NEW TUTORIAL: Cinema 4D Text

It can be done in Cinema 4D too. Here is another tutorial that quickly shows the same techniques for creating 3D using Maxxon Cinema 4D. Of course, we’ll get into more integration with After Effects soon, but those kind of tutorials have to be planned out a little more. Don’t pretend for a second that these tutorials are just random, we have surprises for you all the time. We’re like the website that loves you for who you are.

Wow! You must be excited to see new tutorials everyday. You probably want to support us right now by buying our great DVDs. Good Idea

September 26th, 2007 @ 12:30 am
What do you guys think's better, cinema 4d or 3ds max, I want to get one but can't decide which.

By the way, have you seen this way of making 3d text with the shatter effect in after effects;
It's limited if you want to do some camera moves around it, but it's still completely 3d.

Thanks for another great tutorial.
September 26th, 2007 @ 12:36 am
yes cin 4d!!! im that excited. you are my hero andrew
Jacob Dyer
September 26th, 2007 @ 12:46 am
I love your ever-so-subtle hints about buying DVD's. It makes me want to buy them all!
Cheers for the C4D tutorial as well,
September 26th, 2007 @ 12:48 am
You call that subtle? :)
September 26th, 2007 @ 12:58 am
awesome,thats what i need ,thx Mr Kramer i love you!!!
September 26th, 2007 @ 1:36 am
Spent my day going through the designer bundle. phenomenal man.. exciting times
September 26th, 2007 @ 1:38 am
oh and im way keen for the medical-type-tutorial, looks swish
September 26th, 2007 @ 2:52 am
does this mean ull be making a 3D text tutorial using Maya next? :P
September 26th, 2007 @ 2:55 am
Lovin' the new 3d tutorials! I have a feeling these are building up to some killer matchmoving tuts!
September 26th, 2007 @ 3:04 am
i'm working with maya , 3ds max and c4d
c4d is damn best user friendly 3d application i ever seen , and it's fast for every day animations and not bad renderer but fast !
but if u r going to learn it from tutorials or training u have to know that there is not a good training dvd specialy in rigging and animation part . all the tutorials and trainings are Basic .

3ds max that i don't know why people keep saying that it's just for 3d games , has some great rendering engines specially mental heray and ma favorite VRAY , and there is lots of tutorials and training DVDs, u can rig a character in minutes with character studio(exept long rendering time for render) .
and i think exept UI , it has more potential , more plug ins and more abilities than c4d .
September 26th, 2007 @ 3:14 am
Thanks Andrew for the tutorial!!

Release some new dvds for us to purchase!!! As soon as they come out.....I'll be purchasing!! I already have the rest!!!

Quick Question Though:
Will You Be using 3DSMax for the rest of your 3D tutorials or C4D?
September 26th, 2007 @ 3:58 am
Please use your powers to make me a 3D Modelling, Texturing, Animating and Matchmoving Genius. Your tutorials are so easy to follow and I cannot thank you enough. Release them on DVD and I'll snap them up :o)
Some Guy
September 26th, 2007 @ 6:10 am
Thank you! I don't have C4D, but hey, it's a new Andrew Kramer Tutorial. I am excited to see new tutorials everyday. Does it means that tutorial 47.7 is coming tomorrow?... ;-)
September 26th, 2007 @ 6:47 am
Will be there some modelling tutorials (poly-modelling)? I can make it :P

OFF TOPIC: Andrew - How your team has created this chorus in the basic AAE training spot?

Some free chorus samples?? VSTi?
Josh Johnson
September 26th, 2007 @ 6:51 am
Awesome C4D tutorial! I hope a C4D dvd is released I would be all over that not to mention and new dvd release I will buy.
September 26th, 2007 @ 7:02 am
Thanks a bunch Andrew, I've got Cinema 4D, but I can't figure anything out. 3D apps are hard. So thanks a bunch for this.
September 26th, 2007 @ 9:08 am
Great tutorial AK! I have both programs and I never really use 3D Studio MAX but for some reason I think the tutorial we did yesterday in it looks better in the final render then this one.....Either way great tutorial as always!

September 26th, 2007 @ 10:10 am
I did recently buy your Riot Gear DVD, and I love it! I want to support you as best that I can, but that means I'll be buying one DVD from your site every 6 months or so.

