guys.

  • Awesome idea guys, I love it.
    Even though not everything is new, the concept of explaing the whole process of creating a scene should be an insperation for all the other “teachers” out there.

    Nick and Chris; could there be a better tag-team ?… I donยดt think so.

  • Thanks a lot for the enormous effort. Now, its time to watch and learn ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Great work guys! This is going to keep me busy for a long while but it looks very cool and informative! I hope this proves a real success for you, you deserve it.

  • I just want to tell you.. thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ I Wish that everyone is like you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • You guys are fantastic

    Thank you so much for the tutorials

    They are priceless

    Can’t wait to finish watching all of the videos

    You all are awesome!


  • Children you simply geniuses! ! ! Whether you at the level of Enstein that, I would like better you to learn! It is possible to contact you on a straight line somehow, please? But I am not so good in English.

  • Pelle / LogicDutch July 12, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Great light setup and shaking effects . The only thing that botherd me was the fact that it wasnt so dynamic. the minecart didnt had any scratches and there was no dent in, just like that video that Chris did about the VolksWagen van.

    Great video tough! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Thanks a lot for this great tutorial series!
    I would be willing to pay for it, if I could get a downloadable version, so I could watch it offline. That would be a great thing to spend my daily train rides with training instead of wasting time just looking out of the window!
    And, I second the idea of AE tutorials…

  • Hey nick, pratik here from INDIA. I really want to learn cinema 4d but your lesson from your site its just loading and not working. Can you help me? Is there any problems because of Region?
    Waiting for your reply.

  • I would gladly pay for this tutorial series, its a value for c4d users on a lot of levels. And you guys are even more awesome for giving it away for free. Big ups from your homeys!

  • Uuumm, a little problem. When i click on view lesson of any part, that thing is spinning btu don’t shows the lesson, it is just spinning and spinnig… i think there is a little bug there because i tried to open it in latest Google Chrome and latest Internet Explorer, also sent the link to my friend, he had the same situaiton. So can you guys make an alternative ways to view lessons or fix the bug?

    Btw also tried to open direct vime link from source, it is private. So we definitely need some alternative way. Thanks in advance.

  • Hi Guys,

    It looks like the videos are no longer loading properly. I’ve tried it on a few different computers and they still won’t work. Just wanted to give you guys a heads up. From what I’ve seen already, this is going to be very helpful!

    • They are working fine for me, it’s hosted on Vimeo so if there is an issue I don’t its Nick’s fault it would be Vimeo’s.

  • Thanks a lot for that, i’ve learned a lot from GSG, and i recommended to my friends this Intro to C4D.

  • Daniel Hรธjlund July 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    You folks never cease to amaze me. Thank you so much for your invaluable contribution to the community. Horns high!

  • The way you guys do what you guys do will CHANGE THE WORLD one day!!! Mighty cool.

  • Well done lads….The only other tutorials like this is Tim Claphams. And that is still difficult for a complete novice. This is a very good thing and can only bring good results.

  • You guys are so cool. I would recommend this tutorial series to everyone. This is a great opportunity to dive into YOUR world of Cinema 4D to learn from the very beginning to concrete projects. Thank you so much. Greetings from Istanbul

  • Awesome WORK! THX…

  • Pure awesomness.

    Thank u for what u are doing. I wouldn’t mind a free donate Button (and i would definetly use it too ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). There’s a lot of work behind that and everybody who knows that wouldn’t mind to spend a few George Washingtons.

  • Wow, this will be great!! I’m definitely watching every ‘episode’ even though I’ve used c4d now for quite a while, I’m sure there’s some small things I’ve missed along the way.

    Thanks, guys!! You all rock!

  • Huge respect to you guys. Making this free for everyone is beyond words….

  • I had a blast trying to recreate the mineshaft explosion ๐Ÿ˜‰ Learnt a lot in the proces. Thanks for posting.

  • Absolutely wonderful news! I’ve been getting up early and coming to GSG class diligently for the past month, and this is just the best news yet. My hat is off to you boys, you’ve got maximum good karma coming your way.

