Maxon Delivers Cinema 4D R20
September 4, 2018

Maxon Delivers Cinema 4D R20

FRIEDRICHSDORF, GERMANY — Maxon ( is now shipping Cinema 4D Release 20 (R20), the next generation of its professional 3D application. The latest release contains high-end tools and features for VFX and motion graphics artists, including a node-based material system, new volume-based modeling tools, a powerful CAD import, and a major expansion of the MoGraph toolset.
“We are proud to finally make Cinema 4D R20 available to all users worldwide,” says David McGavran, CEO Maxon Computer GmbH. “We are looking forward to seeing the first amazing works in the coming weeks and months that artists create using Cinema 4D’s high-end tools and features. Both Cinema 4D as well as the MoGraph toolset have revolutionized the industry since their introductions. With the Release of R20 we are making the next big leap together with our user base.” 

R20’s new node-based material system provides new possibilities for creating materials, from simple reference materials to highly complex shaders. More than 150 different nodes offer users functions that they can use to quickly and comfortably create complex shading effects for the ultimate creative freedom. 

MoGraph Fields offer new creative possibilities for the procedural animation toolset in MoGraph. Fields offer a new workflow that make it possible to control the strength of the effect using any combination of falloffs.

Cinema 4D R20 now offers seamless drag and drop import for common CAD file formats such as Solidworks, STEP, Catia, JT and IGES. The importer’s scale-based tessellation offers individual control of the level of detail for impressive visualizations. 

The OpenVDB-based Volume Builder and Mesher in Cinema 4D R20 offer an entirely procedural modeling workflow. Any primitive or polygon objects (including the new Fields objects) can be combined to create complex objects using Boolean operations. Volumes created in Cinema 4D can be exported sequentially in the Vdb format and can be used in any application or render engine that supports OpenVDB. 

And ProRender sees improvements. Important features such as Subsurface Scattering, motion blur and multi-passes were added to the native, GPU-based ProRender. The ProRender code was also updated. The renderer now supports Apple’s Metal2 technology and the use of out-of-core textures. 

Customers whose Maxon Service Agreement (MSA) is active on September 3rd will automatically receive the upgrade to the new version. Cinema 4D is available for Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, and Linux nodes are also available for rendering pipelines.