Loop Animation with Cinema 4D

A course by Fabricio Lima
visual artist and director. Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Joined July 2014
, visual artist and director

Learn how to transform basic geometric shapes into energetic and creative animations using Cinema 4D and MoGraph tools

  • Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (2)
  • 110 students

Learn how to transform basic geometric shapes into energetic and creative animations using Cinema 4D and MoGraph tools

Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (2)
  • 110 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • 12 lessons (2h 5m)
  • Available from the app
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Any object, despite its simplicity, can be turned into an eye-catching and energetic animation. Join visual artist and director Fabrício Lima, who has worked with big-name brands like Citröen, Cirque du Soleil, and Heineken, and discover how to bring basic geometric shapes to life as complex animations and creatively express your personality.

In this course, learn how to loop animations with primitive objects using tools in Cinema 4D. Work with a variety of techniques to create short, animated loops centered around different shapes such as cubes, pyramids, and spheres. Fabrício also gives you some practical insights into art direction and how to export your project.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Knowing the tool
  • U3
    U3. Producing the animation
  • U4
    U4. Art direction, post-production and rendering
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Begin the course by getting to know your teacher, Fabrício Lima, who tells you about his professional background and self-taught journey into animation. He also shares his main sources of inspiration before walking you through the course content.

Get familiar with Cinema 4D by exploring the program's interface and discover primitive objects. Learn how to use some of the loop features and MoGraph tools to make your work more dynamic and versatile. Then, compile and organize reference materials to develop a concept.

Now it's time to put things in motion. Fabrício teaches you a variety of techniques to make animated loops using different primitive objects and shows you how to create other elements to take your project to the next level.

Once you've animated your pieces, add the finishing touches by focusing on key aspects of art direction such as positioning lights and cameras and applying colors and textures. Then, work on your file and adjust the settings for the selected renderer, in this case Redshift, to prepare it for the composition and finalization phase.

As a last step, import your Cinema 4D renders into After Effects to retouch the light and color before learning how to export your completed file.

What is this course's project?

Create five- to ten-second animated loops in an mp4 format using objects and effects created in Cinema 4D.

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in the world of animation who wants to learn how to use Cinema 4D to take their projects to the next level.

What you need

Intermediate knowledge of Cinema 4D, Redshift or Octane, and After Effects are needed for this course.

As for materials, you need a license for Cinema 4D (version R21 or later) and an external renderer (Redshift, Octane, or similar GPU renderer) as well as access to After Effects.

New to Adobe After Effects? In that case, we recommend taking Domestika Basics courses to learn how to use the software: Introduction to After Effects.


110 Students
2 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Fabricio Lima

A course by Fabricio Lima

visual artist and director

Fabrício Lima is a Brazilian visual artist and director who has been dedicated to creating animations, storytelling and 3D art for over 20 years. In addition to 3D, he also likes to animate with traditional methods such as frame by frame and stop motion.

He has worked for talented studios around the world, carrying out projects for brands such as Citröen, Cirque du Soleil, Heineken, Lego and others. In addition, in his spare time, Fabrício also illustrates and creates music videos for Brazilian artists and around the world.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Knowing the tool

    • Project presentation
    • Introduction to Cinema 4D
    • Primitive Objects and MoGraph
    • Concept development
  • U3

    Producing the animation

    • Pyramid Animation
    • Cube animation
    • Other elements and final adjustments
  • U4

    Art direction, post-production and rendering

    • Texturing, lighting and final setup
    • Setting up the project for rendering
    • Final composition in After Effects
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Loop Animation with Cinema 4D

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 Loop Animation with Cinema 4D. A 3D, and Animation course by Fabricio Lima

Loop Animation with Cinema 4D

A course by Fabricio Lima
visual artist and director. Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Joined July 2014
  • 100% Positive reviews (2)
  • 110 students