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MAXON Unveils CINEMA 4D Upgrade

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MAXON Unveils CINEMA 4D Upgrade

MAXON has announced the third significant upgrade to CINEMA 4D R8. For a small update fee, CINEMA 4D R8.5 provides a host of new features for the basic CINEMA 4D package and the Advanced Render module.

Additions and improvements to the CINEMA 4D basic package include a completely reworked Material Editor. Now users can customize the previews in terms of size and object type to have better visual feedback. All SLA shaders, SLA Baker and DirtyNuts have been fully and seamlessly integrated into the program and enhanced for overall workflow improvement. Full access to all parameters via XPresso means more control over surfaces. New shaders are also part of this upgrade. A new Layer Shader offers stackable material functionality while the new Ripple shader creates amazing water surface effects and the new SplineShader gives additional control when applying materials onto objects.

Another important add-on is the inclusion of an importer/exporter for the FBX format. This format allows users of other production tools such as Kaydara’s MOTIONBUILDER to share and exchange not only resources, but in some instances complete project files with CINEMA 4D.

MAXON says other significant augmentations have been made to the Bones system to make them smarter, faster, better and compatible with FBX. Better Boole, the well-known Boolean operations plugin, has now been incorporated into the program, and there’s a new Camera Mapping Feature designed to allow easy 3D compositing without texture distortion.

CINEMA 4D R8.5 also includes a direct menu link from CINEMA 4D to the digital marketplace, where creative professionals can showcase and sell their work in 3D models, audio, software and plugins, as well as vector art, textures and more.

Significant enhancements have been added to the Advanced Render module priced at a fraction of their real value. Working with the renowned team at Cebas, MAXON’s programming team has added Subsurface Scattering, a sophisticated light distribution algorithm that takes into account the slight translucency and reflective properties of skin and other objects. Also included is Vector Motion Blur, a long awaited feature providing the fastest and most effective blurring of objects in motion. This new feature is completely incorporated into CINEMA 4D and therefore offers motion blur for every object. Additionally, post effects can now be rendered as a separate layer through CINEMA 4D’s multipass rendering option. Finally, Object GI rendering reduces noise in radiosity-rendered animations even further.

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