13 best plug-ins for Cinema 4D
Maxon Cinema 4D has a dynamic and well maintained plugin ecosystem providing all sorts of extensions for this program. From filling holes in his toolbox to optimizing his workflow. One of the best 3D modeling software packages. Structured Cinema 4D means not only that these plugins are well integrated into the application, but that they all fit together well.
As such, you can find Cinema 4D tutorials that will mention third party modifiers and effectors with their own tools. For example, how to use Turbulence FD to convey X-particles and then render them using the Hair shader. Split meshes with Nitroblast and then animate them with Signal ... The combinations are endless.
In this article, we've rounded up a few of our favorite plugins. Here everyone will find something for themselves.
From time to time you find plugins that don't offer the means to achieve a specific goal, but still inspire you to experiment with shapes in a 3D editor. Tripogen is one such plugin. It is a generator plugin that allows you to take a simple object and create something that combines advanced math processes with a random and organic nature.
It's a bit of a niche product, but Trypogen encourages creative experimentation and can actually produce wonderful and unexpected results in a very short time. Add to that the great MoGraph compatibility and you have a very useful tool for your creativity, for a small fee.
This amazing particle and VFX system has many useful features. For example, you can simulate fabrics, smoke, fire, and liquids, and they integrate seamlessly into Cinema 4D. If you are friends with C4D, you will be friends with X-Particles.
Lazaros aka NitroMan has created many useful plugins, but Nitroblast is probably his best product. This nifty little tool automatically breaks objects apart and lets you blow them apart using C4D dynamics.
4. Scroll Roll Deformer
Daniel Fitzgerald, developer of Curious Animal, said the Scroll Roll Deformer was designed to help create roll paper and carpet-like effects. The Scroll Roll has also proven to be ideal for growing sprouting objects and growing feathers. By scaling these objects out of nothing, as they unfold, he was able to move them smoothly, but in a much more interesting way than simply scaling.
5. Motion Stretch Deformer
The second generation from Curious Animal, also known as Daniel Fitzgerald is the Motion Stretch Deformer. When applied to a mesh, the Motion Stretch Deformer, as you might guess, stretches the geometry to match its movement, creating things like motion blur.
Signal is a GSG plugin designed to automate the animation process. It is applied as a tag to an object or deformer, and you simply drag and drop any animated value (including colors) into it. Then you need to set some values and Signal will do its job.
7. SplinePatch 3.0
As its name suggests, SplinePatch 3.0 adds spline patching to C4D, which allows you to create smooth curved surfaces from intersecting splines. This is ideal for creating complex shapes that remain editable and animated, such as cars, clothing, characters, packaging, or more..
Forester is a procedural vegetation plugin that creates an infinite variety of grass, trees and plants. It also comes with a stone generator and a scattering feature called Multicloner. Its latest update also integrates with the C4D variation shader, so you can color the leaves as you like.
GSG Transform is a handy plugin for generating keyframed animations. It provides a set of over 65 presets for various animations, which can then be customized according to your requirements. It works well with text, clone arrays or cracked objects made with nitroblasts.
TurbulenceFD is a voxel-based fluid dynamics simulation system for fire and smoke generation. TFD is used in movies, TV shows, and video games. You just need to run the simulation and see the final results to realize that it is very special.
11. Light Kit Pro 3.0
The latest Light Kit Pro update provides a complete and fully customizable lighting solution, providing a variety of realistic lights, panels and softboxes to enhance the lighting of any scene. It's easy to use, includes 120 studio presets, and has built-in support for Octane, Arnold and Redshift renders.
This tool from César Vonc unfolds an object into strips of connected polygons, similar in appearance to peeling a banana. This is a very cool effect with many options to change the way it unfolds and disappears. However, Vonc explains that you cannot easily cache the effect, as the Unfolder changes the number of points and the number of polygons by default, and the PLA cache needs them to be the same.
13. Difference Map
Difference Map is a handy plugin that lets you apply effects to the vertex of your warp by creating a vertex map describing the effect of the deformer on each point in your model. Thus, if you are using the Impact deformer to create ripples, you can use the Difference Map tab to create the vertex map you referenced in the material to give those ripples a different color for the rest of the object.