Best Buy
  • Price: 220.43 . 594.89

  • Company: Maxon

  • 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.

  • Our Rating: We rate this 9 out of 10 We rate this 9 out of 10

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.

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The main tool is the Cloner tool.This allows you to clone your objects, and you can instance them in a variety of ways – such as Linear, Radial, Grid Array, and Object. The latter lets you clone one object over the surface of another. A collection of Effectors can then be applied to create a vast array of other effects.
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For example, a Formula Effector applied to a grid array of objects can animate the array based on a formula supplied by the user. A Random Effector could be applied to the same array, scattering the instances randomly in space.
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To control which effector has priority, each can be weighted using a slider to control the effect. All parameters can be keyframed, giving vast creative possibilities. Other effectors include Step, Spline, Delay, Target, Inheritance, and Sound. The Sound effector allows you to drive object parameters based on the frequencies in an audio file. 
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Creating animated bouncing objects synced to an audio file takes just a few seconds to set up. Without MoGraph, it would be impossible without serious scripting work. 
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