Motion Drop

What is Motion Drop?

“ latest favorite Cinema 4D preset rig.”
Joren KandelThe Pixel Lab

Motion Drop is the tool that I wished someone had invented a couple of years ago.
It’s capabilities are endless, and the results are amazing!
I’ve been working on this for a while now, and felt like this could be something useful not only for me, but for every motion artist out there.

Have you ever seen those sweeped lines moving around with an organic feel, like if they really had life? Well, to create that effect is nothing new these days. The problem is that it’s a painful process, and the results sometimes end up not being very organic.

Motion Drop lets you create up to 6 (I call them Drops) that randomly move around each other.
You can change their overall Radius and length (Tail). The Speed in which they move around each other can be set manually, so you can have some Drops flying around faster than others. You can also set the distance from each Drops Generator (starting point) to the previous one and tweak the randomness of each Drop’s movement by changing its Seed.
Link them to a spline and animate their position with a pre-built Follow Path function, and add some movement noise by crancking up the Distance, the Speed, and changing the Seed of their Generators.

Add them to a cloner, sit back and enjoy the hypnotising gorgeous effects!
And guess what, they’re Dynamic! Which means that you can blast cubes and other objects that get in the way of these nasty little Drops.
This and so much can be done.

Some examples where Motion Drop is used

Motion Drop + Sound Effector
A bit of simple Xpresso was used to link Motion Drop to a Sound Effector. The results? Hipnotyzing!!!

motion drop experiment_01
Dynamics in action

How to install Motion Drop?

How to use Motion Drop?

Send me your experiments

By the way, feel free to send me your motions, stills, work or experiments made with Motion Drop. I’ll choose the best examples to showcase here on

And the price?

You may pay whatever you find fair in the donate page.

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Cinema 4D R13 or above
os: Win & Mac

65 thoughts on “Motion Drop

  1. December 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks for this. I spread the word about this great preset here:

  2. December 20, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Love it.

    Had a bit of a play myself:

  3. December 21, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Great job! Thanks! ;)

  4. Tom Daigon
    December 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Excellent job on creating this tool!

  5. Erik Waluska
    December 26, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    This is a really cool little rig and fun to play with. Nice work!

  6. mo swell
    January 9, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Great tnx :)

  7. Connor
    January 19, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    how do you install it once downloaded??????

    1. admin
      January 19, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Instructions are next to the file:
      “Paste the file mmg – motion drop.lib4d into your Cinema 4D install folder under library/browser

  8. Jack
    January 25, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Hey there,

    When I try to use slow motion effect with those drops, by changing the “time scale” under project settings, it doesn’t work. How can I make them affected by the that time scale setting ?

    Thank you.

    1. admin
      January 27, 2014 at 1:43 am

      I don’t think that will work. To change its speed you’ll need to change the “speed” under the Generators.
      If you find out how though, I would love to know :)


      1. January 27, 2014 at 8:24 am

        how about just rendering at a high frame rate, 50,75,150 fps,. this should achieve a slow motion effect.

  9. Steve J
    February 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Great little plug-in – thanks very much for sharing it. I have left a donation for all your hard work.

    1. admin
      February 4, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      Thanks a lot Steve! More stuff soon :)

  10. Kanto
    February 10, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Thank You, Misaotra Tompoko from Madagascar. Be Blessed

  11. rony
    February 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Hi. realy nice plugin, but I got C4d 10R and put whole folder MMG – Motion Drop 1.1 in browser dir. and try even put just mmg – motion drop 1.1.lib4d file, and I see the file but when try open nothing happen.

    Is that plugin for 10R version too, or up from 10R ?

    thank you

    1. admin
      February 21, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      It works with R13 and above. Not sure about previous releases. Hope it helps.

      1. rony
        February 22, 2014 at 8:25 am

        Thank you again :)

  12. dan conway
    February 22, 2014 at 12:50 am

    hey up! i made a video for a good friend’s tune… using your excellent tool…

  13. rony
    February 22, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Hi, Must be sometihng wrong with my PC or I do something wrong, for example I make this printscreen and I make exact same for install, but never show me nothing on content browser, but Iluminati work without any problems.

    Thank you for any support, and for really great presets.

    1. admin
      February 23, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      so what’s the problem after all?

      1. rony
        February 23, 2014 at 4:29 pm

        I cant see any content in that folde whatsoever.

        or direct link here

        1. admin
          February 23, 2014 at 5:03 pm

          I just tried to install it again and it works fine here.
          Go to MAXON/Cinema 4D (your version)/library/browser and delete any motion drop content there. Copy motion drop to that folder again and restart C4D. Does it help?

          1. rony
            February 23, 2014 at 8:43 pm

            Im sorry not help, like something wrong with that file, anyone may compare this kb if I got right file or some sh*t happen and lost data during download ?


            Thank you.

  14. Jack
    March 9, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Hey there,

    One question;

    Is it possible to make it follow a path right ahead, rather than lingering around it while following the path.
    Hope you got my drift.

    1. admin
      March 9, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      If I understood your question:
      Set the distance 1 to 0: the first drop will follow the path.
      Set the speed (all) to 0: drops will stop to wiggle.

