Product: Cinema 4D Visualize
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The Professional Solution for Architects, Designers & Photographers
CINEMA 4D Visualize gives you a comprehensive suite of modeling and texturing
tools and rendering options. Features included are Global Illumination,
Physical Sky, sketch-style rendering and huge librairies of 3D scene fillers,
textures, lighting environments, and much more.
CINEMA 4D Visualize has a massive range of import options that let you work with models from a large variety of 2D and 3D applications. There is file exchange support for many leading 3D CAD applications such as VectorWorks, ArchiCAD and Allplan.
You can create simple walk-throughs and stills in Visualize but you can also create breathtakingly realistic visual animations - in ways not possible in the real world. CINEMA 4D Visualize breaks through the limits of your own imagination.
- New in R14
- System Requirements
- Supplementary Information
The Professional Solution for Architect, Designers and Photographers
From modeling to texutring, from lighting to rendering. This package delivers the right tools for your daily business.
CINEMA 4D Visualize is the perfect tool for creating high-quality visualizations. You can either import your file from a CAD software in one of the many supported file formats or even use CINEMA 4D's versatile modeling toolset to enhance your scene or create new designs.
Materials and Textures
CINEMA 4D Visualize comes with hundreds of pre-defined textures. No matter if you are an architect, interior designer or product designer, the available high-quality materials simply need to be dragged and dropped into your scene and your objects are ready to shine. Of course you can always tweak existing presets or even create your very own new materials.
CINEMA 4D Visualize offers many easy-to-use animation techniques. It's
simple to create a camera movement along a spline or let doors and windows
open and close.
Lighting and Rendering
CINEMA 4D Visualize offers numerous types of lights and shadows that
can brighten up even the most challenging situations. And the render
engine takes control of all available processor cores to get high-quality
results as quickly as possible.
Let There be Light
CINEMA 4D's extraordinarily powerful lighting system lets you adjust color, brightness, falloff and other properties. You can change density and color of each light's shadows, create visible or volumetric lights.
You can also assign an Area Light any shape in order to give your Project optimal lighting. Lights offer settings such as contrast, lens reflexes, shadow color, volumetric light and noise and many others.
The Key to Ultimate Photorealism
Features such as Global Illumination, Physical Sky, depth-of-field, smoke, Ambient Occlusion and many others will bring your pictures and animations to life.
Physical Render Engine
Render with ultimate realism using the new Physical Render Engine in CINEMA 4D. Use real camera settings like shutter speed and aperture to view the Project through the lens - with 3D depth of field, motion blur and more.
Render advanced effects like blurry reflections, Area shadows and Ambient Occlusion along with accurate depth of field and motion blur. The Physical Renderer’s shared image sampler samples the Project just once and shares the result between all these effects, reducing the incremental time required to render each effect and guaranteeing accurate results as the effect combine with one another.
Create eye-popping stereo 3D visuals using the complete stereoscopic workflow in CINEMA 4D Release 13. Easily convert existing projects or create new stereo scenes using a few simple camera settings, and preview the stereo effect within the Viewport. Render the merged image or individual channels and preview the stereo effect within CINEMA 4D’s Picture Viewer.
Before purchasing a third-party renderer, please make sure that your CINEMA 4D version is supported. Also, before upgrading or purchasing a CINEMA 4D version, please make sure that your preferred render engine is available. Additionally, not all features of CINEMA 4D may be supported by third-party renderers. MAXON assumes no liability whatsoever for non-functioning configurations or features. Please consult the respective renderer's manufacturer before you purchase.
* CineMan is a feature of CINEMA 4D Visualize and Studio that translates the entire CINEMA 4D Project, including lights and materials, to a RenderMan-complaint RIB file and controls certain features of the renderer.
Creating a Visualization
We provide the toolset that enables you to quickly generate high-quality
results in no time. While CINEMA 4D offers a versatile modeling toolset,
you may already have a 3D model prepared, for example in a CAD software.
CINEMA 4D Visualize offers connectivity to many different software packages.
Pick one from the options below to learn more.
CINEMA 4D Visualize offers many connectivity options to other applications.
Choose one of the options below to learn more about how to get projects from these applications into CINEMA 4D. If the software you use is not listed, select "Other Formats".
Vectorworks is the Perfect CAD Software Solution for all Design Studios.
