Maxon Cinema 4D Introduction Live Hands-On Instructor-Led Training Class

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Outline & Course Information

Duration & Times: 2 Days – 8:30AM-3:00PM EST

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Course Description: This hands-on, two-day Cinema 4D Introduction course is for everybody new to Cinema 4D. You will learn Maxon’s Cinema 4D tool starting with the basics, allowing you to begin creating your first animation projects, from building original 3D objects to completed renders. Through C4D, we will explore general 3D concepts to give you a better understanding of the underlying technology used by this kind of visual effects software. This Cinema 4D training will also cover techniques for generating the most efficient renders from this powerful 4D animation software, including practical methods for working with C4D rendered output in compositing software like Adobe After Effects.

Prerequisites: Students should have a practical knowledge of Mac OS X or Windows. A basic understanding of video editing techniques and Adobe PhotoshopIllustrator, and After Effects software would be highly beneficial.

Required Technical Set-Up:
• Primary computer connected to a second monitor OR second computer to view instructor live
• Reliable High-speed internet connection
• Web Browser: Google Chrome Preferred (Alternative: Microsoft Edge)
• 3-Button Computer mouse
• Audio Speaker/Microphone (built-in to computer or external)

Job Roles That Use Cinema 4D:
Film and Video Professionals
Motion-Graphics Professionals
Visual Effects Artists
Web Designers

Projects That Use Cinema 4D:
Video Compositing
Motion Graphics Design
Digital Post-Production
Visual and Audio Effects

Maxon Cinema 4D Introduction Course Outline

1. C4D Basics
Navigating the Cinema 4D Interface
Menus, Tools, Windows and The Timeline
Browsers in C4D
Import and Export of 3D Objects
C4D File Extensions Vs. 3D Model File Formats
Coordinate Axis / Constrain Axis
Render Buttons / Render to Picture Viewer

2. Hierarchy in C4D
Object Browser Structure: Parent-Child Relationships
Attributes Manager
Switches & C4D Stoplights
C4D Tags

3. 3D Modeling
Object Creation States: Parametric Vs. Polygonal
Points, Polygons, and Edges: Selection and Manipulation
Drawing tools for Object Creation / Working with Splines
Importing Vector Art from Photoshop and Illustrator

4. Generators in C4D
Modeling Generators
Multiplayers: Array and Cloning Tools
Subdivision Surface Generators

5. Lights and Cameras
Lights in C4D
Shadow Types
Animating lights
Cameras in C4D / Camera Views
Camera Rigs

6. Texturing
Creating materials in the Materials Editor
Materials and Object Application
Restricting materials to a selection
Dealing with Alphas

7. Animation
Keyframing (attributes and objects)
The timeline / keyframe indicators
Interpolation (F-Curve Editor)
Dopesheet Editor / Fine tuning Keyframes

8. Rendering
Render Settings for C4D
Rendering for print, video, etc resolution settings
Alpha channels / Rendering Clips Vs. Image File Sequences
Dof / Motion Blur

9. Compositing
Setting up multi-pass
Render Pass Image Sequences for Compositing

10. Customizing
Creating a custom layout in C4D
Modifying shortcuts
Preferences Vs. Scene Settings
Creating a custom start .c4d file

Disclaimer: All course objectives and outlines are used as a guideline and are subject to change to ensure the latest information is covered to support real world use of the technology.

Software Versions: ThinkB!G open enrollment classes are taught on the most current version of software whenever possible. To request a specific version, please Contact Us or call us at 301-362-2250.

What You Get
  • Hands-On Official Authorized Training & Certification
  • Training Delivered from Certified Instructors that are Senior Consultants
  • Official Curriculum Courseware & Personal Use of Class Recording for Limited Time
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Remote Access to ThinkB!G Class Computer with Software licenses & Class Files Pre-Installed for Use During Training--No Installs or Downloads
  • Instructor's Real-Time View of ThinkB!G Class Computer Screen for Immediate Live Interactive Support
  • If Certification Training is Selected, It May Include a Test Prep Tool, Testing Voucher with Free Retake, and Proctor Fee (if taken with ThinkB!G Virtually)
  • Note: IT Support is Available to Pre-Flight Virtual Class Set Up Before & During Training

Public Enrollment Training

This course is currently not on our Public Enrollment Training Calendar. If you are interested, please click the link below to complete our request form.

