v4.036 CinemaPlugins DEM Earth


CinemaPlugins DEM Earth

Easily Generate dynamic Digital Elevation Models and georeference them in real-time to your world imagery

CinemaPlugins DEM Earth automatically downloads the data it needs to build the model you want. To clarify, all you have to do is provide a geographic coordinate. Produce real-time interactive and dynamic landscapes! Pan, zoom, animate and place anything in any way you want.

DEM Earth includes:

  • DEM Earth Generator – A realtime landscape generator which automatically downloads and caches DEM height data for you, for most parts of the world..
  • Smart OSM Object –  Easily download and manage OpenStreetmap data directly in DEM Earth.  More..
  • Smart Extruder Object –  A fast, intelligent building extruder, which works tightly with OSM Object and DEM Earth to produce great results. More..
  • PinPoint Object – Used for placing any 3D object on DEM Earth landscape with ability to dynamically scale and move with the landscape
  • Way Object – A flexible spline Generator for Visualizing paths between objects on the landscape
  • Coverage Command – Visualize what DEM files your have already cached
  • GeoPointConverter – together with the Tools4D OpenStreetMap importer,easily overlay massive OSM data sets onto DEM Earth
  • GPX Importer – Easily import Tracks, Routes and Waypoints. Drag and drop your gpx file into C4D, DEM Earth does the rest.
  • World File Import – drag and drop industry standard World files into C4D and DEM Earth will create the landscape for you and overlay your image automatically
  • ASC height Import – Embed super high res height, commercial DEM or DSM data, directly into DEM Earth, using industry standard ASC format (*Esri Grid, WGS84 geographic )
  • Direct ASC import – included. The only way there  is, to get a super accurate, non-interpolated, high res landscape data into Cinema4D. This is how easy importing DEM data should be.
  • Quickstart guide – Included
  • Automatic 90m Dem data downloader – Included
  • Automatic 30m DEM Data downloader – Included
  • DEM Earth Image Downloader – Included.  Easily capture web-based images from a multitude of open sources, with unparalleled ease. Access up to 22 different image map layers, or use your own imagery, or shaders.
  • GeoCoding Tool – included.  Both coding and inverse coding  to get get coordinates from names, and names from coordinates.

R20 or greater

  •  Poly Object : Openstreetmap Administrative borders for the entire planet. Hundreds of thousands of Polygon borders at your fingertips with this incredibly easy to use and very powerful new feature. For R20 or greater.
  • Image Loader –  up to 100x faster thanks to the new multi-threaded downloader.
  • Height data – New super fast height data content delivery no matter where you are, thanks to Cloudfront.
  • Smart OSM – New powerful Query engine.



Q: What do I need to use DEM Earth?

  • Cinema 4D R20, R21, R22/S22, R23
  • OSX or Windows 64 bit only
  • an Internet connection.

Q: Does DEM Earth download DEM Data for me?

A: Yes! DEM Earth automatically downloads 30m meter and/or 90m data, as, and when you need it.

Q: Do I have to keep downloading data?

A: Initially, yes. But each tile(file) is downloaded and cached locally. So the next time you use this tile it is read from the local cache.

Q: Can I bake out my landscape?

A: Yes , you can easily convert your model to a standard polygon object.

Q: Is there any license for imagery ?

A: Any imagery accessed through this software, is always copyright of the respective owner. We are not in any position, to sell, transfer, or provide any license for imagery. CinemaPlugins.com makes no claim of ownership or license.

Q: Whats with the one year support?

A: You get one years support and service. Support is assistance for your account, from us. Service is access to our servers.

Q: Does the plugin still work if my support has expired?

A: Yes. You can still use the plugin. you can create new scenes, and use old ones. You do not have to renew your support, or buy the plugin again. However if you need our support, you clearly wont get it, and your service is limited.

Q: How much does it cost to renew support?

A:  You can check the price of support renewal here..

License options FAQ

Standard License (node locked)

If you have a standard C4D license, the first 11 numbers from your serial will look like the following numbers:



The standard license option applies to a single, standard C4D license. This is for regular C4D installs, without a license server.

NOTE : The node locked license, locks to the first C4D serial you use it with.

Q : Can I get this number changed?

A :  No. Accept if you upgrade your Cinema4D version to a higher version, and your support is up to date.

Q : Can I add seats to my existing accounts, to use the plugin on other workstations?

A :  YES. you can add seats to your existing DEM Earth account, here..

Standard Floating License

If you are not running over a License server, you can use this license to run a single DEM Earth license, on different workstations, using one account. 

A floating license is the same as a node locked license, but with the right to have the node lock changed. To change your node lock, please make a ticket request and include the 11 c4d license you want to have it changed to. A Floating license is not multiple licenses. it is still one license. if your need to run dem earth on multiple machines, it might make more sense simply to add seats to your account. A seat is a full node locked license for half the price of the main license. This is a cost effective way to use dem earth on multiple machines, via one account.

