After 2+ years messing around with Cinema 4D, i finally feel i have made a step in understanding it..
There is a lot of bases to cover in order to achieve a minimum witch i feel i am getting close to have covered.
As with ableton live, i never been comfortable with “timeline” and keyframing. I hate the fact to have to settle down with an idea and build upon it, not giving you a lot of control and quite often a nightmare if you decide to change direction or like with photoshop, trying as much as possible to keep layers and not flatten comp (witch sometimes is not possible)
Fortunately, dynamics and Xpresso (witch can be frightening at first) enables you to control almost anything building your very own control rig and create a “living” thing, that react and evolve.
It took me months after months of watching tutorials (that i will list for you to check) and messing around to really see the potential of it. It is difficult to warp your head around it at first but once you know the key elements and understand how manipulate data using all kinds of nodes, you can do almost anything! The ultimate tool is the python node (scripting language). Got a hard time with it and haven’t managed to understand how do basic stuff yet. Like any language, it is possible to learn it but don’t get it yet (not smart enough >_<) but with a lot of perseverance and the right knowledge resources, anything is possible : )
In this project, i am trying to get a an organic animation feeling without any keyframes! (except a few to control the rig)
It is not advanced stuff but it have opened my eyes on the possibilities that xpresso offers.
Once i feel i have accumulated enough knowledge i will prepare some tutorials : )
Ps: resolution is 600×450.. It is just quick export from different development step to keep a visual track of project versions..