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  • Andy Kiernan

    February 26, 2021 at 10:29 am

    **warning, there’s defo not a comprehensive answer below sorry!**

    The best idea is to use something like wysiwyg wysiwyg Lighting Design – CAST Software (

    but inside of c4d, make use of cloners, animate one moving head and clone it, offset it.

    To have the control I think you want, I think you would have to basically ‘make’ a lighting desk inside c4d, what I mean is have the pan/tilt/col/gobo/shutter/focus of each head wired to a separate slider using xpresso and user data,that would get you so far as to create the ‘channels’ of dmx, but to get the ‘shapes’ that come with most desks would require some more involved xpresso.

    Maybe you could use a midi controller (or actual lighting desk) to control the user data sliders. I don’t know if that would work mind. I think Chamsys magicQ can output midi, maybe, I don’t know, maybe the shapes and automation can come from the real desk? How you utilize that midi is beyond me, I used grip tools once and a midi controller and managed to just about get a cube to rot on a slider but that was it!

    Once you figure it all out though, you can use maybe cappuccino (character section) to record the actions you make.

    I was an LD for 15years before I switched to 3d & VFX, and I always wanted to do this!

    Depending on what renderer you’re using, but the c4d lights noise section does actually quite a decent job of faking the effects of ambient fog in the air.

    You can look at the docs of real heads on websites to find the curves of the shutters as most are not so linear, that would give you better fades, also you can probably find the curves for the steppers so you get very realistic moves! And if you’re going for photo real, don’t forget the small light spill out the back of the heat sinks!

    I would bet (once again, I don’t know!) that using UE or similar would be easier to create what amounts to lighting visualization software!

    I’m sorry I ended up just rambling! I hope you can get it sorted, report back on here whe you do, id love to know how you get it solved. Good luck mate!

  • Andy Kiernan

    February 19, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    I made a little test using xpresso, a plain effector that uses sound effector field to effect clones scale… Then I take that data out and pipe it into the luminance channel. Now, I’m no xpresso wiz so it could be wrong or there’s a better way, but this I think gets you what you want. Then just duplicate the set up per material you want and move the probes in the effector.

  • Andy Kiernan

    February 19, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    I think one approach is to have a cloner with two ‘states’ inside, on and off. Set cloner to sort, set sound effector to modify clone, then the sound will switch the clones between the states. I think this will give a stepped change so either 100% on or off, another approach would be needed if dimming was Required. possibly some re-mapping with xpresso.

  • Andy Kiernan

    February 18, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Displacement map using a fractal noise set to swirl as a source?

  • Andy Kiernan

    February 11, 2021 at 10:26 am

    Make a grid larger than you need with cloner, add a shader effector using scale -1, use a greyscale image to define which clones you want to keep. My image uses a checkerboard pattern but its the same principle. you can also do this with geometry, same set up but use a plain effector and fields, use some geo to define which clones to keep, stick it in the fields list.

  • Andy Kiernan

    February 2, 2021 at 9:54 am

    I cant see your image for some reason, but have you tried purging the AE cache? that can sometimes fix weird issues

  • Andy Kiernan

    January 13, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    If i understand right, you might try twirling down the lens blur effect to show compositing options and add your tracked mask to it. This will mask just the blur not the layer.

  • Andy Kiernan

    November 27, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Mocha by default creates corner pin data, so works fine if you apply it to a, for example, solid layer the same size as the comp. I believe there is a drop down box in the mocha effect to change the data type to transform though which will work on your null

  • Andy Kiernan

    November 26, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    is the PSB set to CMYK rather than RGB? It should be RGB

  • Andy Kiernan

    November 26, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Your best bet is to contact Maxon directly. email or find a local (to your country) seller/distributor and see if they can help. Other than that, check that you have the correct version of c4d installed for your license

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