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  1. Why wouldn't it work? VDB contains channel information like density, temperature, velocity etc. (not shading information). This information can be used for shading (for example with a blackbody radiator shader). That's not much work and the same for other simulations (like TFD when it needs to be rendered with 3rd party render engines). But I agree, there is no need for Embergen if one is using TFD already. I guess XP / ExplosiaFX will have GPU support one day too.
  2. Yes you got a valid point there. I'm a hobbyist using dual RTX GPU rigs (2070 & 2080 RTX) with AMD Ryzen 9 processors (16C/32T and 12C/24T) with 64 GB each for Cinema (with Redshift, Vray, Cycles 4D plus various other 3D applications and plugins). I just wanted to point out, that TFD is only very quick when using GPU. Since it doesn't utilize more then one GPU and the simulation is limited to the GPU memory, that's to be considered. Nevertheless, TFD is a great plugin and even on CPU sim it runs well, also the switch between CPU and GPU is on the fly. But you're right, if I would be a professional I would most likely use Quadro cards as well.
  3. By the way, TFD update for S22 is available.
  4. Thanks paulselhi for the info about the future TFD version (standalone software). I saw a preview years ago and thought it was dead since long. Unfortunately Jascha from Jawset is not very communicative and the development process is very slow. Yes, TFD is quick on GPU but that is pretty limited, as soon as the simulation gets more complex and up-res'ed, it will fail back to CPU. I still like TFD (I have licenses for C4D and LightWave) but X-Particles is so much more versatile and well integrated. I fear the future TFD will loose its ease-of-use from what I've seen in that preview. Embergen looks interesting but for TFD owners not so tempting.
  5. There's a Setup and Animate mode in PIM. The PIM rig itself is setup with just dragging the Hip joint in the PIM Hips Link field, select rig type - click Constrain and the rig is done. Everything is placed perfectly (for supported rig types). In PIM you can create IK Targets (all targets with one click). Then you can modify the strength, translation and other attributes of each IK Target. However PIM is more designed for automatic walk cycles, simple crowd animations or specific built-in actions like sitting, holding phone, lift, stairs etc. Therefore I think the Mixamo Rig has a bit different (more universal) use case but I haven't used it yet. Maybe the attached screenshots and attributes help to clarify.
  6. TFD only works on GPU for very simple fluid simulations (depending on the GPU memory of course). On my GTX or RTX cards (8 GB GPU memory), it's blazing fast for simple fire / smoke simulations but when I add complexity or up-rez, it fails back to CPU. Note that you can only select one of the installed GPUs in TFD for simulation. However the Up-Rez'ing feature allows to art-direct the basic simulation on GPU and than add details for the long CPU calculations. With added complexity I also sometimes get crashes in TFD. I didn't experience too many X-Particles crashes but that's because I've only used it for simple particle / smoke / fire / water simulations so far.
  7. Hello Jennifer As Cerbera mentioned, topology is very important for UV unwrapping. Depending on the complexity of the object, usually you just have to mark a couple of seams to properly unwrap With a dense mesh or bad topology (no polyflow, missing edge loops, ngons, tris etc) this is difficult. To have hundreds of auto unwrapped UV islands is not ideal for precise texturing. There is the new tool QuadRemesher from EXOSIDE that auto retopos the object, the Cinema Plugin is just being released now. Simple to use with good results. It helps for example if you used booleans, scans or VDB modeling. A good (subd) topology is still better but requires more modeling work. Also, maybe you could have a look at the Cinema plugin Seamilar which is very easy to use for basic UV'ing and well integrated in C4D, you can see the unwrapping while drawing the seams. RizomUV and 3D-Coat are great too of course. Also you could create separate parts of the object for having separate TextureSets in Substance. You will export separate maps for each TextureSet. Which maps you need with what export settings depends on the render engine but usually you need Normal, Height/Bump, Color/Diffuse, Roughness and Specular or Metallic maps which you load in the appropriate material channels. Cheers, Michael
  8. Yes I agree. Xpresso with new Node system would be nice and it will come. Of course it's nice to have features built-in but for UV mapping MAXON is way too late. I guess most users already have RizomUV which is hard to beat - or similar tools. Same for Bodypaint, how can they catch up with defacto standard tools like Substance.
