Monthly Archives: January 2011

THE KERNIMATOR: BUILT BY RYAN

KERN TYPE IN CINEMA 4D

Download .lib4d for Content Browser Presets

Download .c4d get right into the action

WHAT DOES IT DO?

The Kernimator allows you to kern up to 26 characters on a single line of type. You can spec the font, size, z-depth, and basic rounded fillet cap options for your text, just like you can using the regular MoGraph Text Object.

The Kernimator is only intended for short, single-line kerning needs. It is not for kerning a full paragraph of text. For advanced typography, you really ought to be using Adobe Illustrator anyway. If you require more than one line of text, you can use more than one instance of The Kernimator.

Currently, The Kernimator has been tested with Cinema 4D R11.5 and Cinema 4D R12 for the Mac. It should work on Windows without incident, but please let us know if you run into any issues. The Kernimator requires the Cinema 4D MoGraph module.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Kernimator is a bunch of MoGraph Text objects controlled via Xpresso and User Data.

To install The Kernimator in your Cinema 4D Content Browser, copy the file called kernimator_0.1.lib4d to your MAXON/CINEMA 4D XX.X/library/browser folder. You should find the MAXON folder in your Applications/Programs folder.

Restart Cinema 4D if it is running. To use The Kernimator in your scene file, double click The Kernimator in your Content Browser, select the newly created Kernimator object in the Object Manager, and adjust parameters in the Attributes Manager.

Alternately, you can download the .c4d source file to use The Kernimator immediately, without the whole Content Browser rigamaroll.

Watch the how-to video to learn more.

WHY IS IT HACKED TOGETHER?

The Kernimator is still very much an alpha/beta/prototype/stuck-together-with-duct-tape-and-paper-clips/brute-force type of product. It works, but has a long way to go.

The next phase of development will focus on dynamically generating characters with C.O.F.F.E.E. to avoid the hideous mess of Xpresso nodes and get rid of those extraneous kerning beams. It will also include the full suite of cap and rounding options available in the regular MoGraph Text Object.

Future versions of The Kernimator will be announced in conspicuous locations around the Interweb. Keep an eye on this page and @kernimator.

IS IT SAFE?

The Kernimator should be fine to use in most projects. However, please use the Kernimator at your own risk. This product is provided as-is, at no cost, and has no warranty or guarantee of any kind. You are solely responsible for any damage caused by using The Kernimator, such as missed deadlines, lost revenue, corrupt files, broken hearts, or a case of the vapors.

CAN I MODIFY THE KERNIMATOR?

Please do! The Kernimator is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license. Please share any improvements with the worldwide Cinema 4D community in order to develop the best product possible. ¡Viva la kerning!

KERNIMATOR PRESS

http://www.artisnavi.com/maxon-cinema-4d-the-kernimator/

http://aefreemart.com/2011/01/24/kern-type-in-cinema-4d-yes-you-can/

THANK YOU

The Kernimator would not have been possible without the tremendous inspiration of Greyscale Gorilla, 3DKiwi, Robert Leger, NateMac00, and countless others.

The Kernimator video features the track The Path of Memory is Neither Straight nor Safe, by the ultra-talented Lucas Swick.

GET IN TOUCH

If you’d like more information, or would like to assist in developing The Kernimator, please drop us a note.

DIRTY DIRTY RICH CANON 7D FOCUS TEST

Owen having fun and working on using the manual focus and short depth of field on the agency Canon 7d. This was shot on a dining room table. The white seamless is a piece of poster board taped down. Lighting is provided by a simple desk lamp. The rest is the camera, Gaga, and After Effects color toning from the Video CoPilot series of presets.