CINEMA 4D already has excellent rendering capabilities, especially with the Physical renderer which first appeared in version 13. However, many CINEMA 4D users have found they can get better or more importantly, faster results by using a 3rd party render plugin for CINEMA 4D. Here are a few of the most popular render plugins for CINEMA 4D:
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Redshift is probably the highest rated and one of the most popular CINEMA 4D renderers out there at the moment.
If you do a cursory search on social media, you will find a legion of CINEMA 4D users who are massive fans of this renderer, with many switching over from Octane.
Redshift is a GPU-accelerated renderer, that not only renders blazingly fast but also has the uncompromising quality you normally only get from a CPU render engine.
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VRay for C4D
V-Ray for CINEMA 4D is probably the most popular 3rd party render plugin, with many users claiming superior quality renders and faster render times over CINEMA 4D’s own render engine. V-Ray for C4D allows you to use the V-Ray renderer directly in CINEMA 4D using the normal CINEMA 4D workflow. Get VRay for C4D here.
Arnold can now be used for production rendering on both CPU and GPU. From real-time look development to interactive lighting, Arnold GPU helps bring speed and power to workflows, resulting in shorter iteration cycles and reviews. The ability to switch seamlessly between CPU and GPU rendering gives artists greater flexibility and provides efficiency gains.
Get Arnold Render here.
Next Limit Maxwell Render
Maxwell Render is very popular amongst visual effects artists, designers and architects for its ability to create renders that are indistinguishable from photographs – it’s that good. The render times are also fast, which is surprising given the quality of the image it produces. Like V-Ray there is a dedicated Maxwell Render plugin for CINEMA 4D that you can use it directly within the software so your workflow isn’t interrupted. Get Maxwell Render for CINEMA 4D here.
Otoy Octane Render
Like iray, Octane Render for CInema 4D is GPU based, which means super fast renders compared to standard CPU rendering. The plugin is currently in the beta phase but they are offering a discount for early adopters.
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