  9. Completely agree to all you said. The subscription prices will go up if MAXON is successful with the new model. If not, they will start to offer limited time subscription sales. The whole online and subscription disappointment started with VrayForC4D for me. Don't care about the new versions as they require a constant online connection. I got Redshift and was very excited when MAXON bought it (seamless integration, nodal shading). While I'm still glad I have a perpetual RS license, I'm not overly optimistic towards its future due to the direction MAXON is going. It seems the R21 Node spaces are not even ready for Redshift so I wonder if that will require a subscription-only update. I was an e-on Vue xStream + maintenance customer until they went the 'subscription only' route end of 2018. Similar to Cinema, I used to renew my yearly maintenance in order to get the newest perpetual version and I was specifically waiting for the promised new Vue version with Cinema R20 support to arrive. What I got instead is a limited Enterprise rental license for the newer versions, which I don't care about. The new version offered a new UI, a broken OpenVDB and Substance integration and the new licensing model. R20 in Vue support (and fixes for the broken new features) came a bit later, when my rental license already expired. Waste of money for me. Since they went subscription only, every few weeks they offer a massively reduced yearly subscription sale. Seems not to be such a successful model after all. I wouldn't be surprised if MAXON will do the same after some time. Now Cinema R21, biggest disappointment in features, the new licensing and the loss of MSA and Cineversity. Due to the fact that almost no 3rd party plugin works in R21, I would have to pay a maintenance for 3D Quakers for Forester to work in R21 (!) and all this online nuisance, I couldn't care less about R21, future Cinema releases or other MAXON software. Waste of money again. Siggraph used to be a very exciting event for me in the recent years but unfortunately this is no longer the case thanks to MAXON.
  10. Not exactly but sort of. But MAXON confirmed in the Siggraph thread that: *** When you take MAXONs offer for the reduced price 2 year special offer subscription for MSA owners, then you CONVERT to subscription, you'll loose your perpetual Studio license. You can subscribe separately for the full price and then you don't loose the perpetual license. *** I don't think many individuals that read / understand the license terms would do that, I'm certainly not giving up my perpetual Studio license. What would motivate (not drive) me into a Cinema subscription is - a massively reduced price Cinema Indie Studio license (I'm a hobbyist) will full features, maybe render limitation to 4k - honest pricing (not calling a yearly upfront lump sum to be a monthly subscription) - integrated Redshift (I already have a perpetual RS license but an additional seat won't hurt) - kick-@ss features, XPresso and RS materials in new node system, rebuilt UV and Bodypaint toolset - improved particle system or integrated X-Particles - improved modeling tools that don't require the various Nitro4D plugins and HB modeling bundle anymore - additional workflow improvements like seen in R21 - a RT viewport like Eevee One issue I have with the new licensing system is that it will break all the plugins again, now that most of them finally work in R20 (also thanks to the Insydium bridge). Also I feel bad for plugin developers because people with rental software most likely don't want to invest in plugins. I spent more than the Studio price in plugins and render engines for Cinema and would certainly not do that for rental or online activated software. And MAXON still keeps silent about what happens to Teamrender node licenses which were unlimited in Studio until now.
  11. Yes I'd like to know too (I asked this before but it was not answered yet).
  12. Oh I'm sure the offline installer will be gone in one of the next releases "for a streamlined and simplified installation process for the user". Of course pure speculation but we have seen this behavior before.
