Likely one of the most underused features in Cinema 4D are the character rigging tools. While rigging sounds interesting, it does require more technical knowledge than other aspects of 3D. With Cinema 4D however, there are some artist friendly rigging tools with the Character Object, Character Templates, and others that can really help out.

how to make a template quickly and easily from an existing rig.

Recently Bret Bays has started a new series that will act as a primer into the custom character templates in Cinema 4D. Part 1 of the Custom Character Template Primer offers an overview for all the elements and tools that you will encounter.

Bret also shows how to build your own simple character template from an existing rig — A process that is actually more quick and painless, than one might anticipate.

Bret Breaks down and defines the elements that will be used for creating custom character templates, such as what the Character Object is, versus a character template, components and the components tag in Cinema 4D. There is some really great info in the article which is not to be missed, so be sure you check out Custom Character Template Primer, an Introduction and Overview to get started.


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