Maxon this week announced the updates included in Cinema 4D R16, the latest version of their 3D modelling application for Mac and Windows, and will be demoing the awesome new toolset at SIGGRAPH 2014.
With SIGGRAPH 2014 kicking off this week, the announcements for animation and 3D applications are piling up, and none are more highly anticipated than Maxon’s Cinema4D R16 release. Cinema 4D is a powerful 3D modeling application, popular for use in feature films and television. With release 16, Maxon has amped up Cinema 4D with the addition of some powerful tools, with one in particular being referred to as a total game-changer.
The multi-functional Poly Pen is an all-new modeling super tool, capable of drawing polygons in 3D space. Replacing the Create Polygon tool in previous versions of Cinema 4D, the Poly Pen allows users to intuitively paint, move, clone, cut and weld the points, edges and polygons of 3D models.
Also new in Cinema 4D R16 is the Bevel Deformer, an update on R15’s Bevel Tool. Now the Bevel Tool can be used non-destructively with entire objects or specific selection sets. Bevels can be then be changed at any time, so bring on the revisions.
Cinema 4D R16 also introduces the Cogwheel, a tool for generating parametric and non-destructive involute and ratchet gears which maintain the proper relationship between all of their attributes. How accurately are these gears modeled? Maxon claims that gears created using Cogwheel will function properly if 3D printed.
Also new for R16 is Motion Tracker, a tool for tracking environments in shots to allow for accurate and realistic compositing of 3D elements into live footage.The promise is to create a complete 3D reconstruction of the camera movement in most footage with a single click.
There are too many new features to list all of them here, but it would be impossible to describe the R16 release of Cinema 4D without mentioning Reflectance. Reflectance is Cinema 4D’s new material and texture system. Reflectance gives artists the ability to layer reflection channels to build incredibly complex textures, with the ability to define roughness, reflection, specular, bump, and color within each layer, with texture masks for almost every attribute.
Stay tuned for more huge announcements from SIGGRAPH 2014!
MAXON Unveils Robust Cinema 4D Release 16 (R16)
Legacy of 3D Software Innovation Delivers Modeling, Animation and Rendering Enhancements for ‘Real-World’ Workflow
FRIEDRICHSDORF, Germany – August 5, 2014 – MAXON unveiled Cinema 4D Release 16 (R16), the next generation release of the company’s industry-leading 3D software. In addition to countless workflow enhancements, Cinema 4D R16 delivers powerful new features including a modeling PolyPen ‘super-tool’, a Motion Tracker for easily integrating 3D content within live footage and a Reflectance material channel for multi-layered reflections and specularity. Release 16 reinforces MAXON’s commitment to provide creative professionals with stability, performance, unmatched integration, and a straightforward interface to optimize any workflow.
See Cinema 4D R16 at SIGGRAPH 2014in Vancouver, August 12 -14, 2014, Booth #1422
Key Highlights of Release 16 include:
Motion Tracker – Seamless integration of 3D elements into real-world footage.
Interaction Tag – Control over 3D objects and works with Tweak mode to provide information on object movement and highlighting.
PolyPen – Paint polygons and move, clone, cut and weld points or edges of 3D models.
Bevel Deformer – Non-destructive and animatable bevels.
Sculpting – Numerous improvements and dynamic features for precision.
Other Features – All-new Cogwheel spline primitive; Mesh Check tool; Deformer Falloff options, and cap enhancements.
Reflectance Channel – Added control over reflections and specularity within a single new channel, with multiple layers for creating complex surfaces.
New Render Engine for Hair and Sketch – A new unified effects render engine to seamlessly raytrace Hair and Sketch lines.
Team Render Server – Enhancements including a new client-server architecture.
Performance and Workflow Features:
Cinema 4D Release 16 performance and workflow features, including a revised Content Library, support for the current versions of FBX and Alembic, a new Solo button, Annotations, a new UV Peeler and more.
Pricing and Availability
Shipping September, 2014
Mac OS X / Windows