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Something cool for DAZ users from Cinema 4D

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I discovered something over the weekend with Cinema 4D R17's character object. I was actually looking for a way to be able to animate using a rig and send it into Iclone. For what I do, I'm happy with the Iclone Render, but I've been wanting to animate a little more precisely than is possible in Iclone right now. I have motionbuilder, and I haven't tried it yet, because I'm a little more comfortable with Cinema 4D. Anyway, I brought the G2F into Cinema to set it up to animate. Imagine my surprise when in the Mocap section of the Character Object, I discovered this:

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That's right. They have the full Genesis 2 Character setup in the character object. Bone for bone. This is pretty huge news for me because it means I can work out an animation in C4D and export the animation as FBX into Iclone to Render. I was rather happy with the first test with the Toon Shader, but I wanted to really keyframe the animation and not spend a lot of time adjusting keyframes with the puppet tool. I'm just a little more comfortable with using an animation rig and not trying to mix and match animations. 



A lot of times I'm not looking for ultra -realism which DAZ is good for. My interest is improving along the toon lines so that I can get a look more like this. I'm working on rigging the G2F using this method and I'll let you guys know how it goes. It's really got me stoked!

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Awesome news. I wonder if you could use gf3 as well with some work?
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It's just the G2F template. But You can build a character object for the G3F/M and save it as a character object template. It's quite an undertaking, but once you get the mechanics setup and save the template, you can use something Like Lumiere rig tools to quickly convert your G3 Figures to Cinema 4D. I am in the process or learning rigging so I'm not gonna know how good it is for a few days yet, but converting a Genesis 2 Rig to Cinema 4D is Deeply satisfying because now I can keyframe animation with the control I've wanted to have from Cinema 4D. Hooray!
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yeah i wish i had cinema 4 d 
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musicaz (1/14/2016)
yeah i wish i had cinema 4 d 


If you want to get your hands on Cinema 4D, the best thing you can do is take a class at community college. If you do that, then you can purchase the student version for $285. I actually have a position at a State University. The education system is at least good for massive educational discounts. 
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Awesome. Makes me want to crack r17 once again.
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Theoretically then, you could do that for an iClone CC character as well, building a Character Object? I'm fine with iClone characters (with the arrival of CC) and rendering, but I'm not happy with the animation results, so I'm interested in learning about alternatives.


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Yes. You can turn any custom bone setup and control rig into a re-usable character object in order to speed up the animation process. Cinema 4D already has the HumanIK motionbuilder setup, so you could essentially start from there --build the rig one time, then save it as a character object and re-use it. I honestly wouldn't leave iclone if I could get a control rig in the viewport, but since Reallusion doesn't seem to be interested in allowing us to use that animation rig in the viewport, then I had to resort to other avenues to get to where I wanted to go. I've even looked at Akeytsu, which consequently did recognize the DAZ FBX as well but I thought the interface and the documentation on how to use it need a lot more work before I consider going to something like it. I don't know why Reallusion's stuck on the puppet tool. I could even live with it if they allowed you to assign a hotkey to joints so I could select them without having to switch out of the viewport, but I guess that's a pipe dream right now. I like Iclone, but I hate the puppet tools without having the precise control of animating in the viewport instead of trying to string together a bunch of canned motions
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I've noted that there are different Cinema 4D versions. What is the minimum that would be required?


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animagic (1/15/2016)
I've noted that there are different Cinema 4D versions. What is the minimum that would be required?


The Character Object/Auto Rigger is only available in the Cinema 4D Studio Edition. It's available in the student edition as well --which is the full studio version.



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