How to Install and Use Octane Render for Cinema 4D
Octane Render is a powerful and fast GPU-based render engine that can produce stunning photorealistic images and animations. It is compatible with Cinema 4D, a popular 3D modeling and animation software. In this article, we will show you how to install and use Octane Render for Cinema 4D on Windows.
To install Octane Render for Cinema 4D, you will need the following:
An Octane Render license - You can purchase it on OTOY's website or upgrade your existing license.
A Cinema 4D host application - You should update Cinema 4D to the latest version as a minimum in order to run the plugin. You can check for updates by clicking Help > Check for Updates in the Cinema 4D menu.
An NVIDIA graphics card - You can test your GPU performance with Octane Render by installing OctaneBench.
Once you have these requirements, follow these steps:
Download the Octane Render plugin from the Downloads page of your OTOY account and extract the content of the archive.
Add the content to the plugins folder in Cinema 4D file system. We recommend using 7-zip as some utilities sometimes run into issues. The plugins folder should be located at C:\\\\Program Files\\\\MAXON Cinema4D 2023\\\\plugins. If it does not exist, create it.
In the plugins folder, you will see several versions of the plugin named c4dOctane-R (version number).cdl64. Delete all of them except the one that matches your Cinema 4D version. For example, if you are using R2023, keep only c4dOctane-R2023.xdl64.
Launch Cinema 4D and enter your OTOY account credentials when prompted. You should see an Octane tab at the top of your application.
To use Octane Render for Cinema 4D, you need to create an Octane Render viewport by clicking on Plugins > OctaneRender > Live Viewer Window. This will open a window where you can see your scene rendered in real time by Octane Render.
To assign materials to your objects, you need to use the Octane Material node editor by clicking on Plugins > OctaneRender > Node Editor. This will open a window where you can create and edit materials using nodes. You can also use the layered material system to create complex materials with up to 8 layers.
To adjust the render settings, you need to use the Octane Render settings panel by clicking on Edit > Render Settings and choosing OctaneRender as the renderer. Here you can change various parameters such as resolution, samples, kernel type, camera settings, environment settings, post-processing effects and more.
To learn more about Octane Render for Cinema 4D features and options, you can refer to the official manual.