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C4D Spotlight: Using Command Line in Cinema 4D

C4D Spotlight: Using Command Line in Cinema 4D

Command Line allows you to free up Cinema 4D and render Cinema 4D projects without opening the program interface. So, why is this useful? Because you can use that extra power for rendering!

Cinema 4D artists use Command Line primarily when rendering projects with a render farm or in conjunction with any third-party render management software, such as Deadline. In other words, you can use multiple workstations and hardware to render your jobs, through a server connection.

For more about render farms, see: In Depth: Render Farms / Network Rendering / Distributed Rendering.

Command Line Installation and Setup

Below, a list of things to know before you use Cinema 4D from the Command Line for the first time.

  • Make sure that Cinema 4D is licensed on your machine. Otherwise, you need to reference a C4D License Server with valid command line licenses.
  • During Cinema 4D installation, the Commandline application is installed in the same folder. When you launch Commandline, the program takes you to a setup page. Find additional details on setup here: Cinema 4D Commandline Installation page in Cineversity.
  • In addition, the first time you run the Commandline renderer, your machine needs to be connected to your My Maxon user account or via the License Server.

See also: Linux Command Line Renderer Installation Guide (pdf)

Command Line Parameters

On Cineversity, Maxon has a handy list of Command Line Flags to help you set up your render.  See Command Line Parameters.

Intro to Deadline Using Redshift for Cinema 4D

In this tutorial, Brandon Clements of Glass Hand Studios explains how they use Deadline with Redshift and Cinema 4D, with Command Line.

See also: Cinema 4D and Deadline help docs

Team Render

“Team Render is a similar thing, however, it is a server/client application for network rendering which is designed for small workgroups of computers, rather than a dedicated Render Farm,” explains Craig Whitfield, Enterprise Technical Support at Maxon. With the same version of Cinema 4D installed on the computers on a local network, rendering is as simple as clicking a single button. More information on Team Render.

Related: Setting Up A Render Farm in Cinema 4D with Team Render


Thank you to Craig Whitfield at Maxon Support for help in the technical aspects of this article.

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