C4D R13 Kinect Character Template

I started playing around with Kinect mocap in Cinema 4D a little over a month ago. It’s pretty fun. It has it’s limitations for sure but still could prove useful on certain projects. One thing that bothered me was the time it took setting up a rig and connecting it to the data that Ni-Mate creates.  So I created this template to make it easier and I must say the character object is pretty cool and creating your own templates aren’t that difficult. I reversed engineered one the built-in character templates to understand how they work and watched one of Bret Bay’s Cineversity videos to help answer a few questions I had. Then, I built my own template. Hope you guys find it useful.

Download the Character Template here: Ni_MateRig_JJohnson_419.c4d Install it into your library > characters folder. Then you will find the template in your Character Object template drop-down.


  • Andrew Sawyer on Dec 07, 2013 Reply

    How did you get the NI mate in character. You described it at (3:50). Thanks.

  • Dr Blues on Aug 10, 2013 Reply

    Hello all 🙂

    Could someone plz help rig character, am new 2 this
    i got the kinect hardware, c4d r13 got the NI mate receiver plugin
    all i need is for someone to publish here a step by step on how 2 get the kinect 2 work on my c4d ( just 2 see something lol )

    Please help on this thanks u all :):)

  • DMac on Mar 19, 2013 Reply

    Hi Anders — I’ve seen your comments on several other forums regarding the problems you’re having, and I’m having the exact same issues. It’s troublesome, because I’ve got a project that NI Mate would be ideal for, if only the rotational data was getting transferred to the nulls, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. If you come across any solutions, I’d love to hear about it — and if I come up with anything, I’ll try to let you know, too.

    • Josh on Jul 08, 2013 Reply

      Hey sorry about the problems. Yes, seems to be a problem with ni-mate and C4D. Haven’t tested it in a while.

  • Anders on Mar 04, 2013 Reply

    Hey Josh thanks so much for the tutorial!
    Unfortunately I really want to use this with a mesh/skin and I’ve been having a LOT of trouble getting it to look ok. Crazy problems with the deformation. I’m guessing this might be just a problem with nimate and cinema 4d, but I really don’t have a ton of experience with c4d so I’m not sure 🙂

    I described the problem in more detail here:

    It’s actually the same problem that another user was having here:

    If you could shed ANY light on this that would be pretty freakin helpful!!


    • Josh on Jul 08, 2013 Reply

      Hey sorry about the problems. Yes, seems to be a problem with ni-mate and C4D. Haven’t tested it in a while.

  • VJ Anomolee on Nov 19, 2012 Reply

    Heya. Thanks for the Character template and tutorial. I was curious, to make this an even more streamlined workflow, could you not have the character rig automatically constrained to the NImate nulls because they are named the same ? Using some xpresso or coffee script? That would be awesome!

    • Josh on Nov 19, 2012 Reply

      Thanks! Good idea.

  • navid on May 03, 2012 Reply

    great template thx.
    did you ever use a skinned char?

    • Josh on May 03, 2012 Reply

      Thanks. I briefly tried it but the skin weights needed a lot of work so I didn’t get to really test it as I had some client projects to get to. Cheers.

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