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3D for the Whole World

Maxon Cinema 4D is a professional 3D modeling, animation, simulation, and rendering software solution. Fast, powerful, flexible, and stable toolset! Cinema 4D makes 3D workflows more accessible and efficient for design, motion graphics, and VFX, AR/MR/VR. In addition,  game development and all types of visualization professionals benefit from Cinema 4D. Cinema 4D produces stunning results, whether working on your own or in a team.

Award-Winning Mograph

MoGraph is a procedural modeling and animation toolset that gives motion designers the ability to quickly and easily create complex and abstract animations. At the heart of MoGraph is the Cloner object which allows you to duplicate objects in a variety of ways. Add MoGraph’s powerful collection of Effectors to the mix and you can put everything in limitless motion using sound, fracturing, fields, and so much more – often without creating a single keyframe! MoGraph is the go-to system for professional broadcast graphics designers and was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Technical Achievement Award in 2019.

c4d s24 easy to useEasy To Learn – Easy To Use

Cinema 4D is widely recognized as one of the easiest and most accessible 3D packages to learn and use. To soften that learning curve Maxon offers thousands of tutorials on Cineversity and hundreds of Quick Tips. Maxon’s Training team also hosts weekly and monthly live webinars to help new and existing users succeed. Check out Maxon’s archives and events schedule for more information.

 

What’s New In Maxon Cinema 4D S24

Maxon Cinema 4D Subscription Release 24 (S24) includes functionality to easily browse and obtain models, materials, and other assets, and to intuitively place them within the scene. The release also includes key workflow enhancements and a sneak peek at the continued progress on the Scene Nodes and Scene Manager interfaces to the new core.

Placement Tools

Next-Level Set Dressing

Cinema 4D’s placement tools set the stage for creativity with intuitive and powerful tools for placing objects within a scene. For example, creating an environment, adding props, and kitbashing is as simple as dragging and dropping objects onto one another, painting them onto a surface, or allowing them to fall into place with the help of dynamics.

Place Tool

The Place Tool allows efficient and intuitive placement of an object on the surface of existing scene elements. To clarify, it uses handles to easily scale and rotate the elements. Place objects directly from the Asset Browser. The, interactively copy and place objects in your scene. Automatically place objects according to their bounding box or defined axis, with an optional offset.

Scatter Pen

The Scatter Pen makes it easy to scatter a single object or a selection of objects onto any surface. Simply drag it within the view. Control the spacing and alignment, the frequency of each object, and vary the position, rotation, and scale of the placed objects. Paint random distributions or in clearly defined strokes. So, you painted too many or in the wrong location? No problem, just use the removal tools to clean up your scene or move objects individually with the Place Tool.

Dynamic Placement

Dynamic Placement offers the ultimate option for intuitively placing objects into a scene, with high-performance dynamics providing actual collisions between objects. With the Dynamic Placement tool, clump objects together or naturally drop them onto a surface of objects. Do this with the power of Cinema 4D’s physics simulation. Automatically generate simplified proxy geometry for fast and accurate dynamics.

Asset Browser

Powerful, Flexible Asset Management

The Asset Browser provides easy access to libraries of preset content stored locally or online, including a vast collection of 3D objects, materials, and node capsules available to Cinema 4D subscribers. The library can be browsed or searched, and each asset includes rich metadata and keywords. Assets are downloaded on-demand, so there’s no need to pre-download huge libraries of assets. They’re also cached on your local computer, so your favorite assets are immediately available for re-use.

Keywords, Search and Filtering

Keywords can be added to your assets making content easily searchable. Save your frequent searches in smart folders and when assets are added later with the same keywords, they will be added automatically to those folders.

Asset Versioning

Incredibly useful in complex production pipelines. As the project evolves the asset can evolve with it. Rolling back to a previous version or updating a scene with the latest version is as easy as a few clicks.

Objects, Instances, or References

Insert object-based assets as objects, Instances, or References for an extremely flexible and efficient workflow.

Add Your Own Assets

Create your own libraries and add your own assets by dragging them right into asset folders.

Scene Manager

Scene Nodes / Scene Manager (preview)

Experience first-hand how things are taking shape as work continues on Cinema 4D’s new core. Cinema 4D’s Scene Manager uses powerful, node-based assets to construct procedural geometry or entire scenes in a hierarchy-based view. The Scene Manager will eventually offer a fast and creative workflow much like Cinema 4D’s Classic Object Manager. Furthermore, easily integrate Classic C4D objects by simply dragging them into the Scene Manager. Everything you do within the Scene Manager creates a corresponding node graph within Scene Nodes. In other words, you can choose whichever workflow you prefer or the job demands.

Scene Nodes

With Cinema 4D’s Scene Node core, manage relationships and dependencies between objects. In addition, construct and modify geometry, and build reusable assets.

Scene Nodes Debugging

Effectively debug scene node systems with the help of an information overlay. Similarly, port debugs panels within the Node Editor. Finally, use the powerful Data Inspector window for detailed introspection of arrays and other complex data types.

Distributions, Nodes, and Capsules

The true power of Scene Nodes is the ability for TD-level users to expand the ecosystem without a single line of code. Additionally, these both expand possibilities and serve as a useful example of the type of tools users can expect as Scene Nodes continue to mature.

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R23 Feature List

Animation

Pose Library

  • Scene independent pose library
  • Thumbnail view
  • Blend poses
  • Matching Name and Selection Filters

Character Solver

  • Character Definition Tag allows the rig-independent definition of character components
  • Automatic rig extraction based on name templates
  • Custom Character Definition Presets
  • Character Solver transfers motion between rigs based on character definitions, regardless of hierarchy or joint rotations
  • Extensive preset library of high-quality motion capture presets

Delta Mush

  • Delta Mush smoothing of joint-based animation
  • Tag-based control of smoothing parameters

Character Object – Toon Rig and Face Rig

  • Toon Rig in Character Object offers an easy-to-use rig supporting scaling and bendy limbs
  • Face Rig in Character Object allows users to easily create a joint-based facial rig

Workflow Enhancements

  • Attribute Manager Filtering
    • Animated Attributes
    • Keyframe Selection
    • Animatable Attributes
    • Xpresso Driver / Driven
    • Overridden in current take
  • Keyframing Changes
    • Auto-Key Workflow
    • Paste in Place
    • Copy / Paste Ease Curve
    • Record All Animated / Record Hierarchy Commands
    • Delete Keys for all selected objects Command
    • Animation Context Menu on HUD
  • Preview / Project Time Changes
    • Preserve Project Time with Merge and X-Ref / Allow Keyframes outside the project time
    • Increase Preview Time with Project
    • In / Out Commands to define preview range
    • Set Range to Markers
    • Go to Previous / Next Marker Range
  • Timeline Changes
    • Timeline Filtering
    • Auto-Frame F-Curve
    • Show Pos/Scale/Rot F-Curve Commands
    • Improvements to defaults and object / track display behavior
  • Marker Enhancements
    • Create Markers based on range / BMP
    • Marker HUD
    • Markers created with random color
  • Deformer Enhancements
    • Auto-orient deformers based on geometry
    • Easily adjust deformer orientation to align with object axes
    • Viewport Enhancements including indicators of action and direction
    • UX Enhancements including sliders for strength / angle
  • Exchange Enhancements
    • FBX option to export marker ranges as takes
    • FBX option to export only bound joints
  • Other Enhancements
    • Set Pos / Reset Pose commands in weight tag
    • Invert Vertex Map checkbox

UV Enhancements

  • for perpetual users, all the great enhancements in S22
  • Display and manipulate UVs of multiple selected objects (for shared texture workflows)
    • Rasterized and Geometric Packing of multiple objects into a single UV space
  • Grid in Texture UV Editor
  • Snap UV elements and UV Transform Tool to Vertex, Edge, Mid-Point, Grid and Pixel
  • Align Island based on edge selection
  • Straighten point / edge selection
  • Rectangularize polygon selection
  • Path Selection within UV Editor
  • Grow / Shrink Selection within UV Editor
  • Quantization Palette
  • Display UV Distortion in 3D View

Magic Bullet Looks

  • Look applied in real-time to the viewport
  • Look applied to final rendering as a post effect
  • Option allowing for saving the unprocessed rendering result as a multipass
  • Optical Touch Looks Preset library designed to make 3D renders look great

Viewport

  • Improved screen-space reflections
  • Optimized display of node-based geometry
  • Light Source Optimization and General Performance Enhancements
  • Removed Redraw Limit

Scene Nodes (Preview)

High-performance node-based object system, available as a technical preview.

Operator Nodes

Distribution Nodes

  • Linear, Linear Transformed
  • Radial, Spiral
  • Grid, Grid Offset (Honeycomb)
  • Vertex, Edge, Polygon Center
  • Mandelbrot, Mandelbulb
  • Custom Distribution Group

Effector / Field Nodes
Geometry Nodes

  • Get / Set Geometry and Topology
  • Point, Edge, Polygon Info
  • 3D Primitives
  • Selection Nodes
  • Bounding Box
  • Geometry Clone
  • Extrude, Lathe, Loft, Sweep
  • Extrude, Inset, Bevel, Subdivide
  • Optimize, Connect, Chamfer, Align Normals, Reverse Normals, Delete, Melt
  • Remove Ngons, Remove Non Manifold, Triangulate, Retriangulate, Untriangulate

Legacy Import

  • Legacy Object Import
  • Sample Legacy Light
  • Vertex Map Tag Import

Materials

  • Material assignment
  • Material parameterization

Flow Control Nodes

  • Loop Carried Value
  • Memory
  • Range

Array Nodes
Node Editor

  • General UI Enhancements for Scene and Material Nodes
  • Node filtering
  • Node Detail Levels
  • Comments

Remesh Generator

Exchange

USD Support

  • Import / Export Models, Cameras, Lights in usd, usda, usdc
  • Export usdz

OBJ Performance and Feature Enhancements

  • Import/export Support for PBR material definition used by Adobe Dimensions and other applications
  • OBJ Sequence Export
  • OBJ Sequence Import
  • Vertex Color Import / Export (Z-Brush / Meshlab)
  • Point Cloud Import
  • Z-Brush Spline Import
  • Flip UVs
  • Unicode Support
  • More Presets: 3ds max, Adobe Dimension, Blender, Maya, ZBrush, Trapcode

FBX (listed in Animation Workflow)

  • Export Takes from Timeline Markers
  • Export Bound Joints only

Python 3

  • Update from Python 2.7.14 to Python 3.7.7
  • Increased performance for Python expressions, scripts and plugins
  • Encrypt Python plugins via the command line

Moves by Maxon

  • Import and use Facial and Body Capture data from Moves iOS app (fully integrated)

General Workflow Enhancements

  • Display alpha channel in Picture Viewer as a checker grid
  • Insert Caret showing drag destination within Object Manager
  • Instances can be made editable
  • Updated Intel Open Image Denoiser to 1.2.1 / improved performance and better results
  • Viewport Selection Tools now use Intel Embree technology for better performance and accuracy

Customer Journey

  • Maxon One
  • Subscription Management page

Features

Modeling

Polygonal Modeling

Visions Take Shape in Cinema 4D

Polygons are the building blocks of 3D, stitched together to create the objects of your imagination. With Cinema 4D’s complete polygonal modeling toolset, it’s easy to craft everything from cars to creatures.