  15. March 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Hi, it seems that dynamic mode work only with a cloner object. I tried with rigid body tag on an object with multiple childs (but out of a cloner), and the drop is totally ignoring it even with Dynamic mode enabled. Any clue ?

  16. Arish Saujana
    March 26, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Thanks brader for the pugins, may God always bless you.
    Amazing work !!!

  17. Rod
    March 28, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    here is a music video I did for my son…thanks for this preset…

    1. admin
      March 29, 2014 at 2:39 am

      great! your son must be proud :)

      1. Rod
        March 30, 2014 at 8:54 am

        Yes He loves it…the fact that his music generated it is very special to him…thanks for the great tutorial on how to use Motion Drop…it took 135 hours to render in HD format due to the material settings and lighting…but I think the results speak for itself…thanks again

  18. Greenleaf
    April 4, 2014 at 3:41 am

    I cant link my sound effector to the drop. Can you cover this too please, beautiful!

    1. Greenleaf
      April 4, 2014 at 4:03 am

      found it, were golden!

  19. Bjoern
    April 7, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Hi there. How to connect an object like a ball a pyramid or something.. in front of a trail..following a path?


    1. admin
      April 8, 2014 at 11:49 am

      add an align to spline tag to the object and animate the pos inside the tag.

  20. April 13, 2014 at 8:27 am

    The way that it moves is hard to change and u cant get it totally right anyone know how to fix?

    1. admin
      April 14, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      try tweaking the seed

      1. May 20, 2014 at 11:43 am

        Would this preset work on PC as well?

        1. admin
          May 28, 2014 at 7:50 pm


  21. Thiaps
    May 28, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Hi I’m using R15 broadcast and there is no “mode” tab under motion Drop’s Object tab, is there something I’m missing?

    1. admin
      May 28, 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Yes, you need MoGraph in order for it to work.

  22. Jacob
    May 31, 2014 at 3:53 am

    Hey, do you mind if I use this in my vids?

    1. admin
      June 4, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      Please read the license file.

  23. lina
    June 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    hello oh plizz i want to try it but how download this plugin can anybody help me and show me step by step plizzzzzzz i need it right now

    1. admin
      June 4, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      The link is on the bottom of the post.

  24. lina
    June 5, 2014 at 10:15 am

    HI IS IT PIXAL TAB the link u talking about show me exactley plizz

  25. lina
    June 7, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    plizz i didn’t find where i can download the drop motion plizz show me step by step plizz again

    1. admin
      June 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      I’ll record a video about it next week :)

  26. Pardis Faqiri
    July 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Hey, i would like to use the plugin, but i can’t install it. I have mac, and you say i put the file into library, i’ve got a library with 500 other folders inside, i also tried putting it in de plugin folder of cinema 4d, didn’t work neither…. Please help! Can you say the exact folder where i put the file in? THX

    1. admin
      July 8, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      I made a tutorial on how to install Motion Drop. Check it. It’s all there:

  27. Max
    July 16, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Hey dude, thank you for this, looks like a sick plugin but I need some help. Once I install it, I place it into my library -> browser folder and it’s fine. But once I open C4D I go to presets and the folder is there but if I go into the folder, nothing is there? I’m on windows 8 by the way.

  28. Baris
    August 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Hello, is this not working with physical renderer i assume or just mine is problem??

    1. Mike
      October 6, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      I also get weird results with the physical renderer. Polygon shards and the drops are oddly formed. Has any had success?

  29. Louielyn Mata
    August 27, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    You are a hero.
    It’s a very powerful tool and thank you for making this. :)

  30. Rocio
    October 13, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    I love it!! Is it possible to make a loop animation?

    1. admin
      October 16, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      I don’t think so :(

  31. Gabriel Markarian
    October 17, 2014 at 4:34 am

    Hi ! Great idea ! Is it possible to use a “rectangle: or “square” as the “extruded shape” instead of a “circle” ? Thanks, Gabriel

  32. RPR
    February 16, 2015 at 7:33 am


  33. Steve
    February 19, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Hi great plugin and thanks for the tutorial. However as a newbie I cannot get the collision detection to work for the cubes. You just whiz over this bit in the tutorial. I have enabled dynamics on the Mesh tab, setup up some cubes in a Cloner using a Dynamics tag, enabled and set to trigger on collision. Nothing happens over and over when I try to get them to break apart when the worm flies through. Very frustrating. It would seem more needs to be set than you mention in the training video.

    Hope you can advise.

    1. admin
      February 22, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Hi there,
      First of all I don’t think it works with the collision detection, only with the immediate trigger.
      Check out this tutorial, it might help:

  34. March 12, 2015 at 11:10 am

    hey Gustavo!
    been a while..
    here’s couple more clips i’ve used motion drop in.
    this is obvious –
    and this less obvious (i’m also using symmetry to break up the shapes)
    hope all is great in MyMotionGraphics land!!

  35. Moath Sousa
    March 16, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Hi,, really great work. i was wondering how to change the shape of each drop of the 6 separately, i tried to click on drop 1 and tweaked the shape curve in mesh bar, but when I activated other drops it changed the shape of all of them, i tweaked the curve again selecting drop 2, but it changed drop 1 as well.

    thanks a lot and keep up the good work.

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