How to Make Fire in Cinema 4D

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How to Make Fire in Cinema 4D
Cinema 4D is a 3D modelling and animation program. (illustration de cube rendu 3d rouge image by arkna from

Cinema 4D is software that offers an interface capable of procedural modelling and animation, as well as lighting, texturing and rendering. The program is often used in the entertainment industry by 3D animators and other artists to create scenes for animated films. However, Cinema 4D can be used by amateurs or beginners to create small animated videos or scenes for fun. Creating fire in Cinema 4D is an easy task that can be done by using one light and certain plug-ins that the program offers.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Cinema 4D

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  1. 1

    Open Cinema 4D and create a new document by clicking on "File > New Document."

  2. 2

    Open the camera into your new document by clicking on "Objects > Scene > Camera." Set the Coordinates to X=0, Y=1000 and Z= -900. Set the Rotation to H=0, P= -7 and B=0.

  3. 3

    Create a light for the fire by clicking on "Objects > Scene > Light." Double-click on the light icon to set the "Visible Light" to visible and the "Noise" to both.

  4. 4

    Adjust the colour in the light options menu to R= 90%, G=50%, B=20% and set the Brightness to 180. This will give your flame an orange glow with a red hot centre. Click on the "Details" tab and change the "Falloff" drop-down menu to Inverse Square, the Inner Distance to 500m, Outer Distance to 2000m and the Brightness to 100%.

  5. 5

    Click on the "Noise" tab in the light options menu. Set the Contrast to 100%, the Velocity to 25% and the Type as Wavy Turbulence. Adjust the Octaves option to your liking. The octaves option will give your fire either softer or harder flames. Using an octave of 1 will give your flames a softer look, whereas an octave of 8 will give the flames a harsher look.

  6. 6

    Add scale and wind in the light options menu. The scale settings should be adjusted to X=100m, Y=150m and Z=100m with an illumination of 4. The wind adjustments should be X= -1m and Y= 5m. The velocity can be set to 0. Click "OK."

  7. 7

    Click on the "Viewing Window" and press "Play" to watch your newly created fire burn.

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