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Understanding the Basics of XPresso in CINEMA 4D

by Simon Fiedler

In this CINEMA 4D tutorial we will learn how to use CINEMA 4D's node-based Expression System, XPresso. Software required: CINEMA 4D R14.

What you'll learn

In this CINEMA 4D tutorial we will learn how to use CINEMA 4D's node-based Expression System, XPresso. We will talk about the principles of XPresso, learn how we can create nodes and navigate in our node tree. After this short introduction we will cover what vectors and matrices are and what we can do with them. We will work our way through a few practical examples where we'll show you different nodes and techniques. Our final project will be a dynamic jellyfish rig which is fully driven by our node setup. Software required: CINEMA 4D R14.

About the author

Simon Fiedler is a Freelance Digital Artist located in Mainz, Germany. He graduated at the University of applied sciences Mainz with his short "Droplets", which won several awards including the Animago Award 2011. Since 2008 he has been working as a digital artist with a focus on motion graphics, particles, dynamics, animation, compositing, and everything else that helps to tell a good story. Besides being an artist he was also involved with programs like IBC Amsterdam and the Maxon Roadshow as ... more

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