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Dates to Register

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Custom Private Training

We offer this course as Custom Private Training or Project Based Training®!

If you have a team of individuals, you can receive bulk discounts by doing your own Private training session & cover your specific learning objectives! We can have the Private Training at ThinkB!G in Columbia, Maryland, Virtually Online Live (Available for Most Courses), or Onsite at Your Location.

What's Included?

  • Custom Outline to include Targeted Topics Based on Your Learning Needs
  • Hands-On Official Authorized Training & Certification
  • Training Delivered from Instructors that are Senior Consultants Certified by Adobe (ACI), Apple (ACT), & Microsoft (MCT)
  • Official Curriculum Courseware
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Computer (Apple Mac or Windows PC) with Software & Class Files (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)
  • Continental Breakfast Every Day (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)
  • Catered Gourmet Deli Lunch Every Day (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)
  • Unlimited Snacks and Refreshments (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)
  • Notebook & Pen (In Person Only)
  • Free Parking (In Person Only at ThinkB!G)

Submit details and a formal training quote will be sent to you!

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Payment Policy for Public Enrollment Classes

Payment and/or Purchase Order is required 16 Business Days (Monday-Friday) prior to first date of training class.


Payment Policy for Private & Project Based Training® Classes

Payment and/or Purchase Order is required 16 Business Days (Monday-Friday) prior to first date of training service.  Pricing provided is firm fixed price based on number of students.  Client is responsible for entire amount regardless of change in number of registrations.


Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy for Public Enrollment Classes

  • Classes may be canceled if less than 4 students are registered. We will notify you of cancellations no later than 16 business days prior to class.
  • Canceling/Rescheduling more than 16 business days prior to class: You are eligible for a refund or free reschedule. Registration is transferable to another student for the same class & date.
  • Canceling/Rescheduling less than 16 business days prior to class: No refund. No Reschedule. Registration is transferable to another student for the same class & date.
  • No Shows without contact: No refund. No Reschedule.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy for Custom/Private and On-Site Training Classes

  • No penalty if cancellation/reschedule is 16 Business Days (Monday-Friday) prior to the first date of class.
  • 50% penalty will be incurred if cancellation/reschedule is less than 16 Business Days (Monday-Friday) prior to the first date of class. This fee is to cover instructor expenses, travel, and course materials purchased.

Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy for Individual Students in Custom/Private Training Classes

  • Individual students registered in a private class, who cancel or do not show, are not eligible for a partial refund or reschedule. Registration is transferable to another student. Please contact your class organizer or manager if you need to cancel. 

Average Review: 4.83 out of 5 - 6 Reviews

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Definitely Eager To Return!
This has been awesome! I honestly wish that I could continue here for the rest of the week and keep learning. Definitely eager to return. -Stanley Black & Decker, Jordan (Maxon Cinema 4D Introduction Live Hands-On Instructor-Led Training Class)
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The Courses Greatly Enhanced My Knowledge Of The Programs!
This is the second Think B!G online course I have taken. The first was on Adobe After Effects, and this one was on Cinema 4D. I feel like the courses greatly enhanced my knowledge of the programs, and now I feel like Cinema 4D is much more approachable since the instructor really went in-depth about the interface and basic tools. I would have liked to cover a couple more things that we didn't get time to do, like spend more time on animation and compositing, but overall I think it was kind of good that we spent a long time on the basics since no one in the class was really familiar with 3D modeling.   -JMU, Lindsey (Maxon Cinema 4D Intro Live Hands-On Instructor-Led Training Class)
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Knowledgable and Entertaining.
"Enjoyed the training. The staff was hospitable and the teacher was knowledgable and entertaining." - Tavon M. - Stanley Black & Decker (Cinema 4D Introduction Training)
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Fun & Educational Experience!
"Always a fun and educational experience coming here." - Rick A. - SSA (Maxon Cinema 4D Introduction Training)
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Highly Useful Training!
"This training class was highly useful as a professional in the video production world." - Grayson S., JMU (Intro to Maxon Cinema 4D)
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Challenging Courses!
"Great environment and challenging courses." - Jonathan P., USCIS DHS (Maxon Cinema 4D Training)