  13. Perpetual with periodic (every 14 days) online activation is not perpetual to me anymore. Yes, you are theoretically entitled for using the software without limitation but you completely hand over control to MAXON. There are numerous examples where 1) online activation failed or 2) older software cannot be activated anymore. Another downside is that plugin developers now have to implement the new licensing too. And users have to wait again for their various plugins and render engines to be available for the new version. Personally I think in 1 or 2 years the message will be like "...due to the great success with subscription, limited requests for perpetual licenses and to streamline our development we now offer only subscription, to make it easier for the user..." 3D for the Whole World would have been a very cheap or free Indie / Non-Commercial version, maybe with a 1080p render limitation. That could have even been a threat for Blender. Now it's the other way round and MAXON lost a huge part of its positive reputation. The CEO's presentation was a failure, no drive or enthusiasm. When he mentioned something like "my favorite feature in R21... Field Force..." it seemed to me that he has never used C4D before. Very silly argument that it's easier for the user now because he doesn't need to remember his serial. But now it needs a video to explain the new licensing. Easier indeed... There are some nice little workflow improvements I like in R21 - Texture copy dialog options, Timeline / F-Curves optimizations, UI improvements, OpenVDB Caching, Volume rendering in ProRender and the Mixamo Control Rig is great (however is Mixamo not a proprietary and discontinued Adobe technology?) But without MSA and forced online activation I will use the (MSA included) R21 for some things, but R20 will remain my main software and most likely no more upgrades, for sure no subcription. I also own Redshift (purchased last year), I love it and was very exited about MAXON's acquisition but now I look at it a little bit different. Another thing that bothers me is Teamrender... until now Studio offered unlimited render nodes. How is that handled with the new licensing system?
  14. Exactly. The only positive thing is after all, we have our license for the last real perpetual Cinema version with user friendly licensing. MAXON's argument that you don't have to bother again with serial numbers is ridiculous.
  15. Well said, this is exactly how I feel! The (periodic) online activation killed it for me. A change in the licensing system was the only thing I was afraid of in R21.
  16. No, the MeshBoolean Plugin and Nitro4Ds BoxModel Plugin also use the C4D internal Boolean technology, there's no improvement there. I agree with renegade, a Boolean rework would have to be done / expected in R20 or R21. While OpenVDB Modeling is great (and SubD modeling of course), Booleans can be a good solution in some cases and a redesigned Boolean algorithm would also make it easier for those plugins. Look at BoxCutter or HardOps in Blender!
  17. A software that needs to be activated every 14 days is not perpetual to me. I depend on MAXON's activation service in order to start the software. About the upgrades, the strategy of 'subscription companies' has been to increase prices for upgrades in order to push the users to subscription. And MAXON has already mentioned that 1) not all updates will be available for perpetual users and 2) Releases older than 3 years are not available for download and will not be supported anymore, so they can also remove activation of older releases as AD did. My workstations are usually not online because they run other stuff like virtual machines with exposed micro services and for other reasons (Windows Updates at times I don't want etc.). Certainly I don't want them online just to start an application. Sad day for me but in the end it's saving me money in the future.
  18. Wrong. You're losing a perpetual software license. You will be paying and paying year by year but never ever owning a license that you can use at your own disposal. Rented software is worthless to me. In addition to that there is the hassle of online activation and periodic online checking. My workstations are offline and currently X-Particles and Cycles 4D are the only exceptions for me and that's already a pain in you know where.
  19. VERY disappointing. I had high hopes on MAXON's big announcement, but the major news is the new licensing and bundling options. I expected the inclusion of X-Particles / Cycles 4D, Forester / Rock Engine or similar. Or some other rocking new features. As a hobbyist I didn't mind to pay for Studio MSA in order to have a fully offline perpetual license available. And I'm not renting software, ever. Actually I expected something like an Indie Version or Free Non-Commercial, looking at Blender 2.80+. The new features are nice but nothing ground breaking. - Force Fields - nice - UV - "Cinema 4D Release 21 lays the groundwork for future UV enhancements" -Really? Rebuilt UV tools were expected in R20! Luckily there is Rizom. - Mixamo rig - Would have been better to just integrate the People In Motion plugin but ok, that's useful - Bevel - well they were already pretty good before - New Particle System - ??? - XPresso using new node system - ??? - Redshift with new nodal shading built in R21? The new online activation system is utter BS to me. I see that major part of the MSA money went into the new licensing system. I want to use my purchased software wherever whenever, not depending on any company's goodwill, policies, licensing servers or online connectivity. "Single-user licenses associated with a MAXON Account require internet connection for initial activation and must connect every 14 days for continued use." - Yeah I have plenty examples where this caused problems in the past and future endeavors trying to move customers to subscription only. Then this (already a nice glimpse how MAXON will operate in future): "Can I upgrade my perpetual license? If you own a perpetual license of Cinema 4D, you’re eligible for discounted Cinema 4D subscription pricing. You’re also able to upgrade to an R21 perpetual license. Some future Cinema 4D upgrades may be available only to subscription customers, while others may be available as perpetual licenses at upgrade pricing. Specific timing and pricing of each upgrade is not yet defined." I'm pretty done with MAXON as customer and keep using my R20 Studio and the various 3rd party plugins / render engines.
