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Cinema 4D Release 18 puts powerful new tools in the hands of motion graphics artists, and makes VFX workflows accessible to everyone. Game designers and visualization professionals enjoy new opportunities, while workflow, modeling, animation and shader enhancements help elevate every Cinema 4D artist to a new level.

Voronoi Fracturing - Non-destructive destruction
With the new Fracture Voronoi object you can tear down walls. Systematically shatter any object into procedural fragments using virtually anything to control the distribution of the shattered pieces. Create artistic procedural geometry using splines, polygon objects or particles. Fracture Voronoi is always live which means you can change elements at any time. As a native MoGraph object it works seamlessly with Dynamics and all the effectors and falloffs you love.

New knife tools - It slices, it dices
Cinema 4D Release 18 truly is a cut above the rest, with all-new interactive knife tools. The new Line Cut tool lets you draw cuts across one or even multiple objects and tweak them on-the-fly with an interactive preview. You can then lock in new edges, remove parts or split objects based on the cuts you made. With the new Plane Cut tool you can create new edges using the Local, World or Camera axes, or draw a line to define the plane and adjust the position and rotation of the cut numerically or with a viewport manipulator. The Loop/Path Cut tool creates symmetrical loops or paths based on a proportional or absolute distance to the surrounding edges, and preserves curvature when creating new edges. All three new tools are available as separate commands so you can easily access the desired mode via shortcut or Commander.

Object Tracker
Integrate your Cinema 4D creations into real-world footage with Object Tracking, the next step in MAXON’s effort to make VFX workflows and tools accessible to everyone. Reconstruct the motion of the camera and any number of objects to transform a video file into a 3D world. Add 2D User Tracks for key features of the object and assign them to the Object Tracker – then reconstruct the object based on just the tracks or with the help of reference geometry. You can now seamlessly integrate any number of 3D objects into real-world footage with ease.

Shaders & surface effects
New shaders and shading options offer advanced rendering possibilities in Cinema 4D Release 18. With the Thin Film shader you can reproduce the iridescent rainbow effects of bubbles and oil slicks, or simply add fingerprints and oily residue to any surface. Inverse Ambient Occlusion can be used to create masks for worn edges or to imitate subsurface scattering for faster rendering results. The Shadow Catcher shader offers a convenient way to capture shadows and ambient occlusion from 3D objects so they can be easily composited over real-life footage.   

It's all about workflow
Cinema 4D has always offered a fast and intuitive workflow, and Release 18 offers new tools with approachable and easy-to-learn interfaces. Your window to the 3D world has been given a dramatic facelift with viewport enhancements, including Screen Space Ambient Occlusion, Viewport Tessellation for Displacement preview, and a preview mode for multi-layered Reflectance.



  • New Quaternions workflow
    • There is now a Quaternions group in the Coordinates tab
    • The key attributes for Quaternion Rotations have a new option for Quaternion Interpolation types. The user can choose between different interpolation presets there.
  • Constraints workflow
    • Parent Constraint
      • The new "Local Offset" attributes field presents the internal offset that the constrained object will have with the "parent" targets
      • New Interactive Transform checkbox allowing the user to interactively edit the constrained parameters
      • New Record button provides an easy way to keyframe the Local Offset and Strength values of the targets
      • Negative scales and constraints are now supported
      • New Parent Constraint parameters
        • "Local Offset" are animatable parameters representing the offset the target (parent) has from the constrained object (child)
        • "Interactive Local Offset" is a checkbox that enables the user to interactively adjust constrained parameters and have the Local Offsets update to the new adjustments
        • "Auto-Reset (Legacy)" is the Auto-Reset mode which is now implemented as a Legacy mode, for compatibility reasons with old scenes
        • "Update Local Offsets" is a new cycle button that will allow to update the Local Offsets based on the constrained object's coordinates, or setting one of the Targets as a new main target. This will allow for a seamless transition to that target.
        • "Record Optimized" is new cycle button which allows recording all the Weights and Local Transforms of all the Targets, in an optimized way
      • The new Shift Priority Tag can be used to shift priority values of expressions
      • The "Breakdown Color" option in the keyframe attributes of the Timeline now allows setting an alternative color for keyframes
      • The Timeline's baking function is now able to bake an Alembic object to native PLA animation


