CyBear keeps up with his Friday Q&A with a look at creating a tank full of swimming fish, using Cinema 4d’s Mograph cloner and effectors to automate the swimming motion.

use a MoGraph cloner and effectors to create some random swimming fishes.

The idea is to automate the swimming fish as much as possible, so you don’t have to use a lot of keyframes over and over again, on many fish.

Cybear also shows how you can direct the movement of the fish around the tank. Cinema 4D’s Mograph module can be used to create some simple flocking effects (minus the intelligence behind them).

In fact, one time, Uwe Schweer-Lambers (Equiloud), shows how easy it can be to create a “fake” flocking or a swarm effect in Cinema 4D.

Following the same train of thought, SioPio at one point walked through employing standard C4D tools to create a simple flocking simulation.