Thanks for all of the great free stuff!
September 26th, 2007 @ 11:09 am
I think that the 3dsmax version looks better, because in C4d version the floor plane itsn't long enough and the end of the floor its reflected in the material like this line in the middle of the front face of the type...
Great Tutorial Andrew and keep on sharin' your knowledge, you are man!
September 26th, 2007 @ 11:55 am
Alriiight my weapon of choice C4D!!! I was afraid you weren't gonna cover Cinema 4d but man am I glad you will!!
Martin Oberg
September 26th, 2007 @ 1:16 pm
Hey Andrew...Im really curious about Riot gear2 that I saw on the Designer sound effects tutorial.
It will be really fun to see what it wil be...well it should be beacuse you are Andrew Kramer.
Martin Oberg
September 26th, 2007 @ 1:21 pm
And this tutorial is great, but i'll have to wait a couple of months so that i can buy a 3D software. It looked so cool that i have to start with 3D myself.
Andrew could you give me a hint of good 3D software.
September 26th, 2007 @ 1:46 pm
I can't wait to see more integration with After Effects , that is my favorite kind of techniques used in post production process.
naim alwan
September 26th, 2007 @ 2:47 pm
thanks man... it makes so much more sense to you C4D, and surely as a AE profressional it would be in your best interest to use an appliccation that has the best intergration with AE????

Sean Barrett
September 26th, 2007 @ 2:57 pm
Aww yes. Thank you Andrew! Can't wait for the AE C4D integration tuts. I can not tell you how much of an incredible resource you are. Thanks times 4 million.
September 26th, 2007 @ 3:11 pm
Hey ,first of all i bought all the dvds nothing left to buy ,i bought all of them to use them in AE right .that was the idea and the idea is great ,i have to say when a guy said 2 tut are the same and in totaly deffernt software ,he said whats next microsoft word .i was- he is right ,now we have to go and buy maya or soft image or 3d cinema or god knows what else and how much .any who we know andrew is the boss and he can do what ever he wants and he can get all these software for free but this site started with AE and for the people of AE and lets say photoshop too cuz we love matte painting but as a fan to videocopilot i say the only thing keeps this site alive is becuse of the fans of andrew and his AE presets and tuts cuz i think if people start lozing intrest in the tut and cant offord the expensive software .i think you know the ansewr .we and me .we love to be here and you have no idea how much we thanksfull for all these great AE tut i hope to stay in AE and photoshop and the rest software it depends on the effort of people if they want to master maya or other stuff .forgive my long letter but this is my thought and 50 of my friends that comes to videocopilot.
September 26th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm
Which one is better?

3d Max or Cinema 4D?

They both get the job done, and that's for sure.
September 26th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm
@Kyle G

The lower quality render is because antialiasing was set to geometry instead of best. You can change the parameter in the antialiasing tab in the render settings dialog.

BTW I don't recommend using AO (ambient occlusion) to much because it is extremely slow to render, in this case its ok but I would use a light with a soft shadow map when it comes to animation.


September 26th, 2007 @ 4:15 pm
Clancy, no one is going to make you buy a 3D program. But if you want to see how more complicated VFX are created, 3D programs are essential. I don't see a shortage of AE tutorials just a couple of mid-week bonus tutorials at a low cost to you.

My goal is to expand everyones imagination and show how cool FX are done. Just a few weeks ago you were reluctant to tackle Photoshop and now you're including it. In time you will soon have more knowledge than you did today so don't be afraid to learn as much as you can in life. I never stop learning new things and neither should any of you.

I read books and other tutorials even if I'm not planning to do a certain effect. But it's funny how much of that gets absorbed.

This website is called Video Copilot, which means I am your video assistant to help you out with anything, even your marital problems.

We're going to get into more programs other than AE too! Including 3D integration with After Effects and multi-pass rendering. 3D tracking and matchmoving. More Photoshop and Flash. And even some Final Cut Studio. Even some philosophical stuff like art and design. I'm always pushing the capabilities of After Effects and will continue to do so.

Just sit back and enjoy what is coming. This is Video Copilot and we know how to roll baby.
Kyle Troxell
September 26th, 2007 @ 4:45 pm
Andrew, That was the most beautiful thing I've ever heard. Seriously, "you're like a miniature buddah covered in hair"

I never understood how to use C4d or 3D Max or even Maya and Motion but from the very few tutorials you just did for those, It has opened a door for me where its easy and I'm comfortable moving around and creating things in the applications. Thank you.

