Archive for March, 2010

Cinema 4D Video and Step by Step Tutorial-Target Effector MoGraph

Actually this time it took me so long to create this video, I thing I’ve recorded at least 25 times and everytime I was making a simple mistake at the end! so,finally it’s done. Also I created a step by step tutorial for those who does not have high speed Internet. I think with this simple effect, you can create lots of creative still images and animation. With Target Effector you can animate 1000 of cloned object following a target.

Step By Step Cinema 4D Tutorial- Target Effector MoGraph

We are using these commands in Cinema 4D to create a very cool effect very quick.

-Primitive Object
-Cloner Object
-Target Effector
-Target Object

1-Create a Cube Object. Go to the Attributes Manager and under the Object tab, change the size to X=5 Y=2 Z= 5

C4DTutorial-TargetEffector

Changing the Object size

2-Under Mo Graph Menu, Click on Cloner Object. Now drag the Cube into the Cloner Object to be cloned and be a child of the Cloner Object.

C4DTutorial-Target Effector

Drag the Cube inside the Cloner Object

3-Go to the Cloner Object Attribute Panel, under the Object Properties, Change the mode to Grid Array. Change the count to X=25, Y=1 ,Z=25.You Have about 225 Cubes.

C4DTutorial-Target Effector

Change the Cloner Object Attributes

C4DTutorial-Target Effector




4-Go to MoGraph Menu and select a Target Effector. Make sure that the Cloner Object is selected when selecting the Target EffectorAs soon as you create a Target Effector, you’ll see that all the cloned object following it.

C4DTutorial-Target Effector

All cubes are following the target arrows

5-Create a Sphere and go to the Attributes Manager and under the Object tab, change the radius to 10.

6-Now we want to set this sphere as our target , so everything will follow it. Open the Target Effector’s Effector tab in Attribute Manager. Drag the sphere from Object Manager into the Object field in Target Effector Effector tab.

C4DTutorial-Target Effector

Drag the sphere inside the Target Object field

7-Now select the sphere and move it in the graphic area and this is going to be a new target for cube clones to follow.

C4DTutorial-Target Effector

The Sphere is the new Target Object

8-And to make this effect even cooler, go to the Target Effector Attribute Manager and select Effector tab.  Check Repel on.

C4DTutorial-Target Effector

Check Repel on

9-Now move the Sphere along any axis and enjoy.
C4DTutorial-Target Effector

With this simple and quick tutorial, you can create lots of creative animation and still images. Just use your imagination and create a very cool scene and share it with us.

Transformers Web Collection

I’m a gadget lover, real gadget and to me nothing is cooler than transformer toys. Transformers in entertainment industry are completely different from toy industry. Basically in entertainment industry concept designer will come up with so many cool ideas that they could live in the movie, but the fun really begins when product designer and engineers trying to make a toy out of those transformers. Here is a small web collection of some transformer concepts and toys that I found in different sites. I hope you like this.
























Cinema 4D Basic Animation Tutorial-Mo Dynamics

This is the forth Video Tutorial from 4D frog.com. This one is a very simple animation scene using Motion Dynamics.
This time beside the you tube video, I have the step by step tutorial as well for those who do not have high speed internet. Hope you enjoy it.

1-Create an object or use an existing object. I my case I’m using a similar object to my Low Poly Octopus tutorial.

Cinema4D-AnimationTutorial-Basic

Cinema4D-AnimationTutorial-Basic

2- Now I want to array my space octopus, go to Mo Graph in the top menu and click on Cloner Object. In your Object Window, drop you object inside of the Cloner Object.

Cinema4D-AnimationTutorial-Basic

Cinema4D-AnimationTutorial-Basic

3-Go to Cloner Object attribute and change the Mode to Grid Array, by default it is set to Linear.

4-Have the Counts 3 in every direction, so It’ll create 27 objects. (If they are close to each other, you can change the size in all different directions.)

5-Now Create a Floor object, because we are trying to see how our group of octopuses will react to this object. I change the color attribute for the Floor Object to have better visibility.

Cinema4D-AnimationTutorial-Basic

Cinema4D-AnimationTutorial-Basic

6-Hold on shift and click on both Cloner Object and Floor in your Object window. Now right click and under Mo Graph tags choose Rigid Body. This will assign the Rigid Body to both of the objects.

Cinema4D-AnimationTutorial-Basic

Cinema4D-AnimationTutorial-Basic

7-Now click on play and watch it. It is pretty cool.  27 octopuses drop to the floor and act like the real life.
8-In the next step I add a box to the scene, make sure to assign the same Rigid Body tag to the box and play it again, this time they will all react to the box as well.

Cinema4D-AnimationTutorial-Basic

Cinema4D-AnimationTutorial-Basic

9-In my last step, I convert my box to editable polygon and take out the top face and this time after hitting play, some of the octopuses will trap inside the box.

Cinema4D-AnimationTutorial-Basic

Cinema4D-AnimationTutorial-Basic

Hope you like it and with this simple technique you can create many different creative scenes. Just think about a nice story and create it. Originally my story was how my space octopus giving birth in the space and all the kids fell to the earth, but I thought that might be too much for a simple tutorial!

MINI COUNTRYMAN Product Design Competition

This is a fun competition and do not worry, you do not need to be transportation designer to get in. Just having a cool idea would be enough.

According to MINI :”This year, MINI will be adding a long-awaited fourth member to the MINI family: the MINI Countryman. This brand new crossover model combines typical MINI design with the enhanced size and all-wheel drive of a modern Sports Activity Vehicle. It’s also the first model in the MINI range with four side doors and a wide-opening rear lid.