    By the way, I haven’t checked all the tuts out yet, but is there a section anywhere about snapping in R14? Man, as a simple creature, I have to confess that the snapping tools puzzle the holy heck out of me.

    Thanks dudes, you’re the bombest.


  • Nicholas Simwichi July 14, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Hey wasup guys…personally i really appreciate your tutorials having helped me improve my rendering as an architecture student…I have a small request that you upload the new tutorial series on vimeo for easier download so that we can access the material even when offline

  • Chris, there is no need to select the polygons on your objects to do an optimize. You can even select more than one polyobject (or all) and do an optimize, saves another step… Pick the polygon objects in your object browser, make sure you are in point/edge or polygon mode and have no points/edges or polygons selected. Then optimize.

  • I haven’t been through them all but thank you for a very clear and easy to follow set of tuts. Really appreciate the effort that went into putting these together.

    I’d really like to have this set of tuts on my machine for quick reference and would be happy to pay for this. Let me know if this is possible.

    Best regards,


  • Is it possible to download these ?

  • Thanks, guys! I wish this series of tutorials would have been available a year and a half ago when I first discovered C4D. This series is teaching in one place what I had to search all over the web to find out on my own. In each lesson you explain something I didn’t understand or a better way of doing something else that will really help me in the long run. Thanks a million for all your contributions to the C4D community! We really appreciate it!

  • Man, I’ve just finished the first tutorial and I have to say that this is the most wonderfully useful introduction to any software of any kind that I’ve ever seen.

    3D can be intimidating, even for established users of big beasts like Photoshop, since the number of variables is increased by at least a factor of 3, probably more (has anyone mathematically worked out how many times more variables there potentially are in software which can work across 5 dimensions [if you include sound] rather than 2?) which results in potentially dizzying levels of complexity.

    You GSG boys have been doing a wonderful job of helping people over the initial hurdles, so that we can get into the fun stuff really quickly.

    Congratulations lads, this is terrific stuff. First rate.

  • Hey, just wanting to point out that the vimeo links seem to be broken at this time (19:47 PST). If it makes any difference, I’m viewing from Canada using Firefox on Windows 7.

    • Thanks for the report. I added a few checks to make this work more reliably on our end, so hopefully any issues should be fixed now.

  • Like the comment from Sven; I too was just waiting for the “and the full tutorial series is just going to cost…”
    I am in absolute awe of the fantastic work and massive amount of time you guys put in totally for free!
    Big thanks from Sweden!

  • You’re definitely bosses!
    Thx you VERY MUCH

  • Thanks for this awesome series. I hope you extend this to After Effects also.

  • Thx GSG, I’m learning a lot of new things! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks a lot Chris, this is commercial quality tutorial for free !
    Too bad you let Nike use the instagramizer button on your work ๐Ÿ™‚

  • A Cinema 4D Boot Camp. This rocks!!! Even though I’ve been doing this for several years now I’ll go back and get me a tune up.

  • Hello Nick,Thank you for your good tutorial,But I can’t see the one set, I don’t know what reason be,please check it .Looking forward to your reply. Intro Part 1: A Simple 3D Animation from Start to Finish

  • I’m not sure if the decision to make this tutorial series 20 hours in length had anything to do with this TED Talk:
    But I think it’s pretty fitting in any case and I’m excited to learn C4D with the help of GSG

  • I really Appreciate what you did. Great job

  • I can’t view the videos, just get the spinner. If I try and navigate to the vimeo video urls of the videos directly, I get told I don’t have permission to view this private video. You had a problem like this with a video before (the page fold one). At the very least, let us view the videos on Vimeo directly, cheers!

  • Great stuff….How cool are you two guys>…..

  • Great Job Nick! I wish you work on MODO (Luxology)…:)

  • You guys are total legends. This world needs more homies like you!

  • Thanks so much for the tuts, been wanting to get into 4d for a long time and now I feel I might have a shot at it!

