Fundamentals of Cinema 4D

3 days

Course Description

This course is for everybody new to C4D. It will take you through the basics of Cinema 4D, and will allow you to start using it to create your first projects from start to finish. We will also talk about general 3D concepts that will give you a better understanding of the underlying technology. Aspects of Adobe After Effects that work in conjunction with C4D will be used in this course for rendering and compositing your 3D scenes.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who seeks to learn Cinema 4D from scratch, from any industry and discipline.


Practical working knowledge of Mac OS X or Windows. A basic understanding of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects would be beneficial but are not necessary.

Before registering for a class, you may also take the Cinema 4D Elementary Knowledge Test:

Our online, multiple-choice quiz will test your basic knowledge of Cinema 4D. Take the Assessment Test Now

Course Outline

Note: The curricula below comprise activities typically covered in a class at this skill level. The instructor may, at his/her discretion, adjust the lesson plan to meet the needs of the class.

Lesson 1: Basics

  • Cineware in Adobe After Effects - Launching C4D & C4D Lite
  • Navigation
  • Primitives
  • Deformers

Lesson 2: Splines

  • Drawing
  • Importing vector art from Photoshop and Illustrator

Lesson 3: Generators

  • Modeling generators

Lesson 4: Lighting

  • Lights
  • Shadow types
  • Aiming lights
  • 3-point lighting
  • Restricting light (project tab)

Lesson 5: Texturing

  • Creating a material
  • Projection modes
  • Restricting materials to a selection
  • Dealing with alphas

Lesson 6: Animation

  • Keyframing (attributes & objects)
  • The timeline (time code)
  • Interpolation (F-curves)
  • Cineware in AE - 3D Camera Layer Settings for C4D

Lesson 7: Rendering

  • Cineware in AE - Render Settings for C4D
  • Rendering for "x" (print, video, etc)
  • Alphas
  • Dof / Motion blur
  • Net

Lesson 8 Compositing

  • Cineware in AE - Multi-pass for C4D
  • Setting up multi-pass

Lesson 9: Customizing C4D

  • Creating a custom layout
  • Modifying shortcuts
  • Preferences vs. Scene Settings
  • Creating a custom start .c4d file