Cinema 4D: Helix Cord Tutorial

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So I thought I’d take some time and throw together a tutorial on how to produce a Helix cord in Cinema 4D [see video above ^]. I’ve been using C4D a lot lately, especially since we’ve been branching out into more motion graphics projects here at Colorcubic, and one of the problems I’ve encountered numerous times is how to easily produce a helix cord in C4D. Some of you might ask yourselves “who really gives a shit?” Well, that’s true. Some people could really care less about how to make a simple shape like a Helix cord. But if you’re like me, and you’re into the subtle details of rendered gear or components, like headphone cords, or guitar cables, etc… this tutorial is for you.

Now I’m no expert at C4D, but I’m certainly no novice. And like any creative tool, there’s always numerous ways to produce something with the same outcome, but there’s always that one easy way or process that makes all those other processes look inundated with superfluous steps. For me, I’m always on the hunt for those easy solutions, so I guess you could say that I’m plagued by my OCPD (obsessive compulsive personality disorder). I tend to take longer than most creative people to really wrap my head around anything too technical, as I truly like to immerse myself in process, and memorize a process to the point of 2nd nature. Sounds a bit obsessive, doesn’t it? ;-)

Anyway, I learned how to do this a while back, using C4D 11.0. Unfortunately, the tutorial I learned from was poorly explained, and didn’t go into great detail about why things needed to be a certain way. It also didn’t carry over into newer versions of C4D (at least from what I could tell). I suppose if you have some basic knowledge of Cinema 4D, you could figure things out with little to no issues. But if you’re just starting out, Cinema 4D has a pretty big learning curve. So like any complex tool, the simpler things are explained, the easier it is for people to learn that tool.

Whether you’re just starting out, or you’ve been using Cinema 4D for a while, I hope you find this tutorial useful. If so, please sign off in the comments below. I can’t promise I’ll be doing this on a regular basis, but I’m definitely planning on releasing another C4D tutorial in the (not-too-distant) future.

Also, for another great resource for C4D tutorials, I’d highly recommend the GreyScaleGorilla blog by Nick Campbell. Very helpful resources, and he does a tremendous job of explaining process in Cinema 4D.

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    Hey,

    I am a motion graphic designer who looks at your blog, good to see your branching out.

    Nick Campbells blog is a very good for slightly more experienced users who are looking to do something new, but for totally beginner users Id recommend http://www.vertex-pusher.com/ Its certainly not as glamours, but really taught me a lot of fundamentals that you wont get from nicks site (as well as some critical do’s and don’ts).

    Cannot wait to see what you come up with.

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      Adam,

      Thanks so much for the resource. That’s really great. Definitely the type of start up tutorial resource that really helps people wrap their head around how these types of tools work.

      Cheers! :-)

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