Setting up City Kit to Work as a Holographic Interface

March 7, 2013

In this quick tutorial, Chris shows you how to add some effectors to City Kit so you can focus in on just a few buildings, and then zoom around the city. A similar effect was used to make part of Iron Man’s heads up display. Keep an eye out in the future for a follow up where we push this effect even further!


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  • Stephen Watkins March 7, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Great Job Chris!

    Just what I needed for my new project! Looking forward to the next step.

  • very cool

  • I did something very much like this for a client last summer.
    It’s on my reel.


  • didn’t they do this with the avenger’s movie? I think they even used the city kit too!

  • thank you chris… this is a golden weak on the blog. great tutorials.

  • Excelente Chris, un gran tutorial !!!!

  • Drop the city rig into a hyper-nurbs. Instant 23rd century

    • Worldtraveler666 March 8, 2013 at 10:44 am

      That seems like such an obvious idea…but man, I just did it after reading your post. Nice!! Thanks for the tip.

  • Worldtraveler666 March 8, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Man, I really love this site. Great Tut! Going to apply this technique to some other projects I have going. Thanks

  • Nice and simple, waiting for part2!

  • Well Hells Bells… look at this fancy website.
    Its so bright.. I just don’t know what to do with myself
    and look at that cool logo down at the bottom
    excellent work!

  • Ahhhhrgh!!! My eyes! Everything is so bright around here!!! Just kidding. Great update for the site. Feels fantastic and clean.

  • eugh!! horrible new look and terrible logo.. 5 second logo anyone?

  • How to download this tutorial with my galaxy tab? Pleas tell me..

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  • Mohannad Al Banna March 21, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    thank u

  • Looks like those are many variations of the hud. I decided to make the one in the short video.

    I’m doing this! Unfortunately for me I’m too new to this whole 3D/C4D world.

    Nevertheless I’m pulling the modeling pretty good so far, but the texturing and lightning of course are way off. Once is done I can share with someone with texturing “force power” to have a nice model to share with all and to learn as well.

    Here is the model preview:

  • Ok, I’m finished! Considering my many short comings and only 3 weeks of C4D and any 3D this came out awesome! Now the animation is the only thing left.

    Here are the project’s progressively build pictures I took of my hud. The last one is the finished hud.

  • Oh, Thanks Nick and Chris. Without you BOTH I wound’t be able to do anything close to this. Your tutorials were very very helpful. Learn a lot from you guys and can wait to jump to the next tutorial. Fun things await me! ;-]

  • Got bored doing the video, but anyway here it is the crappy version:

    If someone want the model drop me a line @ itmind [at] gmail

  • Sweet tutorial and pretty cool how they used your plugins in huge movies. Are you going to do a next one?

  • Hi I purchased the city kit last week

    I modeled a 3d globe in cinema and extruded the countries.

    But i am unable to use the extruded shape to assign the city buildingd.

    It simply won’t read it.

    Any help would be absolutely appreciated.



  • Just wondering how to scale this City Kit down without it changing the space between buildings, or its proportions so that I can fit it into a controlled environment such as a small lighting studio? Is this possible with this rig?

  • Hey there a little behind on this tutorial but its amazing. But has the follow up ever been done? Can’t find it anywhere

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