The MINI Countryman follows the MINI tradition of creative use of space with new clever solutions like the unique feature, the MINI Center Rail.

The MINI Center Rail connects the front with the rear of the vehicle, in both form and function. It runs between the left and right seats, providing a platform to stash lots of favorite items conveniently and securely. For example, it can serve as a cable-management system that lets you charge your mp3 player, cell phone, and other electronic items, easily and without a mess of cords.”

So Here is the Competition:

  1. Create a 2D concept for a feature to be added to the MINI Center Rail of the MINI Countryman.
  2. The design can be made out of any type of still media (photographic, illustration, graphic, etc.) as long as you have the rights to all design elements that you use.
  3. You must use one of the required template layers as the basis of your design
  4. Do NOT include logos.

Technical Specs

Your upload image should be 1280×800 pixels in size and JPG format.

Deadline

Upload at least one (and up to 9) designs by the 11th of May, 11:59am GMT.

Take a look at the most voted entries.

For More Info Please visit: www.minispace.com

Templates

Here are the template files which you can download from the mini site directly.
Mini Countryman Product Design Competition

Mini Countryman Product Design Competition

Mini Countryman Product Design Competition

Mini Countryman Product Design Competition

Mini Countryman Product Design Competition

Mini Countryman Product Design Competition

Mini Countryman Product Design Competition

Mini Countryman Product Design Competition

Mini Countryman Product Design Competition

Mini Countryman Product Design Competition


5 Great Cinema 4D Projects

Above image is nice project from Alexandre Desmassias. http://www.gkaster.com

These are absolutely amazing. Great works from great Cinema 4D artists. Cinema 4D is a great tool for creating design concepts. It is so powerful.

Tommaso Sanguini

Tommaso Sanguini

Sebastian Storz

Sebastian Storz

Jacquez Pena

Jacquez Pena

Thomas Andreasen

Thomas Andreasen

Red Dot Concept Design Competition 2010

For every designer, it is a good idea to get in to a design competition. Red Dot Concept Design held every year for 54 years and it is one of the most prestigious design award around the world.
One of the great benefit about Red Dot is “the designer is informed about 3 months ahead of the public when the design won the award. This allows enough time for the designer to file for protection. If a design does not win the award, it is kept secret, as the adjudication is a strictly confidential and private event.”

Also the cost is pretty good for an individual designer which is only 50 Euros as an early bird and it gets as high as 100 for late fees, compare to IDSA which is $350 to get in and extra $150 to get judges after being finalist!

Design concept categories

There are 20 categories to choose from. The categories are deliberately wide to ensure that your imagination is not limited. Think beyond the conventional list that is provided and define new innovations.

Public space

Bridges, street lighting, roads, outdoor seating, street information signages, shelters, bus-stops, traffic systems, manholes, car parks

Habitat
Architecture, mobile homes, capsules, intelligent homes, urban design, disaster rapid deployment housing, tents, marquees, low cost housing, bomb shelters, exhibition booths, enclosed areas

Mobility
Vehicles, mass transportation, boats, aeroplanes, hybrid amphibious vehicles, remote control robotics, cars, car accessories, automotive engineering, buses, transport productivity devices

Energy
energy conservation, alternate energy, new ways of harnessing energy, energy independent devices

Green
Sustainable design, recycle, reuse, waste reduction

Bathroom
Faucets, bathtubs, sanitaryware, fixtures

Domestic aid
Vacuum cleaners, washing machines, blenders, ovens, dishwashers, cooker, boilers

Interior accessories
Cutlery, vases, interior decoration

Illumination
Lights, lamps, outdoor, lighting systems and accessories

Home Furniture
Living room, bedroom, kitchen, sofas, storage solutions, chairs, tables

Productivity
Devices to improve personal efficiency in day to day living. GPS displayers, navigational tools, key identification and simple assistive tools.

Workplace
Personal digital assistance, computers, scanners, copiers, desks, system furniture, filing systems, task oriented products, devices and equipment for use at work

Protection
Personal protection devices, safety tools, safety gear, safety wear, fire alarms, fire extinguishers, anti-theft devices, home protection devices

Third Age
devices, equipment, products designed specifically for men and women over 50 years of age, to encourage active living.

Life science
Health enhancing devices, massage chairs, medical devices, artificial limbs, hearing aids, exercise and gym equipment, medical appliances and equipment, laboratory equipment and furnishings

Interaction & communication
Interactive multimedia display systems, mobile phones, messaging devices, 3G devices, remote conferencing, presentation and meeting facilitation devices and wireless communication

Entertainment
Audio systems, televisions, portable audio players, portable audio-visual players, digital cameras, video camera

Fashion
Watches, eyewear, clothes, bags, footwear, jewellery, travel accessories

Education
Teaching aids, toys, classroom design

Recreation
Sports, board games, computer games, toys, musical instruments, saunas, solariums, camping equipment, portable electronic gaming devices

Click here for more Information about dates and fees click here:

http://www.red-dot.sg/concept/registration/datesfees.htm

Nice Rendering from Jonathan Guillou Based on 4D Frog Space Cat Tutorial

I got a nice comment from one of the 4D frog readers last week for my space cat character tutorial. I clicked on the link and I got this great surprise. Very nice rendering from Jonathan Guillou http://www.flickr.com/photos/losjonathan, according to him, he used my tutorial to create the character and GreyScaleGorilla to do the rendering. Hope you enjoy it. It is very encouraging for me seeing my 3D character live that quick by talented people.

I’m going to focus more on 4Dfrog site starting next week, still I’m finishing my undone projects.

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