Whether you work in architecture, landscaping, entertainment, or manufacturing,
Vectorworks gives you the flexibility and versatility you need to design
it all. Plan your projects with Vectorworks' comprehensive 3D toolset and
apply various types of materials to define the basic appearance of all elements.
When everything is ready you can save your project as a CINEMA 4D file ready to visualize. Inside CINEMA 4D you will easily find all objects, including materials and lights. Even the project structure will be preserved for maximum comfort.
And even if subsequent changes need to be made to the project in Vectorworks, the intelligent update function helps transfer the modifications to your visualization without loosing any of the work already completed.
Vectorworks and CINEMA 4D - A Perfect Team
As a Vectorworks user you already know the CINEMA 4D render engine can
be used to help create fantastic images in Renderworks. Now you can enhance
your visualization capabilities even further with CINEMA 4D Visualize.
The project structure, lights and materials are converted perfectly to CINEMA 4D, so your first CINEMA 4D rendering looks exactly like your last Renderworks image. Now you can take it from here and create an even more exciting visualization. On top of Renderworks' high-speed rendering and great image quality, CINEMA 4D Visualize offers the following advantages:
Even Better Image Quality Through Advanced Settings
CINEMA 4D is a full-featured 3D rendering package with outstanding image
quality and is used worldwide in the production of Hollywood blockbusters.
CINEMA 4D Visualize lets you achieve the same image quality by offering
the same knobs and dials for adjusting materials, lights and rendering
CINEMA 4D's material system offers 15 channels (color, diffusion, luminance, trasparency, reflection, environment, fog, bump, normal, alpha, specular, specular color, glow, displacement and illumination), each with a comprehensive set of shaders and settings that let you create the perfect material. Or you can use the advanced material presets from our library (see below).
Light objects also offer numerous settings ranging from shape, illumination, shadow, falloff and visibility to photometric, caustics, lens effects and others. This allows you to create any type of illumination, from daytime to nighttime, natural or artificial lighting and more.
For exterior renderings, the Physical Sky tool puts options such as sun position, the object's geographic location, clouds, atmosphere and even a rainbow or accurately positioned planets and stars at your fingertips.
The camera offers controls for focal length, depth-of-field and white balance. Multiple cameras in a scene can be managed using a Stage object, eliminating the need for a separate compositing application.
CINEMA 4D's Picture Viewer can do a lot more than just display a rendered image. Using the filter tools you can make changes to saturation, exposure, contrast, and brightness, giving your image a personal style without using an external image editing application.
Animating It All
The most common type of animation is to let a camera fly around an object
or through a scene. CINEMA 4D offers a set of tools that makes creating
such an animation easy as pie.
You can draw a path and let the camera follow it or you manually set keyframes to which the camera moves. A target object ensures that your lens always points in the right direction. Or you can walk through the scene with keyboard or mouse controls just like in a computer game (incl. collision detection to prevent walking through walls) and even record this for later playback or fine-tuning.
But animation doesn't end there. Almost every setting or parameter in CINEMA 4D can be animated by Ctrl+clicking on the small black circle next to it. It's easy to create a scene in which doors open, lights dim, the weather changes, movies play on screens, water moves and cars drive.
Ready-to-go objects, materials and more
The power of CINEMA 4D is mind-blowing. But it would be useless if you had to create everything by yourself. Therefore, CINEMA 4D Visualize comes with a huge library of ready-to-use objects, materials and more.
Hundreds of architectural objects, from furniture to fixtures, from plants to people and from books to buildings are ready for you to use. All are equipped with high-quality CINEMA 4D materials and are low on memory use.
Our designers have pushed the limits of CINEMA 4D's material system. Not only are standard wood and stone materials available but surfaces such as brushed metals (incl. the spectacular anisotropic reflections), moving water, high-gloss paint and sketch styles are also included to make your rendering look like it's hand drawn.
And More …
Additional presets allow you to quickly create animations for a 24-hour daylight cycle or a 365-day year, or to easily orbit around your scene. A Shift camera for keeping parallel lines parallel and studio setups for making product shots are included as well.
Vectorworks 2011, with Renderworks installed, can export CINEMA 4D R12 files. With the export plugin installed, which is provided on the MAXON website, Vectorworks also can export CINEMA 4D R11.5 files. Vectorworks 2012, with Renderworks installed, can export CINEMA 4D R12 files. The export plugin provided on our website is not compatible with Vectorworks 2012! Vectorworks 2012 requires the Renderworks module for export to CINEMA 4D R12. Previous versions of Vectorworks can export CINEMA 4D files directly.