    One question though, where does one install the stuff in the GSG support pack if one is using C4d lite? It doesn’t seem to install a MAXON folder and I can’t find where to put the .lib4d files. If not available for the lite version are there any work arounds?

    Either way, thanks again!

  • Im an AE user from nigeria and im so excited with this tutorials. Wanna ask if Nick and Chris can organize a work shop in Nigeria. Trust me, you guyz av lots of fans here.

  • Just wanted to show you guys what I made of this.
    Changed a few things and didn’t model the dynamite, but it was a lot of fun to do and try to come up with special effects that fitted the theme.
    Hope you like it. Keep up the good work.

  • Son lo mejor Gracias muchachos y sigan adelante ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks soooooo muuuuchhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Hey GSG Team, i know it sounds simple, but i really would love to see a tutorial about a present box with a animated ribbon making a bow tie. i Know to achieve this effect realisticly there is a lot of fiddling around needed. Challenge accepted? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicholas Simwichi July 22, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Hey Nick awesome work there with the tuts..Unfortunately i couldnt view Tutorial 1 on the introduction..Is it possible to post the whole series to Vimeo for easier access?

  • This is an incredible resource, thank you so much for putting this effort and creating these wonderful videos.

    I’ve noticed there’s a lack of tutorials on making 3D icons in C4D, the type you may often find on the Mac.

    *Perhaps you can create a tutorial for re-creating the new C4D icon in C4D?*

  • Alexxander Luthor July 23, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Not sure where to post this:

    Thankyou message for Nick and Chris.

    You guys are my main teachers and are teaching me almost everything I know.

    Started on C4D in Feb and have watched (some repeatedly) almost all of your tutorials (some of them I actually know word for word)

    Made this logo animation/ident this week for my friends magazine – used some texture kit pro,transform etc.
    Took seven evenings and 75 hours render time.

    Would be much appreciated if you could tell me what to do next time to make my work look more professional, and maybe create it in a way that would render faster?

    Also let me know if you think any part of it would be interesting to break down and I’ll send you the C4D project file.

    One more – will you be selling your complete c4d introduction tutorial set as a downloadable package?
    I’m the kind of guy who puts your tutorials on his phone and watches them on the way to work/on lunch break etc.

    Thanks a LOT.

  • perfect tutorials, I am now in fourth tutorial, so may a little longer.
    go on, especially going.

    greetz from holland.

  • Hey guys!

    I have a question.

    I am on intro part 1 and when I apply simulation tags / rigid body to my boxes, it does not work :(, the dynamic does not work.

    I am using R13, what can I do?


  • You guys are the coolest, been checking out your tutorials for ages but you have out done yourselves. Thank you so much for investing into our growth as motion designers. So pumped to do the whole course. I already understand a whole bunch of stuff that I didn’t know just from the introduction, so I’m really excited. LEGENDS!

  • Awesome! This kind of initiative is admirable and many pepople are happy with this. I think you can create a pay training with more advance features, always is a pleasure learn from real professionals. Thanks a lot for this! Congrats from Mexico and all tue best!

  • Awesome! This kind of initiative is admirable and many pepople are happy with this. I think you can create a pay training with more advance features, always is a pleasure learn from real professionals. Thanks a lot for this! Congrats from Mexico and all the best!

  • Nicholas Simwichi July 28, 2013 at 8:33 am

    hey guys hope you doing great…anyway the tutorial series PART 1,13 and 14 are not plying on my chrome what could be the problem…thanks

  • Daniela Mauriciosdottir July 28, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Seriously, you have changed the life of a costarican girl.
    Awesome tutorials.

  • Hallo Nick, Chris and the Greyscalegorilla Team
    I am a long time big fan from your Web page.
    Great work guys, thank you so much. This ist the Best C4D Platform!
    Sorry my english is not so good, but I wanted to say thank you

  • Many thanks Chris and Nick, what a brilliant tutorial, just wonderful.
    Cheers Ian

  • This is just pure awesomnes. I have learned so much ๐Ÿ™‚ Now i am struggling with car modeling … Can you make some tutorial series like this about car modeling using blueprints? Setup, start, texturing lighting etc. It would be great ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Went through the whole series of videos…which were great btw…even for somebody who has been working with c4d for a bit.
    Also went thru all the final project tutorials and ended up with this…

    Let me know what you guys think….


