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Don’t Use PBR Materials with Physical Render in Cinema 4D

By Matt Workman

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This is not a complaint, just a workflow update for Cine Designer and Set Designer users

Cinema 4D R17 introduced the “Reflectance” channel for it’s native materials. This was a move towards physically accurate reflections and using it for reflections works great. In R19 they added a new feature called “Add PBR Materials” that puts the “Color” channel in the “Reflectance Channel” as a Lambertian layer. This is mandatory for using Pro Render, their new native GPU render engine, that is actually made by Radeon Pro.

I tried using the new PBR Materials with my normal Physical Render workflow and found out that if you use the PBR Materials that they use the Embree Raytracing engine to calculate global illumination, even without “Global Illumination” added as an effect. It’s possible to use the PBR Materials with Physical if you are doing exteriors but for interiors they are VERY noisey and increase render times dramatically.

For this reason, Set Designer defaults to “Normal” C4D Materials that use the “Color Channel” and we recommend sticking with normal GI with Irradiance Cache/Light Mapping or QMC/Light Mapping.

We’ll make a video dedicated to render setting soon.

Cheers,

Matt

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How to Design a Bedroom in Cinema 4D

By Matt Workman

In this video we use Set Designer assets to layout and design a simple bedroom.

We also used C4D PBR Materials, which we no longer recommend due to longer render times and worse viewport rendering. All Set Designer assets use standard C4D materials now.

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How to Design a Bathroom in Cinema 4D

By Matt Workman

In this video we use Set Designer assets to layout and design a simple bathroom. The wall system doesn’t make easy to add the cut out for the bath tub and shower but we are working on improving that aspect of the system.

We also used C4D PBR Materials, which we no longer recommend due to longer render times and worse viewport rendering. All Set Designer assets use standard C4D materials now.

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How to Setup Physically Based Materials in Cinema 4D | Set Designer Materials

By Matt Workman

Physically Based materials make the lighting in your scene look amazing. So you should use them. We have a growing database of them as part of the Set Designer Subscription if you are interested.

In this video, we cover how to setup PBR Materials in Cinema 4D for Physical Renderer. This new workflow used the “Reflectance” channel of the Cinema 4D Materials and works in Cinema 4D R17, R18, and R19.

If you have any questions head to our forum or leave them directly on the YouTube video.

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How to Install LIB4D Files in Cinema 4D

By Matt Workman

If you are using the Set Designer “Sets and Locations” they come in .LIB4D format. This video covers how to install them and use them in Cinema 4D.

The .LIB4D format is one of my favorite features of Cinema 4D because it makes it easy to create a local database of models and materials. And then easy to share and move those libraries to other systems.

If you have any questions please head over to the forum or leave them directly on the YouTube video.

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How to Design a Kitchen in Cinema 4D

By Matt Workman

The complete kitchen set is available to download for Set Designer Subscribers

In this video we cover how to use the Set Designer Wall, Cabinets, and Kitchen assets to design a basic kitchen. We also touch on how to use the Set Designer Materials and some VERY basic Cinema 4D lighting and rendering.

If you have any questions please head to our forum or leave them directly on the YouTube video.

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Develop 3D Live 2017

By Matt Workman

Develop 3D Live is a conference that brings together designers and the hardware and software vendors who make up the quickly evolving AEC and manufacturing industry.

I went to the conference because Cinematography Database relies on the same technology like 3d modeling, 3d rendering, 3D scanning, virtual reality, mixed reality, and augmented reality to create tools for the modern cinematographer and filmmakers like Cine Designer and Set Designer.

Who Did I Meet With?

Foundry – Modo VR

https://www.foundry.com/

The first company that I met with was Foundry who make the Nuke, MoDo, Katana, Mari and several other VFX industry software solutions. They were showcasing their new Modo VR beta where you can use their 3D animation program inside of an HTC Vive virtual reality head mounted display.

I am still very new to VR and I got sick after about 10 minutes, but I hear that it takes time to build up your stamina.

The experience of viewing and interacting with 3D sets in virtual reality is really compelling. You really feel like you on a set and it gives you a “physically” accurate point of view.

I’m very interested to see how Modo VR develops and I spoke to them about possibly developing a Cine Designer VR plugin for Modo when it’s out.

AMD Radeon Pro

https://pro.radeon.com/en/

I recently purchased a new PC with a Ryzen Threadripper 1950x CPU and I have also been playing with the new GPU renderer called Pro Redner in Cinema 4D R19. It turns out that AMD are the creators of Pro Render and I got to speak with their team about it’s development and implementation in C4D.

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How to Install Set Designer for Cinema 4D

By Matt Workman

In this video we download a Set Designer asset and “install” it into the Cinema 4D Content Browser. Then we build a really simple set and render it.

The Content Browser makes a local copy of the 3D model and all necessary textures. This allows you to quickly import the objects and material you need without having to manage the files.

If you have any questions head over to the forum or leave them directly on the YouTube video.

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Set Designer for Cinema 4D Overview

By Matt Workman

In this video we cover three basic topics:

  1. What is Set Designer?
  2. What is included in Set Designer
  3. How does the Annual Subscription Work

If you have any questions head over to our forum or leave a comment on the actual YouTube video.

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