The Age Of Plugins: Snap Deformer

The Age Of Plugins continues inexorably forwards with Snap Deformer, a new deformer plugin for Cinema 4D that snaps your objects' points to a custom grid.

Snap Deformer is a bonus plugin, which means it's available to anyone who has purchased a perpetual licence for any of our plugins, as well as anyone with an active plugin subscription.

There's only one month left in The Age Of Plugins! This is the fourth release, after Shadow Falloff, Cluster Effector and Velocity Effector. Sign up to our newsletter to find out when the final plugin is released!
Posted October 19, 2017

The Age Of Plugins: Velocity Effector

The Age Of Plugins moves inevitably forwards with Velocity Effector, a new plugin for Cinema 4D that modifies your Mograph clones based on their speed and direction, and which is free for everyone.

There are still two months left in The Age Of Plugins, which means two more plugins still to be released! To recap, The Age Of Plugins has seen three new plugins released so far, including Velocity Effector - the other two are and Shadow Falloff and Cluster Effector. Sign up to our newsletter to find out what happens next!
Posted September 26, 2017

Cinema 4D R19 compatibility

All our plugins are now working and supported with Cinema 4D R19! Some of them required minor updates to work, so you'll need to get the latest versions.

It's free to get updated Curious Animal plugin Activation Codes - just enter your email in our Updated Licence Form here and you'll get new codes via email.

When updating I recommend installing the Plugin Manager in your R19 plugins folder and letting it download the correct versions of the plugins, rather than copying them all from your old plugins folder. You can always find the latest version of the Plugin Manager here, and once it's installed you can find it in your Cinema 4D 'Plugins' menu.
Posted September 04, 2017

The Age Of Plugins: Cluster Effector

The Age Of Plugins continues with Cluster Effector, a new plugin for Cinema 4D that bunches your Mograph clones together based on their distance from each other. Like other effectors in the Mograph toolset you can also use Cluster Effector as a deformer.

Cluster Effector is a bonus plugin, which means it's available to anyone who has purchased a perpetual licence for any of our plugins, as well as anyone with an active plugin subscription.

There are three months left of The Age Of Plugins. We'll release one plugin either free for everyone or as a bonus for paying customers for each of those months, sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with the next instalment!
Posted August 28, 2017

Siggraph 2017 Sale

We're having a sale for Siggraph 2017! From July 30 to August 4 you can get 25% off all our plugins, including packs and combos, or get the first month free on our Curious Animal C4D Plugin Subscription.
Posted July 27, 2017

The Age Of Plugins

We're ushering in The Age Of Plugins with Shadow Falloff, a free plugin for Cinema 4D. Use it to limit the effect of your Mograph effectors and deformers to an object's shadow.

But wait what's The Age Of Plugins? I haven't had as much time this year to dedicate to plugins, but I did take a couple of weeks recently to go through my notebooks and develop some little plugins I'd been hoping to try out for a while. The result is five plugins that we'll be releasing soon, one per month, some free for everyone like Shadow Falloff and some as bonuses for our paying customers.

I hope you enjoy, and you can sign up to our newsletter to find out when The Age Of Plugins continues!
Posted July 16, 2017

C4D Python Party: Retiming Caches

Control time! Not space though, just time, with this script at least. If you're working with Mograph and get asked to make something just a tad slower here but quicker there to match the timings of something else in your animation, or maybe you'd like to ramp up the speed of a rigid body simulation, then this is the script for you - you can use it to retime your caches with an animation curve, similar to the retiming feature in After Effects. It also works with Alembic generators and the Point Cache Tag so it's a pretty versatile way to control time in your projects.

To install the script:
1 Download it here (it's a freebie)
2 Unzip it into your scripts folder (eg "C:\Program Files\MAXON\CINEMA 4D R18\library\scripts\" on Windows, or "/Applications/MAXON/CINEMA 4D R18/library/scripts/" on OSX)

To use the script:
1 Select the object whose cache you'd like to retime (this can be an Alembic generator, a polygon object with a Point Cache Tag, or any of the Mograph generators so long as you've given it a Mograph Cache Tag).
2 Run the script (click 'Script' > 'User Scripts' > 'cache_retimer').
3 Change the animation curve for the 'Frame' value in the new Python script tag that gets added to your object - flatter curves are slower, steeper curves are faster, and you can make your cache go backwards by setting the slope downwards.

Handy hints
While Point Cache and Mograph Cache Tags can interpolate frames, Alembic generators don't - so if you slow them down with this script they might judder along as each cache frame takes up multiple frames in your scene. To avoid this you can increase the 'Subframes' value in the Alembic Export Settings so there's some inbetween frame information to use when slowing down your Alembic.

The Cache Retimer script doesn't work on Dynamics Body Tag caches, but it does work on Mograph Cache Tags and Point Cache Tags. You can use rigid body dynamics via the Mograph objects (eg applied to a Cloner or Fracture object with your dynamic objects inside), cache the animation with a Mograph Cache Tag instead of within the dynamics tag, and then retime that. For soft body dynamics you can try adding a Point Cache Tag to retime (this will only work if you've made the object editable).

If you later remove the script make sure to set your cache's 'Offset' (for Mograph Cache and Point Cache Tags) or 'Start of Animation' (for Alembic generators) back to 0.

Read on to go deeper into the code...
Posted June 20, 2017

Populate version 1.06 released

We've just released version 1.06 of Populate, which includes two nifty new features. This update is free for licensed users, and is available now via our Plugin Manager in Cinema 4D.

The video above shows the new 'Multiply original value' range type which allows you to randomly squash or stretch cerain parameters (vectors and some number types). The video below shows the new control over time parameters - in this case to offset an alembic cache.

Posted June 16, 2017