  • Thank you guys so much! I’m an editor with some AE knowledge, now learning C4D and incredibly excited about it. I agree with Mark Somerville – best tutorial series I’ve seen as well. Loving it because you guys are fantastic instructors with great personalities to boot. And not too shabby looking I may add… Thank you VERY much!

  • I can’t wait to see what you have next for us,
    Thanks a billion Chris and Nick.

    here is my attempt

  • Everything has been said I guess, so I will simply thank you for what you’re doing, it’s so easy and fun to learn with you !

  • Wow! Really great, thanks SO much.
    I’ve been struggling with 3d graphics a lot, hope this will end it.

  • wooooow i was new to c4d but these tutorials helped me out to learn the basics of c4d for free thanks a lot for these useful tuts.

  • I have a problem. In the final render, my ore cart does not move with the explosion, it just stays there. When I scrub the timeline, or do a hardware render, the cart moves, but then when I do a full render, it doesnt move. Does anyone know what would be doing this?

  • Thanks Chris and Nick for the help. Here’s mine.

  • you guys are awesome

  • Hi there GSG team . i just want to say thank you for the informative tutorials . Spending time to record the whole series and giving it out for free so that we could do the same thing that you guys do . The greyscalegorilla team is the best cinema4D teachers out there. and Videocopilot team is best in After Effects . I hope that you guys become more successful in your career . THANK YOU GUYS, JUST THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING !

    im from the Philippines and im a proud student of the gorilla ๐Ÿ˜€ cheers !!

  • Hey Gorilla ! As I see the reviews you did a great job , but unfortunately till now I have not seen them ! I don’t know I am getting an error when I play videos (“This video cannot be played with your current setup”.) by the way all other videos from vimeo working fully ! ……….. thanks hope you fix it if the problem is from your side ! if not , please upload them to Youtube so more people get Benefit form this great work of you !



  • Great Job guys! This training is really helpful.
    The only thing I should mention is that at the very end of the project in C4D, Nick added the Ambient Occlusion, and it turned off the bulb lamp. I had to click “evaluate transparency” in the AO settings to fix it.
    Just to let you know.
    Thanks again guys!

  • First, thank you soo much for this wonderful tutorials!!! You guys never cease to amaze me and the intro to C4D Tutorial Series is a Master piece!!!

    Where can I send you the projects that I have done thanks to your help?

  • Thank you so much for the nice tutorials~! I’m brand new to C4D. Your videos opened whole new world for me. Everything is easy to understand and follow.

    But somehow, my dynamic is not working at all. I’m using C4D R14 Demo version, do you think that’s why? or do in need to do some special setting on somewhere to use dynamic?

    Thanks so much~!!

    • Oh I figure it out. I didn’t put the activation code for demo version. Now it works~!!
      I can do dynamic and saving~!! so I can follow Chris’s tutorial finally~!!


  • Thanks for all the awesome tutorial and hard work!
    Knowing nothing about 3D to this in one week ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • There’s something funky going on with the links. I wanted to hop back onto the project, but whenever I click any of the links they send me to the top of the page instead of the videos. Sadness ensued..

  • The videos were working fine for me, and now clicking the button to view the lesson just brings you to the top of the page without opening the video ๐Ÿ™

  • I was in the middle of watching these and now the links don’t work! I’m trying to learn cinema 4D here, people!!!

  • can’t wait use this software,my system is a windows8 64bit operating system,can itrun

  • Hi,

    I wish to ask with respect to a Video which I happen to see.

    In this video the scene between 00:47 to 00:50 there’s a random wire kind of generation. Was wondering if I could helped in knowing how to generate it, even a still image generation would be cool. Basically how to have a common point of intersection for all the wires and then random growth to them.

