Emir Bojorquez Shows How to Create Growing and Multiplying Particle Animation With C4D’s Thinking Particles.
X-Particles takes up a lot of the volume when talking about particles in Cinema 4D. That doesn’t mean that C4D’s native particle systems aren’t up for some tasks. Thinking Particles allow you to control particle animation using Xpresso nodes. TP can get a little hairy at times, but it’s simple enough to do some things quickly and efficiently.
PixlDG’s Emir Bojorquez posts a short 14-minute tutorial that shows how you can create a particles network in C4D, complete with growing, multiplying effects and tracer lines. If you don’t have X-Particles, you can follow along with tutorials like this one, using C4D’s own toolset.