Go Even Farther
From its easy-to-use node-based XPresso system to scripting with its own
C.O.F.F.E.E. language or the widley acclaimed Python language or a complete
C++ SDK. It's up to you!
XPresso - The Graphical Expression Editor
Build extensive relationships and add powerful interaction to your
3D scene with XPresso, CINEMA 4D's visual node-based drag & drop
XPresso is a tool that artists can use to intuitively create relationships between almost any object, material or effect parameter. Variables within your expressions can be linked to sliders in the Attribute Manager to create driven-key animation or complete slider-based interfaces to your 3D scene.
Explore XPresso and discover the power of relational animation in CINEMA 4D.
Camera MatchingMatch your 3D camera to virtually any image with the Camera Calibrator in CINEMA 4D R14. Simply draw lines or grids on top of the image, and the vanishing point, focal length and orientation of the camera will be calculated. Add a Pin to solve the camera’s position, and set the scene scale by adding known lengths for any line. Quickly create a background object or generate a camera mapping tag to begin using the image as part of a matte environment.
Decorate Your Scene
The comprehensive object and material libraries included in this CINEMA
4D version provide everything you need to create great-looking visualizations.
New in R14
Easy to Use and Easy to Learn, Stable, Fast and State-of-the-Art
There's a reason why these terms are included for each Release - and this tradition continues with Release 14! These are the qualities upon which customers have always been able to count and they continue to guarantee the satisfaction of MAXON customers and CINEMA 4D users.
Click here to watch R14 feature videos on Cineversity.
Organic modeling is made easy with the fully-integrated Sculpting system in CINEMA 4D Studio Release 14 and BodyPaint 3D. Transform any base mesh into virtual clay, shaping it with tools like Pull, Pinch, Smooth, Knife or Scrape. Advanced symmetry tools allow you to mirror a single stroke along multiple axes, and even radially. Finer details can be added using stamps and stencils, and you can apply masks to limit the sculpting to specific regions. You can even organize your sculpt project in a hierarchical layer system and modify mask and strength options for each layer. Directly texture, animate and render your sculpted mesh, or easily bake it to a low-poly mesh with displacement and normal maps.
Model faster and more accurately with new interactive Workplane modes, dynamic guides and a completely redesigned Snap system. Easily align your workplane to any world axis, the camera or the current selection, then snap to the grid or adjust global coordinates based on the workplane orientation. Draw linear or planar guides directly in the Viewport or snap to dynamic guides generated around each component. You can also easily select objects or components by simply painting over them with the right mouse button pressed.
Accelerate your animation workflow with enhancements to cameras, dynamics
and character tools in CINEMA 4D R14. Quickly morph between camera
positions and create dynamic camera animations with the Motion Camera
system. Gain greater realism and control over dynamics in CINEMA 4D
Broadcast and Studio with aerodynamic forces, plastic springs and breaking
connectors, as well as enhanced XPresso control over dynamics. Give
life to your characters with updated rigs and enhanced capabilities
of the Character object.
Achieve greater rendering realism and compositing control with CINEMA
4D R14. Simulate wood grain, weathering effects and normal mapping
with new shaders. Enjoy faster, more accurate GI calculations with
Multiple Importance Sampling and radiosity maps. And you have even
more control over your renderings with color grading in the Picture
Viewer and as a post effect. Optimize your compositing workflow with
the Position Pass.
CNEMA 4D R14 offers amazing enhancements to exchanges with key
applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and
Nuke. You can manipulate 3D objects, lights and textures directly in
Adobe Photoshop. New options have been added for exchanging your 3D
scene with After Effects. A new seamless connection to NUKE has been
added that automatically creates your multi-pass composite, through
multi-layer OpenEXR support.
Work faster and more efficiently with numerous enhancements to the
workflow and interface in CINEMA 4D R14. You’ll enjoy the more attractive
and responsive 3D view with new object highlighting and outlining,
and improved OpenGL shadows. Easily access commands and add tags using
the new spotlight-style Commander. New composition helpers have been
added to arrange your scene based on grids or golden spirals, and you
can easily choose the focal distance with the new camera focus picker.
Arabic speakers will especially enjoy the CINEMA 4D interface in their
native language, including a specially-designed right-to-left layout
The features listed above may not be included in every configuration. Click here for further information.
