Cinema 4D New User Tips and Tricks

New to Cinema 4D?  Heard Cinema 4D is easy to use?  Here are a few tips that you should know going in that will save you a lot of digging around the Internet to find the answer.  I have produced a series of short Cinema 4D Quick Tips for beginners to help you get up to speed on some must know aspects of Cinema 4D.  Most are tips I wish I had known when I first started with the program years ago.

  • Textures
  • Cineware
  • Linear Workflow
  • FPS
  • Global Illumination
  • CV Art Smart Illustrator Import
  • Edge to Spline
  • Display Tag
  • Camera Undo
  • Transfer Tool

Of course, if you have any tips include them in the comments below.  Also, if you think there is a better way or explanation in any one of my tips please let me know so we can share with the community. 


Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip #1 : Material Swap

In this Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip, I show you how to quickly select multiple objects in the Cinema 4D hierarchy and easily swap out textures.

Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip #2 : Cineware

In this Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip, are you having issues where your After Effects/Cineware scene is black? You may be overlooking one simple step.

Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip #3 : Linear Workflow Settings

In this Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip, I show you the steps to setting up Linear Workflow in AE with Cineware. Don't overlook these crucial steps.

Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip #4 : FPS

In this Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip, I show you how choosing a project frame rate may not be as straight forward as you may think.  Especially if you want super smooth animations.  FPS: 29.97, 59.94, 24, 23.98, 30, 60, 25, 50? Keep in mind, rendering fields has never been advisable out of Cinema 4D.

Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip #5

In this Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip,  I show you the difference between QMC vs. IR Global Illumination.  QMC or IR?  Standard or Physical Renderer?  Is there a middle ground?  What about Light Mapping in Cinema 4D R15?  I show you sample renders of the same scene to help come to a conclusion for new users to use in the Cinema 4D Render Settings.  These results are not meant to be definitive.  Your results will vary depending on your scene. 

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Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip #6 : CV Art Smart

In this Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip, I show you how to skip the "Merge" command to bring in Adobe Illustrator files and use CV Art Smart instead.

Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip #7 : Edge To Spline

In this Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip, I show you how to use the "Edge to Spline" command to create splines from your scene objects.

Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip #8

In this Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip, I show how to easily Fade Objects IN/OUT in Cinema 4D.  It's not as straightforward as it is in After Effects. Hint: Don't use Transparency in the Material.

Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip #9

In this Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip, I show you how to UNDO Camera Viewport mistakes.   FYI.  It's NOT Cmd/Cntrl-Z!

Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip #10

In this Cinema 4D New User Quick Tip, I show you how to use the Transfer Tool in Cinema 4D to quickly move objects into place.