    –Cp ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julien Caillรฉ September 17, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Hi, Chris & Nick! Just wanted to thank you guys for putting such a great and complete course online (and for free!)… Following it was really a fun ride and made learning c4d really easy!

    BTW, here is my final output:

    Now, I’m waiting for the next 5 seconds challenge!

  • Is it possible to move parent object without moving childs?

  • Give me tutorial c4d
    from 0 to master
    im a beginner

    sorry iam from indonesia

  • Where to find the free texture kit that he mentions in the tutorial?

  • Hey nick, so will there be an after effects tutorial series? Im keen to make a few title sequences but would really love to start again from the beginning with AE.

  • As the saying goes: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you feed him for life.” Well, you guys have given us a boat and a huge net as well. Massive respect to the team and a HUGE Thank you for putting in the time and effort to create this AWESOME series. I have been on this site non-stop since I first started. You guys rock!!!

    Here is my final output. I find one-shot-pictures a little bit boring so I divided my project in several shots and added more camera movement.
    Thank you GSG for your time!

  • these videos wont open =( using explorer 9

  • Thanks for putting this awesome intro series together. You guys ROCK! I graduated with a BFA in computer animation back in 2004. My main 3D application that I learned was Maya. Unfortunately I’ve been a little out of the loop with 3D as most jobs I have had throughout my career were based around graphic design, video production, and post production editing and compositing with After Effects. In addition to running my own design business, I also work for FOX Television. The main 3D application that we use there is C4D. So I figured that there was no time like the present to jump back into it. I attempted to learn C4D using but was not getting anywhere with it. I found it to be quite frustrating and not holding my attention. Then one of our 3D artists turned me on to you guys. I found your videos to be quite engaging and couldn’t wait to jump onto the next one. Much better than lynda I must say. Anyway, here’s the end result of my Mine Shaft Explosion:

    I expanded upon your tutorial by running a camera down the tunnel. I figured that I spent all this time modeling, texturing, and lighting that I actually wanted to show it off rather than seeing it from a distance which limits the amount of detail that you can see. The rock falling off the mine cart was not intentional and turned out to be a happy accident. So I added sound effects to it. I used Digital Juice sound effects that I had purchased some time back. I used a splatter brush in Photoshop and made 3 transparent pngs of dirt and dust hitting the camera lens. I then imported them into After Effects and spaced them about 15 frames apart in the timeline during the time of the explosion to give the effect of the dirt layering on. There’s so much going on at that time that it’s kind of difficult to see that. One of the artists I work with at FOX told me about a cool After Effects water droplet tutorial on Video Copilot. I did it and it looked good but I decided not to use it as I found it to be too distracting as my eye was focusing more on the water droplets than on the mine cart. The last thing that I wanted to do was to make the lanterns that hit the ground flicker and turn off. I was going to achieve this by running another render with the lanterns visability turned off but still casting light, and then run another render pass of just the lanterns lit. Then composite in After Effects by masking the hanging lanterns from the ones on the ground and keyframing the opacity. When I attempted to do so, my render out of C4D did not produce the same results. My cart and lanterns landed in different positions. So there comes a point in time where you just have to stop tweeking and move on to the next project.

    Anyway, great work guys. I’m looking forward to checking out some of your other tutorials.


  • Thank you For succh great tutorials to the whole CREw !!!! especially to Chris n nick ..i can’t be grateful enough on how u patiently put up this Tutorial series …and to top it off you guys made an EPIC!!! finale reward video …it was so funny =D as well as gave a feeling of accomplishment!!!! again ty ‘have a gud one xD

  • Hi guys!

    Is anyone having my same problem with the mine cart? My mine cart doesn’t react to the exploder if I have my floor displacer turned on. (rocks work fine).

    Btw thanks so much for these intro tutorials to C4D Greyscalegorilla, they are great!!!

  • Thanks so much for doing this series – I went from knowing nothing about C4D to being able to create my own scenes in under a week. In fact the very first scene I did – of a painted wooden toy robot – was good enough that my wife thought it was a photo.