  • Alembic
    • Alembic module is now based on SDK 1.5.8.
    • Support for vertex colors was added
    • The internal tags which represent the data streamed from *.abc files are exposed to the user on the Alembic generator now
    • There now is a placeholder tag for the Subdivision Surface Weight tag
    • The subdivision method is now written to and read from the Alembic SubD scheme
    • Alembic generator has a new option for Creases and Corners used for weights of SDS objects
    • Alembic generator has a new value to be able to scale SDS weights
    • New Import options
      • "Color Maps" option allows color information (RGB and RGBA) to be imported and Vertex Color tags to be created
      • Importing "Points" with "As Polygon Object" reads the color (RGB or RGBA) property and creates a Vertex Color tag per point mode for it
      • Importing "Points" with "As Particle Geometry" reads RGBA (vector4d) color arrays now
      • "Creases and Corners" - reads creases and corners as point and edge weights of SDS objects
    • New Export options
      • "Vertex Colors" - the RGBA data of all Vertex Color tags is exported
      • "Display Colors to Vertex Colors" - writes the display color of the object as vertex color information
      • "Vertex Colors" + "Points Only (Geometry)" options - exports also RGBA data from points mode only Vertex Color tags
      • "Subdivision Surface Weights" - writes point and edge weights of SDS objects as corners and creases
    • Export can now be canceled
  • FBX
    • FBX module is now based on SDK 2016.2, now supports the 7.5 file format
    • New Import options
      • "Vertex Colors" - imports vertex color elements and creates a Vertex Color tag for each of them
      • "Convert Grayscale Vertex Colors to Vertex Maps" - in case there are only grayscale colors, a Vertex Map tag will be created instead of a Vertex Color tag
      • "Subdivision Surface" - an SDS Weight tag will be created if at least one crease layer was found
    • New Export options
      • "Vertex Colors" - color information of all Vertex Color tags is exported for every mesh
      • "Subdivision Surface" - if an SDS Weight tag exists, the weight information for points and edges is written as two crease layers
  • Support for Allegorithmic Substance Engine
    • Substance archives (.sbsar) can be loaded
    • The Substance Asset Manager can be used to organize the Substance assets in the scene
    • The Substance Shader is used to reference Substance asset outputs in Cinema 4D's material system and all other parts of Cinema 4D that support shaders
    • New Substance Asset mode in the Attributes Manager
    • New Substance Engine section in the Preferences
    • New Substance Engine sub-menu in Pipeline menu
    • C++/Python API supports Substance 
  • Support for the DDS texture file format (loader)
  • BP exchange supports 3ds Max 2017
  • OBJ
    • Import and Export presets can now be saved and loaded
    • The Material Mix Mode can now be specified


  • Updated to use Houdini Engine 15.0.313
  • The internal tags which are generated by the Houdini asset are now exposed to the user
  • During Open Scene, if the asset path is absolute and invalid but an asset file with the same name exists in the C4D scene folder, then this asset file is used and the asset path becomes relative
  • Added vertex color support for both marshalled inputs and generated outputs
  • GUI improvements


  • Support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan System Font added


  • Variation shader enhancements
    • Support for more than one texture
    • UV Rotation can now be quantized and UV can be flipped
  • New "Invert Direction" option for Ambient Occlusion 
  • New parallax mapping support in the Bump channel
  • New Shadow Catcher shader
  • New Thin Film shader


  • New Knife tools
    • Interactive modeling workflow using new on screen handles and gizmos
    • Line Cut tool
      • Cuts polygon objects and splines with polyline cuts
      • Cut line can be interactively adapted via control points
      • Cuts can be inside of polygons
      • Several slice modes
        • Cut
        • Split
        • Remove Part A
        • Remove Part B
      • Supports snapping and constraints
    • Plane Cut tool
      • Planar cut for polygon objects
      • Cutting plane can be interactively adapted
      • Several slice modes
        • Cut All
        • Split
        • Remove Part A
        • Remove Part B
      • Several plane modes available, defining which coordinate system is used
        • Free
        • Local
        • World
        • Camera
      • The number and spacing of parallel cuts can be defined
      • Supports snapping and constraints
    • Loop/Path Cut tool
      • Cuts new loops or path into objects
      • Loops/Paths can be interactively adapted
      • Loops/Paths can be searched bidirectional or not 
      • Offset modes
        • Proportional
        • Edge Distance
      • The number of parallel cuts can be defined
      • Cuts can preserve the curvature of a surface
      • Cuts can be shaped using spline GUI 
  • Support for Pixar's OpenSubdiv
  • Baking
    • Greatly improved displacement map baking and rendering
      • improved accuracy for vector maps (tangent, object and world)
      • Using ray casting for intensity maps - new options available (intensity, intensity centered, red-green)
    • Also improved normal map baking
      • Ray casting also used when not baked in conjunction with a vector displacement map
  • Sculpting
    • Resolved issue with sculpting at small scales
    • Resolved issue with reproject mesh at small scale


