Price When Reviewed: 220.43 . 594.89
Pros: Incredible set of tools for creating complex procedural animations. An essential purchase for motion graphics artists, and invaluable for anyone using Cinema 4D.
Cons: Can be tricky to learn and complex in use. Scenes can get unwieldy.
MoGraph is Maxon’s latest add-on module for its Cinema 4D 3D animation system. While its name is an abbreviation of ‘motion graphics’, MoGraph offers more than just After Effects-style animation tools for title sequences.
It’s difficult to succinctly describe what MoGraph is for, because its uses are so wide ranging. MoGraph is a complete toolset for simplifying the kind of complex animated sequences that would typically require scripting or painstaking piecemeal construction. Just about every Cinema 4D artist – from illustrators to architects – will find it a huge boost to their creative toolset.
The core of the module is a system for creating and managing instanced objects (objects that are duplicated across a project). Conceptually, it extends Cinema 4D’s Generators and Effectors, and makes use of hierarchies of objects to create and manage different effects. It also ships with a decent selection of ready-made content including video transitions and text effects.