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Knife Tool
Slice models with quick precision using a trio of tools that offer outstanding interactivity. Make more polygons and add more detail – edit cuts before committing, cut evenly-spaced slices, and add symmetrical loops with ease.

Polygon Pen
Paint polygons with Cinema 4D’s modeling “Swiss army knife”, a single super-tool for creating or retopologizing 3D models.

  • Create Polygon – Click to add points and quickly create polygons, whether modeling from scratch or snapping to existing geometry for retopology.
  • Rotate Edge – Refine the polygon flow by spinning an edge around its center.
  • Snap To Edge – Extend the surface easily with edges that snap to each other.
  • Draw Row – Paint strips of polygons interactively.
  • Modeling Arc – Convert simple edges into complex arcs in a single action.
  • Extrude – Create solid shapes by extruding, without changing tools.

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Extrude

Extrude selected points, edges or polygons.

Stitch & Sew

Join object edges that have the same number of points.

Bevel

Soften hard edges without Subdivison Surface Objects.

Mesh Check

Show faulty elements on selected polygon objects.

Parametric Modeling

The first step in most 3D projects is creating the objects.

Keep 3D visualizations flexible to the end with parametric modeling. Changes can be made at any time to scenes or objects, and Cinema 4D offers a wide range of parametric modeling options that make it possible for artists to make just about any last-minute change a customer may need!

Modeling with MoGraph

Motion Design Tool Gone Wild!

Cinema 4D’s MoGraph toolset is unmatched in the 3D industry. Originally created for motion design and broadcast graphics, it quickly established itself in many other areas of 3D visualization. MoGraph can be used to quickly and easily distribute vegetation throughout an entire scene or even create a network of roads, and much more. With MoGraph, artists and architects can keep their visualizations flexible right down to the wire and lets them get the results they’re looking for. MoGraph creates solutions and is a game changer for your workflow.

With just a few elements you can build more complex parametric objects:

c4d deformersModeling with Deformers

Bend, compress or twist an object witout manhandling its geometry. This – and much more – is what Deformers can do. Deformers work non-destructively and are ideal for creating complex objects that can be modfied at any time. The perfect workflow solution when production requirements throw you a curve.

Modeling with Splines

A spline is much more than just a line: Create complex 3D objects using splines and Generators in Cinema 4D. Simply take a path from a technical drawing and place it into a Generator to create a 3D object and modify it at any time by changing its settings in the Attribute Manager.

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Sculpting

Turn your models into digital clay

Model organic surfaces and easily increase the level of detail on any object with the fully-integrated Sculpt system in Cinema 4D. Simply click Subdivide to increase the level of detail, transforming your mesh into digital clay. Mold your mesh with intuitive sculpting tools that pull, smooth, flatten, knife and pinch the surface. Take advantage of advanced symmetry options, stamps, stencils, and masks to create complex sculpts and surface details.

c4d sculpting

Organize in Layers

Organize your sculpt project in layers, each with its own Sculpt level, mask, and strength settings. Simply click any layer to activate it and jump to the appropriate level of detail. Arrange layers in any order and even within folders, so it’s always easy to find and activate the right layer. You can freeze your sculpts at any time to release the memory being used by sculpting and view the effect of deformation on your sculpted mesh.

Flexible Tools

Mold your mesh with Cinema 4D’s flexible sculpting tools, each of which have a unique size and pressure options that can be interactively adjusted or linked to the properties of your tablet pen. Smoothly paint continuous strokes with a Steady Stroke option. Use special drag options to precise place Sculpt Stamps, and easily create repetitive stamps with the Repeat tool. Sculpt finer details with the help of masks and stencils. Create and share your own stamps and stencils, or take advantage of the extensive preset library provided in Cinema 4D. 
Finally, you can create your own sculpt brushes or take advantage of Cinema 4D’s extensive developer community to extend the power of the toolset even further, with extensive Python and expanded C++ support for the entire Sculpt system.

  • Pull Brush – The Pull brush lifts the vertex points (or lowers them) in the average direction of the Normals (in the region of the brush’s preview). This brush is also well-suited for use with the Stamp and Stencil functions.
  • Grab Brush – As the name suggests, this brush can be used to grab part of the mesh and pull it into the desired position. Great for shaping a character’s chin or head, or creating spiky bits.
  • Smooth Brush – The Smooth brush is one of the most important sculpting brushes. The Smooth brush – with a low Strength value – is ideal for relaxing the mesh and removing artefacting.
  • Erase Brush – Use the Erase brush to delete sculpted regions of an active Layer, i.e., wherever the Erase brush is applied, the sculpted regions will be reset to a neutral state.

Mirror and Masking

The powerful Symmetry options within each sculpt brush now support Cinema 4D’s workplane, so you can easily mirror strokes across an offset axis. Keep your strokes fast and fluid by focusing on one side of the model, and use the new Sculpt Symmetry option to mirror strokes across the mesh or even equalize the sculpting on both sides. To further focus on small sections of the sculpt, simply hide polygons using a mask.

Base Meshes

Use your own models or one of the base meshes provided in the Sculpt presets library. The library’s generic human, animal and dinosaur forms provide a great start for many sculpting projects. Simply double-click any mesh, click Subdivide a few times and start sculpting.

Mesh Projection

Combine multiple Sculpt objects into a single sculpt with optimized edge flow using the Project Mesh feature. Whether you need more edges to sculpt appendages or just want to optimize the mesh for the animation you can model a clean topology over your existing sculpt and quickly adapt it to the final shape with all the sculpt details intact, based on the defined subdivision settings.

Unsubdivide

The Unsubdivide command allows you to quickly convert high-resolution meshes from other sculpting applications to low-resolution Cinema 4D objects with Sculpt tags containing all the same detail. This makes it easy to modify and work with meshes from any source.

Baking

With Cinema 4D’s integrated sculpting you can freeze and deform your sculpted creations without the need to bake them. Optimize the scene and prepare it for export to game engines or other applications by baking the sculpt to lower-polygon geometry with automatic creation of Ambient Occlusion, displacement and normal maps.

Volume Modeling

Modeling and More with the Power of OpenVDB

Create complex models by adding or subtracting basic shapes in Boolean-type operations, or create animated growing effects by turning noises and the new MoGraph Fields into actual geometry – it’s all possible thanks to Cinema 4D’s OpenVDB-based Volume Builder and Mesher. Volume Modeling offers a completely procedural way of creating objects you couldn’t even imagine before.

A New Way to Model

Build organic or hard-surface volumes in a very procedural way – combine multiple primitives and polygon objects with Boolean operations like Union, Subtract and Intersect. Add or subtract splines, cloners, fields and more to quickly create complex shapes, and smooth or reshape the result with voxel modifiers. With VDB remeshing, you can quickly re-topologize meshes to more effectively add details using Cinema 4D’s powerful sculpting toolset.

c4d volume bottles

Volumes and Fields – Better Together

  • Fields as Volumes – Use Random or Shader Fields to create volumes based on procedural textures or 3D noise.
  • Fields as Modifiers – Use fields to adjust the strength of smooth and reshape filters, inflating or eroding objects based on field shapes and patterns.
  • Volumes as Fields – Volumes can themselves be Fields, with their strength or direction affecting the nearest clones.

c4d volume

Data in 4 Dimensions

OpenVDB is fundamentally a way to store 3D pixels. Cinema 4D can load multiple grids from any .vdb file, and load animation via sequenced .vdb files. Release 20 does not yet offer native volume rendering but VDBs created in Cinema 4D can be exported in sequenced .vdb format for use in any application or render engine that supports OpenVDB.


Texturing

Materials/Shaders

Fast and Flexible Surfacing

Cinema 4D offers a fast and flexible material system, with procedural shaders to quickly define the surface of your 3D models. Generate exquisite photorealistic materials with multi-layered reflections or unique abstract effects using Cinema 4D’s multiple material channels and many special purpose procedural shaders.

  • easy to understand
  • neatly organized
  • powerful
  • flexible

Cinema 4D materials are easy to understand, with neatly-organized material channels that are named for what they do – to adjust the luminance, transparency or displacement of a material simply click the channel, load an image or shader, and adjust some sliders. Procedural shaders add power and flexibility so it’s easy to create photoreal and fanciful textures.

Reflectance channel

Create physically accurate materials with multiple layers of reflection using the Cinema 4D Reflectance Channel. Stack metallic flakes, anisotropic scratches and clear coat on top of a diffuse base layer, dial in the roughness and strength of each layer and enjoy materials that fully react to the lighting environment.

c4d materials reflectance

Flexible Shaders

A wide range of shaders in Cinema 4D provide special-purpose material options, such as replicating a rainbow thin-film effect on a bubble or oily surface, or simulating wood or bricks with a multitude of options and presets. MoGraph and Variation shaders make it possible to uniquely color and texture a vast number of objects. These are just a few examples of Cinema 4D’s powerful and purposeful shaders.

Infinite possibilities

Powerful layering options at the shader level, within reflectance and for materials themselves offer unlimited options for combining basic elements to create incredibly complex and detailed materials.

Node-Based Materials

Building Blocks for your Material World

Node-based materials in Cinema 4D Release 20 invite you to explore a whole new world of material-creating possibilities. Create simple materials that link a texture in multiple channels for easy adjustment, or create amazing and complex shaders that can be used in Cinema 4D’s Advanced and Physical Render engines.

