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MAXON Announces Milestone Cinema 4D Release 17

Cinema 4D Release 17 (R17), a milestone release of its cornerstone 3D animation, graphics, VFX, visualization, and rendering software.

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Freidrichsdorf, Germany – Maxon announced today Cinema 4D R17 delivers new, expanded and completely reworked features for exceptional performance allowing creatives to more easily and efficiently manage and create outstanding content.

New Take System

Central to Cinema 4D R17 is the new Take System that provides complete and flexible scene handling to manage render layers and animation variations. Also included are new Lens Distortion tools for improved motion tracking, and completely reworked Spline Tools for a more efficient workflow for manipulating points, lines, tangents, arcs and more.

Herald Egel, managing partner at MAXON Computer GmbH says, “The robust new features and subtle refinements throughout Cinema 4D R17 make this a must-have release” and added that “MAXON is committed to enriching user experience and productivity.

SIGGRAPH 2015

For those attending SIGGRAPH 2015 in Los Angeles next week (August 11-13), MAXON will preview the new features in R17 at its exhibitor booth. The company will also feature presentations from iconic 3D artists, including feature and indie filmmakers, visual effects artists and motion graphic designers, who will share fresh perspective, the latest techniques and a behind-the-scenes look at the Cinema 4D workflow for award-winning feature films, television shows and commercials, video games, and medical/architectural visualization. MAXON will live stream presentations daily.

Cinema 4D R17 Feature Highlights

Take System: Delivers new functionality above and beyond a Render Layer System to provide flexible scene management allowing artists to create numerous independent takes of a scene and change almost any parameter for intuitive variations – all saved in a single scene file, eliminating file management hassles and wasted disk space.

01 - Smooth workflows bring creativity to life, that's why workflow is front and center in Cinema 4D Release 17

01 – Smooth workflows bring creativity to life, that’s why workflow is front and center in Cinema 4D Release 17

The ability to maintain complete versioning and variation control also saves users valuable production time.

Lens Distortion Support: Easily generate a distortion profile for any image, e.g., for curved and plunging lines when integrating 3D elements into videos or photos. The intuitive interface also improves functionality to remove distortion for tracking and scene creation, re-apply distortion at render time and offers the option of saving lens settings for future use.

Graph View for Motion Tracker: R17 has a new Graph View that highlights problem track points in a simple-to-use graph and lets users easily remove them from the calculation for improved efficiency.

New Spline Tools: The completely reworked Spline Tools in R17 provide artists with added control for manipulating points, lines, tangents and arcs more intuitively. Users can leverage Boolean operators like Intersect, Subtract, Union, And, Or for an even faster workflow.

Animation Workflow Enhancements: Now artists can animate faster and with more precision in Cinema 4D R17. Simply control F-Curves with weighted tangents with the option of automatically removing overshoot. Easily eliminate Gimbal lock with Euler filtering, define animation regions using range markers and master animation workflow with new Timeline preferences.

Sculpting Improvements: MAXON introduces dozens of new features in R17 to sculpt with precision and ease.

02 - Dozens of new features and improvements in Cinema 4D Release 17 make sculpting a true delight

02 – Dozens of new features and improvements in Cinema 4D Release 17 make sculpting a true delight

The Sculpt to Pose Morph feature automatically creates morph targets for each sculpt layer, which lets artists quickly transition from character design to character animation. The new Edge Detection feature is designed to let users easily sculpt hard-surface models.

Houdini Engine Integration: A seamless integration for Side Effect Software’s Houdini Engine lets users load Houdini Digital Assets (HDA) such as parametric objects, simulations, etc., into Cinema 4D and manipulate them like standard Cinema 4D generators. The Houdini Engine processes the HDA in the background with extremely low overheads and returns it to Cinema 4D for a highly efficient yet unobtrusive workflow.

SketchUp Integration: Tighter integration in R17 with SketchUp – a 3D modeling program for a wide range of drawing applications ranging from film and video game design to architectural and interior design – lets creative professionals quickly populate scenes by accessing free, ready-to-use objects created and made available by the SketchUp user community.

Cinema 4D R17 Pricing, Availability and Upgrade Path

Cinema 4D Release 17 is scheduled to ship September 2015. Pricing and upgrade information is available at www.maxon.net. Available for both Mac OS X and Windows. Recommended system requirements.

About MAXON

Headquartered in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, MAXON Computer is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning Cinema 4D and BodyPaint 3D software products have been used extensively to help create everything from stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, as well as for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications. MAXON has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan and Singapore. MAXON products are available directly from the web site and its worldwide distribution channel. Specially priced learning editions of the company’s software solutions are also made available to educational institutions. For additional information on MAXON visit www.maxon.net. MAXON is part of the Nemetschek group.

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