Modynamics VS New Dynamics
I use dynamics all the time and include a lot of it in my tutorials (it’s so fun!). But, there seems to be some confusion in the comments when it comes to adding the correct tags. And rightly so. There are two current systems of dynamics for Cinema 4D and they work a bit different from each other.
Modynamics is what originally came with Cinema 4D r11.5 and works only by placing dynamics tags on mograph objects. Tutorials like my Cherry 7up and Camera Mapping tutorials are made with Modynamics.
New to Cinema 4D 12 and up (In the Studio Edition only) is a set of new dynamic tags that really has no new name. So, for now, let’s call them “New Dynamics”. New Dynamics includes a new rigid body dynamics tag allow you to make any object dynamic without the need for a mograph object. The New Dynamics also give you things like springs, connecters, and soft body dynamics.
Similar but Different
So, here is where it can be confusing. Even when doing basic, rigid body dynamics, these two systems work slightly different even though the tags look identical. Also, depending on what edition of Cinema 4D you have, you may have a hard time following along in tutorials. Remember, you only have the New Dynamics if you are using the Studio Edition of C4D. Also, keep in mind that all tutorials on GSG from September 2010 and forward is made with the New Dynamics. Hopefully this video will help clear up a few things if you find yourself following along with a tutorial and things are working differently then expected.