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Maxon Cinema 4D 7 Paperback – 28 Dec 2001


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (28 Dec. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201731363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201731361
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,431,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Maxon's Cinema 4-D is arguably the most underrated computer 3-D animation application available. It is hardly known outside its own user base and yet offers a broad and deep feature set and tremendous flexibility. Maxon Cinema 4-D 7 is perfect for the beginning user as well as the intermediate and somewhat advanced user. It introduces many important basic concepts and techniques and goes deeply into the more advanced features as well.

The author wastes no time in getting past the interface introduction and into a working example. The best way to learn is by doing, and sculpting a fairly complex model is exactly what gets done before the first 50 pages are over. Subsequent chapters cover organic and mechanical modelling, radiosity and caustics, Hypernurbs and an invaluable tips and tricks section.

By far, the chapter on expressions is worth the cost of the book. Expressions and the COFFEE language used in Cinema is one of its most powerful features, and the 50 pages of examples and description in this chapter shed light on this powerful tool. Need to make a hose attached to two different objects (one at each end)? The example is here, as are things like properly deforming a spring (its length changes, but the diameter of the wire itself doesn't) and automating the movement of the nested sleeves of a piston.

The only complaint is the lack of colour pictures throughout the book. While heavily illustrated, the chapters on radiosity and materials sorely lack the necessary accompanying examples. They are on the CD, along with the project and data files, but that isn't quite the same as having them on the page next to the words.

For anyone who's used or is planning to use Cinema 4-D, this book is as important as the manuals that come with the application. --Mike Caputo

From the Back Cover

Maxon Cinema 4D is a flexible and powerful modeling, animation, and rendering tool. It's used to create a wide variety of images, including special effects, broadcast titles, character animations, and more.

Maxon Cinema 4D 7.0 provides a thorough introduction to the software, while the companion CD contains a demo version of Cinema 4D, as well as sample scenes and animations from the book. Readers will learn how to use Cinema 4D to create special effects, character animations, and 3D modeling. Project examples in each chapter illustrate key features of the software. The last chapter in the book dissects and fully deconstructs a full-featured animation.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By eddie@eddiedesigns.com on 2 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
This book is superb. It immediately awakens you to multiple ways to achieve the same objective. Like the first tutorial, the modeling of an automobile piston it says there are 3 ways to accomplish this task. I followed them all and then blam!! I could tell you what the next chapter is about, I started to write it here, but I realised it was a fantastic surprise to me so I'll leave it as that. I am now more enthusiastic to learn Cinema 4D than ever. This workshop is very professional although being translated into English from the German author I have noticed a few minor misprints/errors so I'd say to you, you need to already know at least the basic workings of Cinema 4D 7 or else you might get lost. Nevertheless, you'll definitely learn alot from reading this. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By madra on 22 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
i'd already dabbled with cinema4D a bit and read through the manual, so i didn't come to this book as a complete novice.
the book basically talks you through building, animating and applying surface materials to a group of pistons on a crankshaft. if you're a bit of a closet grease-monkey like myself you'll find it a refreshing change from all those tutorials on modelling boring chairs or teacups.
i think the main problem with the book lies more in the proof-reading/translation than with the actual writing itself. i pretty much breezed through the modelling and animation sections. having a fair idea of the basics in those areas anyway, i could read 'between the lines' when the all too frequent typos cropped up- for example, a novice user might have searched in vain for the "object access tool" whereas i correctly divined that the "object axis tool" was required.
however, i really struggled on the sections on COFFEE [cinema4D's built-in scripting language]. here, because typing lines of code was involved, the typos really hit hard. in one section ["building an simple machine"] the source code presented in the screenshots actually used different variable names than were used in the line by line text description of the code underneath. very sloppy editing!
speaking of screenshots; a lot of the instructions in this book are presented in the form of screenshots showing values entered in dialogue boxes. i've only read the book thoruogh oreilly.com's online safari subscription service and found that a lot of the info in these dialogues was almost unreadable in the online version. i don't know if this holds true with the print version also, but it might be something to bear in mind.
all in all i'd say that this is a potentially excellent book sadly let down by sloppy proof-reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenton Evans on 16 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
An excellent reference manual.
Every clilck of the mouse is expained, I soon learnt a lot of new modelling techniques and ways to overcome problems I had encountered before.
There are a fair few typos and mistranslations, but when you expect them, there should be no real problem to work out the correct meaning.
One of the chapters concentrates on COFFEE, that I do not use, as I am only interested in still images; but there is plenty for everyone.
This book has really increased my abilities greatly in Cinema 4D.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Biff TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2015
Format: Paperback
Quite a struggle.

Not the best laid out or easy to understand introduction to this software.

There are better instructional books available.

Poorly illustrated
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Cahalan on 5 Aug. 2002
Format: Paperback
After having experienced 2D design to the maximum of it's ability, I wanted to move onto 3D design in order to perhaps furthur go onto university and learn enough to go into this kind of design. So, to give myself to step in the right direction, I purchased this book along with Inside Lightwave 7.
To cut a long story short, Maxon Cinema 4D 7 is just over 400 pages long, whilst Inside Lightwave 7 is over a 1,000. Now, logic would make you think that Cinema 4D 7 would take 1/3 of the time to read, but this is not the case. I found this book to be awful. There was not enough description as to what you were doing, not enough diagrams to see if you're doing it right and using words that I had to result to a dictionary in order to understand, and the worst part is, it seems as it pages were missing, as it just goes from one section to another without any notice of what you're doing.
I've been unable to get past the first chapter, and even after reading pages again and again, I still find myself oblivious as to what I'm actually trying to achieve. As much as I'd love to be able to understand the beauty and power of the program, I'm not going to with this book and as soon as Amazon get another one in stock, I'll purchase that.
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