Creating the Endoscope Look in Cinema 4D

——   Created by Travis Vermilye

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Course
9
Lessons
1h 10m
Lesson time
intermediate
Skill level

More about this course

Endoscopes are commonly used in medical procedures such as laparoscopic surgery, colonoscopy, arthroscopy, etc. The visual appearance is characterized by a circular viewing field and very hot (bright) lighting that falls off or fades quickly in a dark environment. Luckily this is a look that is fairly simple to develop in Cinema 4D!

This look can be used for much more than endoscopic visualizations! Think POV (point of view) shots from a small submarine for example - add another light or two and you have a very convincing submarine look!

In this class, I'll walk you through step-by-step instructions to develop an endoscope look in Cinema 4D. This includes all modeling, texturing, lighting, and rendering. As an example scenario, we will animate a clip from a colonoscopy.

Here's a glimpse of what we'll create together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tGD_hM0awE

Notes:

  • All demonstration materials created in this class are created with the Studio version of Cinema 4D r20. Earlier versions may be used for the project, but some features may not be available. 
  • Any Key Commands used in the class will be shown on the screen when pressed. These are Mac specific. If you are using a PC, substitute the CMD button with CTRL, and the Option button with ALT. All other commands should be the same.
  • Render times using the Physical Render Engine can take a while. Be prepared to render over-night if you need to

The course project

Create a 15-second endoscope animation in Cinema 4D.

ASSIGNMENT

Using the tips and techniques taught in this class, create your own version of an endoscope video. Be creative. Just because we are working with a serious topic, doesn't mean you can't have a little fun while you are learning. What surprising things may lurk around the next bend (in a colon?)? 

DELIVERABLE

Post your finished animation short as a Vimeo or YouTube link. Feel free to post in-progress screenshots or still renders too if you want some feedback.

Happy Animating!

Note: You'll need to have at the very least:

Cinema 4D, A YouTube or Vimeo account.

9 Lessons

0:03:34
Set Up Your Workspace
0:11:26
Build Your Colon Model
0:04:49
Set Up Your Camera
0:07:56
Refine Your Model
0:07:22
Animate Your Camera Along a Spline
0:06:02
Light Your Scene
0:14:31
Add Textures and Refine Some More
0:13:51
Make Some Final Adjustments
0:00:55
The Project
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About the instructor

Hello! I’m a digital and mixed media and artist, professor of design and illustration, biomedical illustrator and animator, coffee enthusiast, fly fisherman, hiker, biker, and a bunch of other things.

I’ve gone through some different phases to try and figure out just what kind of classes I want to make …

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