I shall name my child after you, and he will be a wise and masculine child.
September 26th, 2007 @ 4:56 pm
i agree we learn every day and i dont mind learining but the thing i watch the animation and i want to learn maya 5years ago but its so expensive i love everything got to do with animation and effects and belive me i sit and watch for hours to learn, nothing wrong with that but the more i get intrested in so many softwares that i cant buy to work with it i go crazy .now when first time i came across videocopilot i saw your work and i went and i bought the whole bundle you know that check my name on your order i got every thing at one time and then i got AF right away .and i saw you filming with an xl2 i went and i got that too. i love to learn .any way there is so many cool stuff .i came long way in after effects becuase of you ,iam forever greatfull.and my friends too.
September 26th, 2007 @ 6:32 pm
Hey Andrew, I have a question. Every release I seem to get the trial of C4D, but quickly move away, because of the slow zooming. It just takes forever to zoom into the details, or zoom out to see an entire scene. But I really want to get into it's mograph feature. Do you know if there is a way to make C4D zoom faster?
September 26th, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

Dont use the scroll...

Hold alt+right button and move the mouse from left to right for zoom.

General tip:

You can also use alt+left click to pan around an image and alt+middle click to move in the x, y axis... If you don't feel comfortable with this there are 3 small buttons in the top left of every view panel. Click on them, hold and move the mouse. Each one does the exact same thing as to what I described earlier.

Hope this clears things out

September 26th, 2007 @ 9:46 pm
Wow Andrew....i've never been so attracted to a man before! hehe just kidding, andrew ur a great soul!.... thanks for all uve done!

so wats happening witih the "house" effect? :P
Some Guy
September 27th, 2007 @ 1:38 am
Andrew, that was indeed the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard (I mean that post: ). I don't have any of that 3D apps you made tutorials to, but I love to learn and maybe the time will come and I will use them. And your line "This is Video Copilot and we know how to roll baby." is epic! You should use it often... :-D
Thanks again and keep up the great work!

PS: Maybe you should cover some basics of 3ds Max in a tutorial to make it easier for us to follow. It don't have to be a 3ds Max Basic Training section, just something like your 4th tutorial - 3ds Max 101.
September 27th, 2007 @ 2:59 am
matchmoving ......
pleaaaaase !!!
September 27th, 2007 @ 3:36 am
Hey Andrew, i have a question!

Do you have any plans about Serious FX & Compositing II ?
Damn, i love this DVD and hope u make another one. And hope it includes Source from your other DvD´s, to create really amazing stuff! Perhaps Serious FX & Compositing II (Title and animation technics).

I would buy it ;) cuz ur trailers and promos are amazing!!
September 27th, 2007 @ 5:04 am
heres something i found thats pretty cool... 3D compositing using Maya and After Effects!
September 27th, 2007 @ 6:09 am
Kyle, you're too funny man!

“you’re like a miniature buddah covered in hair” LMAO!!

September 27th, 2007 @ 7:02 am
Thank you!
September 27th, 2007 @ 8:09 am
Hey, andrew ! Don't forget 3d fractal in ae !
September 27th, 2007 @ 8:23 am
Another great tutorial. I have both Max and Cinema, keep up the good work, and keep the tutorials coming.
September 27th, 2007 @ 9:57 am
I love that your going to cover some 3d stuff. I'm new to the 3d environment. so this is a big plus. I'm trying to figure out how to import a photoshop file into C4D.
September 27th, 2007 @ 1:27 pm
great to see some C4D tutorials for us mac users, thanks. i think i just might take the not-so-subtle hint and the coupon and pick up the serious effects and compositing dvd... :)
Kyle Troxell
September 27th, 2007 @ 5:45 pm
hmmm.... Andrew, what happened to the Forest Gump like tutorial, the new footage over old footage, can't think of it's correct name?

Did you come up with something better? Or is it just going under alittle so you can get out the 3D tutorials?
Kyle Troxell
September 27th, 2007 @ 5:48 pm

I've the LINE STREAKS tutorials and Riot Gear used in several CBS promos, ie CSI and that new show Moonlight. I saw that and i was like "WOASKJFDHSDKFhakHKLHKAJHSDASD videocopilot! askdjfhalksdhfasd"

just thought you would like to hear.