This is for regular C4D installs, without a license server.

License Server 

If you run Cinema 4D via a license server, you can read the number of licenses your server can issue from the first 11 numbers of your license.


20600312345-xxxx-xxxx…………..  a 3 seat server license.

20601012345-xxxx-xxxx…………..   a 10 seat server license.

20600112345-xxxx-xxxx…………..   a single (1) seat server license.

If you need to have DEM Earth running on all the machines that your license server supports, you need to have a license for each machine. in this case. choose the License Server option, and add the number of licenses you need. There are significant discounts for multiple seats. you can also add one license and then add additional seats to the cart. for example, 1 standard license + 10 additional seats, costs much less than 11 full licenses.

Render Farms 

if you need to run DEM Earth on your render farm, please contact support for special pricing options.

* Volume discounts are automatically applied, starting at just 3 licenses.

Any questions? Contact us and we will do our best to help clear up any questions you may have.


  • CINEMA4D R20, R21, R22/S22, R23
  • C4DLite (Cineware) is NOT supported.
  • Supports all render engines.
  • 64 bit only.

Nodelocked vs. Floating Options

For floating licenses, you will need to buy the same number of licenses as your floating license permits. You can self manage your node ID, if you have a floating license.

The DEM Earth floating license option lets you de-register your node ID from prefs, and re-register it on another workstation, or with a different cinema4d license. You can do that yourself, from the prefs pane by simply pressing the Add/Remove Node ID button.

In R21+, you can manage your own Node ID by attaching and detaching it from your account. In R20 and below, you need to make a support ticket to get your node lock changed.


  • An Internet connection.
  • At least 4 GB ram. (>8GB or more recommended)
  • C4D R16 or greater

View License Types (Pops)

Version 4.031 Aug 20th 2020 (WIN + MAC) for R20,R21 and S22

  • Complete rebuild of the entire project, for unified and automated builds across R20,21,22 and beyond. This will speed up updates.
  • Complete rebuild of height data downloading methods. No more waiting for height data to load. New potential.
  • Complete rebuild of the geocoder.
  • A lot of changes in preparation for R23 and beyond.
  • more bug fixes.

Version 4.022 May 18, 2020 (WIN + MAC R21/S22)

  • Change all map layer URLs to https (from http)
  • Open Streetmap, no labels fixed (server address changed)
  • Google layers fixed.
  • added google terrain layer.
  • added a visual border to texture tags.
  • Updated Esri World layer to the newer Clarity layer (better quality)
  • Updated tile downloader. you should be able to increase the max threads now.
  • Fixed a bug/odd group/crash, in the prefs “cinemaplugins menu” top group.
  • Fixed a bug with strata on/off.
  • added an option in world settings to scale dem earth by the world scale factor.
  • embedding an image via the georef tag now automatically detects the height of the layer.
  • Clean up of extensions/dem earth, where you can also find the plugins(as well as in the top menu)
  • Fixed loads of other small bugs 🙂

added the ability to segment parts of dem earth, and cut them out into standalone objects.
This uses the georef tag to re-project the flat coordinates to uv space, in realtime. For this to work, you have to drop a specific texture tag, controlled by a georef tag, into the link slot, in the geomodifier. Probably needs a tut, but it is dead easy in the end(its magic).

Version 4.013 Feb 19th 2020 (Windows + Mac R21)

  • Fixed a bug which effected the help system.
  • Fixed a bug limiting the size of dem earth via handle.
  • Fixed a bug in poly object preventing names in different languages from being read correctly.
  • fixed several small bugs.
  • fixed ASC direct loading where normals where inverted.
  • improved ASC loader. Huge speedup (up to 10x)
  • general speedup. several parts of the pipeline are now multi threaded. (i.e. geo-modifier)
  • Added dem earth plugins to extensions menu as well as standard and default layouts.
  • height data export. new modes.
    • 32 bit, single channel tiff. These values contain the c4d values in c4d space, as is.
    • 32 bit, normalized, single channel exr. Contains the normalized range values (0.0->1.0) remapped between min/max c4d height values.
    • 16 bit, normalized, single channel png. Contains the normalized range values (0.0->1.0) remapped between min/max c4d height values.
    • an .info file is also exported, to give you some idea of whats in the file.
    • the height file now gets an informative unique name.
    • the export is multi-threaded,and is several times faster than the initial effort.
  • Added new DEM Earth shaders. These shaders work with Cinema4D engines as well as Corona.
    • Contours (adaptive contour lines which do not distort and scale with dem earth zoom)
    • Simple Slope (a nice, easy to use, slope shader)
    • Valley fog (a nice simple fog shader ! )

v4.005, January 2020 (R21)

Adds Compatibility with R21


  • 4 new height data sets
  • CloudFront height content delivery
  • New Route Object.
  • Poly Object – new multipolygon query (for finding lakes, rivers and a lot more)(see lake image)
  • Smart extruder – big improvements, for better results.
  • GeoCoder  rewrite. Now uses mapbox api for better results.
  • rebuilt licensing and self managed floating license option.
  • GeoRef Tag – Embedding functionality rebuilt(see lake image)
  • Complete new rebuild for R21
  • many other bugfixes and improvements.
    • in R21 there are no 11 numbers, so I have had to adapt my licensing to suit the new system.
      The new version comes with 2 licenses options.
      1.Node locked.
      there is no license server option anymore.


v3.6.3 and 3.12, June 2019 (R20 and earlier versions)

The updates are v3.63 for Cinema R20 and v3.12 for pre-R20.

