MoGraph has to be my favourite of the Cinema 4D tools. Its creative possibilities are endless and with this tutorial, I show you how to create my MoBubbles scene.
I wanted to do a tutorial on MoGraph, because it's such a fun suite of tools to work with. You can get some really interesting animation involving thousands of objects, very quickly. MoGraph is used by many 3D motion graphics artists to create some amazing animation. Once you understand how it works, it's really easy to work with. Spend 25 minutes following my tutorial and you'll be able to create a wide range of scenes using those core principles.
MoGraph is included with Cinema 4D Broadcast and Studio, so you'll need either of those to get the toolset. If you haven't got it, then you can follow along with the Cinema 4D trial version, which you can download on the link below.
At the heart of MoGraph is the Cloner Object, so that's what I wanted to focus on here. I started playing around with it in Object Mode to see what sort of funky, abstract designs I could create. After a while, I'd created the dissolving bubble effect you can see in the image above.
The base design is made up of a Cloner Object, cloning spheres in the shape of a torus; the Plain Effector, used to create the dissolving effect; and some Dynamics to make the clones more animated and not intersect. You can use MoGraph to make interesting stills, but it's really at its most exciting for animation. You can see the five-second animation I made at the start of the tutorial below and then follow along to recreate it.
During this tutorial, I take you through my process of creating the entire scene including texturing, lighting and my camera setup. I also talk you through the different ways you can create similar effects using some of the other MoGraph Effectors.
The final render and final animation at the beginning and end of the tutorial are exactly what was made when I was recording the tutorial – no editing or recreating at all.
The great thing about this is you can learn the principles and use them to create your scene however you like. Change the shape, change the falloff and parameters of the Plain Effector and change the textures to whatever you want them to be. I've used spheres for my clones, but you can choose any object you want or even use a mix of objects. The MoGraph possibilities are endless!
Don't forget that this tutorial can only be followed along with if you own Studio or Broadcast. If you don't own either of those, grab a FREE Cinema 4D trial on the link below.
I hope you enjoy the tutorial. If so, let me know on a comment on the blog or the video. I'll be working on more MoGraph tutorials in the future, so let me know if there's anything in MoGraph that you'd like to learn more about.
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