Everything Starts Small

Each node performs specific functions – from color correction to camera distance, generating noises, gradients, patterns, flakes or scratches … and these only scratch the surface – Cinema 4D Release 20 includes over 150 nodes you can use to build your textures. Don’t worry – they’re all fully searchable by name and keyword, and can be easily added via a commander interface.

c4d materials nodes

Each node offers a specific function but when you combine them, the possibilities are endless. You can easily drag wires to connect inputs and outputs and add converters to existing connections. Enable previews at any stage and selectively mute connections to understand how each node contributes to the material. Combine nodes into groups, groups into assets, and use those assets yourself or share them as .zip files.

The Power of Nodes

  • ONE NODE, MULTIPLE CONNECTIONS – Reference a single color, texture or other element in multiple channels throughout a material. When the time comes to make a change, you only have to do it once.
  • A MATERIAL OVERVIEW – The Node Window provides a complete overview of every element so you don’t have to dig through multiple channels and shaders to view everything contributing to a material.
  • CUSTOM INTERFACES – Combine nodes to create custom shaders and expose only the parameters you want to modify or let others to tweak.
  • REUSABLE ASSETS AND VERSIONING – Create assets from Node groups and store them in the scene, in the preferences, or share them with others as a simple .zip file. Assets include complete versioning so you can easily manage updates.

One Material to Rule Them All

The ultimate asset – a completely new generic material, called Uber Material. This simplified and easy-to-use material can be added and edited in the Material Editor or Attribute Manager, and any connection you make can also be seen in the Node Editor. The truly courageous can even open the asset within the Node Editor and see how a complete material is made up.

3D Painting

BodyPaint 3D

Impressive Texturing & Sculpting

Maxon’s BodyPaint 3D is the ultimate tool for creating high-end textures and unique sculptures. Wave good-bye to UV seams, inaccurate texturing and constant back-and-forth switching to your 2D image editor. Say hello to hassle-free texturing that lets you quickly paint highly detailed textures directly on your 3D objects. BodyPaint 3D also offers a comprehensive set of sculpting tools that let you turn a simple object into a detailed work of art.

Why 2D Painting is never enough for 3D textures

  • IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK
    When you use BodyPaint 3D to paint complete materials onto your 3D models, you’ll immediately see how the texture fits with the contour of the model, how the bump or displacement react to lighting, and how the transparency and reflection interact with the environment. There’s no need to waste time transitioning textures between environments – you’ll always see an accurate depiction of the texture so you can concentrate on making it look great.
  • TOOLS, TOOLS, TOOLS
    More than 200 presets put a wide array of natural media and special effects brushes within easy reach. Clone, Smear, Sponge, Dodge and Burn, Gradient, Magic Wand, transform tools and more are all available within the easy to use interface.
  • DISTORTION-FREE PAINTING
    No matter how hard you try – UVs will never be 100% perfect. Some parts will be slighty scaled, distored or twisted because you are trying to project a 3D object onto a 2D plane. You have to keep this in mind while painting your textures in 2D. Sometimes this produces unpredictable results. BodyPaint 3D’s projection painting takes all this into account and projects your texture the way you intended it to look on the 3D object on which you were painting.
  • 32-BIT COLOR & HDR EDITING
    You can paint in up to 32-bit color depth, which gives even more texture control and incredibly smooth color gradations. BodyPaint 3D also enables editing of HDR and EXR formats letting you to use these powerful formats in your 3D scenes.
  • DIRECT CONNECTION TO YOUR 3D APPLICATION
    Normally, creating textures using 2D applications and including these in your 3D scene involves a lot of manual setup and a lot of application switching. BodyPaint 3D offers plugins to easily exchange models, textures and UVs between BodyPaint 3D and popular 3D applications like 3ds Max, Maya and Softimage.
  • PAINTING MULTIPLE TEXTURES AT ONCE
    With BodyPaint 3D you can paint an entire material with a single stroke. Each brush can paint up to ten channels simultaneously, so a single brushstroke can affect Color, Bump, Specularity, Reflection, Transparency and other properties. There is no need to match the various channels in your 3D application.
  • PAINTING OVER MULTIPLE OBJECTS
    BodyPaint 3D can paint over multiple objects using a single stroke. Projection painting allows distortion-free painting across multiple objects to eliminate seams and get the results you want – which is not possible in 2D!

UV Tools

Maxon BodyPaint 3D features an arsenal of UV editing solutions that ensure your models and their materials line up properly.

Painting in 3D is governed by UVs, a set of coordinates that relate polygons to texturing areas. Properly designed UV coordinates are essential to successful painting and quality texturing in 3D. Because almost all 3D models involve contours in 3D space, standard projections like spherical and flat mapping are not able to provide distortion-free texturing. Each model must be set up with correctly aligned UVs prior to painting, just like taping off the trim in a room prior to painting.

Optimal Mapping & LSCM Unwrapping

BodyPaint 3D includes numerous tools that help you achieve the best UV map for each individual model. You can utilize one of three different algorithms, including Cubic Optimal Mapping, to automatically optimize your UV coordinates and remove overlapping points.

The Relax UV tool adjusts the size of UVs in relation to their corresponding polygons, and the UV Terrace tool lets you easily include additional geometry in an existing UV map. The Store and Remap UV features allow you to easily remap areas of UV coordinates to eliminate seams. Using BodyPaint 3D’s powerful Interactive Mapping feature you can generate UVs based on standard projection types for different regions of a model. Of course, BodyPaint 3D also includes Move, Scale, Rotate, Shear and other tools to let you manually tweak individual UV coordinates.

The LSCM unwrapping method, which lets you unwrap a model’s UVs based on defined seams, also comes in handy when working with complex shapes. Whether adjusting UVs for a low-res game model or a high-res matte painting, BodyPaint 3D provides the UV tools you can rely on when the UV mapping is not as perfect
as the model you have built.

Painting & Texturing

  • PAINTING TOOLS
    All your favorite painting tools are available in BodyPaint 3D, including Clone, Smear, Sponge, Dodge and Burn tools. The standard brush tool includes pressure, hardness, size, bitmap, distortion, rotation, jitter and other parameters for hundreds of painting possibilities. The effect of any parameter can be controlled by the pressure, tilt, direction or finger wheel of your graphics tablet. Over 200 presets are provided with BodyPaint 3D, representing a variety of natural media and special effects.
    A real highlight of BodyPaint 3D is that it now supports the .abr format for Adobe Photoshop-compatible brushes. BodyPaint 3D artists can now take advantage of vast resources available in the Photoshop community. Thousands of brushes are available, many of them for free and we’ve even added over 1,400 brushes to the brush preset libraries.
  • LAYERING IN THE 3RD DIMENSION
    This familiar layering system operates much like 2D graphics applications, giving you the power to combine various effects and experiment with confidence. In addition to its own B3D format, Maxon BodyPaint 3D can read and write layers and masks in PSD and TIF file formats. Each layer can be assigned a unique opacity and mix mode. BodyPaint 3D also features a real-time preview of layer transformations so you can easily position, scale, rotate, skew and distort layers until your composition is just right.
    You can also define a mask in any layer, work with alpha channels or apply different blend modes to layers. Even .psd files can be read and their individual layers or layersets easily accessed. The Layer Shader makes it possible to quickly assign filters or procedural shaders to images. BodyPaint 3D is second-to-none when compared to conventional 2D image editing applications, and is ideal for high-end compositing and montage work.
  • PROJECTION PAINTING
    Projection painting offers unmatched comfort when painting textures onto complex geometry. Visible seams at UV edges are now a thing of the past. The detachable projection layers in particular make this process easier by letting objects or images be placed freely before the projection is applied.
    With projection painting enabled you can paint onto a virtual glass plate over the model and subsequently project this painting onto the actual textures. This powerful feature supports all of BodyPaint 3D’s painting tools and provides full control over the projection and final appearance of your paint strokes. Projection painting even allows users to paint across multiple objects with a single stroke to eliminate seams. Copy and paste paint between layers. You can copy and paste between layers while in projection paint mode and you can even join two separate images with perfect blending and distortion.

Animation

Building professional 3D animation has never been easier or more intuitive.

Shift your scenes into the fourth dimension with Maxon’s Cinema 4D. Building professional 3D animation has never been easier and more intuitive. Virtually any object, material or tag parameter can be keyframed by simply clicking the circle next to its name. To make keyframing even simpler you can activate automatic keyframing of all or selected parameters. The Powerslider lets you quickly define keyframes for the current state at any frame and modify existing keyframes without leaving the default layout.

Timeline

The Timeline window offers even greater control with tracks for every animatable parameter and options such as layers to organize and control the visibility of objects, tracks and keyframes. Master Tracks allow easy manipulation of all keyframes attached to a given object or scene and the Region tool helps you easily move or scale any portion of your animation.

Dope Sheet

View your entire animation in context, complete with markers. Manage keyframes for all your objects, or retime selected animation tracks.

F-curves

Use F-Curve mode for more detailed adjustment of keyframe interpolation, or to simply view the animation. Edit multiple curves instantly and take advantage of the snapshot capability to view a previously stored curve while adjusting the animation.

Motion Clips

Create a library of animations, and add them to your characters or other 3D objects. Blend multiple clips and re-time or loop the animation in non-linear fashion.

Flexible User Interfaces

  • Animation Dot – An Animation Dot lies next to virtually every C4D parameter, and a simple click on it creates a keyframe. Animate with ease by simply adjusting the time, adjusting the value, and clicking.
  • Powerslider – Create new keyframes, adjust timing and interpolation and visualize markers and sound waveforms, all within a compact bar directly below your 3D view.
  • HUD – Add attributes as HUD elements and modify or animate your objects directly in the 3D view.

Procedural Animation

Use Cinema 4D’s effectors, tags and expressions to animate without keyframes. A variety of presets make it easy to get started, and you can create your own expressions in Cinema 4D’s node-based XPresso editor or via Python programming.

Character Animation

Adding Personality to Polygons

Cinema 4D offers a wide range of easy-to-use and reliable character animation tools and features that help you to create life-like characters and make character animation that much easier. Advanced features such as the Quaternion tag, Cappuccino for recording mouse movement as position data, and Auto Redraw for creating dynamic IK setups streamline the workflow for character animators and riggers.

Advanced Character Animation

Character animators and riggers alike need easy-to-use and reliable tools to help them create life-like characters. In addition to the functions contained in Cinema 4D Prime, Cinema 4D Studio offers numerous additional features that make professional character animation even easier!

