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  1. Only commenting on the things I used. Scene nodes look promising (haven't tested), but more importantly again show a strong vision for the future. I also comment on the general outlook, MyMaxon and the pricing on the bottom. Feedback on new UV workflow: It is definitely a huge step forwards but it seems like in beta still. There are many bugs and broken tools right now. This includes S22 but in general there is still a clunkyness that could be easily solved, mostly by fixing the broken not working selections. The new S22 auto unwrapper is mind blowing in so
    12 points
  2. If I may, I love Cinema 4D and my intent with my Avatar is not to profess fanatical devotion to Blender. Now, Blender is a good program. It's users do have a lot to be happy about. I did try it when the interface improved with 2.8. But despite those improvements, it is still a bit clunky. Everything is there and for the most part stable, but (IMHO) the UI unnecessarily gets in the way of fully enjoying the program. In short, C4D is a lot more fun to use! So why do I have that Avatar? To serve as a reminder to MAXON's leaders should they troll the site that the hobbyist co
    12 points
  3. I had a surface level look at scene nodes but then digged into the past material nodes again and want to share some thoughts, not so much about the functionality but the implications of the prioritized things. Maybe I am confused about some things but I think this post is very valuable regardless and contains things I thought about some time and as the C4D team seems to be listening Ill put up the effort. Scene Node & Material Node first thoughts: - First things I searched were UV, blur and curvature nodes, then normal - Right now there is no UV unwr
    10 points
  4. My agent asked me to make a simple, fun animation. 'Something with an astronaut' was the complete and very detailed briefing.. =D So I made him this: Agent very happy now! ^^
    10 points
  5. no bad blood at all. We sponsor Cafe
    9 points
  6. IMHO....the Cafe is a rarity on the internet. Personally, I am NOT a big fan of social media in all its forms. The best compliment I ever received was that I have a low internet footprint. The Cafe is the only place which I visit regularly and I do so for a number of reasons: Helpful tips Polite and friendly members. Great access to some true masters of the program (and this compliment goes beyond the moderators who truly are "masters" but to the entire C4D eco system of tutorial and plugin developers as well as everyday users that populate the Cafe). Great
    8 points
  7. 4D Paint is now FREE!! Available for R20, R21 and S22.118 on OSX and Windows. No licensing required. Just download and have fun. More info here:
    8 points
  8. Just wanted to say that I realize that sometimes I and others in the forum come across as very critical of what MAXON does or does not do. I feel personally invested in MAXON and its software. I really care what happens with it so. I am very grateful to the developers and management in what they have been able to create over the years and I have enjoyed the software and it has helped me with my career and personal creative development. So thank you MAXON & Team for everything you guys do and please try not to take the criticism too personally, we speak up because we care.
    8 points
  9. Hey everyone - I think many of you know me - I've been part of MAXON and around this and other C4D communities for 20 years. For the past year or so I've been part of the Product team helping to communicate what you as users need and prioritize development for Cinema 4D. First - you're absolutely right that we can improve in the way we collect ideas and the feedback we provide when ideas come in. I try sometimes to reply to ideas that come in via the support form, but that system isn't well designed to avoid duplicate ideas, discuss ideas and communicate status. It's a
    8 points
  10. You beat me to it. I was just about to create a topic, explaining the whole thing. Arrrgh ... man, you just ruined my dramatic intro OK, joking aside. Hello, my name is Daniel. I am the user on this forum formerly known as "C4DS". When I joined the forum back in 2005, I only recently had purchased Cinema4D (R9 at that time). Next to being a proud owner of the software, I also was proud of joining and being part of 3DKiwi's community. At that point in time it made perfect sense to have a username reflecting what I was proud of ... and it made m
    7 points
  11. Had an interesting little job come up the other week, where a client needed a particular nut modelled, i found it quite enjoyable. Definitely not the easiest of shapes but quite pleased with how low poly i managed to get it as always all quads. Anyway thought some of you might find it interesting, V
    7 points
  12. I read through Shrikes post, all great points. But people should look at the nodes system as a tech preview. And even though the examples may only be showing cubes and spheres, what it is demonstrating is how they are solving the #1 problem that everyone on every forum or slack channel has been hammering them about for years. And that is being able to interactively move millions of objects around in the scene. I get that people want to see real world examples. But all anyone needs to do is in their minds swap out those million cubes for a million houses, or a million trees, or a million cars i
    7 points
  13. Grateful I jumped off...and stuck w/plan for blender/R20. Will have soon saved nearly $2,000. Never had to fuss with broken plugins, bugs, hassles and modest upgrades. Already had Octane and Rizom UV. Did buy the amazing Exoside Quad Remesher few months ago. $2,000 saved...Hmmm...that's about the price of 2-year Houdini Indie, an RTX 3090 and a nice dinner date. Cheesecake for dessert. Anyway...that's me. For those continuing w/c4d...wish you the best. Congrats to MAXON on the new features.