  • New Effectors 
    • Push Apart effector 
      • Helps reduce or avoid clone overlap quickly
      • Supports several modes:
        • Push Apart
        • Hide
        • Scale Apart
        • Push Apart Along X,Y, or Z Axis
    • ReEffector
      • Can reset all MoData parameters to initial state within the Effector List it's applied to
      • Can also blend back to the initial state in a deformer stack
      • Can re-apply multiple effectors to the "fresh" state and blend their effects into the Effector List per parameter 
  • New distribution modes for MoGraph Cloner and Matrix Objects
    • Honeycomb Array
    • Clone on Axis
  • New behaviors for MoGraph distribution modes
    • "Object" mode allows to use a custom object to define the form of the cloning
    • Per Step mode for Grid Array and Honeycomb Array
      • New handles behavior for these modes to make dragging out fields of clones faster and more intuitive
    • Scale clones based on polygon size 
  • Rewritten MoGraph Cache tag
    • Multiple MoGraph Cache tags can now be used and blended between on a single MoGraph object
    • MoGraph Cache tags can be saved to external files
    • New interface
  • New weights workflow 
    • New MoGraph Weightmap tag
    • New MoGraph Weight Paintbrush tool
    • New XPresso node for weights 
  • New Commands
    • Swap Cloner/Matrix - Switch selected Cloner objects to Matrix objects or switch selected Matrix objects to Cloner objects
    • Hide Selected - Automatically creates a non-destructive setup to hide the current MoGraph selection
  • Improvements to the Display options for MoGraph objects
    • Display Clone IDs in the viewport (both on the object and within Selection tags)
    • Depth Cue and Scaling for better display of MoSelection as well as all other points display modes (UV, Weights, etc.) 
  • Voronoi Fracture
    • New Voronoi Fracture generator
    • Support for many different point generators (Point Generator, Object, Spline, Particles, MoGraph Matrix, Shader, …) to define the fracture pattern
    • The Voronoi Fracture generator is a MoGraph generator and brings full support for effectors and all other MoGraph features
    • Inside/Outside Selection tag lets you assign different materials to the outside and inside faces of fracture pieces
    • Full dynamics support
    • Face, point and edge selections can be created


  • New object tracking functionality
  • New "Lock View on Tracks" mode
  • New "Frame All" / "Frame Selected" commands
  • New "Nudge Track" command
  • New "Auto Update Tracks" mode


  • The "Add machine" dialogue now has a small button that presents a list of recently added machine IPs / hostname
  • New "Restart Jobs After Unexpected Server Termination" option
  • Monitor page:
    • The jobs and networks table are now multiselection aware and offer the same functionality as the multiselection bars on the Jobs and Networks page
    • Jobs can be reordered by clicking on the current position and entering another existing one
    • If there is input to an edit field, but the user navigates to another section, an information dialog is presented to inform about unsaved changes
    • The number of active and inactive jobs is shown in the header of the jobs table pane
    • The number of online and offline clients is shown in the header of the networks table pane
    • If logged in as an admin, there is now an option to show only the jobs of the admin instead of all jobs
  • Jobs page:
    • Jobs can be reordered by clicking on the current position and entering another existing one
    • If there is input to an edit field, but the user navigates to another section, an information dialog is presented to inform about unsaved changes
    • If logged in as an admin, there is now an option to show only the jobs of the admin instead of all jobs
    • Render Info in Jobs Details
      • In the jobs details page (if a master scene is selected) a new collapsable is shown with useful information from the render settings
      • These settings are: Render Settings Name, Take Name, Frame Range, Regular Image, Multipass Image, Renderengine, Frame Rate, Image Resolution
  • User page
    • When creating a new user or changing the password for the current logged in user, the TeamRender Server interface presents a single dialog instead of a wizard
  • New FAQ page
    • Questions can be filtered (full text search)
    • When hovering with the mouse over a question (in the overview panel) a short excerpt is shown with
      • the first couple of characters
      • characters before and after the entered filter term in case a filter string is found for the first time. The matched result is highlighted.
    • Questions are tagged, and the tags can be selected to restrict the results and the overview panel according to the selected category. Q&A can have multiple tags


  • Calculation of vector maps of all types has been improved
  • Intensity based maps (intensity, intensity centered, red-green) now use a basic ray casting technique to measure displacement between the base and the sculpt mesh
  • Baking normal maps only also uses the basic ray casting technique to sample normal vectors on the sculpt mesh


  • Shading/Vertex normals can now be displayed in the viewport
  • New "Screenspace Ambient Occlusion" option
  • New "Reflections" option shows an approximation of the Reflectance Channel in the viewport
    • Supports multiple layers, masks, fresnel and roughness
  • New "Tessellation" option shows the effect of displacements in the viewport
    • Can be set globally and per material