  • Character Component
    The Character Component can be used by technical directors, for example, to define objects or hierarchies of a rig as components. Those components can then be packed into a template and be used by artists to easily create their objects using the Character object. All the power of Cinema 4D’s tools, including Python scripts, can be used to define these components. If you don’t do character animation you can use the Character Component feature to build templates for road systems, pipeline creators and more. Use your creativity to decide what to build with this powerful tool.
  • Character Object
    The Character object lets you easily build a rig for any character based on expertly-crafted preset templates for bipeds, quadrupeds, fish and more. Automatic mirroring lets you build and adjust rigs symmetrically. Once you’ve adjusted the rig to your character, simply drag the mesh onto the Character object to automatically weight and bind the mesh to the rig. After completing this simple process you’ll have easy access to all Character object controllers and your character is ready to come to life.
  • Walk Cycles With CMotion
    Use the CMotion object to create parametric, cyclical movement for any parameter on your character rig. Custom walk cycles or presets can be quickly and easily applied to your character and fine-tuned to fit your needs with the help of Function Curves. A spline can be added as a movement path and a surface as a floor and your character will interact with these elements and adapt its movement accordingly. An optimized muscle system with special deformers helps you create natural movement for organic shapes. The CMotion Step object also helps you fine-tune your walk cycles to perfection.

Interaction Tag

Exercise ultimate control over your 3D objects

In basic use, this tag works in conjunction with the Tweak mode to determine if objects can be moved without first being selected, and gives you control over object highlighting.

Use dynamic proxies to interactively adjust other objects based on the polygon selection you click to tweak. Particularly helpful for tasks like character rigging, the Interaction tag also reports all mouse interaction, including the polygon clicked, and allows controlling objects through XPresso, C.O.F.F.E.E. or Python.

Pose Morph

Mix Your Models with Sliders

The Pose Morph tag makes it quick and easy to define different character animation states and lets you morph between various types of animation data. Create facial expressions and correctional morphs, and control them with sliders or pose-space deformations. In addition to blending vertex positions, you can easily transition between rotations of entire joint hierarchies, parameters, user data, UVW or vertex maps.

MoGraph

On the move!

With the Cinema 4D MoGraph toolset, motion graphics artists can sink their teeth into a palette of powerful tools that make it easy to create everything from flying logos to abstract effects. Clone numerous objects and create extruded text with just a few simple clicks. Add Effectors to the mix and put everything in motion, and much more – often without creating a single keyframe! All this is perfectly integrated into Cinema 4D and offers a fast and easy workflow. All functions are completely interactive and non-destructive.

Cloner

At the heart of MoGraph is a powerful yet simple Cloner tool. You can easily create live copies of any object – arranged along a line, circle, grid, object or spline.

Object clones can be placed along points, edges, polygon centers or randomly across the surface of an object. Adjust keyframe parameters to modify clone count, spacing and more. Use other objects in MoGraph to easily create extruded text, fracture and extrude spline-based logos, displace objects in real-time and more. Each object performs its own invaluable function for motion graphics artists, and each can be fully controlled by MoGraph Effectors. Effectors can be applied to almost any MoGraph Generator to effortlessly bring your MoGraph creations to life. Adjust clones mathematically with the Formula Effector or apply the frequency spectrum of an audio file using the Sound Effector. 17 different Effectors can be used in any combination to offer countless animation possibilities.

  • Shader Effector – The Shader Effector primarily uses a texture’s grayscale values to transform clones. To do this the texture needs to be projected on to the clones.
  • Sound Effector – The Sound Effector transforms audio into animation by mapping the amplitude at specific frequencies to clones.
  • Spline Effector – The Spline Effector takes the clones and arranges them on a spline. The first clone at the start of the spline and the last clone at the end of the spline.
  • Delay Effector – The Delay Effector ensures that the effects of other Effectors with regard to position, scale and rotation do not begin abruptly but with a delay.

Voronoi Fracturing

Non-destructive destruction

With the new Fracture Voronoi object you can tear down walls. Systematically shatter any object into procedural fragments using virtually anything to control the distribution of the shattered pieces. Create artistic procedural geometry using splines, polygon objects or particles. Fracture Voronoi is always live which means you can change elements at any time. As a native MoGraph object it works seamlessly with Dynamics and all the effectors and falloffs you love.

Dynamics

Dynamics System for Stunning, Realistic Motion

MoDynamics is based on the proven Bullet physics library and now you can also use MoGraph’s powerful Effectors to add dynamics for amazing realism. Set simple parameters like mass, bounce, gravity, friction and more and let MoDynamics do the work. Create breathtaking, realistic motion every time.

Simulation

Let’s Get Physical

Whenever a large number of objects or particles interact with each other or are affected by forces such as wind or gravity, traditional animation methods quickly reach their limits. Animating these elements individually would be a gargantuan task. This is where simulation is the weapon of choice. Complex algorithms are used to generate the animation and interaction of these elements – and Cinema 4D offers a wide range of functions and presets to create breathtaking physical simulations and realistic-looking effects.

The typical behavior and properties of materials such as paper, cloth, hair, feathers or fur can be applied to different objects. In addition to their natural behavior, the properties of these materials can be modified to create abstract, unexpected behavior to fulfill any artist’s creative needs.

Cinema 4D also includes additional tools for creating dynamic simulations of mass, velocity and surface characteristics. Forces such as wind or gravity can be applied to these objects to easily create complex, interactive animations like filling a glass with water, collapsing a wall, making pool balls interact and much more. The Cinema 4D particle system lets complex simulations be created using vast numbers of objects.

Dynamics

Dynamics system for stunning, realistic motion

  • Rigid Body Dynamics
    Rigid Bodies are objects that fall, collide, bounce and more – in short, they interact with forces and with each other. Rigid Bodies interact with simulated natural forces and with each other. Parameters such as Mass, Velocity and Gravity can be used to easily lend dynamic behavior to thousands of objects containing millions of polygons!
  • Soft Body Dynamics
    In addition to Cinema 4D’s Rigid Bodies you can use Soft Body Dynamics to simulate all kinds of objects that are deformed by collisions or other physical forces. Several settings such as stiffness, damping, flexion, etc. let you precisely define how your objects behave when struck, dropped or squashed. Even gas-filled elements can be simulated accurately.
  • Aerodynamic Forces
    Animate with air? The new aerodynamic features in Cinema 4D make it possible! Simulate air currents and let feathers, paper or leaves glide gently through the air. Use the Double-Sided option to let forces affect objects that have no real depth.

Additional Tools

Cinema 4D Studio’s Dynamics contains much more than just Rigid and Soft Bodies. You can use connectors such as hinges, cardans and springs to let objects interact. Angular or linear motors can move your objects without setting keyframes. And to top it off, torque and speed can be set individually to fine-tune your animation.

  • Force – The Dynamics Force object causes each object to exercise its own radial gravitational force onto every object within its reach.
  • Motor – A Motor is a Dynamics element that exerts a continuous force or torque on an object to which a Dynamics Body tag has been assigned.
  • Connector – Connectors restrict the movement/ rotation of Rigid Bodies and Soft Bodies. Without Connectors, objects would only be affected by forces and collisions.
  • Spring – Springs are elements that exert force that increases in accordance with their distortion.

Cloth Simulation

Dress Your Characters in Style

Cinema 4D’s powerful cloth simulation solution offers the full range of characteristics that are typical for fabrics, including stiffness, flexion, friction and many more. Cloth can even be made to stretch or tear, just like any real fabric would do, whether it’s wool or satin, cotton or silk. Cinema 4Ds cloth simulation is equipped with collision detection and interacts with itself or other scene elements.

Thinking Particles

Particles up to 11

Thinking Particles is an advanced rule-based particle system that uses Cinema 4D’s XPresso interface to provide complete control over individual particles and particle streams. Thinking Particles can interact with one another and with their environment. Points, edges, surfaces or complete Objects can be used as emitters or to trigger collision events that deflect particles or spawn new streams. Their potential and versatility make Thinking Particles an essential tool for artists to create highly advanced particle effects.


Rendering

Overview

The Key to Ultimate Photorealism

Cinema 4D’s wide range of render options deliver fast and beautiful results thanks to their linear workflow, support for color profiles, multiple processors, HyperThreading and Multi-Core technology. The built-in Advanced Renderer is a professional tool for creating outstanding images and animations, ranging from standard 2D and 3D to stereoscopy.

Its Multi-Pass rendering allows you to easily render color, shadow, reflection, and other effects to individual files. Multiple object-based alpha channels make it easy to layer elements with other 2D and 3D assets. With direct export to standard applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Nuke, Shake, Fusion or Motion, your Multi-Pass layers will be ready to composite in no time. Cinema 4D supports rendering in 16-bit and 32-bit color depth for high dynamics range images in DPX, HDRI or OpenEXR format.

Physical Renderer

The Physical Render Engine in Cinema 4D lets you render with ultimate realism using real camera settings like focal length, shutter speed, aperture, etc. to add 3D depth of field, optical accurate motion blur, area shadows, ambient occlusion and more to your scene. You can optionally simulate additional characteristics of real-life cameras such as lens distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberration for even more photorealism.

The Physical Renderer’s shared image sampler samples the Project just once and shares the result between all these effects, reducing the incremental time and guaranteeing accurate results.

  • Global Illumination
    Achieve greater rendering realism with Global Illumination, which provides a more accurate representation of scene lighting by taking into account light that bounces between objects. The Global Illumination engine can also utilize an HDRI-based sky for outstanding image-based illumination.
  • Caustics
    Caustic effects simulate the specific refractions and reflections of light on shiny surfaces or through transparent objects. Light that reflects from a golden ring or shines through the water to the bottom of a swimming pool – Cinema 4D makes it easy to create these effects, resulting in highly realistic and accurate scenes.

External Renderers

Cinema 4D is also supported by all major third party renderers.

Sketch and Toon

With the Sketch and Toon toolset in Cinema 4D you create non-photorealistic styles of 3D renderings.

Architects and engineers enjoy the clean and precise technical illustrations it provides, while artists will appreciate the ability to render 3D scenes as a quick scribble or charcoal sketch. Several settings make it easy to create illustrations ranging from halftone stills to cel-rendered animations and to create almost any desired effect.

AND MORE!