    7 points
  14. So.....tomorrow is the "MAXON 3D & Motion Design Show: The Siggraph Edition" with the Mr. McGavran kicking off the show with: "some exciting announcements and a few sneak peeks at the future of MAXON products" and not one thread about what to expect in the next release in the Cafe? Did I miss something? If I did not miss something and there really is complete silence, then could it be due to one or more of the following? We don't expect anything different than what has already been announced in S22. We finally got an update to the UV editing system in S22
    7 points
  15. Hi guys! My 2 cents on the topic: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EMfgEuGXkAIr0tj?format=jpg&name=900x900 Besides the jokes, I think Cinema 4D is one of the greatest software that I have used and now is affordable even for my location. When I open Blender, all the navigation and stuff make me feel I got into LADA car (it is old soviet cars)it can drive you in every place but in the most uncomfortable way, when I use Maya, I feel like I am driving Alpha Romeo - beautiful but it breaks every 10 km., when I use 3Ds Max (my first 3d app) I am feeling I am in a tank - I hav
    7 points
  16. Hey everyone, check out my Youtube channel where I have the download link for a Free "Edge to Spline" plugin. It's Open source, procedural, do-whatever-you-want with it. The code is open, so use it for educational purposes as well. Modify it, and make more super plugins. Please don't sell it. [Disclaimer. I have no responsibility, expressed or implied as far as the plugin is concerned. Use it as-is. Whatever happens, it's your fault. By downloading it, you agree to this... and owe me a grilled steak... medium rare please] Share, Like, Subscribe. edg
    7 points
  17. Inspired by the request from this thread: https://www.c4dcafe.com/ipb/forums/topic/109564-selecting-uv-seams I have quickly created a plugin which does detect the UV island boundaries and turns them into edge selection. The plugin will process all selected polygon objects. UVisland Outliner v11.zip
    7 points
  18. Hi all, I just wanted to let you know that I have released a new version of my free python script for C4D: NeuronBuild. This script allows a C4D user (there is also a separate version for ZBrush) to import neuron morphology data from NeuroMorpho.org. It creates realistic, accurate models that you can use in your illustrations and animations, either directly or as the basis for further modelling. There are more than 100,000 entries in the NeuroMorpho repository, across numerous species and cell types. You can learn more, and download the script at: https://github.com/NWoolridge/Neuron
    7 points
  19. Here's my latest tutorial: Cell Packing without Cloth or Soft Bodies. Fully procedural, and can be MoGraph Based, and Animated... I am a genius (and very good looking). Please Subscribe, Press all buttons, Like, Comment and tell everyone!
    7 points
  20. I'm a hobbyist and without indie prices i don't see my future in 3D with you MAXON $1000 for upgrade $250 for X-Particles maintenance + other plugins maintenance $1250! that is a 6 years of Houdini indie subscription price!!! and you get particles + dynamics + nodes + Houdini engine out of box! Houdini indie : 1 Year : $269 USD 2 years : $399 USD Maya indie : 1 year: $250 USD 3ds Max indie 1 year : $250 USD Blender: Free! Cinema4D: 1 year subscription: $719 USD 1 year perpetual upgrade: $1000 USD
    6 points
  21. I gotta say, as a subscriber of C4D, and also owner of a perpetual license of R18. Not having the upgrade informations available to all customers, and acessible online worldwide... as easy as it is to purchase a new subscription... feels like a intentional bottleneck, to filter out everyone else who isnt a subscriber. There has to be a way to integrate a new business model (subscription) without having to make perpetual users to feel like complete outcasts? Also, speaking from a subscription client perspective, I feel that we need a more transparent roadmap of the software, thin
    6 points
  22. As there is a severe lack of resources for cutting edge real-time asset creation workflows for C4d and as we use C4D for games I felt the need to give something back to the community, especially as it took me many years to learn how these things all work. (Link below) Hopefully this helps other people and I hope MAXON will push more towards realtime modeling and baking workflows as real-time seems to be the future even for movies and VFX with the lines continually blurring, Plus it turns out that C4D surprisingly has very strong advantages in many areas over the typical real-time Modeling
    6 points
  23. There's always a better something somewhere, but sometimes you just like the one you've got ! Of course I do have HB modelling bundle, and am fully aware of all the remaining weaknesses in Cinema's modelling toolset, but TBH I don't find any of them too problematic on a day-to-day level. I model an enormous variety of stuff, and the amount of times I am left genuinely stuck because Cinema can't do something remain very minimal and it is exceptionally rare that I find a problem I can't think my way around using the tools that are available to me here in C4D. I guess I have been us
