A tutorial on using Pose Morph tags and user data to rig simple animations of multiple complex objects with very few keyframes.
Using the spline curve inside every Range Mapper xpresso node as a little mini timeline (the In and Out points being wherever on your timeline you put the slider's 0% and 100% keyframes) you can have whole families of nested animations totally unreliant upon a clusterfuck of Timeline keys! Just imagine the possibilities! The reduction of crime, world peace, prosperity, it's all up to you. (As an aside, you would actually make more money if you paid attention and made some nice graphics for some big corporations.)
The original speedometer asset I made for the Car Film Company. It's the speedometer from a vintage Jaguar. I had a close-up photo of the face of the dials and produced from this a really nice Illustrator tracing (by hand, Auto Trace just sucks for typography). Then I saved this in Illustrator 3 format and brought it into Cinema. If you join two concentric circle splines in Cinema you get a compound spline, so when you extrude it the centre's a hole. Most of the model is made this way. For the lovely edging on the shell of the speedo, I made a Loft object from many circles. I later added bevels to make it more realistic.
Although this is one of the few techniques I didn't steal from another tutor, you may have caught it on the NAB presentation about this cube thing that busts apart in mid-air for some American Football promo, you know the one. But mine is better because I'm showing you how to mix timelines.
One thing I didn't go into in the video, for the sake of brevity, is using Mix nodes and Condition/Compare chains to automate triggers and although this makes no sense at all in text form, I can show it off in another Quick Tip.
I also didn't explicitly show my super-smooth camera technique, but this is definitely going to feature in a Quick Tip very soon:
TLDR: Watch the camera Quick Tip when I can be bothered to upload it or just use the MoCam presets in C4D.
PS I took off all the realistic textures except those on the odometer wheels, because they were a huge pain in the arse to make. The numbers were all Spline shaders and impossible to UV, so I used Bake Object (in the Object Manager) to bake it out once I'd sorted the edge loops. I cannot recommend proper modelling enough.
Rule of thumb for designtards: if it won't bevel, it won't UV nicely (or subdivide, displace, deform, or bind to skeletons, the list is endless.)
PPS I know, I know. The colours are absolutely lurid. But the reason is visual clarity and the fact that I didn't want my realistic Jaguar speedometer immediately sprouting up all over the place. I'll leave it up to the extremely motivated to google that and build the shaders.