  • Stereoscopic Rendering
    A few simple settings convert any Cinema 4D camera into a stereo rig. Simply enable one of the stereo modes, define the eye-separation and convergence, and choose between parallel, off-axis, on-axis or radial placement. Safe regions can be set manually or defined automatically by Cinema 4D. You can render the merged image or individual channels and preview the stereo effect within Cinema 4D’s Picture Viewer. Stereo previews can be displayed in Anaglyph, Side-by-Side, Interlaced or Active Shutter mode for compatibility with a variety of 3D monitors, projectors and glasses.
  • Team Render
    Team Render is Cinema 4D’s network rendering concept that uses peer-to-peer communication to distribute render tasks. Because there’s no bottleneck at a central server, the assets required to render your scene get to each client quicker, speeding up network rendering of animations as well as still frames dramatically.
    For bigger studios Team Render Server combines the advantages of a traditional client-server architecture which allows users to control all the render jobs via a web interface with Team Render’s decentralized data exchange. Team Render Server lets you directly upload, monitor and control your network rendering jobs, and view the log status messages from the server and all clients.

Lighting

Let there be light

Cinema 4D offers a wide variety of light and shadow types that can brighten up even the most challenging situations. Cinema 4D’s extraordinarily powerful lighting system offers numerous options to control color, brightness, falloff and other properties, and for adjusting density and color of each light’s shadows. Light settings such as contrast, lens reflexes, visible or volumetric light, noise, and the possibility to use Lumen or Candela brightness values provide highly realistic results for your scenes.

IES Lights

Many light manufacturers offer IES data for free download to realistically simulate the look of real lighting fixtures. Brightness, color temperature, falloff and direction are already included in IES lights to produce the most realistic lighting. Cinema 4D already includes several pre-defined, ready-to-go setups.

lights

Physical Sky

Cinema 4D’s amazing Physical Sky makes it easy to create natural outdoor surroundings for your scene. A large collection of presets including clouds, haze, atmosphere and global positioning helps you to set up the fitting environment.


Operating System

Windows: Windows 10 64-bit on Intel or AMD 64-bit CPU with SSE3 support

MacOS: 10.14 or higher with 64-bit CPU running on Intel-based Apple Macintosh
To run future releases of Cinema 4D on Mac, you’ll need at least macOS 10.14 and a supported Mac system with at least macOS GPU Family 1_v3. You can check the Metal compatibility in the MacOS System Information, Graphics tab.

We recommend updating to macOS 10.15. There are a number of enhancements to Metal in the latest macOS which will improve the performance, stability and interaction with the viewport.

Linux:

  • CentOS 7, 64bit
  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, 64bit.

Online connection required.

Graphics Cards

Windows:
OpenGL graphics card supporting OpenGL 4.1 or newer (dedicated GPU recommended)
Limitations: Drivers needed for AMD graphics cards on Windows:
www.amd.com/en/support/kb/release-notes/rn-pro-win-20-q1-2

mac OS:
OS: macOS 10.14 or higher
Metal: macOS GPUFamily1 v3 or higher (see about this Mac → System report → Graphics/Displays)
GPU: only official supported hardware by Apple (feature set macOS GPUFamily1 v3+)
e-GPU: only official supported hardware (please refer to https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208544)

Although Cinema 4D support all OpenGL 4.1 or Metal GPUFamily1 v3-capable graphics cards, we recommend using a dedicated 3D graphics card with an AMD or NVIDIA chip set.

Maxon is not responsible for the compatibility of individual graphics cards with the OpenGL, OpenCL or Metal mode. Due to the large number and types of available chip sets, operating systems and driver versions we cannot guarantee the compatibility of all systems.

Please make sure that you always use the most current official graphics card driver (no beta versions).

Cinema 4D S24 Service Pack 1

Released June 23, 2021. This update is highly recommended for all R24 users.

  • Improvements to the Scatter Pen
  • GPU support was added in Windows to Magic Bullet Looks for the Viewport and Viewport Renderer

Animation

  • Fixed an issue with copying and pasting selected keyframes between different objects within the Timeline
  • Fixed an issue with maintaining an object’s trajectory when using the Tween tool
  • Fixed an undo issue with the Update command within the various Selection tags
  • Fixed an issue with the Tween tool not creating all keyframes when applied after executing the Revert to Saved Project command

BodyPaint 3D

  • Fixed an issue with a redundant warning that was displayed when opening a file while in the BP 3D – UV Edit layout
  • Fixed a stability issue with BodyPaint 3D
  • Fixed an issue with the Add Multi Channel Preset command not loading additional channels

C++ API

  • Fixed an issue in the node API where the function ListAllNodes could not compare the right values
  • Fixed an issue with memory used by the Instance object

Character Animation

  • Fixed an issue with the Thumbnail View of the Pose Library Browser where the individual thumbnail previews were displayed in black

Content Browser

  • Fixed an issue with a variety of Scene Nodes that were available in the Material mode of the Node Editor
  • Fixed an issue with saving file assets as a new version
  • Fixed an issue with an incorrect Primitive Type when adding a Primitive Op Node from the Asset Browser to the Node Editor
  • Fixed an issue with the Reveal in Browser command when the preview size within the Asset list is set to Grid View
  • Fixed an issue with the XRef object in the Object Manager incorrectly showing the string of a referenced asset
  • Fixed an issue with the string “Object” within the Category section of the Asset Browser
  • Fixed an issue with the Instance object where the Swap with Reference function was available in Multi-Instance mode
  • Fixed an issue with the appearance of already downloaded assets after using the Clear Downloaded command
  • Fixed an issue with the multi-language support of the Scene database within the Create Smart Search dialog window
  • Fixed an issue with redundant dotted lines within the Create Smart Search dialog window
  • Fixed an issue with the asset preview in the Asset Browser when importing several 3D formats

Deformer

  • Fixed an issue with disabling the Bevel Deformer when assigned to a high-poly object

Exchange

  • Fixed an issue with imported Alembic files being interpreted with geometry glitches
  • Fixed an issue with Camera Mapping when projecting the texture from an Alembic camera onto an object
  • Fixed a performance issue with the FBX file format when closing an active project
  • Fixed an issue with the selection of the material formats of the USD export options in the preferences
  • Fixed an issue with not being able to remove the material tag from imported USD files
  • Fixed an issue with the OBJ export where textures were not consolidated
  • Fixed an issue with the IGES Curve object that caused an incorrect file structure when saved
  • Fixed a stability issue with the XRef legacy object when adding a USD file as a reference scene
  • Fixed a stability issue with the USD format when closing Cinema 4D
  • Fixed an issue with the opacity of the Uber material when exporting to USD format
  • Fixed a stability issue with the USD format when closing Cinema 4D
  • Fixed an issue with the splash screen that always appeared when executing the Open Project command
  • Fixed a compatibility issue with 3ds Max 2022
  • Fixed a compatibility issue with Maya 2022

Hair

  • Fixed an issue with the dynamics of the Hair object not being initialized correctly when loading the scene file Interface
  • Fixed an issue with the GeDialog::InitValues() not being called for dialogs that were docked, collapsed and part of a layout
  • Fixed an issue with an enabled pick session that could no longer be disabled by pressing the corresponding arrow icon in the Attribute Manager
  • Fixed an issue with not being able to make a selection when entering a pick session
  • Fixed an issue with the user interface when selecting the Arabic language
  • Fixed an issue with the PRS order within the Transform settings of several MoGraph objects
  • Fixed an issue with the view panel where parts were cut off when resized in multiple Viewport display mode
  • Fixed an issue with moving a HUD element when the Control-Click for Right-Click option was enabled in the preferences
  • Fixed an issue with offset text within the bubble help of the Color Chooser

Installer

  • Fixed an issue with the warning dialog when installing into an existing folder of an older version of Cinema 4D

Licensing

  • Fixed a performance issue with the Export Licensing Overview command
  • Fixed an issue with the demo version not being accessible when the Lite license was activated
  • Fixed an issue with licensing and Cinema 4D Lite

Material Manager

  • Fixed an issue with the Material Manager being closed when a color value was dragged onto it

Modeling

  • Fixed an issue with the Polygon Reduction Generator when created and run with a script
  • Fixed an issue with the Polygon Reduction Generator not being able to change its Reduction Strength when it was subordinate to the LOD object
  • Fixed an issue with the Polygon Reduction Generator interfering with each other when used multiple times within a scene
  • Fixed an issue with the Polygon Reduction Generator when enabling the X-Ray option
  • Fixed an issue with the appearance of the Legacy Polygon Reduction Generator within the Customize Commands manager
  • Fixed an issue with the Polygon Reduction Generator’s Reduction Strength setting ignoring hidden polygons when reducing them
  • Fixed an issue with the Polygon Reduction Generator disappearing during the polygon reduction process
  • Fixed an issue with the Polygon Reduction Generator not updating the visibility of the Child objects when they were made invisible in the Viewport
  • Fixed an issue with the Polygon Reduction Generator not rendering with the Physical Renderer in the Viewport when subordinated to the Particle Emitter object
  • Fixed an issue with the Polygon Reduction Generator when a small scaled polygon object was subordinated to it and its coordinates were changed in the Viewport
  • Fixed a performance issue with the Polygon Reduction Generator once a Cloner object was assigned and its Viewport mode was changed
  • Fixed an issue with the Polygon Reduction Generator not rendering with the Physical Renderer when it was a child of a generator object
  • Fixed an issue with the availability of the Boundary Reduction Angle option of the Polygon Reduction Generator
  • Fixed an issue with the Connect object not converting Spline objects correctly when they were child of a Cloner object
  • Fixed an issue with the Move, Rotate and Scale tools when drawing a selection in the Viewport by pressing the right mouse button
  • Fixed an issue with the selection of Spline objects in the Viewport
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Stitch and Sew tool
  • Fixed an issue with the Bevel deformer that caused an assigned Platonic object set to Bucky to disappear
  • Fixed an issue with the options of the Close Polygon Hole tool not being able to be adjusted after use
  • Fixed a stability issue with scene files containing the Tube or Cone object
  • Fixed an issue with the Spline object not being displayed in the Viewport when Model mode was enabled
  • Fixed an issue with the Spline Pen where the drawn Spline objects became invisible in the Viewport
  • Fixed an issue with the obsolete OpenSubdiv Catmull-Clark (Adaptive) type of the Subdivision Surface object
  • Fixed an issue with the Normal Move tool where selected surfaces were not moved correctly
  • Fixed a typo within the Lathe object’s resource file
  • Fixed an issue with an existing edge selection being destroyed when using the Optimize function
  • Fixed an issue with an incorrect Viewport display of the Vertex Color tag in Polygon Points mode
  • Fixed an issue with the Instance object when switching from Multi-Instances to Render Instances using the Bounding Box Viewport mode
  • Fixed an issue with the Subdivisions setting of the Cloth Surface hiding selected edges
  • Fixed an issue with the UV mapping of the Extrude object’s caps surfaces when the Caps Type is set to Regular Grid
  • Fixed an issue with the Extrude object when extruding a multi-segmented spline object
  • Fixed a stability issue on Windows when opening projects that contain the Voronoi Fracture object
  • Fixed an issue with the Connect Objects and Connect Objects + Delete commands when applied only to the top hierarchy level
  • Fixed an issue with the scaling of point coordinates within the World Coordinate System
  • Fixed an issue with selecting Spline objects in the Viewport that could not be automatically added to the list during a pick session

