Reference Cinema 4D Cinema 4D Visualize, Broadcast, Studio Character Animation CMotion
Function available in CINEMA 4D Studio
CMotion

Basic Coord. Object Pose Route Steps

Basic Properties

Name

Here you can enter a name for the object.

Layer

If an element was assigned to a layer its layer color will be displayed here. This field reflects the layer color in the Layer Palette. You can drag & drop layers from the Layer Manager or similar layer fields onto this field. You can also assign layers or remove elements from current layers using the menus located behind the small triangle.

Visible in Editor

Controls whether the selected objects are visible or invisible in the viewport.

Visible in Renderer

Controls whether the selected objects are visible or invisible in the renderer.

Use Color

Determines whether the selected objects use their display color. Off switches off the display color so that material colors are used instead. Automatic means the display color is only used if the object has no materials. On means the display color is always used, even if the object has materials.

If an object is assigned to a layer, selecting Layer will color the primitive using the color of that layer (see Layer Manager).

Display Color

Defines the display color. Click the color box to access the system color chooser or click the small triangle to access Cinema 4D’s color chooser. Choose the desired color.

Enabled

Switches generators, deformers and primitives on or off. Disabled objects are not visible in the viewport.

X-Ray

If this option is enabled, the selected objects will be semi-transparent. All points and edges can then still be seen when using a shaded display mode, such as Gouraud shading.

Priority

See Priority.

Camera Dependent

This option defines whether the object or tag should be carried out even if only the Viewport view has changed (e.g., when navigating the scene via the Viewport).

 Animation

Auto Time

When this option is enabled, CMotion will run for the entire length of the Project. Disabling it allows you to restrict the animation to a specific range of frames.

Start
Stop

Defines the frame range to playback the CMotion animation.

Load Preset...

Allows you to load a previously saved animation preset. Keep in mind that if a preset contains objects that can't be matched with your current list, you will have to relink them manually from the Objects list.

Only CMotion preset source files (source files have the extension .cmo) contained in the user library / cmotion folder will persist between projects. You can load presets files from any location, of course, they just won't be available in the list automatically.

Attention:
Loading a preset will overwrite existing parameters and actions! So make sure you make a backup of it first by saving these as a new preset.

Save Preset...

Using this command, you can save a preset of the animation currently active in CMotion, to reuse later on.

Note:
Your presets will be saved in your user preferences, in the library / cmotion folder.

Contextual menu

Right-clicking on a preset within the presets list (when you either load or save a preset) brings a menu that gives you access to additional options.

Show in Explorer

Right-clicking on a preset and selecting this option will open the folder where the source file for the selected preset is located.

Rename

Allows you to rename your preset in the presets list. The source file will also be renamed.

Delete

Removes the selected preset from the list. Be careful, this will also remove the source file, so make sure you make a copy of that file in another folder than the CMotion preset folder, if you wish to keep a backup.

Name

Displays the name of the preset, or the absolute path of a preset which you would like to load or save.

… Button

This is the custom location button, used to load or save a preset from any location. Once the file selected, its absolute path will be displayed in the Name field.