Maxon Cinema 4D R16 is now shipping, check out the new features

Maxon has released Cinema 4D Release 16 (R16), the next generation of its leading 3D software. Here we take a look at some of the key new features in Cinema 4D R16.


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New features in MAXON Robust Cinema 4D R16


A first look at some of the key new features in MAXON Robust Cinema 4D R16

Maxon has unveiled Cinema 4D Release 16 (R16), the next generation of its leading 3D software.

According to Maxon, key new features include a modeling PolyPen 'super-tool', a Motion Tracker for easily integrating 3D content within live footage, and a Reflectance material channel for multi-layered reflections and specularity. Here we take a look at some of the key new features in Cinema 4D R16.

Cinema 4D R16 will ship in September 2014, and is availabe for Windows and OS X.

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New features in Robust Cinema 4D R16L: Annotations

Cinema 4D Release 16 includes new performance and workflow features

Let's start with a simple but effective improvement to your worklfow.

Cinema 4D Release 16 includes new performance and workflow features, including a revised Content Library, support for the current versions of FBX and Alembic, a new Solo button, Annotations, a new UV Peeler and more.


New features in Robust Cinema 4D R16L: Cogwheel

Over in the Modeling side of things we find a new Cogwheel spline primitive

Other new features in the Modeling component include an all-new Cogwheel spline primitive. The Cogwheel generates involute and ratchet gears, and maintains the proper relationship between attributes.

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New features in Robust Cinema 4D R16L: Deformer falloff

There are also enhanced Deformer falloff options

Most standard deformers now offer the same flexible falloff system you've come to enjoy in MoGraph effectors, including the option to animate falloff. You can work completely non-destructively, on any object, without the need to restrict deformers via vertex maps, says Maxon.


New features in Robust Cinema 4D R16L: Motion Tracker

Motion tracker does the hard work - all you have to do is add the 3D content

Maxon says you can quickly and seamlessly integrate 3D elements into real-world footage with the help of the Motion Tracker. Create a complete 3D reconstruction of the camera move in most footage with a single click. You bring the objects, the software will do the rest.


New features in Robust Cinema 4D R16L: Reflectance

Multiple layers of reflection with a single new material channel

You can define roughness, reflection, specular, bump, colour and more within each layer, with texture masks for virtually every attribute. Maxon says you can also build multiple layers for complex surfaces like metallic car paint. Increase reality further with conductor-based fresnels and anisotrophy for magnificent metal surfaces.

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New features in Robust Cinema 4D R16L: Sculpting

Expand your overall modeling toolset

The new powerful symmetry and fill options make it easy to define point and polygon selections on any editable object via the new Select tool. Add sculpted details on parametric objects via the Correction or Camera deformers, and use sculpt tools to modify the shape of muscle objects.