This website is the greatest best kept secret it keeps getting better.
Alex Bruecken
September 28th, 2007 @ 6:11 am
I don't know why people are making such a huge deal out of using 3DS Max. Did anyone try googling "3DS Max Trial"? You get a free 30 day trial, UNRESTRICTED. Which means it comes with everything except the material presets. Which means the only thing stopping you from following Andrew into new, interesting fields is your lack of an open mind.

Thankyou Andrew (yes, its another one of those posts.) I've been trying to move into 3D by myself, and I'm struggling big-time. When one opens up 3DS Max or Lightwave, one can't help but feel overwhelmed without a teacher to guide them.

You have a gift. A couple of weeks ago I gave up on 3D because I just couldn't wrap my mind around it. I tried googling tutorials, but everyone assumes you know things that you...quite plainly don't. Then your 3DS Max tutorial popped up, I took 20 minutes to download a 3DS max NINE trial, and now I feel like I have some understanding. The way you teach is entertaining and comprehensive. I've never walked away from one of your tutorials wanting more, and I deeply appreciate everything you do for all of us here. I'm moving around some funds to pick up a couple DVDs.

Thanks Andrew! This website is the absolute best.
September 28th, 2007 @ 7:38 am
Ya, and what about that gravity tutorial? That project file was all weird and wouldn't work.
September 28th, 2007 @ 8:00 am
i just cant wait for that "House" tutorial ...
September 28th, 2007 @ 10:59 am
HEYYYYYYYY andrew.. i saw your basic training tutorials.. OMG!!! how is the girl in the Mall Video file!?????????????? she is SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! YOU MUST USE THAT FILE FOR EVERY SINGLE TUTORIAL FROM NOW ON!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahaha naaah just joking BUT REALLY SHE IS HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
September 28th, 2007 @ 10:59 am
HEYYYYYYYY andrew.. i saw your basic training tutorials.. OMG!!! how is the girl in the Mall Video file!?????????????? she is SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!! YOU MUST USE THAT FILE FOR EVERY SINGLE TUTORIAL FROM NOW ON!!!!!!!!!!!!! hahaha naaah just joking BUT REALLY SHE IS HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and a Dr. HOUSE effect TUTORIAl!!!!! NICEEEEEEEE
Josh J. Johnson
September 28th, 2007 @ 11:14 am
To clancy or to anyone who is complaining that Andrew is giving us other tutorials. This is probably the best thing Andrew could do 3d intergration is "key" when it comes to vfx these days. I'm so glad you just aren't sticking to AE. Heck it is even cool you are going to do FCP tutorials even though I don't have FCP I have avid.

That won't stop me from watching you can still apply alot of the same things you learn in FCP to Avid. If anything Andrew is preparing people for real world projects and better yet is expanding our knowledge (always a good thing) which will let us become better film makers. Now I will be able to use my imagination in all of my projects.

Thanks again Andrew! New site is GREAT!
September 28th, 2007 @ 12:19 pm
Thank you for all that you do to help us. I myself work with Softimage XSI for mod making in SWBF (Star Wars Battlefront) ( But i also have C4D that i dont use alot just due to the fact that i dont know it as well as i do XSI. The modeling in C4D is much better then XSI but XSI has a better interface. But any way, thx for all the time you put into this. Whats going to be your next tut?
September 28th, 2007 @ 12:44 pm
"Which means the only thing stopping you from following Andrew into new, interesting fields is your lack of an open mind."

or lack of a pc :-)
September 28th, 2007 @ 2:41 pm
3D tutorials are also great...and become greater when they integrate AE in them.
It doesn't realy matter what application Andrew uses..the techinque is important, the integration with AE.

November 4th, 2007 @ 5:35 pm
I want to export a 3D object from C4D to AE CS3. What is the best set for that?
morten enoksen
February 25th, 2008 @ 5:35 am
"We’re going to get into more programs other than AE too! Including 3D integration with After Effects and multi-pass rendering. 3D tracking and matchmoving".

July 31st, 2008 @ 10:17 pm
The German
October 9th, 2009 @ 12:20 am
What about a Tut for the Text Explosion as in the Bullet Promo??
November 28th, 2010 @ 10:12 am
Yeah! C4D is what I use!
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