    Now I’m looking forward to checking out all your other content!

  • Guys it’s days I’m struggling with the mine cart since it does not react to the exploder. I went through step by step each lesson again, till tutorial number 10 but I can’t work out why my mine cart doesn’t work ๐Ÿ™
    What I can say so far is that the mine cart only work if the floor displacer is turned off.
    Any suggestions? I have put plenty of hours on this since is my first 3d project ever and is very frustrating that I’m stuck on the very last bit. Please help!!

    • Hello Bianca,

      I’m having the exact same problem with the cart not reacting to the exploder if the floor displacer is on!! ๐Ÿ™ Did you solve your problem in the end??

  • Hi guys,

    quick question re. uplights on stages, trying to create a stage for a conference and have been asked to create a few up lights which spill light onto the white side panelsโ€ฆ just can’t seem to get it right? any help would be great? can see light spilling onto the panels if I make them black but not if they’re white???


    Thanks in advance

  • Hi i’am speechless!
    you know gorilla? you guys are the BEST and AMAZING REALLY AWESOME guys on this world! i have learned a loooooooooooooot of things i just i cant say i have no words to say that! JUST REALLY AMAZING !!!!!
    thank you thank you…. Now i’am cinema 4d lover C4D IS ROCK!! Best software everrr!!

  • Congrats, men! Thank you to make this.

  • Thanks for these videos guys. They’ve helped me A LOT. Are you planning making them available for download?

    Many thanks

  • ..and here is “mine” ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks a million!

  • Thank you so very much for this tutorial series. I’m not new video and compositing work but am a total novice when it comes to true 3d. Bar none the best tutorial series on the net. Nicely done to you both. You’ve inspired me to really get my head wrapped around this. At first I was totally overwhelmed with the interface and all the controls (and I still am to a point) but these classes have without doubt changed my point of view and i’m excited to get stuck into the rest of your great tips and tuts.

    Handshake and a beer coming your way at NAB this year.


  • wonderfull tutorial! I did it.! thanks nick!

  • I don’t normally write comments, but I really want to say thank you to both Chris and Nick for this series. I am a seasoned professional graphic designer and I was looking to add 3D into my arsenal. I chose C4D because of it’s integration with AE but had no idea where to begin. I joined a C4D group on LinkedIn and asked a question to the group about where I can go to learn to use C4D and someone pointed me in this direction. This series was great! I happen to be taking a class at my local community college, so I was was able to get the R13 Broadcast student edition for free to use. I was able to follow pretty much this entire tutorial, with a few work arounds (having to add dynamics to MoGraph objects instead of regular objects, I just threw them into the cloner and hit 1, and using hypernurbs for texturing since I can’t subdivide the displacement in the materials). The only thing I couldn’t figure out how to get to work properly were the lamps, the dynamics on those eventually caused the lamps to what appeared to vibrate through the hook no matter what I tried. So my lamps aren’t effected by the explosion, but that’s cool I was really happy with the way mine turned out considering I used a version behind what you used and the Broadcast edition. I now feel like I can use C4D with some confidence and I look forward to going through more tutorials on this site to learn more and practice what I just learned. Thanks again guys!

  • Wow! I am so impressed with your free (that is stunning in itself!) introduction to C4D tutorials and project. Honestly don’t believe I have ever seen such detailed, comprehensive and interesting training before. To put this into context, I am British and we are known for understatement!

    Fantastic work guys. I certainly hope you keep producing and sharing work of this quality and quantity.

  • Hello! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this post to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

  • You guys are the best..Thanks!

  • First of all, thank you for such a great course!

    I have the same problem with mine cart. My mine cart will not move. I made sure it is a rigid body and compound collision and moving mesh, the whole nine yard, also made sure the density and friction is adjusted many ways. BTW the force is for sure including only the negative attractor. Still the cart won’t move. Very sad. why?

  • Can you make a tutorial like this please watch the video and tell us how to do that PLEASE.

