v1.8.1 Mike Udin TakeMatPass

Mike Udin TakeMatPass
Mike Udin TakeMatPass

Surprisingly, Cinema 4D does not natively allow the output of materials in separate passes, either as a white mask or as each material represented in different colors. TakeMatPass is a plug-in for Cinema 4D R17 and higher that can create an additional “take” with a mask of the material/object/texture tag that can be output as a Color ID pass or multiple white masks.

mike udin takematpass


White matte mode

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For each selected materials, objects and texture tags in the material manager, TakeMatPass creates a separate take, where material, object and texture tag is displayed with a white mask, and everything else, through the Material Override function, is black.

Color ID mode

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For all selected materials, objects and texture tags, TakeMatPass creates take with the name ‘MaterialID’, here each is displayed with a separate unique color.


  1. Effects of visual geometry deformation (displacement) created by materials of third-party renderers are not supported.

  2. Each take operates independently as a separate document. Therefore, when rendering takes, you must first of all to bake simulations: dynamics, particles mograph animation and so forth.

How to install the TAkeMatPass plugin

Unpack archive with installation files to here:

c:\Users\%USERNAME%\AppData\Roaming\MAXON\CINEMA 4D (version whatever)\plugins\FastSplineConnector.

If you are on a Mac just go to Applications > Maxon > Cinema 4D (version whatever) > plugins\FastSplineConnector.

Restart Cinema 4D.


Quick start

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to create in Cinema 4D a Color ID pass to use in Adobe After Effects as an alternative to Object Buffer.

Works with Cinema 4D R25, R24, R23, S22, R21, R20, R19, R18, R17

1.8.1  (Current version)  –  Sep 28, 2021

Cinema 4D R24-25 support

1.8  –  Sep 21, 2020

Cinema 4D R23 support