Maxon Cinema 4D Character - Animation & Rigging

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TRAINING COURSE – Maxon Cinema 4D R21 Character – Animation & Rigging

Target Group

This training is aimed at 3D artists who already have some knowledge in Maxon Cinema 4D and now want to learn character animation and rigging.


In this training you will learn the basic techniques in character animation and how to build stable and practice proven rigs in Cinema 4D.


Starting with the animation tools, the power Slider, Timeline and F-Curves as well as the work with Key-Selections and Selection-Objects, we will then talk about possible animation techniques with the help of Deformers.

Creating your own UI Panel and HUD Elements help the animator to focus on the animation process. Moreover we will deal with the Joint-System beginning with a technical (mechanical) Rig, useful for machines or robots, and the concepts of deformation rigs and controller systems.

With this knowledge we then start creating our first organic character and we will learn the difference between FK- and IK-Chains, and of course, how to switch between them.

Movements of the rig is transferred to the mesh with the help of skin-deformers and weigth-maps. Here you will get to know your „best friend“ - the powerful weight-manager. Subtle changes in meshes, for example in facial expressions, are built with the postMorph-Tag. We will use pre-defined poses for different expressions. We learn how to set them up and mix them.


In the course of this training, powerful supplements like the muscle-system, as well as the template-driven character-object and the visual-selector will be dealt with.


Helge Maus is MAXON Certified Lead Instructor and beta tester for CINEMA 4D.


  • Basics of Character Animation
  • Topology of meshes for animation
  • Freezing of Transformations
  • Key-Selections & Selection-Objects
  • Power-Slider / Timeline / F-Curves
  • Using of Deformations / Deformer-System
  • Construction of UI- & HUD-elements for the animator
  • Rigging with Joints
  • XPRESSO helper
  • Forward Kinematics vs. Inverse Kinematics
  • Spline IK
  • Skinning of Characters
  • WeightPainting & Weight-Manager for the refinement of Skinnings
  • Facial animation with PoseMorph
  • The new Character-object
  • Using Rig-templates
  • Building own Rig-templates
  • Walk Cycles with CMotion
  • Animation of Muscles
  • Visual-Selector
  • Dealing with poses
  • NLA-System of Cinema 4D
  • Creating of first animated shots with characters
  • Blocking & Refinement


Training Requests

All training contents will be adapted to your individual needs. A free analysis is the basis of a successful learning. Therefore take the chance and feel free to contact us. After a first talk on the phone, we create an individualized plan according to the goals you wish to achieve.

If you are interested in a training by pixeltrain / Helge Maus, you can reach us by phone +43.699.10669979 or email info(at) We will contact you as soon as possible for an informal talk.

Besides the training, we also provide a detailed, free advice before you buy a package, as well as consulting and project support during a production.



Maxon Cinema 4D is a professional software package for creating 3D objects and scenes for

film, multimedia, visual effects, product design, architecture and engineering.
The entire family of Maxon Cinema 4D products offers all possibilities for professional modeling, texturing, animation and rendering of images. Therefore, you are able to create animations in a stunning quality.

The supreme discipline of the 3D world is still the character animation. The creation of organic and nonorganic characters with their own identity, the rigging of a character with joints and bones, inverse kinematics, XPRESSO-controls and constraints as well as the animation of faces with morphs demand high technical as well as artistic requirements in the 3D artist. Cinema 4D Studio provides the necessary range of tools in order to bring your characters to life. In this training, you get both, the technical principles and tools, but also many important tips are given to the hand of the animator.

There was a character-object added to Maxon Cinema 4D R14, which offers templates of finished rigs for various applications. With the help of the new CMotion object quick walk cycles are possible. Learn more about these tools in an intensive training!