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Want to learn Cinema 4D? This training guide will walk you through the basics and help you build up to more complex projects. Learn the pipeline from polygons to pixels and use C4D in your productions right away. 

This course will take you from A to Z on Maxon’s Cinema 4D.

Cinema 4D Launch

Our Starter Guide To Cinema 4D

Course Format: On-Demand Training

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Software: Cinema 4D

Duration: 58 Lessons

Assignment: Multiple exercises

Prerequisite: None


For Beginners

This guide will help you get up and running fast. We’ll walk through the interface, creating objects, and rendering your first animations. You will learn to use Cinema 4D to create simple scenes and animations. A great introductory course for those who are new-ish to Cinema 4D. 

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This is one of our longest courses. We threw the kitchen sink at this one so you can kickstart your 3D work. Cinema 4D is such a valuable tool for motion designers and in this course we’ll cover everything you need to know to get going. Unlock your creativity with Cinema 4D. 

Learn The Pipeline

We cover everything from the viewport navigation down to render settings, but do so in a digestible way. Lots of short projects is the best way to learn an app like Cinema 4D. For Motion Designers, this app can become an essential tool for design and animation. Learn the entire pipeline in this course. 

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What you'll learn

Learn the pipeline from polygons to pixels and use C4D in your productions right away. Get support and feedback while you learn.

You will learn how to navigate the C4D interface. We’ll walk through the various working modes and display options that make up the core experience of using Cinema 4D.

We’ll quickly advanced to creating and adjusting objects. Using the parametric objects in Cinema 4D can provide a powerful foundation for more complex models and scenes. 

Create your own original shaders and understand how materials work. Learn the various inputs that make up a material such as; color, diffusion, luminance, bump, normal, and displacement. Learn how to set-up renders using the Standard Renderer inside Cinema 4D. 

Using the Standard Renderer can produce realistic looking results with the Global Illumination effect inside Cinema 4D. We’ll walk through using GI (Global Illumination) and lighting scenes to create a beautiful look. 

Learn to manipulate geometry using Cinema 4D’s built in deformers. This tool set can provide quick and easy results with deformers such as: twist, shatter, squash and stretch, and more. A quick overview on using deformers in Cinema 4D.

Fracturing in Cinema 4D is a powerful and easy procedural process. Combine with the power of dynamics you can start creating simulations quickly in C4D. We’ll walk through the process of fracturing and using dynamics.

Cinema 4D has become the industry standard in motion design, in part, because of the MoGraph Module. This is a toolset that allows for cloning, animating, displacing, and so much more. Procedural motion design at its best. An essential tool set for all motion designers to learn. 

Let’s make some motion! We’ll do some short projects that explore how we can create animations, without a traditional graph editor. We’ll use the power of MoGraph to bring motion into our 3D scenes. 

We want you to have a foundation in modeling and lighting. This will allow you to build original concepts in the future. We’ll create scenes using various approaches such as; box modeling, spline modeling, and cloners for modeling. You’ll learn how to model and light objects in Cinema 4D.

You’ll learn how to create a scene using a camera and proper compositional staging. We’ll light our scenes intentionally and create high quality renders with cinematic lighting and depth of field. 

You can model and light, the next step is animation. You will learn how to animate inside C4D using the graph editor. You’ll learn the use cases for the Dope Sheet vs the F-Curve Editor and how to work quickly. Frame by frame animation in 3D is a great way to make beautiful work. 

You will learn to render 16 bit  image sequences that be can color graded and polished in Adobe After Effects. A final color grade and composite is the last step in the 3D pipeline. You will learn to create beautiful images using Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects.


Sneak Peek

This beginner course is all about learning to master Cinema 4D. Watch this full lecture of the workshop down below.




Michael Jones

Artist & Animator | CEO - Mograph Mentor

Michael Jones is an animator, designer and VFX artist. He is also the founder of MoGraph Mentor and has a passion for creating clear and detailed, educational materials for motion designers everywhere.

Michael emphasizes the role of core disciplines in the development of every motion designer. Without an understanding of art, design and animation, a modern artist may be relegated to the status of technician. It is an emphasis on fundamental understanding that inspires Michael’s courses, as well as MoGraph Mentor at large.

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Why take Cinema 4D Launch?

This course is designed to help artists new, or somewhat new, to Cinema 4D. You will learn how to navigate the program and make 3D scenes. We’ll get you up and running quickly using Cinema 4D.

What will I know by the end?

Modeling, Texturing, Lighting, Animating, and Rendering in Cinema 4D. You’ll learn how to create models, scenes, materials, environments and render them out as animations.

What level do I need?

This is a beginner friendly course. If you’ve never opened Cinema 4D before, you’ll be able to follow along from chapter 1. 

How Do I get a Cinema 4D License?

You can use the 30 day free demo of Cinema 4D, if you don’t already have it. Download the trial here :  https://www.maxon.net/en/try

Is there some animation training included in this course?

Yes! You will learn to keyframe and polish using the graph editor and dope sheet. You will learn to animate with total control over your keyframes.

When does it start?

You can start the course as soon as you enroll in it. Learn at your own pace and go back to previous videos as much as you want.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.

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