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows XP, Vista or 7 running on Intel or AMD CPU with SSE2-Support; Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher running on an Intel-based Mac; 1024 MB free RAM, DVD ROM drive. Standard DVD installation can take up to 4 GB of disk space. Software must be registered for permanent use.
Supported Operating Systems for CINEMA 4D R14 and BodyPaint 3D R14
- Windows 7 (all variations)
- Windows 7 64-bit (all variations)
- Windows Vista (all variations)
- Windows Vista 64-bit (all variations)
- Windows 2008 Server
- Windows 2008 Server 64-bit
- Windows XP (Pro / Home) Service Pack 2 & 3
- Windows XP Pro 64-bit
- Windows 2003 Server
- Windows 2003 Server 64-bit
- Apple OS X 10.7 (and up)
- Apple OS X 10.6 (and up)
- Apple Mac OS X 10.5.8 (and up)
Minimum CPU Requirements CINEMA 4D R14 and BodyPaint 3D R14
Minimum processor Windows PC
- Intel Pentium 4
- Athlon 64
- Sempron (K8 with SSE2)
- VIA C7
Minimum processor Macintosh
- Intel CoreSolo
- Intel Pentium M
- Intel Pentium 4
- Intel Pentium 4D
- Intel XEON
- Intel Core Solo
- Intel Core Duo
- Intel Core 2 Duo
- Intel Core 2 Quad
- Intel Core i7
- Intel Core i5
- Intel Core i3
- Intel Celeron
- Intel Celeron D
- AMD Sempron (K8/Socket 754)
- AMD Athlon 64
- AMD Opteron
- AMD Phenom
Processors not supported
- Intel Itanium
- Intel Itanium II
- Intel Pentium
- Intel Pentium II
- Intel Pentium III
- AMD K6
- AMD K7
- AMD Athlon XP/MP
- AMD Duron
- Power PC G4
- Power PC G5
A Word About Graphics Cards
In short, CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D run on any OpenGL-capable graphics card (which includes the vast majority available in the past 10 years). We do however strongly recommend using a dedicated 3D graphics card with a chipset from AMD or NVIDIA. Currently, powerful graphics chips are also available on mid-range notebooks.
Always make sure to use the latest drivers (no beta versions), certified for your operating system. Newer drivers are usually faster and more stable.
If you're looking for speed comparisons, conduct a search for CINEBENCH scores on the internet.
Disclaimer: MAXON cannot be held liable for the compatibility of specific graphics cards with the Enhanced OpenGL mode. Due to the amount of possible combinations of graphic chipsets, operating systems and driver revisions, it is impossible to guarantee the operation on all systems. Also, technical specifications in MAXON products are subject to change. Please use the most current demo version of CINEMA 4D oder BodyPaint 3D to test the compatibilty on a specific system.
A Word About NVIDIA 3D Vision
If you intend to use NVIDIA's 3D Vision shutter glasses for your stereoscopic experience please note that a quad buffered graphics card is required for use in conjunction with CINEMA 4D.
A list of graphics cards that support the neccesary features can be found at NVIDIA's website:
- Manufacturer’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/MaxonC4D
- Mad Macs’ Youku Channel: http://u.youku.com/madmacs/
For educational institutions and production facilities managing multiple licenses of CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D, MAXON offers a robust license server technology that makes the management of numerous licenses and groups of licenses with various configurations a breeze.
Network administrators can define groups, assign individual licenses, and define a unique lease time for each group. This means you can allow laptop users to extend their lease for off-site work, or give a specific project group access to additional licenses. All this control means you can make more efficient use of your investment in MAXON Software.
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Maxon Service Agreement:
The MAXON Service Agreement (MSA) is optionally available to MAXON customers. Participating customers are kept up-to-date with the newest releases of CINEMA 4D and/or BodyPaint 3D. As soon as a new software version is available, MSA participants will receive these automatically, allowing them to immediately take advantage of all new features and advancements.
The MAXON Service Agreement is ideal for companies working with fixed budgets - no more surprises when planning next year's expenses. In addition to the most up-to-date software version, MSA participants also receive enhanced services such as expanded use of software or discounted admission to special events, and more.
You’re on the go and don’t always work in the office? Software licenses included in the MSA can also be installed onto a second computer (e.g., a laptop for working on the go or on a computer at your home office) as long as both installations are not used simultaneously.
If you are interested in becoming a MAXON Service Agreement participant, please contact us .