What to Know About Maxon’s New Cinema 4D + Redshift Subscription
Cinema 4D goes subscription with a Redshift bundle option. Learn about the newest features of C4D R21, like a new Caps and Bevel system, Field Force dynamics, and more.
During the Siggraph 2019 show in Los Angeles, Maxon announced the new Cinema 4D R21 with new features, like Field Forces, a Caps and Bevel system, new Mixamo Control Rig, rendering improvements and interface speed enhancements.
The biggest news was that R21 would introduce a single version of Cinema 4D that is available with either a perpetual license, or a new subscription. On top of that, users can now bundle a C4D and Redshift license. Let’s take a look at all the C4D news.
In the company’s press release, Maxon CEO, David McGavran said
With R21, we have overhauled virtually every aspect of how our customers choose, download, purchase, license and manage Cinema 4D. The availability of a unified version of Cinema 4D will allow us to focus on developing one amazing 3D solution. Very attractive subscription pricing options ensure users around the world can easily access the most up-to-date 3D technology.
Now let’s break down the newest features of R21.
One Version of Cinema 4D
R21 will mark the introduction of a single and affordable version of Cinema 4D.
What does that mean for you?
Cinema 4D will no longer be released with several versions (Studio, Broadcast, Bodypaint, etc) but as one R21 version.
Removing the additional development efforts to maintain five different versions of Cinema 4D frees up resources which can be directed towards enhancements or features that will more directly impact your workflow demands. Additionally, multiple editions of the same feature set caused a lot of confusion and made it hard for customers to decide what edition of Cinema 4D they should purchase.
In addition, Maxon is rolling out a new global store, giving you the ability to download R21 immediately from Maxon upon release.
Maxon is doing away with the Cinema 4D MSA (Maxon Service Agreement), and switching to an ongoing subscription. If you want to purchase R21 outright, you still can, but with an ongoing subscription you will get newer releases as well as and option to bundle Redshift for Cinema 4D.
A Cinema 4D subscription comes in at $59.99 USD per month with a 1-year subscription. That’s $719.88 per year, which is nearly identical to the old Cinema 4D MSA.
Maxon told Greyscalegorilla that the MSA program will no longer continue, and that C4D release updates will be managed by the new MyMaxon service.
If your MSA contract extends beyond Sept 1st, you’ll receive Cinema 4D R21 Perpetual in early September. You can convert your license to a Cinema 4D subscription at any time prior to the expiration of your Maxon Service Agreement. When you convert to a subscription, we’ll credit any remaining time on your Maxon Service Agreement in addition to a nice discount.
(If you recently purchased you MSA, don’t hesitate to reach out to Maxon, as they do have plans in place for users wanting to move to subscription even though the just updated their MSA.)
That said, if you want to purchase a perpetual license, you still have the ability to do so. What does that mean? If you purchase a Cinema 4D R21 perpetual license, you will have lifelong access to R21 (you won’t lose Cinema 4D if you unsubscribe from the subscription service.)
A perpetual license does not guarantee you access to future releases. Maxon said an upgrade option will be put in place for perpetual license owners, but those details have not yet been released.
*Update – a previous version of this announcement stated that perpetual license owners would need to purchase a new perpetual license for future releases. Maxon has clarified that upgrade pricing will be available for perpetual license owners.
After acquiring Redshift earlier this year, Maxon has announced a Cinema 4D + Redshift bundle also available through a subscription.
A one year C4D/Redshift subscription comes out to $81.99 per month ($983.88/year).
Now one downside is that the C4D + Redshift bundle is only good for Cinema 4D users. If you want to use Redshift with the other compatible programs (Maya, 3ds Max, Houdini, etc) you will still need to purchase the standard Redshift license.
Want to figure out what option is best for you? Follow this handy guide.
New Cinema 4D R21 Features
Now let’s take a look at the new tools and features announced in the latest version of C4D.
Field Force dynamics allows users to optimize motion graphics workflow with the MoGraph toolset, offering flexibility and power to control dynamic forces in modeling and animation effects.
Caps and Bevel
The new Caps and Bevel system will be integrated on all spline-based objects – lathe, loft, sweep, etc., for unlimited possibilities. Enhancements will include improved constraints and internal bevels, Delaunay cap skinning and new bevel presets.
Mixamo Control Rig
The new Mixamo Control Rig offers quick and customizable way to implement character animation and will give R21 users the ability to adjust Mixamo animations imported into Cinema 4D for a more flexible and powerful workflow.
R21 integrates Intel Open Image Denoise, a library for high-performance, easy-to-use denoising filter solution to improve visual quality and reduce rendering times via deep learning techniques. This technology is part of Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit, a set of libraries to help create high-performance, high-fidelity, extensible, and cost-effective visual applications and solutions. The solution works and is available with Cinema 4D’s internal rendering solutions as well as ProRender.
Numerous additional nodes and UI improvements to accelerate workflow include the new Node Space that defines which material nodes are available to the chosen renderer. Additionally, an API is now available for third-party developers to integrate render engines with the new material node system.
Complete Feature List
For a list of every new feature, check out this R21 reference guide from Maxon.
Cinema 4D R21 will be released on September 3, 2019 for both macOS and Windows.
Also announced at Siggraph was the new subscription training platform, Greyscalegorilla Plus. Subscribers can access top-selling training series like the Greyscalegorilla Guide to X-Particles, Guide to Redshift, Guide to Cinema 4D, and so much more.
Now in one place you can watch the beloved deep-dive series, and you’ll get new R21 training and and project-based series taught by working 3D professionals. You can learn more and sign up to reserve a seat today at greyscalegorilla.com/plus.