Data visualization in cinema 4d


#1

Hey all!

I’m working on a project, and I’m interested in using some data to manipulate\create objects, or even to use as an modifier for particle systems (like xparticles).
I have all kinds of form of data I can use, from data tables or just simple lines of different numeral values that could be used as a simple graph.
from a search online couldn’t find too much information related to possible techniques for using this kind of generative content inside of cinema.
I would love to hear about possible techniques, or possible direction I should check out.

Thanks !
KK


#2

In the XPresso Node Manager there is a Generate Matrix node. This node requires a Python knowledge.

I guess you could write a script to import a CSV file and parse it to generate a Matrix and use it iteratevely to pass its contents as XYZ coordinates to make point diagrams or radius units for pies etc.


#3

If you want to get CSV Data into C4D check out:
GetCSV / CSV Reader / Point Cloud Generator Python Plugin
https://www.codeworkers.de/garage-plugins.html

Load a formatted CSV, TXT or XYZ file and access the data via Xpresso ports.
Or generate a point cloud from suitable data.

I wrote this plugin mainly because I wanted to get rid of re-formatting several import scripts or messing around with the structuremanager.


#4

If you wanted to do it in AE you could use Plexus.