  • Hi, I’m Ali liked my software cinema 4d basic education and familiarity with the software………………………

  • why the videos are not playable or even downloadable?

  • How can I download the tutorials? Is it possible anyway?

  • Thank you so much for this. So much valuable knowledge, and I have had a lot of fun following along and making this project.

  • Just wondering if it’s possible to download the scene files from between each of the mine shaft tutorials… Would really help!

  • It was very long, but I did it! Thank you a lot, very useful tutorials!

  • I just want to say a big thank you to Chris for the amount of time he spent on these tutorials going from the very basics through to the project and explaining everything a beginner needs in understanding this massive program. Also, I would like to thank Nick for his outstanding rendering and composting videos in the mine shaft project. Amazing!

    You guys really have helped my skills grow. I’m not one to usually write anything in forums like these, but I thought a BIG thank you was in order, at the very least, for the amount of time you two have spent on this. I have over 70 pages of notes after watching all the videos and doing this project in a week and a half.

    I’m an editor and motion graphics artist but my mo-graph skills lacked in the 3D department and then I stumbled upon your beginners series. I’ve tried in the past to learn C4D and I couldn’t. Your series has a great way of clearly explaining what things do, what they are, and how they act. Now I can move on and learn more from your other great tutorials that I have skimmed.

    Again, THANK YOU! You’ve just helped me get on the path of becoming a better mo-graph artist!

    All the best to you guys,


  • Hi…I’ve done a fair amount of video editing over the years and wanted to add 3D models to my work…but animation just seemed too intimidating and overwhelming….about 8 months ago I started testing out Cinema 4d and your website has been my main resource to get my feet wet in this field…Besides making 3D work fun, the intro series and many more tutorials hosted by this website gave me a strong foundation to move forward and create my own work. Even though I never met Chris Schmidt, I consider him my mentor and I have a tremendous amount of gratitude and thanks towards him for producing incredibly clear, informative and colorful tutorials. My deepest thanks again to him and Nick Campbell for making a tremendous resource.

    Keep up the great work!
    Scott Weiss

  • Hi. Thanks a lot! Great work, wonderfull tut series!
    and here is my try:

  • hey Chris, its been a wonderful experience having you as teacher. i have learned so much in such a short time, thanks to your amazing way of explaining things.Like really the best teacher of all time!
    i wil be following rest of your tutorials ofcourse!
    and you are such a nice guy, !

  • Dear GSG,

    Thank you.

    Thank you for being awesome.

    Kind Regards,


    P.S. After a month of following your amazing tutorials, here’s the result:

  • Thank you so much for this awesome tutorials series!

  • Why aren’t the videos avaiable anymore?

  • Nice man……..sorry gorilla’s……… tnx for all ur hard work…. give me a real boost of handling big projects….. Chris u were awesome and nick nice touch man…..

  • Hey guys,
    I bought Cinema 4d and want to get started.
    I was searching some good tutorials and found your Site.
    I saw in this tutorial there’s alot of things you show and I need to learn.
    But the videos aren’t working here, I dont know if theres a problem or something, but when I press “view lesson” it just doesnt make anything, like open a new tab or video.
    Can you please tell me what to do or fix it pls ๐Ÿ™

    PS: You guys are fking awesome.

  • Hey guys! Excellent tutorial as always Chris! I did an animation using the mine tunnel for an academic work at the University of Barcelona! I created the The legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time limited edition chest, hope you like it! Happy 30th Zelda anniversary!

  • Thank you for this amazing course. I learned a lot even if i encountered a big problem ; For thoses like me who have trouble with the timeline that doesn’t show all keyframes animated object, go to Timeline’s View menu, and make sure “Automatic Mode” is active. I loose a lot of time to find how to fix that, and before that i deleted the incomplete list of objects in dope sheet for retry to have in all animated objects in a different way, but the delete erase my keyframes…Be carefull !!

  • Hi,

    There is a problem with the link attached in the e-mail. Whenever I click it, it starts downloading the assets, but is not taking me to any site with tutorials.

    Any ideas how to get the access to the videos?

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