Our Favorite New Features in Cinema 4D R20 + Free Download

September 6, 2018

The Greyscalegorilla team shows off their favorite new features of Cinema 4D R20. Learn about these exciting new tools and download free R20 scene files.

Live from the MAXON booth at Siggraph 2018, the GSG team will guide you through all their favorite features of R20. Nick, Chris, and Chad take the stage together with their infectious free-flowing style, and dive into an hour of demoing Cinema 4D R20.

Our Favorite New Features in Cinema 4D R20 + Free Download - Fields Face

Start off learning about Fields, liquid effects, and Dynamics. We’ll even show you a cool technique for creating footsteps in snow.

Our Favorite New Features in Cinema 4D R20 + Free Download - Fields

Created with Fields in Cinema 4D R20.

Then dive into Node-Based Materials, Volumes, and Multi-Instances in R20. Volumes opens up so many opportunities, especially for those who 3D print models.

Our Favorite New Features in Cinema 4D R20 + Free Download - Multi-Instances

Multi-Instances in Cinema 4D R20.

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Free Cinema 4D R20 Scene Files

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Nick, Chad and Chris from Greyscalegorilla show their favorite new features in Cinema 4D Release 20. All three show some examples where they’ve used Fields in MoGraph, vertex maps and deformers. Chad provides an overview of Node-Based Materials while explaining how he used UV Context to create a swirl node in order to texture peppermint candies. Nick and Chris show off some basics of the OpenVDB-based Volume Workflow, while Chad shows of the new Bake As Alembic command and Multi-Instances. – Cineversity

Thanks to MAXON for hosting us, and to Cineversity for recording the presentations.

Here’s a timestamped log courtesy of Cineversity:

  • 03:25 – Fields Overview (Chris)
  • 13:04 – Liquid Effect (Chris)
  • 19:42 – Footsteps in Snow (Chad)
  • 23:52 – Fields with Dynamics (Nick)
  • 28:26 – Node-Based Materials (Chad)
  • 38:33 – Volumes (Nick)
  • 47:31 – Volumes / Cloud (Chris)
  • 50:09 – Volumes / 3D Printing (Chris)
  • 51:54 –  Bake as Alembic (Chad)
  • 52:58 – Multi-Instances (Chad)

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  • Who’s the obnoxious cueball holding the microphone in the new feature video?

  • Wow, awesome new stuff in Cinema 4D. That node editor for the materials really reminded me of Fabric Engine, which is sadly discontinued. Did Maxon buy Fabric Engine? It would also explain what powers the incredible fields stuff and awsome alembic support, both of which it did just as well as R20.

  • Hi Chad, I’m looking to create a similar effect with R20 using the vertex map technique displayed in your presentation. I am using Arnold also; however I can seem to get the setting right to show the displacement with the animate object. Would you be willing to screen shot or explain the c4dtoa material node for how this effect is working. Thanks a ton

  • These techniques are great. Merk Vilson actually created very similar looks in his tutorials on patreon (using cinema 4D R18 and R19). What are your thoughts on this? Is R20 significantly easier in comparison? Either way, thanks again for posting!

  • Btw, Chad is by no means obnoxious. And I think by cueball he must be referring to his flawlessly shaped head that stores a wildly brilliant mind.

  • Great work as always, GSG. I can’t wait for my order to come through at work.

  • Hi, I’m a bit lost on the displacement affecting the head. How do replicate the displacement effect ?

  • Looks awesome! Any tutorial how to replicate the displacement effect/shader change in Arnold?

  • First of all, you need to ensure that you are allowing “Installation from Unknown Sources”. If already not go to Settings > Security > Device Management > Tick “Unknown Sources”.

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