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C4D Spotlight: MoGraph Tracer Object

C4D Spotlight: MoGraph Tracer Object
Tutorial, C4D Spotlight, Michele Learns Cinema 4D Sep 02, 2015 at 06:41 AM

I have a big list of topics that I’d like to cover in CINEMA 4D as I’m learning it. What better time to start a new series! I’m calling this C4D Spotlight and the first is meant to give you some ideas on what you can do with the MoGraph Tracer Object

What is the Tracer Object?

tracer menuIt's a MoGraph Module that allows you to create paths or splines from points in an object. You can do cool and fun things with the tracer, from simple to complex. The tutorials below show everything from making trails, lasers, ribbons, cables and even transitions. You'll find Tracer under the MoGraph menu. 

 

Here's what the Object Properties look like. 

Mograph Tracer Object

C4D using MoGraph Tracer Object

Rob Redford of Pariah Studios talks about the MoGraph Tracer Object in CINEMA 4D. It's a bit quiet so turn up the sound, but the content is great.

Connecting Plugs to Cables with CINEMA 4D

In this tutorial, CyBear builds a rig that connects the end of a plug to a cable. "With the clever use of a MoGraph Tracer Object and some spline settings, this rig makes it easy to animate plugs and socket explanations."

NAB 2015 Rewind - Kevin Aguirre: In the Zone with Cinema 4D's MoGraph Tools

Here's on from Cineversity. At 15:33, Kevin explains the Welding Effect, which he creates with the help of MoGraph Tracer.

How to use the Tracer Object in Cinema 4D

Lawrence Black very quietly shows you how to use the Tracer Object to create a disco atmosphere. 

Easy Transitions between Objects with the Tracer Object

Download the scene file to play along with this tutorial by Berd. He says it works better with low-poly objects. Makes sense.

QUICK TIP 03: TRACER TRANSITIONS from Berd on Vimeo.

MoGraph Tracer Text Animation, Parts 1 & 2 - Sean Frangella 

In this CINEMA 4D R16 tutorial, learn to use the MoGraph tools to create a 3D Tracer text animation, using MoGraph techniques in CINEMA 4D.

Then, part 2 covers adding post-production effects in After Effects.

Tracer Object (Trail)

Here's a CINEMA 4D Tutorial from Motionsquared. Here are the project files.

Follow a Light Trail

This one reminds me of what you can create with Trapcode 3D Stroke, except you can apply textures in CINEMA 4D!

How To Create MoGraph Tracers In CINEMA 4D

Other MoGraph Tracer tutorials and freebies that you may want to check out:

Posted by Michele Yamazaki

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