MOTION DROP

Add cool FX to your projects.

What is MOTION DROP?

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.

Some examples where MOTION DROP is used

How to install MOTION DROP?

How to use MOTION DROP?

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  • Requires Cinema 4D 13 or above, and the Mograph module.
  • Doesn’t work with the Physical Renderer.

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70 Comments

  1. Simon Bronson

    Love it.

    Had a bit of a play myself:

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  2. Tom Daigon

    Excellent job on creating this tool!

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  3. Erik Waluska

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

    Reply
  4. mo swell

    Great tnx 🙂

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  5. Connor

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

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    • admin

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

      Reply
  6. Jack

    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.

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    • admin

      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 🙂

      Cheers!

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      • simon

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

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  7. Steve J

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

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    • admin

      Thanks a lot Steve! More stuff soon 🙂

      Reply
  8. Kanto

    Thank You, Misaotra Tompoko from Madagascar. Be Blessed

    Reply
  9. rony

    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

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    • admin

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

      Reply
      • rony

        Thank you again 🙂

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  10. dan conway

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

    cheers!

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  11. rony

    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.

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    • admin

      so what’s the problem after all?

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        • admin

          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?

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          • rony

            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 ?

            http://s29.postimg.org/pwqvhcsrr/mdrop.jpg

            Thank you.

  12. Jack

    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.

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    • admin

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

      Reply
  13. Gils

    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 ?

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  14. Arish Saujana

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

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  15. Rod

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

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    • admin

      great! your son must be proud 🙂

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      • Rod

        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

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        • Christopher Franklin

          135 hours?! As in 5 days or so?! Jesus! Sounds like it’s time for an upgrade!

          Reply
  16. Greenleaf

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

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    • Greenleaf

      found it, were golden!

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  17. Bjoern

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

    greets
    Bjoern

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    • admin

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

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  18. Mark

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

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    • admin

      try tweaking the seed

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      • lawal

        Would this preset work on PC as well?

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        • admin

          yes

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  19. Thiaps

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

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    • admin

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

      Reply
  20. Jacob

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

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    • admin

      Please read the license file.
      thanks

      Reply
  21. lina

    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

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    • admin

      The link is on the bottom of the post.

      Reply
  22. lina

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

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  23. lina

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

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    • admin

      I’ll record a video about it next week 🙂

      Reply
  24. Pardis Faqiri

    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

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    • admin

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

      Reply
  25. Max

    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.

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  26. Baris

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

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    • Mike

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

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      • James

        same here

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      • Jakobs

        When you will fix the the problem with physical render ?

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  27. Louielyn Mata

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

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  28. Rocio

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

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    • admin

      I don’t think so 🙁

      Reply
  29. Gabriel Markarian

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

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  30. RPR

    THANK YOU

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  31. Steve

    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.

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  32. dan

    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!!
    cheers
    dan

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  33. Moath Sousa

    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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  34. Philip

    It looks so helpful!! nice!!
    I will try it!
    Thank you so much.

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  35. Park, jimin

    I don’t have ‘browser’ folder.. ;ㅂ;

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  36. Niko

    Awesome plugin. Realy fun to play with.
    I have just one issu. I it possible to reverse to normals? That would be so great.

    Thanks for the great work.

    Niko

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  37. 华华

    You are a respected and great artist
    This is an awesome preset
    Great teaching video
    Grateful
    greetings from China

    Reply
  38. Will

    We found that if you change the “Point X” value from 1 to something very close, like 0.95, you can get rid of the strange protrusions we were getting with the physical renderer. This was driving me crazy too haha How this helps!

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    • Gustavo

      Hy Will,

      Thanks for contributing with awesome info.
      But I didn’t get it…
      Can you be more specific?
      What “point x” do you mean?

      Thanks mate 🙂

      Reply

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