Animidi 1.0 plugin – Animate MIDI songs with Cinema 4D

This is a nice new plugin for animating MIDI music data in Cinema 4D. I tested
the demo and it´s a limited version of the full plugin.
This plugin helps you to automate the animating process of any object with MIDI data inside Cinema 4D.
You can bake the MIDI data including notes and velocity into your objects. Basic function changes just the green color
inside a null object that contains a set of objects and the objects acts as keys in a virtual keyboard inside Cinema 4D.
You can also change the Position,Scale and Rotation parameters.

All functionality can be also expanded into Xpresso scripting and other tools inside Cinema 4D.
You might want to use it also with Mograph cloner and effectors and it works
with Xpresso nodes. You just drag the plugin icon inside Xpresso editor and then you just connect it
with all the Mograph functionality and Thinking particles stuff!

Demo comes with 3 demo songs but you are able to find thousands of free MIDI songs in the
Internet or you can compose your own songs with external DAW.
The plugin has been made with Cinema 4D Python so it´s not located in common plugins menu but
in Python plugins menu. You are able to customize the layout so that the plugin is visible in Cinema 4D startup layout.

The options are bit limited in demo and you should know already how things work
inside Cinema 4D in order to make decent animations. There´s some youtube video tutorials for basic functions with Cinema 4D
but there´s no very good english manuals included because the plugin developer is not english. However you can get
the plugin basics work with youtube tutorials.

I think it´s raw and limited plugin but it will help you to import all necessary MIDI track data including notes and velocities
for your animations and it will give you a lot of fun. For 20 euros it´s cheap.

Read Animidi 1.0 review at c4dcafe

Best Archicad to Cinema 4D export plugin ? – open source

I stumbled upon to this open source plugin page. The bridge between Archicad and Cinema 4D was discontinued after rel 11 which was kind of a result from some compability issues. I believe Maxon will update this but meanwhile one can seek some good alternative and free file transfer bridge for Archicad to Cinema 4D.
Minimum version of Archicad you will need is 12 and Cinema 4D r 10.5.