Cinema 4D: Creating a Dolly Effect

Breathtaking animated cinema is really popular all over the world, and one of the most effective program out in the market today is the Cinema 4D, which allows you to manipulate camera angles. One of the most popular effects made by cinema 4D is the dolly effect. Creating a dolly effect in Cinema 4D is not easy to do on your own, especially if you are just starting out. Here is a step-by-step process so that you would be able to create a dolly effect.

Step 1: Add a Camera on Cinema 4D

With your object already opened, the first thing that you should do is add a camera on your work. You can do this by clicking the white cross button and selecting camera. Once you have done this, you will notice a “camera” tab in the upper right of your screen. Turn it on by clicking on the right side of its name.

Step 2: Add an Arc

Once you have turned on the camera, the next thing that you should do is add an arc which will be the pattern for your camera. Add an arc by clicking the “Splines Object” button and clicking “arc”. This will add an arc tab on top of your camera tab.

Step 3: Adjust Your Arc

The next thing that you should do is adjust the arc that you have. Click on the arc tab above your camera tab, and you will notice options on the lower right of your screen. Change “XY” to “XZ” so that the angle of the arc will seem to be flat on the ground. Adjust the arc to a half circle and increase its radius.

Step 4: Turn off Your Object

If you are having a hard time trying to locate your arc, you can always turn off your object so that you would be able to set up your arc better. It would be best for you to create a half circle arc pointing towards you and make it a little bit larger than your object.

Step 5: Use the Cinema 4D Tag

Once you have been able to set you arc, you should get a cinema 4D tag called align to spline and target. Do this by clicking on your camera tab located at the upper right corner of your screen and selecting “cinema 4D tag” then clicking on “align to spline”. After that, click the camera tab again and click on “cinema 4D tag” then select “target”. This will enable you to see your object along with the arc and then angle of your camera.

Once you have done all this, you are ready to have your dolly effect on the object that you have opened. You can play on the different camera angles that Cinema 4D gives you and you can also have countless options that would trigger your creativity. Creating the dolly effect and other effects on Cinema 4D is easy to do if you are well guided.