Maxon’s Cinema 4D has undergone a major upgrade via its Release 17. Central to Cinema 4D R17 is the new Take System, which provides complete and flexible scene handling to manage render layers and animation variations. Also included are new lens distortion tools for improved motion tracking and completely reworked spline tools for greater efficiency when manipulating points, lines, tangents, arcs and more.
Maxon‘s Take System offers new functionality beyond a render layer system, allowing artists to create numerous independent takes of a scene and change almost any parameter for intuitive variations — all saved in a single scene file to eliminate file management hassles and wasted disk space. The ability to maintain complete versioning and variation control also saves valuable production time.
With lens distortion support, users can generate a distortion profile for any image (e.g., for curved and plunging lines when integrating 3D elements into videos or photos), remove distortion for tracking and scene creation, reapply distortion at render time and save lens settings for future use.
The new spline tools give artists added control for manipulating points, lines, tangents and arcs more intuitively. Users can also leverage Boolean operators like “intersect,” “subtract,” “union,” “and” and “or” for an even faster workflow.
Other updates include a new graph view that highlights problem track points in a graph and lets users easily remove them from the calculation for improved efficiency; dozens of new features to sculpt with precision and ease; and enhancements to the animation workflow that allow artists to animate faster and with more precision.
Rounding out the upgrade is a pair of integrations. R17 now integrates with Side Effect’s Houdini Engine so that users can load Houdini Digital Assets (HDA) into Cinema 4D and manipulate them like standard Cinema 4D generators. Also, tighter integration with 3D modeling program SketchUp lets creative professionals quickly populate scenes by accessing free, ready-to-use objects created and made available by the SketchUp user community.