Serial Unfurl is a plugin for Cinema 4D that allows you to create stunning unfolding effects on any polygonal object. You can control the speed, direction, rotation, and randomness of the unfolding process with a simple tag. Serial Unfurl is compatible with Cinema 4D R14 and above, and works with both Windows and Mac OS.
In this article, we will show you how to install and use Serial Unfurl plugin for Cinema 4D in a few easy steps.
Step 1: Download and Install Serial Unfurl Plugin
To download Serial Unfurl plugin, you need to visit the developer's site[^1^] and purchase a license for $20 USD. You will receive an email with a download link and a license key. You can also try a demo version of the plugin before buying it.
To install Serial Unfurl plugin, you need to unzip the downloaded file and copy the folder named \"SerialUnfurl\" into your Cinema 4D plugins folder. You can find your plugins folder by going to Edit > Preferences > Open Preferences Folder in Cinema 4D. Then restart Cinema 4D to load the plugin.
Step 2: Apply Serial Unfurl Tag to Your Object
To use Serial Unfurl plugin, you need to apply a Serial Unfurl tag to your polygonal object. You can find the tag under Plugins > SerialUnfurl > SerialUnfurl Tag in the Object Manager. Alternatively, you can right-click on your object and choose Cinema 4D Tags > SerialUnfurl Tag.
Once you apply the tag, you will see a dialog box asking you to enter your license key. You can copy and paste your license key from the email you received after purchasing the plugin. If you are using a demo version of the plugin, you can skip this step.
Step 3: Adjust the Settings of Serial Unfurl Tag
The Serial Unfurl tag has several settings that you can adjust to customize the unfolding effect. Here are some of the main settings:
Mode: This determines how the polygons are selected for unfolding. You can choose from Random, Nearest Neighbor, or Polygon Selection.
Speed: This determines how fast the polygons unfold. You can use positive or negative values to change the direction of unfolding.
Rotation: This determines how much the polygons rotate as they unfold. You can use positive or negative values to change the direction of rotation.
Randomness: This determines how much variation there is in the speed and rotation of each polygon.
Offset: This determines how much gap there is between the unfolded polygons.
Falloff: This determines how smooth or sharp the transition is between the unfolded and folded polygons.
You can also use keyframes to animate any of these settings over time.
Step 4: Render and Enjoy Your Unfolding Effect
Once you are happy with your settings, you can render your scene and enjoy your unfolding effect. You can also apply materials, lights, cameras, and other effects to enhance your animation. Here is an example of what you can create with Serial Unfurl plugin:
![A cube unfolding into a flower shape](#generate_content)
an image of a cube unfolding into a flower shape
We hope this article helped you learn how to use Serial Unfurl plugin for Cinema 4D. If you have any questions or feedback, feel free to leave a comment below. ec8f644aee