  • New preference settings
    • Phong tag: Now the default Phong Angle is 40º
    • Selection Tools: The setting "Only Select Visible Elements" is disabled by default for Rectangle, Lasso and Polygon Selection
    • Render Settings: the default render output size has been changed to 1280x720 and a new Screen preset with that size has been added
    • Viewport filter: now "Object Highlighting" is disabled by default
    • Weight Tool / Paint Tool: the following default settings have been changed:
      • Strength: 100%
      • Mode: Absolute
      • Falloff: None
    • Texture Manager: now all options in "View" menu are enabled by default
    • Scroll to First Active: this command has now been assigned the shortcut 'S'
    • Extrude Tool: now the "Maximum Angle" setting is 91º by default
    • Figure object:
      • Now the default figure height is 180 cm
      • Now the figure axis is located at its feet
    • Soft Selection Tool: now "Mode" is set to "All" by default.
    • Split Command: (C4D main menu / Mesh / Commands / Split) - The newly created object name will have the ".1" suffix, e.g. "Cube.1"
  • Color Chooser
    • New preference: Remember Last Layout
    • New Compact Mode
    • Now the first swatch group is shared between all Cinema 4D documents
    • New contextual menu options handle the default swatch set:
      • "Reload Default Group": current swatches in shared group will be replaced with the stored default swatch set
      • "Save this Group as Default Group": the swatches in the clicked group will be saved as default group set
      • "Save Selected Swatches as Default Group": the currently active swatches will be saved as default group set
    • Dragging single or multiple swatches over a gradient converts them to color knots
    • C++/Python API supports Color Swatches
    • Improved ALT key handling for left-handers on Windows
  • Metaball Solidity option makes polygonal metasurfaces solid
  • The Reflectance channel now supports multi edit for materials with the same layer setup
  • Pasting a Reflectance layer into a Reflectance channel with a selected layer now replaces that layer instead of adding a new layer
  • The previews in the Material Manager now indicate which materials have the same reflectance layer setup as the selected material
  • New "Select Materials with same Reflectance" menu command in the Material Manager
  • New "Set from Projection" command for UVW Tags to easily create new UVW tags or modify existing ones on multiple objects


  • The Structure Manager has two new modes to show weights per vertex and weights per edge
  • Improved baking for multiple tags
  • Reduced file size for particle storage and improved speed
  • Loading/saving of large number of image sequences is now much faster
  • Cinema 4D startup speed increased
  • Mesa library is now used for viewport rendering on the CPU
  • Support for the RLM license manager
  • Support for vertex colors
    • New Vertex Color tag
    • Extended Paint Tool now can paint vertex colors
    • The Vertex Map shader now supports vertex colors
    • The Vertex Map shader supports OGL
    • New Vertex Color XPresso node
    • The Structure Manager now supports vertex colors
    • New Vertex Map Converter converts between vertex map and vertex color
    • C++/Python API supports vertex colors
  • Python API now supports custom nodes description methods, BodyPaint 3D UV commands and texture baking functions

Minimum System Requirements 

Windows (running on Intel or AMD 64-bit CPU with SSE3 support)

  •     Windows 7 SP1 64-bit (all versions)
  •     Windows 8 64-bit (all versions)
  •     Windows 8.1 64-bit (all versions)
  •     Windows 10 64-bit (all versions)


  •     Mac OS X 10.9.5 or higher with 64-bit processor running on Intel-based Apple Macintosh


  •     4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended)
  •     OpenGL graphics card supporting OpenGL 4.1 (dedicated GPU recommended)
  •     USB port
  •     Internet connection is required
  •     Registration is required

Cinema 4D on Windows 10
There are no known Cinema 4D issues that are Windows 10-specific but your user experience might differ, depending on your hardware. Our closed field test showed that some but not all GPU drivers or input device drivers work less reliably on the new operating system, especially when using third-party plugins that rely on these drivers. This can change anytime if these drivers are updated, which means that no general guidelines exist regarding which graphics cards will be affected. For users of Intel HD2500 / HD4000 GPUs, we don't recommend the use of Windows 10 because they will most likely not receive the necessary updates.

Some versions could not be used with Windows 10. However, we received positive feedback with regard to using the current version 7.7.9 with Windows and Cinema 4D. According to the website, there is no official support for Windows 10. Download:
Graphics cards

Generally speaking, Cinema 4D and BodyPaint 3D support all OpenGL 4.1-capable graphics cards. Nevertheless, we recommend using a dedicated 3D graphics card with an AMD or NVIDIA chip set. High-performance graphics chips are currently already available in mid-range laptops. Make sure that you always use the most current certified graphics card driver (no beta versions).

MAXON is not responsible for the compatibility of individual graphics cards with the OpenGL mode. Due to the large number and types of available chip sets, operating systems and driver versions we cannot guarantee the compatibility of all systems.

The technical specifications of MAXON products are constantly changing. Please use the most current demo version of the software to test its compatibility on your computer.