Cinema 4D Jumpstart

5 Day Course
Hands On
Official Curriculum
Code C4DJS

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This course coupled with Cinema 4Ds easy interface and logical workflow make it possible for those new to 3D artistry to be producing hi-end 3D scenes quickly.

We will cover modeling techniques for creating bespoke models, typography & objects. We’ll also cover animation, lighting and camera techniques. The course covers an introduction to BodyPaint 3D and how best to texture your models and type. We’ll show you the software’s tight integration with Adobe products as well as other leading compositing and video products. We’ll work through the best rendering and export techniques. Then we move up to advanced level to look at lighting and materials.

Cinema 4d is fast, intuitive and delivers dazzling imagery. This course is suitable for people in any industry looking to add 3D to their workflow.

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Introduction to Maxon Cinema 4D (5 topics)

  • Overview
  • Overview of Cinema 4D
  • The Cinema 4D interface
  • The Camera and Object views
  • Customising your workspace

Modelling (9 topics)

  • Creating a manipulating primitive shapes
  • Creating and understanding splines
  • Creating Nurbs
  • Shapes and parameters
  • Deformers
  • Polygon modelling tools
  • Creating and applying textures
  • Adding text & company logos
  • Importing Adobe Illustrator paths

Creating a Scene (10 topics)

  • Adding a floor object
  • Adding the Sky object
  • Adding Lighting
  • Light textures, projections & shadows
  • The Material Manager
  • Creating new materials
  • Concepts of colour, transparency, reflection…
  • Applying a material to an object
  • Changing a materials mapping
  • Applying Video textures to objects

Body Paint 3D (5 topics)

  • Introduction to UV maps
  • How to use Body Paint 3D to create textures
  • Camera mapping your new models flawlessly into existing imagery
  • Projection Painting/Texturing
  • How to leverage Adobe Photoshop to really enhance the texturing process.

Animation (10 topics)

  • Timeline concepts
  • Setting Keyframes
  • Animating objects and cameras
  • Editing animation sequences
  • Creating an animation path for your object
  • Animating the camera
  • Rendering the animation
  • Animating Nurbs
  • Multiple cameras
  • Animating the light

Rendering / Exporting (8 topics)

  • Rendering a view
  • Rendering settings
  • Rendering for Print
  • Rendering for Video
  • Rendering with Alpha Channels
  • Creating a Render queue
  • Importing and exporting from other 3D packages
  • Rendering your project to different formats (MOV, Image sequences & Quicktime VR)

Advanced Techniques (7 topics)

  • Lighting and Materials
  • The Material Manager
  • Creating new materials
  • Concepts of colour, transparency, reflection…
  • Applying a material to an object
  • Changing a materials mapping
  • Manipulating lights

Learn (4 topics)

  • Customising the interface
  • Tailoring cinema 4D for you
  • Intelligent working methods
  • Filtering out surplus information

Rendering (4 topics)

  • Lighting schemes
  • Improve quality
  • Enhance realism
  • Vastly reduce render times

Modelling & Materials (4 topics)

  • Deformers
  • Optimising meshes
  • SLA advanced textures
  • Volumetric materials

Animation (4 topics)

  • Animating everything
  • F-Curve control
  • Particle systems
  • XPresso nodes


A good knowledge of basic operating systems either PC or Mac. A basic understanding of Maxon’s Cinema 4D interface is recommended but not essential.

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Good level of detail and industry examples of the technology and its usage. Trainer extremely knowledgeable with a great deal of experience in the field.”

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