Intro To Cinema 4D Tutorial Series

July 11, 2013 - By 

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!

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  • 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 😉

  • 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 🙁

  • 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 🙂

  • 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 🙁
    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!! 🙁 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 panels… 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” 🙂

    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 🙁

    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 !!

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