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Step One: Resource Proposal

Description


The resource that I’d like to create for Cineversity is tentatively called CV-Boole Tools. It’s a series of command plugins for Cinema 4D that greatly simplify working with the Boole and SplineMask objects. It gives users an intuitive illustrator-style palette for combining 3D geometry or splines in interesting ways.

CV-Boole Tools Palette

Includes:

  • Union Selected

  • Subtract Last Selected

  • Intersect Selected

  • Without Selected (Similar to the boole “Without” feature)

  • Expand Object Group


The tool works with an arbitrary number of objects. Here are our splines before:


And here they are after a union:


Here you see the result of the intersect button:


And here you can get a sense of how complicated it would be to create this hierarchy without the use of this toolset:


Here’s an example of what can be easily be accomplished by using the boole tools in combination with the bevel tool:


And this is the hierarchy automatically generated by CV Boole Tools:


Write a brief (1-5 sentence) description of your proposed course. When you’re done, send an email to m_brand@maxon.net.


Step Two: Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Write out an outline for your tutorial series. Each video should get it’s own line. Include some rough ideas on what you plan to put into the tutorial.  When you’re done, send an email to m_brand@maxon.net.


  1. CV-Boole 1.0: Tour (2 min)

  2. CV-Boole: Download and Install (3 min)

    1. Instructions on how to download and install the plugin

    2. Setting up the icon palette

  3. CV-Boole: Reference (~4 min)

    1. An extensive overview of the key features and how to use them

    2. Icons & Meaning (1 min)

    3. Modes (1 min)

      1. Boolean

      2. Spline Mask

      3. Connect

    4. Keyboard Shortcuts (1 min)

    5. Limitations (1 min)

  4. Modeling an Ornament with Splines and CV-Boole (6 min)

    - Not certain on the object yet, but a basic modeling tutorial showing off the use of CV-Boole with splines.

  5. Modeling a  USB Stick Cap with CV-Boole (Based on the C4D Reference Tutorial) (6 min)
    - Modeling the top part of this object using CV-Boole


Step Three: Video Outline

Deadline: January 17th


Series Introduction


Key Points:

  1. [TITLE CARD] CV-Boole Tools are a collection of

  2. [Plugin Pulldown] small plugins that greatly simplify the process of working with Booleans, Spline Masks, and Connect objects in Cinema 4D.

  3. [Building a complex boolean hierarchy] Gone are the days of creating complex nested hierarchies by hand.

  4. [Speed up Cap or Die footage] Instead, just select the elements you want to join and select one of the five modes: Add, Subtract, Intersect, Without, or Connect.

  5. [Shot of Illustrator]Modeled after the Pathfinder palette in Adobe Illustrator

  6. [Shot of Photoshop] and Photoshop’s selection shortcuts

  7. [Speed up House spline footage] the workflow is instantly familiar to users of those applications.


Outro: Download CV-Boole Tools and speed up your boolean workflow today!


Short Description: Plugins that greatly simplify the process of working with Booleans, Spline Masks, and Connect objects.


Long Description: CV-Boole Tools are a collection of small plugins that greatly simplify the process of working with Booleans, Spline Masks, and Connect objects - especially when you are working with more than two objects. Its interface is modeled after the Pathfinder palette in Adobe Illustrator and it’s keyboard shortcuts are the same used for different selection modes in Adobe Photoshop - making the workflow instantly familiar to users of those applications.


Download and Install


Key Points:

  1. CV-Boole Tools is a set of python plugins for Cinema 4D that greatly simplify the process of working with boolean objects.

  2. You can download the plugin by clicking on the “Download” button to the left of this video.

  3. Open up the downloaded .zip file, and copy it into your Cinema 4D plugins folder.

  4. Restart Cinema 4D

  5. To access the plugin you can go to Plugins > CV-Boole Tools

  6. If you would like an icon palette that closely mimics the Pathfinder window in Adobe Illustrator, just open the .l4d file included in the download.

    1. Dock the palette into your interface.

    2. Save your layout.


Outro: Brief summary of the most important parts of the video.


Short Description: Download and install CV Boole-Tools, a set of Python plugins for CINEMA 4D that greatly simplify the process of working with boolean objects.


Long Description: Download and install CV Boole-Tools, a set of Python plugins for CINEMA 4D that greatly simplify the process of working with boolean objects. CV Boole Tools has been verified to work in all editions of Cinema 4D R15 (except Lite which does not support Python plugins).


Reference


Intro: This video will go point-by-point through all features of CV Boole Tools.