Mograph

  • Fixed a performance issue with the Voronoi Fracture object
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Voronoi Fracture object
  • Fixed an issue with the Python modification layer’s Open Python Editor command loading an empty Expression editor
  • Fixed an issue with the Commandline Renderer that caused different rendering results compared to the rendering in the Picture Viewer
  • Fixed an issue with the Boole object not processing the Normal tags of its Child objects
  • Fixed an issue with the MoSpline object not processing multiple Spline objects that are hierarchically arranged under a Connect object
  • Fixed an issue with excluded particle modifiers still affecting the MoSpline object
  • Fixed an issue with the Shader effector not working when the applied texture is projected with Camera Mapping
  • Fixed an issue with the MoSpline object not emulating all grouped spline objects of a Connect object as its Source Spline
  • Fixed an issue with Multi-Instances being used with the Particle Emitter object
  • Fixed an issue with the topology of the Sweep object containing a MoSpline object scaled to zero
  • Fixed an issue with the point display of multiple selected Voronoi Fracture objects
  • Fixed a refresh issue with the MoGraph Weightmap and the Viewport

Moves by Maxon

  • Fixed an issue with the UVs of the Face Capture object
  • Fixed a stability issue with Moves by Maxon

Node Editor

  • Fixed an issue with folded ports still trying to connect in the Node view
  • Fixed a refresh issue with the Node Editor when enabling/disabling the Error option within the Node Editor preferences
  • Fixed an issue with the Node Editor’s mode when removing an activated Node material
  • Fixed an issue with the Node material where a minimized Node Editor window would not open when double-clicking on it

Nodes

  • Fixed a stability issue with the Scene Manager when adding an asset from the Asset Browser to an existing stack
  • Fixed an issue with interactively applying the Move and Scale tools to a Scene Node object in the Viewport
  • Fixed an issue with the output of the Polygon Index and the Edge Index of the Closest Point node
  • Fixed an issue with deleting unused nodes in the Node Editor which resulted in an incorrect node graph and aborted scene evaluation
  • Fixed an issue with the behavior of the Linear Transformed node’s Scale Step value
  • Fixed an issue with the Matrix Op node where changing its size directly in the Attribute Manager input fields affected the size and rotation of the axis directions
  • Fixed a performance issue with the output of the Distance node constantly calculating the distance between the positions when the Port Inspector was enabled
  • Fixed an issue with not being able to drag and drop an asset from the Asset Browser to the Scene Manager when it was docked to the layout
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Console Out node caused by a corrupted connection to the Scene Root node
  • Fixed an issue with the Gravity setting of the Rain node that caused the force to work in the wrong direction
  • Fixed an issue with the Avoid Self Intersections option of the Extrude Line node being available when used with a Solid shaped transition
  • Fixed an issue with the Live Selection tool’s selection brush when used on Scene Node objects in the Viewport
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Outlines input of the Lines Topology Set node
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Loft Line node and its Start Cap and End Cap options when used with a Solid shaped transition
  • Fixed a performance issue with the Start Cap and End Cap options of the Sweep Line node
  • Fixed an issue with the Viewport’s Frame Geometry function not being applied to Scene Nodes
  • Fixed a performance issue with the Console Out node when output information is generated to the console
  • Fixed an issue with the Color Op and Blend Color Op nodes not coloring when connected to a Children Op node
  • Fixed an issue with the texture projection and the Scene Nodes’ Display settings
  • Fixed an issue with the Material Manager’s Delete Unused Materials command deleting materials assigned to a Material Op node
  • Fixed an issue with a redundant Output tab of the Trefoil and Trigonometry nodes
  • Fixed an issue with the Transform Matrices node producing an error when being dropped onto an existing wire
  • Fixed an issue with an incorrect file structure when opening Scene Node files created with a prior version
  • Fixed an issue with the Vertex node generating an incorrect output as soon as the Align option is enabled
  • Fixed an issue with the Surface Fill node where the Voxel Group Offset setting caused a dense distribution
  • Fixed an issue with connections not being made in the Node Editor when using the context menu in the Attribute Manager
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Loop Carried Value node when the Operation mode of an implemented Aggregate node was changed from Average to Min
  • Fixed an issue with the Cloner node where the cloner objects disappeared from the Viewport
  • Fixed an issue with the Distribution Op node when the Bypass option is enabled in the Scene Manager
  • Fixed an issue with invalid connections being made to the Op Output of several Op nodes
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Replace Node function in the Attribute Manager’s context menu of the Cloner node
  • Fixed a performance issue with the Port Inspector when displaying the values of some output ports
  • Fixed an issue with the Align option of the Standard Particles Distribution Op node
  • Fixed an issue with the Group Nodes command when applied to specific nodes
  • Fixed an issue with the Linear Transformed node where the Scale Step setting resulted in inverted scaling steps
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Material Op node when it contains a Node material
  • Fixed an issue with the Geometry Modifier Group node not being able to be dragged onto an existing connection
  • Fixed a refresh issue with the Node Editor’s Edit Asset window
  • Fixed an issue with the Align option of the Standard Particles node affecting the particle size
  • Fixed an issue with the Range node not being available anymore
  • Fixed an issue with the Concatenate String node not being able to be dragged onto an existing connection
  • Fixed an issue with the Distribution input of the Cloner node
  • Fixed an issue with the Surface Fill Distribution Op node where the clones jumped when the assigned surface was growing
  • Fixed an issue with folding the top level hierarchy within the Scene Manager
  • Fixed an issue with the Cloner node where the Distribution input within the Scene Manager was misspelled
  • Fixed an issue with the Scene Manager’s Stack Folding not working when the parent stack was folded
  • Fixed an issue with the transformation of the Primitive Op nodes when connected to the Geometry Property Interpolate node
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Iterate Collection node when selecting the Data Inspector in the Outer Scope output
  • Fixed an issue with the Geometry Modifier Group node and the Selection Modifier Group node not using the correct default icon when converted to an asset
  • Fixed an issue with selecting multiple entries in the Scene Manager while holding down the Ctrl key
  • Fixed an issue with the multiple selection of bookmarked icons in the Scene Manager
  • Fixed an issue with the Scene Manager stack when dragging and dropping the elements to change their order
  • Fixed an issue with an unresponsive Node Editor and Scene Manager when changing a running animation
  • Fixed an issue with the output of the Arithmetic node when copying the node and changing its data type
  • Fixed a performance issue with the Primitive Op node that occurred when opening the context menu of the connector icon in the coordinates rubric of the Attribute Manager
  • Fixed an issue with the Viewport output of several animated node scenes
  • Fixed an issue with the Switch node where an incorrect value was applied when it was copied and the Data Type was changed
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Material Parametrization node when dragging it to the Node Editor
  • Fixed an issue with the Extrude node when the Use Islands option is enabled Objects
    • Fixed an issue with the spline shape of the Helix object

    Online Updater

    • Fixed an issue with the Install Language function not displaying detailed version information for each available language
    • Fixed an issue with the Install Language function restarting with the system language instead of the selected default language
    • Fixed an issue with the Install Language function where it was not possible to install a language when the installation process was previously cancelled

    Other

  • Fixed an issue with the Add Objects to Database command not being able to add selected objects to a newly created database
  • Fixed a stability issue with resolving an assetdb url with Url::IoNormalize()
  • Fixed a stability issue with certain combinations of displacement and render instances
  • Fixed an issue with the Match Case option of the Naming tool
  • Fixed an issue with Multi-Passes not being rendered correctly in After Effects
  • Fixed an issue with the Cinema 4D version number being set incorrectly in the corresponding .plist file on macOS

Picture Viewer

  • Fixed a refresh issue with the Send to Magic Bullet Looks command where changes were not applied to the rendered image in the Picture Viewer
  • Fixed an issue with the MBL Raw Multi-Pass not being used correctly when sending the current Viewport display to Magic Bullet Looks

Project Asset Inspector

  • Fixed a stability issue with the Project Asset Inspector that occurred when performing undo and redo of the Delete Asset command
  • Fixed an issue with the Consolidate Assets command when applied to assets from the Asset Browser
  • Fixed a performance issue with the Project Asset Inspector when loading a large number of textures
  • Fixed an issue with the Project Asset Inspector where dragging assets to another manager was not possible

Python

  • Fixed an issue with the modeling command MCOMMAND_MIRROR not duplicating polygons
  • Fixed an issue with a non-descriptive SystemError being returned when a node space with a user-specified ID did not exist
  • Fixed an issue with CPyBaseList2D_GetNimbusRef not returning None when a namespace was not found
  • Fixed an issue with parentid and sortid parameters when using RegisterPreferencePlugin in python
  • Fixed an issue with SymbolCache not being updated after modifying the resource files
  • Fixed an issue with GetFilename not returning the full path
  • Fixed an issue with the console character limit which is now extended to 120000 characters per print
  • Fixed an issue with BAKE_TEX_AO_VERTEXMAPS not being supported by the Bake Texture function
  • Fixed an issue with the console not handling pairs of carriage return and new line characters properly
  • Fixed an issue with an error returned by InitBakeTexture
  • Fixed an issue with the default value of the SearchPluginMenuResource’s parameter
  • Fixed an issue with CCurve.GetTangents’s arguments
  • Fixed a stability issue with the default argument for GetAllAssetsNew

Renderer

  • Fixed an issue with Render Presets that caused the first render preset to be activated by default when deleting one of multiple presets
  • Fixed an issue with the Magic Bullet Looks’ Pop tool where the color was repeated at the image boundary
  • Fixed a stability issue with enabling the Magic Bullet Looks option when applied directly in the Viewport
  • Fixed an issue with Magic Bullet Looks’ Pop tool producing different results in the Viewport and Picture Viewer when negative Pop values were applied
  • Fixed an issue with Magic Bullet Looks when it was subsequently applied to a rendered animation in the Picture Viewer
  • Fixed an issue with the Magic Bullet Looks option in the Render Settings could not be activated for existing scenes
  • Fixed an issue with the plugin paths not being set for the Command Line Renderer