This is a free update for any license purchased during or since September 2018

This is a free update if you have paid for a DEM Earth for R20. In all other cases, you need to upgrade your DEM Earth license to the R20 version. Your support needs to be up-to-date to get your node lock changed to your R20 number.


v3.32, April 2019  (R20 Mac + Win)

  • Added – Some useful info to the downloader tab (Tile count, image size etc.)
  • Complete rebuild – of the MACOS version. This was an absolute nightmare.
  • Changed – DEM Earth prefs are now grouped under CinemaPlugins..com prefs.
  • Fixed – Several OSM importer bugs..
  • Fixed – OSM bug causing strange lines. this was due to me using UInt32  instead of Int64 for node id’s
  • Fixed – Drag drop ASC import was being clipped.
  • Added – 32bit tiff single channel height map export from the image loader. This lets you export the height map for use as displacement.
  • Fixed – Bug where the setting for image preview size was ignored.
  • Changed – Welded image output to tiff format. this dramatically improves load and preview refresh time.
  • Faster  – Tile welding pass
  • Added – Threaded texture downloader. up to 100x faster downloads depending on your CPU and bandwidth.

Version 3.22 Sept 18th 2018

  • Fixed- OSM server not responding specifically on MAC, in R20.

Version 3.20 Sept 1st 2018

  • Adds CINEMA 4D R20 Compatibility
  • Fixed- OSM server not responding sometimes

Version 3.12 Aug 21st 2017

  • Fixed – a problem stopping ASC files from loading.
  • Added – another layer to the new  map layer list.
  • Added – new function in georeference tag, that lets you embed/displace with textures.

Version 3.1 Aug 16th 2017

  • Fixed – a problem stopping DEM Earth from working fully with C4D R19.
  • Fixed – missing UV Coordinates, making baking textures a bit strange.
  • Fixed – missing Map Tile Servers.
  • Added – new map tile servers.
  • Fixed – various bugs and changes.

Version 3.08 Nov 18th 2015

  • Fixed- a problem preventing old scenes loading with 3.07, if they contained embedded height data
  • Improved  – increased the maximum area of a GPX track to 1000km

Version 3.07 Nov 17th 2015

  •  Changed – prefs password is now masked after entry
  •  Added – prefs option “Center After Embed” decide if DEM earth should center on your embed data, when you add it.
  •  Added – custom server to prefs.Use your image server with DEM Earth.
  •  Fixed – some issues with gradient refresh.
  •  Improved – gradient height values can now go below zero (needed for bathemetry)
  •  Improved – Massive speed up with DEM Earth tile extraction.
  •  Fixed – multiple minor issues.

Version 3.01 Oct 7th 2015

  • SMART OSM –  new setting “Levels” imports building levels, where available, and reflects this in the extruder.
  • SMART OSM –  finds more height values.
  • SMART Extruder–  got a new “Levels” setting.
  • SMART Extruder– Status update bar.
  • Several bug fixes and improvements.

Version 3.00 Sept 10th 2015

  • New – Geo Modifier –  Map any polygon, spline or point based object onto DEM Earth.
  • New –  Track Graph  –  Make an instant graph out of a GPX track, or any spline.
  • New – Poly Importer – Import country, county, regional borders using the osmosis poly format.
  • Improved – Smart Extruder – vastly improved. Better caps, better UVW mapping, less polygons.
  • Improved – Smart OSM – New Interpolation and surface offset settings, deliver what you need.
  • Improved – DEM Earth Object – improved UVW, to make baking, much easier.
  • Lots – of minor bug fixes and improvements

Clean 3D Animated Travel Map Tutorial in After Effects

In this tutorial, Ignace Aleya shows you how to create a travel scene in After Effects. He animates the travel map of Europe from Belgium to Moscow.


Create Animated Routes in DEM Earth for Cinema 4D

Jonathan Winbush explains how to make accurate animated custom routes in DEM Earth and Cinema 4D. This technique has many uses for animated maps.


CinemaPlugins DEM Earth Overview Tutorial #gettingstarted

DEM Earth allows users to easily generate dynamic Digital Elevation Models and geo-reference them in real-time to your world imagery. CinemaPlugins has released a new point update to this week that adds improves and adds new features and fixes a few issues. All owners of v2 are advised to update.