C4D Spotlight: Align to Spline Tag
Today we’re going to look at the Align to Spline Tag and how to animate objects along a spline in Cinema 4D. This is not a new feature in Cinema 4D, but if you’re just learning Cinema 4D, it’s important. There are a lot of things that you can align to a spline: Objects, lights, and cameras. You’ll save major time!
C4D Tutorial: Align to Spline Tag
Here’s a quick tip from Joren at The Pixel Lab.
Animate Objects along a Spline in Cinema 4D
An older tutorial but still very helpful! Lawrence Black explains how to animate objects along a spline in Cinema 4D.
Cinema 4D Tutorial: Get an object to follow a spline
Cinema 4D Tutorial – Using the Align to Spline Tag with Xpresso
EJ from eyedesyn takes things a bit further. He explains, “I’ll go over how to get objects to align & animate with the tips of an object created by a SweepNURB or a SplineWrap Deformer as one would when creating such things as a power cord with a plug, or a headphone cord with a headphone jack, or any abstract animation where you need an object to move perfectly with the movement/growth of the SweepNURB. I’ll demonstrate how this can be done by simply changing the way the intermediate spline points are interpolated. I’ll then show you a way to use a simple XPresso setup to have total control over the entire SweepNURB growth/object tip rig to animate by adjusting just one parameter.”
Align To Spline Using Xpresso In Cinema 4D
helloluxx on the same topic.
C4D Tutorial – Aligning a Camera to a Spline!
ThisIsMoniac gives a nice tutorial on the topic.
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