In a knowledge-based economy, educating and empowering students in different disciplines with 3D visualization is vital. As part of the MAXON Competence Centre @ TP collaboration, we conducted the MAXON CINEMA 4D seminar to benefit the students and educators in Temasek Polytechnic. More than 150 attendees from different schools of Temasek Polytechnic attended the event held on 9th July 2014 at TP Auditorium 2.
Our first demo artist, Florence, started the demonstration of CINEMA 4D by explaining how intuitive the icons used in CINEMA 4D interface were and by using some of these functions, such as primitive modelling, she created a chess pawn quickly. Next she assigned pre-set materials from CINEMA 4D's 3D library and used the Physical Sky for an automatic lighting setup before showing the photorealistic rendered image. To the audience, many of whom are new to the world of 3D animation and visual effects, it proved how easy and quickly you can create such animations.
To show why CINEMA 4D’s powerful motion graphic tools is the professional tool of choice in the TV and broadcast industry, Florence used MoGraph functions such as cloner and effectors and showed how it can be harnessed for TV idents and even medical animation. She then completed her demonstration by showing how one can composite 3D objects into a live video footage using the seamless integration between CINEMA 4D and Adobe After Effects.
Eric, the next demo artist, then demonstrated how CINEMA 4D can also be seamlessly integrated into the architectural and engineering design visualization workflow which usually starts with a CAD model created by either an architectural or mechanical CAD software. Inspired by the Formula-1 car, he showed how one can use BodyPaint3D for projection painting onto a 3D model, such as projecting sponsorship labels onto the Formula-1 car. Eric then showed how to add real time simulation such as wind, gravity and turbulence using the simulation functions available in CINEMA 4D.
Using the content library in CINEMA 4D, Eric can easily select various common architectural objects and develop a scene quickly which allows an artist to focus on his key 3D assets. He ended his demonstration by showing how architects can use CINEMA 4D to create realistic render as well as non-photo realistic render such as sketch, markers and water color effect.
For the industry guest sharing segment, Dionisius Kartalaksana (Dion), from Abundant Productions, shared the process of how a creative idea is formulated, researched and transformed into an animation when he was presented with a challenge to convince Nickelodeon Channel to consider Abundant Productions for some of their TV commercials. He demonstrated how he could use CINEMA 4D to create a cute character by using primitives such as cubes and cylinders. Dion then showed how he can then easily create animation using deformers. This demonstration illustrates clearly that with CINEMA 4D, one do not need to be an expert to do character modelling and animation. Check out some of his work here.
This session gave the audience a glimpse of the magic of CINEMA 4D. We hope that the students and educators are inspired and motivated to empower themselves with CINEMA 4D.