Maxon Releases Cinema4D Vers. 18

MAXON’s release of the new Release 18 of its Cinema 4D graphics creation software puts new tools into the hands of VFX specialists, animators, visualization experts and motion graphics creators from Hollywood to Silicon Valley to Detroit.

At SIGGRAPH 2016 held in the Anaheim Convention Center July 24-28, MAXON brought out the highly-anticipated release 18 (R18) of its vaunted Cinema4D graphics creation software, scheduled to ship in September,

On the exhibit floor of the exhibition hall, Paul Babb, president and CEO of MAXON the Americas described its significant new features.

“First, they’ve added Voronoi Fracturing as native feature in the MoGraph toolset,” he told The Broadcast Bridge. “That lets break apart objects, blow things up in 3D, or do some very nice dicing and slicing which people love.”

Release 18 also adds a number of new shaders with advanced rendering capabilities for creating iridescent surfaces.

“For example, there is a Thin Film shader, so if you see a rainbow shimmering bubble on the ground or even greasy fingerprints on the hood of a car you can animate the effect so it looks really real,” Babb said.

There is also a new Inverse Ambient Occlusion shader to create masks that make things look rough around the edges in 3D.

“We’ve added Object Motion Tracking” Babb continues, “so you can track individual objects with expanded tools for integrating Cinema 4D creations into real-world footage.”

And there are a series of new non-destructive Knife Tools for more precision cutting along with Substance Engine Integration that lets youdownload compiled Allegorithmic Substances and utilize them to surface Cinema 4D objects.

“We are also supporting OpenSubdiv,” he said. “That’s a set of open source libraries that implement high performance subdivision surface (subdiv) evaluation on massively parallel CPU and GPU architectures.”

Expect to see many of these new features in upcoming animated films coming to a Cineplex near you.

“I think we have given the motion graphics, animation, VFX and visualization industry some great new tools,” Babb finished up. “With this new Release 18, MAXON intends to keep Cinema4D software on the cutting edge of the graphics creation industry.”

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