    6 points
  24. A fair treatement of perpetual licensce holders (and former MSA customers) compared to subscription customers.
    6 points
  25. For the hobbyist who has never made a dime off of the software, annual maintenance costs do add up but the beauty of maintenance over subscription is that you are actually "owning" something at the end. With subscriptions, what I was once paying for maintenance now just gets me a right-to-use for a limited time (1 year). As you don't own it, once you stop paying it goes away. I would imagine that most digital enthusiasts like myself probably have X-Particles or some other 3rd party renderer or any other plugin that has maintenance programs (DEM earth, etc). So when
    6 points
  26. From the album: somenerv - Redshift R&D

    © Nate Rodriguez-Vera

    6 points
  27. Thank you @Igor for contacting us - honestly, the sponsoring idea is really awesome and we are happy to join and be part of this community as well - much appreciated. I am going to introduce myself in the proper thread and I also will upload some of the renders our community and we did using Cinema4D, Octane and World Creator in combination. Since we are currently developing World Creator 3 and pushing things where we can, I hope it is also OK and welcome that we keep you up-to-date with the development progress. Also of interest might be our upcoming shortfilm (mid March 20
    6 points
  28. Okay....I am a hobbyist and not in the animation/DCC industry at all. But I do work for an extremely large global corporation that has also topped the list as one of the best places to work in the US and globally. As great as that company is (and it is a great place to work), there are politics where I work. NEWS FLASH: Work politics are EVERYWHERE! In many cases, people misread the "inner circles" that get formed around management as office politics. But in reality, inner circles are natural. "Inner circles" get formed because people naturally gravitate to those who they trust, have wo
    6 points
  29. Interesting thread, all in all. I do believe, however, that C4D users are exceptionally happy with the program. Why? Because I see no evidence for the collective needs of the users, beyond everyday questions that do not require programming but can be solved with onboard tools. The category "Plugins Requests" on this very forum contains three entries, the newest being more than two months already. Let me repeat, three entries, on an international forum (which, I think, is one of the largest if not the largest for Cinema 4D). The category "Python/C++" is better off, but
    6 points
  30. I saw a video on YouTube by a guy who makes kinetic art mobiles. He had an interesting one made out of toothed spirals, so I had a go at recreating it in C4D. I tried using a helix spline, but couldn't seem to get the objects to interact correctly, so I made a proper log spiral using tracer. The movement is generated using dynamics - there's one collider that's rotated in XPresso driving 2 rigid bodies. demo.c4d https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Logarithmic_spiral make log spiral.c4d
    6 points
  31. I’ve been a long time lurker and want to devote my first post to praise MAXON for the amazing job they’re doing with C4D. I’ve been using C4D professionally for many years now and it is simply a pleasure to fire it up every morning. I really like it because: 1) I make a good portion of my income with it as a generalist 2) It is intuitive, powerful, versatile, elegant, stable and multi-platform (I use it on a mac) 3) Works really well with After Effects. 3) There are a tone of excellent plugins and render engines that complement its feature set: Arnold, Redshift, Tu
    6 points
  32. Hi, I was wondering why I never see just one person making "shorts". Now I know.. In the end, the list of “necessary” fixes only got bigger. I had to ignore it in order to post this in a decant time frame.. It's t actually far from done. I used C4D. No plugins or pre-made assets where used. Yes I’m aware the bow is reversed, thought it looked cooler. The character is a girl, sidekick of Fred. While she can do magic, Fred just likes bananas. You can follow me for more on: https://www.instagram.c
    5 points
  33. r23 comes with two new templates: the toon rig with an included face rig and a standalone face rig by bret bays. this short was created with those templates, the toon rig for the artist, and the standalone face rig for the bust. also here's a quick promo video of the toon rig, demoing some of its features:
    5 points
  34. Yes, and their determination to hide the upgrade means I can't even buy it & get started, have to wait for them to call back. Then after the 30% price increase & difficulty in purchase, they can claim ' we don't see any demand for perpetual & cancel it in a release or 2. I will say, though, that R21 -> R23 is a good upgrade in terms of features & I am eager to get using it, but it's not great value for money & the whole transition has soured my attiutude towards them.
    5 points
  35. 1020€ Vat incl in France for an upgrade. I just got the information from the distributor but even on their page the information is hard to find. I used to pay 660€. Do the math...That’s back stabbing. Shame on MAXON.
