Cinema 4D Tutorial – Balloons

After watching PART 1 be sure to watch Part 2 for some updated solutions.


Up, up and AWAY with another Cinema 4D r14 Studio tutorial floating through the steps of creating a balloon cluster using the MoGraph Cloner and attempting to attach some dynamic strings. Learn How to use the Spline Effector and Random Effector to vary the position and scale of the balloons as well as generate random colors automatically. (And making a few mistakes along the way – watch Part 2 below for solutions)


This is a follow-up tutorial to Part 1 addressing some issues from the original recording, as well as playing around with some Aerodynamics. In the first tutorial I used a “Transparency” channel for the balloon material and lit the scene with Global Illumination. In this video I re-approach the lighting and use an “Alpha” channel to significantly improve render times. I also address the issue of connecting the strings to the balloons, thanks to an incredible solve suggested by Vimeo member “yader“. Do yourself a favor and check out his tutorials on his Vimeo page. This guy has a ton of great quick tips that will blow your mind.

(These tutorials are also hosted on Vimeo PART 1 and PART 2 as well as YouTube PART 1 and PART 2. Be sure to visit both comment sections for tips and feedback from other viewers like yourself)

4 comments for “Cinema 4D Tutorial – Balloons

  1. Stephen Bull
    December 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Just stumbled on your tutorials and I must say they are excellent. The string problem was bugging me at the end of part one then when I watched part 2 I was “relieved” to see how it was done.

    Motion graphics play no part in my work, but I find the whole 3D scene fascinating and do love to watch tutorials about it.

    SioPio and Greyscale gorrila’s tutorials are currently my go-to places for 3D tutorials. Keep up the good work and hope you place some more tutorials up.

    • SioPio
      December 11, 2013 at 5:39 am

      Thanks Stephen! I’m glad you watched Part 2. The strings certainly were a challenge for me, but thanks to feedback from viewers I was offered the solution you see here. I have since seen a few other great solves. Perhaps one day I will do a Part 3?

  2. Stardust
    August 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Couldn’t the Hair tool be used to create the strings?

    • Stardust
      August 28, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      nvm, hadn’t watched the second part when I posted this :p

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