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Maxon announced features of its upcoming Cinema 4D R11 release at SIGGRAPH yesterday. Here are some juicy bits from the press release:
CINEMA 4D R11 highlights include a non-linear animation system, new global illumination render engine and dramatically improved render speed. Customers also benefit from the powerful Projection Man matte painting system, developed by MAXON for Sony Pictures Imageworks, support for the COLLADA file format and CineMan ‚ÄĒ a RenderMan-compliant tool that connects to Pixar‚Äôs industry-leading rendering solution.
Additionally, multiple improvements were made to MAXON‚Äôs popular texture painting toolset BodyPaint 3D Release 4. All of these capabilities and more serve to underscore MAXON‚Äôs ongoing and deep commitment to helping 3D digital artists further advance creativity and control.
Among the highlights included in today‚Äôs release is the highly-anticipated Projection Man tool. ‚ÄúProjection Man allows our artists to quickly project a painting onto geometry in a scene, simplifying even the most complex setups which can be easily organized within a single Photoshop file,‚ÄĚ said Dennis Bredow, Texture Lead at Sony Pictures Imageworks.‚ÄĚThe flexibility of the tool and its ease of use allow our painters to focus less on the mechanics of the shot and spend more time creating beautiful imagery.‚ÄĚ
Expanded integration options, new workflow tools and boosts in performance for both PC and Mac users sit at the heart of the new release. On average, rendering speeds are now more than twice as fast as the previous version. CINEMA 4D R11 also boasts an all-new Cocoa-based architecture supporting 64-bit processing under Mac OS X Leopard.