Scene Layout Tools

  • Fixed an issue with the default Seed value of the Scatter Pen
  • Fixed an issue with the Scatter Pen when its frequency was changed in the Object Palette
  • Fixed an issue with the user interface of the Scatter Pen in the Attribute Manager
  • Fixed an issue with the radius option of the Scatter Pen not affecting the scattered object when scaled interactively in the Viewport
  • Fixed an issue with a moved Scatter object jumping back to its position once the Scatter Pen painted with that object
  • Fixed an issue with the Place tool that prevented the Interactive Render Region from being placed and scaled in the Viewport
  • Fixed an issue with the axis of the Scatter object when it was made editable
  • Fixed an issue with the Place tool that affected the Camera object’s pick session when defining the focus distance
  • Fixed an issue with the scaling handle of the Place tool that moved away when scaling elements interactively in the Viewport
  • Fixed an issue with the Place tool where XRef objects could not be scaled
  • Fixed an issue with the Place tool when interactively scaling elements in the Viewport
  • Fixed an undo issue with the Place tool where the bounding box remained in the Viewport
  • Fixed an issue with a redundant bounding box appearing in the Viewport when the Dynamic Place tool was selected
  • Fixed an issue with the Dynamic Place tool not supporting multiple objects when using the Cappuccino tool
  • Fixed an issue with the Viewport’s Multi-Select Axes option not working with the Dynamic Place tool
  • Fixed an issue with the Place tool where the handles in the Viewport disappeared once the Texture UV Editor was opened
  • Fixed an issue with the Place tool when duplicating selected elements with the Cmd/Ctrl key
  • Fixed a performance issue with the Place tool when using the Move tool within the Texture UV Editor
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Dynamic Place tool and the Render to Picture Viewer command
  • Fixed an issue with the Place tool when used with a custom startup layout Scupltping
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Sculpting tools and the Texture UV Editor

Take System

  • Fixed a refresh issue with hierarchical changes made to Takes within the Take Manager Texture Baking
  • Fixed an issue with the Single Texture option of the Bake Object command

Timeline

  • Fixed an issue with the track properties when defining the different track animations that caused the last keyframe to get stuck
  • Fixed an issue with the Spline to Position Track command inaccurately converting the different spline types to animation paths
  • Fixed a performance issue with the Timeline when the Show Tracks command was applied to a large number of tracks
  • Fixed an issue with copying and pasting tracks in F-Curve mode

User Participation

  • Fixed an issue with the Web Data window in preferences where the Maxon logo was not updated

UV Tools

  • Fixed an issue with the Revert to Saved Project command generating a redundant warning message due to a texture loaded in the Texture UV Editor
  • Fixed an issue with UV visualization when using the Show UV Display command
  • Fixed an issue with the Texture UV Editor where selected edges were highlighted incorrectly
  • Fixed a performance issue with assigning Multi-Color Islands when the UV Mesh option is enabled
  • Fixed a performance issue with the Texture UV Editor when selecting UV polygons

Viewport

  • Fixed a performance issue with the Viewport preview of the Spline Pen
  • Fixed an issue with the Sel.: Bounding Box option being disabled in the preferences but still displayed in the Viewport for selected Spline objects
  • Fixed a performance issue with the range indicator of the Spline Sketch tool when drawing in the Viewport
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Viewport Renderer when rendering in the Picture Viewer
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Viewport when playing an animation
  • Fixed an issue with the Measure & Construction tool not being displayed when rendered with the Viewport Renderer
  • Fixed an issue with the Viewport when importing the FBX file format
  • Fixed an issue with the Fur object when the object’s origin was moved outside the visibility of the Viewport
  • Fixed an issue with the Bounding Box Viewport mode of the Cloner Object when used in Multi-Instance mode
  • Fixed an issue with the preview of the Mirror tool in the Viewport when used in the Screen coordinate system
  • Fixed an issue with the preview of the Cross-Section tool in the Viewport
  • Fixed an issue with memory allocation of the ShaderCache
  • Fixed an issue with green reflections in the Viewport on the Apple M1
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Texture UV Editor when using the UV Map command
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Spline Pen and the Spline Arc tool when being used in the Viewport
  • Fixed a performance issue with toggling the active view in multiple Viewport display mode
  • Fixed a performance issue with the Spline Pen when the mouse pointer was moved over a spline section in the Viewport while holding down the Ctrl/Cmd key
  • Fixed an issue with the Spline Pen where the corresponding segment was not highlighted when the mouse cursor hovered over it in the Viewport
  • Fixed a performance issue with the Spline Smooth tool that occurred when moving over spline segments with a large radius
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Texture UV Editor when loading an existing texture from the Texture view’s File menu
  • Fixed an issue with the Viewport when using Backface Culling in Box display mode
  • Fixed an issue with an undefined Supersampling parameter in the Attribute Manager that occurred especially with existing scenes
  • Fixed an issue with the Move tool when used on Spline objects in the Viewport
  • Fixed an issue with the Live Selection brush where the selection in the Viewport was delayed when the radius was set to a value less than or equal to 1
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Viewport when the Maximum Transparency was set to a high value
  • Fixed a performance issue with the Live Selection brush when used with a large radius value
  • Fixed an issue with the Viewport display when the Magic Bullet Looks and Stereoscopic options were applied at the same time
  • Fixed a performance issue with the Texture UV Editor when changing the Shading settings

Volumes

  • Fixed an issue with the UI icons of the Vector Filters in the Object Manager and the Volume Builder
  • Fixed an issue with the redundant X-Ray option of the Volume Loader
  • Fixed an issue with the Volume Builder’s Auto Update Settings option when using with a Cache Layer
  • Fixed an issue with the Volume Builder cache layer where a cached simulation did not match the original one
  • Fixed an issue with the Volume Builder where unassigned Field objects influenced the volume
  • Fixed and issue with the Volume Mesh command being applied to child objects of the Volume Builder
  • Fixed an issue with the Volume Builder when displaying Isoparm lines in the Viewport
  • Fixed an issue with the Volume Builder when a volume was built from Spline objects and deformed by forces as a Soft Body
  • Fixed an issue with the Basic properties of the Volume Builder where a redundant X-Ray option was available

Xpresso

  • Fixed a stability issue with the FloatFunc Operator node that occurred when the Sqrt function used negative values

What’s new in S22?

  • New UV Workflow Enhancements, Improved Packing and Automatic UVs
  • Improved selection tools, visualization tools and a progressive unwrapping workflow make it much simpler to define a UV map, while new packing algorithms optimize texture resolution. A new automatic UV unwrapping option based on the Ministry of Flat licensed technology developed by Eskil Steenberg of Quel Solaar makes it easy to create a basic unwrap with minimal distortion and overlaps for baking and texture painting.
  • Enhanced Viewport
  • Cinema 4D’s new viewport core provides a framework to make the best use of graphics technology in the coming years, with full support for Apple Metal. Users enjoy a more accurate view of the 3D scene, improved filtering and multi-instance performance.
  • Pipeline – GTLF export, GoZ Integration and More
  • GLTF export offers users a flexible and efficient format for sharing 3D animations on the web and within AR applications, while GoZ integration offers a smooth workflow with Pixologic Z-Brush for advanced sculpting. Support for Nodal materials within FBX and
  • Cineware expands the pipeline for advanced materials.
  • Modeling Tools Improvements
  • In addition to many small usability enhancements, modeling tools are faster and more robust, and better preserve mesh attributes like UV and vertex maps, thanks to a new core architecture.
  • Organizational Licensing Options
  • Volume License Customers can leverage organizational accounts within the MyMaxon ecosystem to assign licenses to individual users or groups, coupling the flexibility of floating licenses with the accessibility and reliability of Maxon’s servers.

What’s new in R21?

MODELING

There’s more to the all-new Caps and Bevels than just fancy logos and text, and the enhancements to Volume Modeling and the Modeling Core Updates offer more efficient and accelerated workflows.

New Caps and Bevels

We’ve completely reinvented the creation of 3D fontography in Cinema 4D with improved constraints and internal bevels, Delaunay cap skinning, and a new library of bevel presets including the ability to draw your own bevel profiles. But this feature is more than just fancy fonts and text – caps and bevels are integrated on all the spline-based objects – lathe, loft, sweep, etc. for unlimited possibilities. Caps and bevels are created as a single object, with additional and more obvious selection sets for Shells and Edges. There’s even an option for linking start and end caps.

Volume Modeling Enhancements

Since its introduction last year, you’ve been creating amazing organic shapes from simple objects with Cinema 4D’s OpenVDB-based Volume Builder. Based on your feedback, we’ve streamlined and improved the workflow of this incredibly powerful toolset.

  • CACHE LAYER – With the Cache Layer you can store the results of multiple VDB layers for faster workflow when creating complex models and effects. Caches can be used as the foundation for further adjustments and cleared at any time.
  • VECTOR VOLUMES – Create dramatic forms based on shape outlines with new Vector Volumes. The direction values stored in these volumes can be used in the Field Force or Target Effector to guide particles, dynamic effects and MoGraph objects.

Other Volume Modeling Enhancements

  • IMPROVED UI FOR VOLUME FILTERS – Fog Volumes can now be filtered via Multiply or Invert operations, and VDB filter types are now available as dedicated objects so can be added and managed more easily.
  • SPLINE UI TO DEFINE SCALE ALONG SPLINE – Gain ultimate control over volumes based on splines with a curve-based UI to adjust the thickness of the volume at each point along the spline’s length.
  • VERTEX MAPS FOR CURVATURE – Create Curvature maps when meshing a volume to use when shading and defining MoGraph and field-based effects. Add clones in the nooks and color the crannies to your heart’s content.

Modeling Core Updates

You’ll enjoy improvements to primitives and several key modeling tools as part of the ongoing migration to Cinema 4D’s new modeling core. It’s now possible to copy and paste points and polygons between objects and scenes. Primitive caps are now automatically welded. The modeling commands you use most – Extrude, Extrude Inner, Weld, Split and Polygon Groups to Objects – are much faster and preserve UVs and other surface attributes.

ANIMATION

You’re going to love the new Field Forces for controlling dynamics, the Mixamo Rig for quickly and easily adding character animation and the many workflow enhancements added to Fields.

Field Forces

With the new Field Force dynamics object you can use the power of fields to control dynamic forces in your animations.