Key Points:

  1. Icons & Meaning (1 min)

    1. Union

    2. Subtraction

    3. Intersection

    4. Without

  2. Union with multiple Cubes

    1. You can have as many objects selected as you would like

    2. To easily expand the whole group ctrl-click on the plus sign next to the top-most object in the objects manager.

    3. Adjusting the boole settings in the AM

  3. Subtract with Cube & Sphere

    1. Selection order matters!

  4. Without using Cube & Sphere

  5. Intersect with Splines

    1. Select all splines

    2. Run the intersect command

    3. It doesn’t work!

    4. Hit undo

    5. Go to the Top View

    6. Intersect

    7. Explanation: The active viewport determines which plane is used for the splines.

  6. Connect Groups

    1. When you select a single object that has children and choose Union, it will create a Connect object instead of a Boolean.

    2. Note that this does not eliminate intersecting geometry, if you want to do that, you need to select all of the children individually and try Union again.

  7. Keyboard Shortcuts (1 min)

    1. If you would prefer, you can create any merge type you want by using the Union command with keyboard shortcuts:

      1. Shift = Add

      2. Ctrl / Alt = Subtract

      3. Shift + Alt = Intersect

      4. Ctrl + Alt = Without


Outro: CV-Boole Tools doesn’t do anything you can’t already accomplish using the Boole, Spline Mask, & Connect objects in Cinema 4D - but by either using the function-specific icons or a single icon in combination with keyboard shortcuts you can save yourself a lot of time.


Short Description: A comprehensive overview of CV-Boole Tools.


Long Description: A comprehensive overview of CV-Boole Tools including: CV-Boole Union / Add, CV-Boole Subtract, CV-Boole Intersect, CV-Boole Without, and CV-Boole Connect. Learn how to combine 3d primitives and 2D splines with a minimum of clicks.

Modeling an Ornament with Splines and CV-Boole Tools


Intro: In this video we’ll model a simple Christmas ornament in the shape of a house using CV-Boole Tools.


Key Points:

  1. Because we’re working with splines I’m going to move to a 2D view.

  2. Go to your front view.

  3. Create a rectangle, this will be the body of the house

  4. Create a triangle, this will become our roof

  5. Let’s add a door:

    1. Create a rectangle

    2. Move it to the base

    3. Make it editable and scale it down on x

  6. Let’s create windows

    1. Create another rectangle

    2. Scale it down

    3. Copy it to make a grid of four

  7. How about a Chimney?

    1. Rectangle

    2. Another rectangle at the top

  8. Create a hole for our ornament

  9. Now it’s time to use CV Boole Tools

    1. Add the roof and house together

    2. Subtract the door

    3. Connect the window pieces

    4. Now subtract the windows from the house

    5. Add the chimney pieces together

    6. Subtract out a hole for the hanger


Outro: You can create complex shapes quite easily by combining a series of simple shapes using CV-Boole Tools.


Short Description: Learn how to model a plastic cut-out christmas ornament in the shape of a cartoon house using CV-Boole Tools.


Long Description: Learn how to model a plastic cut-out christmas ornament in the shape of a cartoon house. Tools used include: CV Boole Tools Union, Subtract, and Connect.

Modeling a USB Stick Cap with CV-Boole Tools


Intro: In this video, we will be modeling the cap from a rugged aluminum USB thumb drive using a series of boolean operations.


Key Points:

  1. Rotate around the reference model and point out the major features.

  2. Add a cylinder

    1. Height: 100cm

    2. Rounding: 10cm

  3. Create a cube

    1. Rotate it 45* on B.

    2. Line it up to slice off the top.

  4. Subtract the cube from the Cylinder.

    1. This doesn’t give us what we want, we need a ridge still.

    2. Hit undo.

  5. Make the cube editable so we can scale it non uniformly.

  6. Scale it down on Z.

  7. Scale it all up.

  8. Subtract the small cube from the larger cube.

  9. Subtract this object from the Cylinder.

  10. Now create the keyring hole.

  11. Create a cylinder

  12. Adjust the orientation to be +Z

  13. Subtract the cylinder from the top-piece.

  14. Let’s get rid of the excess polys on the bottom.

  15. Create a cube

  16. Move it down below the cut

  17. Without command


Outro: In this video we used CV-Boole’s subtract command to model the complex planes and curves of this USB thumbdrive cap. We used the Without command to quickly remove excess polygons from our object, and the connect command to create a single object without excess points.


Short Description: In this video, we will be modeling the cap from a rugged aluminum USB thumb drive using a series of boolean operations.


Long Description: In this video we will use CV-Boole’s subtract command to model the complex planes and curves of a USB thumbdrive cap. We used the Without command to quickly remove excess polygons from our object, and the connect command to create a single object without excess points.


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