Tutorial 178: Biometric Scanner

Joe Clay | May 31, 2019

In this week's tutorial, we grab a character from Mixamo, bring it into Cinema 4D, and then bring that into After Effects to treat it with a scanner look. We're using the Grid effect combined with Card Dance to make boxes that outline the character's features.

You can find the M1911A1 model we used at GrabCad. To make the moving background, check out Tutorial 148: Tech Backgrounds. For the circle nodes, Tutorial 167: Intro to Nodebox will get you to where you need to be. And Tutorial 175: Looping Noise shows you how you can make the x-grid background. The technique is similar, but the expression on SourceText is different because we know the exact amount of characters we need.

line = text.sourceText.repeat(96);
txt = '';
for(i = 0; i < 54; i++) {
    txt += line + '\n';


And that's it. I hope you guys have fun with this one. There's a lot of possibilities for using this technique, and there's a lot of character rigs on Mixamo to experiment with!

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