I just got through watching Thorns Demo on 'Dynamics'. I din't know he moonlighted a s a comedian. That was actually pretty darn funny.
There's not a whole lot in that demo that's instructional, except for a little bit of the dynamics is somewhat 'how to' oriented. It's mostly Thorn showing the new features of XL7 render engine, and the basics of the new Dynamics plug-in. Other than that, it's pretty entertaining... (did I mention that it was funny?).
Just in case it wasn't mentioned anywhere else, the dynamics engine is real time. You can view how things will interact right in the editor window. This is one of the best things about it. Also, it integrates into the Cinema interface in much the same way that Body Paint does. It feels like it's part of the original app as installed.
So far, the only two demos that are more or less instructional, are the "Cinema 4D in production" Demo which is pretty cool as it involves modeling, texturing, lighting, and animating a basic castle scene complete with dynamics (some cannonballs roll down stairs), and the "Body Paint" demo.
I still haven't viewed the Doppleganger or XB111 demos yet.
Will there be a way for us to get access to these videos? Maybe Maxon could put them on thier site as streaming video, which is what Alias Wavefront did for their Macworld expo demos of Maya for MacOsX last year.
I don't know what Plans Maxon has for these once I give them copies, but again, I'd like to get them into the hands of the public somehow. Once I get a chance to talk to someone, I'll know more. 3 of the demos are bout 40-55 minutes in length, and the other four are about 20 minutes in length. So that would take a bit of bandwidth to deliver to many people.