The latest release is built on an integrated modular system, so users can utilise only those parts of the application they wish to use.
The modular system begins with a low-cost entry package, Cinema 4D R8. Also available are modules to increase the production capability of the parent application. Initially, seven modules will be made available: Advanced Render; Thinking Particles; PyroCluster; MOCCA (character animation); Net Render; Dynamics; and BodyPaint 3D. These will be released separately, as well as part of two special package releases – the XL and Studio bundles.
The application has seen a number of enhancements in its ability to model, animate, and render. Workflow has also been improved in this release.
Maxon has introduced new F-Curves in this release, that the company claims “provide total control over time and space in a way that makes the accurate control of movement and timing easier than before".
Thinking Particles is an event-based particle system with its own built-in intelligence that creates big-screen visual effects. Other improvements include better control over moving objects, an easier-to-master user interface, and up to 30 per cent faster rendering than before.
Marco Tillmann, Maxon's product manager, said: “Cinema 4D 8.0 offers the best workflow ever of any major 3D animation tool. Now anyone can animate without ever looking at a time line, program behaviours without having to write any code. Even single users with little or no previous experience of 3D can achieve visual effects of big-screen quality with unprecedented speed."
The Mac OS X/9.x-compatible product ships in autumn. The basic flavour costs £390, while the XL bundle is £1,105. Maxon's Studio bundle, which contains all its 3D applications, is £1,658. (All prices exclude VAT).