    5 points
  36. Not convinced at all but I saw it coming. am I the only one who finds the benefit:cost ratio going further down?
    5 points
  37. 13 Dear C4D users, we are c4d archviz artist ourselves since like 20+ years, and i am very happy & proud to be able to announce the release 1.1 of our new tool for C4D artists, the “Q-TILE PRO | surface engine”. It is a mighty new artist driven c4d native plugin, which enables you to do ANY tile shapes or repeating surfaces, with ANY kind of variations, in easy ways! In addition it lets you make perfect non tiled, structure less surfaces, like asphalt, concrete, plaster, etc in a few clicks, which never show the usual un-wished repeating structures, we often see in even se
    5 points
  38. Basically, yes. The Neutron node system is the basis for all new features going forwards. In its current state though it isn't something most people will want to use directly; it is super powerful but like any node system, not the kind of interface everyone would enjoy using. The next step to be taken is to create a new object manager which acts as a much more friendly, day to day interface for the nodes which should look much more familiar. When everything is in place, you will be able to choose to continue your c4d life with a new object manager, benefiting from the huge speed increase
    5 points
  39. I hope all the dads out there had a great Father’s Day this past weekend! Daddy’s little girl got her first glimpse at her future superhero life! A little mini VFX shot I made over the weekend, animated in cinema 4d, and rendered in octane! Make sure to subscribe for more fun videos weekly!
    5 points
  40. Boris FX just released the standalone version of their software Particle Illusion for free. More details here: https://borisfx.com/products/particle-illusion/ I haven't tried it myself yet, but apparently the entire thing is pretty much fully featured, and has almost no restrictions (even supports up to 8k ProRes). The only downside is, it's standalone only. No integration into any compositing software.
    5 points
  41. Cinema 4d has good tools for rigging. Besides 3ds max and a bit of maya i dont know much about other packages but i feel very confortable rigging in this one. Obvisously i would like some improvements in the skinning system, maybe a multi layer system for the weight painting and a better constraint system that wasn't much of a drag with priorities. Unfortunately i'm mainly a generalist and i only rig occasionally, so there are a lot of skills (including learning python) that i miss. However it's good to work in a system that have such potencial and it helps a lot professionals like me th
    5 points
  42. Thanks for the kind words - I'll make sure the feedback is passed along to the team. I do have to give a lot of credit to the team at MoGraph.com that has been instrumental in our streaming efforts for the past couple of years and especially helpful in pulling this week together. Your feedback is extremely valuable - we're continuing discussions on how this experience can shape our future streaming endeavors, whether as part of live events and as standalone / replacement efforts. The presenters this week were primarily those that had already been slated and scheduled fo
    5 points
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  44. No one wants speed improvements? Part of the reason for the core rewrite was to make C4D handle more complex scenes and be a lot quicker. As far as I know you're all still waiting. So for me, not that it really matters since I no longer use C4D my top 5 would be: Faster / handle more objects Bodypaint / UV tools replaced. Unbelieveable that the UV tools still haven't been replaced Modelling tool enhancements e.g. proper symmetry modelling, Bridge tool enhancements, modelling fall offs. Thinking Particles replaced. Alternatively admit defeat and remove TP and make X-P
    5 points
  45. This is just a scene for me to develop some Python to access data files and trigger sounds. Homer plays a slot machine and shouts D'Oh when he loses and WooHoo when he wins.
    5 points
  46. We do listen and we even like to listen. Beside issues of timing and development priorities there are a couple of reasons why seemingly straight forward things sometimes take ages. The biggest issue is that there are as many opinions on how stuff should work out there as there are users. Some have slightly diverging ideas, others just plain want the opposite. Derriving at a solution that will serve most without alienating many is hard work and costs a lot of time. Another big issue i that many ideas simply go against the technology behind it. We can't implement them without braking o
    5 points
  47. Not often I see a tweet that's so useful it virtually demands a thread here, but there was one today, showing us how we can persuade the smoothing deformer into doing a pretty damn reasonable impression of cloth wrinkles without a cloth engine in sight ! Thanks to @OrestisKonstantinidis ! So enjoy that... May your duvets be for evermore easily wrinkled !! CBR
    5 points
  48. Bit of downtime to play with, so I'm making myself a Great White Shark, surely a landmark build in any modelling career. It's easy enough to build a rubbish shark, stop at the outline, whack a wind deformer on it and call that done, but I hope it's a rather a more interesting and rewarding process to really nail the forms and to progress to the inside, the UVing, sculpting, texturing and animation for what I hope will end up a near-as-dammit photo real model. And what better of all the sharks we could make than the good old classic the Great White. Thought about doing Megalodon, but for a smal
    5 points
  49. I think the question is just a slight bit different. We won't be avoiding the correct features because we have a partnership with someone as was feared in a post above. The question shouldn't be "will we add a compositor" to C4D. But will we add the correct features to make sure what you do in C4D is the correct work for a given pipeline. For some pipelines some compositing would be nice. Others don't need any and some would want a full compositor. These are great discussions and ongoing internally. Where we land on this and when is TBD. I am enjoying reading this thread.
    5 points
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