Fields Workflow Enhancements

  • CHANNEL MIX FIELD – Convert between values, color and direction in Fields to vary the strength of effects based on color or direction. Use strength or color to define direction in the new Field Force object.
  • SUBFIELDS WORKFLOW ENHANCEMENTS – The new hierarchical view makes it easier and more efficient to manage the subfields of other fields. For a better overview and workflow you can now see subfields in the main Field list.
  • MASK WORKFLOW – Use one or more fields to mask the effects of another field for exciting and complex results.
  • DEFINE NORMAL DIRECTION WITH FIELDS – Normal Tags can now be modified by fields, and have a field list (for use with Target Effector, Field Force, etc.)(for more Fields improvements see the full features list)
  • MIXAMO CONTROL RIG – Need a fast and flexible way to add, adjust and combine simple character animation? This new rig allows you to easily apply, adjust and mix mocap data from Adobe Mixamo, and will have your character up and running in a matter of minutes.
  • WEIGHTING IMPROVEMENTS – Achieve better automatic weighting thanks to new built-in algorithms and an improved Weight Manager. Use the new volumetric and heatmap modes and bone glow options, as well as a new and improved smoothing algorithm to get off to a great start with your character animation creations.

RENDERING

New Denoiser technology from Intel, new material nodes, improvements to the node workflow and some substantial updates to ProRender will power your creativity into amazing imagery.

Intel Open Image Denoiser

Get great renders out the door faster than ever before with the power of machine learning and Intel’s Open Image Denoiser. This breakthrough technology cleans up typical render noise so fewer iterations are needed for an acceptable image. Best of all, the denoiser is implemented as a post effect and available for Cinema 4D’s Physical Render, ProRender, Redshift and third-party render engines.

Nodes for Everyone!

You’ve told us how much you love the new Node-Based Materials introduced in Cinema 4D R20 – and how much you’d love to use the same interface with third-party render engines. Cinema 4D Release 21 introduces Node Spaces for managing nodal setups for multiple render engines within a single material, and many of the most popular external render engines are already evaluating the new API to implement their own Node Spaces.

  • NEW PHYSICAL RENDER NODES – You can now cache the 2D result of nodes, and generate various effects like blur, sharpen and emboss. The Cells node allows advanced control of Voronoi patterns. With the Trace Multi-Ray node you can generate advanced shading effects like ambient occlusion, blurry reflections, rounded edges and more.
  • PRO RENDER ENHANCEMENTS – Users on Windows and Mac can take advantage of the latest ProRender enhancements to harness the GPU for rendering. Create advanced ProRender materials using nodes and the powerful new Node Spaces. ProRender features more than 70 unique material nodes, which include the ability to render volumes. There’s also new multipass options and support for out-of-core HDRI skies.
  • DRAG AND DROP NODE WORKFLOW – Now you can duplicate nodes with a simple drag-and-drop, and drag to rearrange the ports within each node. New input and output nodes make it easy to untangle the wires.
  • PROTECT YOUR NODES – Export encrypted versions of node assets to sell or share without exposing the details of your handiwork.

AOVs

Create your own custom passes by using the power of AOVs. You can create a pass for every node you might need for your final composite.

WORKFLOW

Cinema 4D has been given a facelift with support for HiDPI displays and some menu adjustments. The new Asset Inspector makes it easy to find/link/collect assets and the UV Transform Tool provides some additional tools for managing UVs.

Easy on the Eyes and Quick on the Draw

Cinema 4D has gotten a facelift, but there’s great benefits below the surface as well. You’ll enjoy clear, anti-aliased display of HiDPI UI elements – on Windows and Mac. High-res displays push more pixels, but Cinema 4D’s managers have been optimized to perform better than ever before. An updated look-and-feel also provides a more modern UI with improved colors.

A Better UX for You

You’ll feel right at home with Cinema 4D’s updated menus
and defaults.

  • NEW DEFAULTS – Get up and running right away with updated defaults based on the most common user tweaks.
  • MENU RE-ORGANIZATION – It’s easier than ever to find the command or tag you need thanks to updated menus. Features are always quick at hand thanks to Commander, which now remembers the last thing you did.
  • MAC-OS ENHANCEMENTS – On macOS, the Cinema 4D main menu now appears where it should – at the top of the screen, giving you more workspace than before. macOS Dark Screen Support helps you focus on your work rather than on the interface. And thanks to the HiDPI support, the Cinema 4D interface looks super crisp on Apple’s hi-res displays.

No more harmful UVs

Cinema 4D Release 21 lays the groundwork for future UV enhancements, with an improved Texture / UV view that’s anti-aliased and faster. With the new UV Transform Tool you can modify UV points and polygons easily – tweaking position, rotation, scale, skew and distortion of entire UV sections easily. Further enhancements include a UV ruler display, option for quantized UV transformations and snapping support for UV points and edges.

Assets aren’t Liabilities

Now it’s easy to wrangle all the external files associated with your Cinema 4D projects, from textures and audio to Alembic and other caches. Cinema 4D’s Asset Inspector makes it easy to identify the assets in a scene, fix links and collect files.

  • CUSTOM ICONS – Organize your object manager like never before with custom, colorized icons for all your objects and tags. Choose your own image for each icon, or choose from handy presets. You can keep the colors of the image, or replace them based on a custom color or the display color of the object. It’s easier than ever for TDs to create templates and rigs anyone can understand!
  • EXCHANGE – Cinema 4D has always played friendly with other applications. R21 includes improved support for Solidworks, STEP, Catia, IGES and JT formats. There’s a preference to show/suppress import dialogs, and the file selector now appears after export settings. And, you have an option to import instances as regular or render versions as well as import hidden objects with a “_hidden” suffix.
  • TEXTURE LINKING – In Cinema 4D Release 21, you can choose whether textures are copied or linked by default, rather than dealing with a dialog each time you add a texture. This will save you millions of clicks, and that’s not an exaggeration.

 

 

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Veronica Falconieri Hays is a Certified Medical Illustrator. She shows you how to create a nanoscale cellular landscape in Maxon Cinema 4D S22.

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Daniel "Hashi" Hashimoto creates a quick and easy CGI character in his Maxon NAB 2020 Rewind. He composites a giant monster onto the Las Vegas Strip!

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Andrew Kramer, in his Maxon NAB 2020 Rewind, shows you how to create modular dynamic elements inside of Cinema 4D, with compositing in After Effects.

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What's new in Maxon Cinema 4D's S22 Surprise Release?

Maxon released a new subscription-only version of Cinema 4D, adding new UV tools, Viewport, modeling updates, and more. Listen to the GSG podcast now!

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Learn to light an interior scene with these lighting and rendering techniques. Create rich and realistic renders using V-Ray for Cinema 4D.

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Chad Ashley of Greyscalegorilla has put together a vast resource about ACES color system, color space, and why this is important to Cinema 4D artists.

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Arthur Whitehead explains his workflow for making Oreo cookie that splashes into some milk and caramel or liquid chocolate, made in RealFlow.

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Maxon Cinema 4D NAB 2019 Live Stream Videos

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We are continuing our series on Cinema 4D and third-party renderers and U-Render is our focus for today. U-render is no longer in beta and is available at Toolfarm.

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A couple of weeks ago we did some features on Cinema 4D and third-party renderers that work with Cinema 4D. Today, Arnold.

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How to Create 3D Product Packaging in Cinema 4D With FoldMyDesign

Find out how to use Cinema 4D’s FoldMyDesign helper object to easily create 3D product packaging animations using your 2D nets.

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Create Mountains using World Machine & Redshift for Cinema 4D

Create mountains using Redshift, Cinema 4D, and World Machine, a free windows app that lets you create 3D terrain.World Machine is a free windows app that lets you create 3D terrain for your favorite 3D app, Unity, and Unreal Engine.

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Placing Text on a Spline in Cinema 4D

In this Cinema 4D Quick Tip with Jonas Pilz, learn 2 methods of putting your text on a spine in Cinema 4D.

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Shoelace Displacement in Cinema 4D

Sean Dove explains how he used custom displacement maps to create realistic shoelaces in Cinema 4D and Photoshop.

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Speed Up The Cinema 4D Physical Render…. Here’s How!

Cut your Physical Render time in half with this time-saving Cinema 4D tutorial. Optimize the Physical Renderer for speed with Reflectance. Nick Campbell from Greyscalegorilla gives you the details.

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Joren at The Pixel Lab has a C4D quick tip for creating dramatic, moody lighting using the Octane for C4D Daylight Tag, plus what to do when your HDRI doesn’t show up when using the tag.

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C4D Spotlight: Align to Spline Tag

Today we’re going to look at the Align to Spline Tag and how to animate objects along a spline in Cinema 4D.

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Mograph Module’s Shader Effector in Cinema 4D

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Developed by Dominik Ruckli, the VoronoiGenerator is a Cinema 4D python plugin that generates a 2D Voronoi Diagram.

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Cinema 4D: The 4 Most Important Parts for Soft Bodies

Chris Schmidt from Greyscalegorilla teaches you the most important settings for soft body dynamics in Cinema 4D, so you can quickly and intuitively create whatever consistency you want on your objects.

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This is a webinar with Jonas Pilz where he explains how to animate a shark. The shark model can be found on Turbo Squid.

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How to Rig a Character in Cinema 4D

EJ shows you how to create a walk cycle for this super cute lemon character in Cinema 4D, with an introduction to Spline IK.

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EJ Hassenfranz of Eyedesyn explains how he modeled, rigged, and textured a cute little candy heart in Cinema 4D. EJ has made a lot of tutorials about character animation, so you'll see a lot of his stuff here today. So, thank you to EJ for being a great teacher and for being so willing to share his knowledge!

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Modeling, Texturing & Rendering a Gingerbread Man in Cinema 4D

Aleksey Voznesenski shows you how to model a gingerbread man in Cinema 4D in this 2 part tutorial from Tuts+.

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Using Transparency and Refraction Channels to Create Glass

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How do I get started making my own videos?

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Watch presentations recorded live from the MAXON Cinema 4D booth at NAB 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.  We will be adding more to this page as they become available, so bookmark it and check back often. Updated May 14, 2015.

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Create Houndstooth Material in Cinema 4D

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Natural Lighting in CINEMA 4D by Rob Redman

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Displacement and Deformation Techniques in Cinema 4D

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Cinema 4D Scene OBJ Export to Trapcode Form

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Tutorial: Tentacles in Maxon Cinema 4D (with Hair)

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