  20. Thanks for all your work and generosity! These scenes are a great source for learning new techniques in C4D.
  21. I thought of something Toby is showing here: Not sure if it will work with the DAZ character meshes and their UVs to bake / raycast from the high-res OBJ to the low-res FBX but I will eventually try it out. However for my purpose just applying the DAZ normal maps was sufficient and worked out fine so far. If you have the DAZ Alembic exporter, it will save out all required maps (Reflection, Subsurface, Normals, Bumps etc.) of all objects at once.
  22. I meant to do that in Cinema (bake high poly object into normal maps for low poly object).
  23. About the joint controlled morphs I don't know, never used it. Yes DAZ HD morphs can only be exported via OBJ export in DAZ unfortunately. But for animation the high poly object might be too heavy anyway. If you need all the details you could export as OBJ and bake into normal maps (if the existing ones are not sufficient) and then use the exported FBX with the baked maps.
  24. Hey John I can highly recommend the People in Motion R2.0.1 Plugin for C4D (works in R20 with the Insydium bridge). You can load a DAZ character via FBX import and select the DAZ rig (as well as other rig formats). It supports up to Genesis 3, for Genesis 8 you have to perform minor rotation corrections in order to be in T-Pose, but I export Gen8 characters with a T-Pose from DAZ, so that works as well. All morphs are included (for example facial morphs), if you included them in the FBX export (you can create a template in DAZ for exporting the required morphs). The People in Motion plugin can automatically create IK objects, offers a walk cycle generator, various poses and basic crowd functionality (stairs, escalators, chairs etc.). Textures need to be corrected a little (adding bump / normal maps, change some transparencies etc). In order to get the missing maps from the FBX export I use the DAZ Alembic exporter which collects all the maps used in DAZ Studio. I created some python code for myself to automate this and had it in mind to maybe publish a plugin one day but it would require some more development. However if the 3dtoAll plugin will have this functionality I will get it instead. Cheers
  25. Which other application is cheaper than Cinema 4D? You can buy it as one-time purchase and use it whenever wherever you like. Autodesk rental-only applications? You pay high subscription fees year after year for using it. Yes it has additional features like Fluid Sim or better Character animation tools out of the box but you'll never own a license. Houdini? FX is more expensive and its annual upgrade plan is insane. Houdini Indie is nice but too complex for many use cases and has revenue restrictions. Modo? Yes cheaper, but it uses online licensing. Great for modeling but lacks behind in many areas like animation or effects. Very few 3rd party plugins available. LightWave? Yes cheaper but all its features are very limited and poor compared to C4D. Its split application, modeling, destructive workflow and UI are from last millennium even in the latest version. Many plugins available but most of them only cover missing base functionality and don't work well together. Viewport / OpenGL speed is disappointing. Blender? Yes free and 2.80+ will finally offer better usability but very unstable yet in Beta and features are spread over several forks (Fracture or OpenVDB need their own fork for example). Nice goodies like Eevee but from my few excursions into Blender land I find many tools are not going as deep as Cinema's. Due to its open source licensing (to not include proprietary code), file exchange (for example via FBX) is not as robust as in other applications in my experience. There are some nice and low priced plugins available like FLIP Fluids or HardOps. Cinema 4D's new core is now implemented and its first fruits look great (performance of Media Core, Modeling tools, Voronoi Fracture, Poly Reduction, LOD, OpenVDB tools or the new Node Editor for example). Which other application provides a great Motion Tracker or brilliant CAD import out of the box? I'm very much looking forward to R21 and its features as well as an improved Redshift integration. I have licenses for several 3D applications but given Cinema 4D Studio's features, stability, workflow, ease-of-use, plugin architecture, available learning resources and 3rd party tools I find its price OK, including MSA and some (well in my case tons of) additional plugins and render engines.
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