What's New In Cinema 4D R18

Here you'll find movies on the exciting new features packed in Cinema 4D R18. These are just some of the highlights.


Cinema 4D R18 New Features Product Comparison

Find out which main features are in your version of Cinema 4D.
Cinema 4D R18 New Features Product Comparison (PDF, 58KB)


Cinema 4D R18 Review

Read the Cinema 4D R18 Review by Rob Redman: "R18 is one of the best releases in a while and offers not just the big fanfare tools that look fun and cool but also a host of overhauls and productivity upgrades which many users will come to love."

Short Film VERSUS by ManvsMachine Showcasing Cinema 4D R18

MAXON commissioned London-based design and motion studio ManvsMachine to create a short film to showcase the exciting new features in Cinema 4D R18.

Making Of VERSUS

Discover how Cinema 4D was used for VERSUS.

Shatter An Object In Cinema 4D R18 with Voronoi Fracture

Greyscalegorilla shows how the new Voronoi Fracture tool in Cinema 4D R18 can be used to create impressive motion graphics results. See a nice example.

Cinema 4D R18 Favourite Features

Liam Stacy, Managing Director at MAXON UK, highlights some of the key features of R18 which will make a huge difference to your 3D artwork.

Cinema 4D Release 18 Highlights

Cinema 4D Release 18 puts powerful new tools in the hands of motion graphics artists, and makes VFX workflows accessible to everyone. Workflow, modelling, animation and shader enhancements help elevate every Cinema 4D artist to a new level.
See Cineversity's What's New in R18 playlist for a deeper look.

Cinema 4D R18 - Top 5 New Features and Updates, Tutorial - Sean Frangella

Get a sneak peak of Sean Frangella's Top 5 new features for Cinema 4D R18. There are a lot of updates and new features for Cinema 4D R18, including the new Voronoi Fracture, MoGraph updates and new effectors like the Push Apart Effector and Re-Effector, the new ThinFilm Shader, Inverted Ambient Occlusion, and Parallax Bump Mapping.
See Sean Frangella's YouTube Channel packed with C4D content and more R18 videos.

What's New in Cinema 4D R18? - Greyscalegorilla

Greyscalegorilla's YouTube playlist covers R18 features in 90 minutes.
See Greyscalegorilla's R18 playlist.

R18 Sneak Peak

Dimitris Katsafouros tours you through some of the tools in the new Cinema 4D Release 18.

New Knife Tools

The new Line Cut tool lets you draw cuts across one or more objects and tweak them on-the-fly with an interactive preview. You can then lock in new edges, remove parts or split objects based on the cuts you made. With the new Plane Cut tool you can create new edges using the Local, World or Camera axes, or draw a line to define the plane and adjust the position and rotation of the cut numerically or with a viewport manipulator. The Loop/Path Cut tool creates symmetrical loops or paths based on a proportional or absolute distance to the surrounding edges, and preserves curvature when creating new edges. All three new tools are available as separate commands so you can easily access the desired mode via shortcut or Commander.

MoGraph Commands and Tools

Cinema 4D’s MoGraph toolset revolutionized the industry, and Release 18 builds upon that foundation with powerful new tools and an improved workflow.

Voronoi Fracture

Fracture any object into procedural fragments using virtually anything to control the distribution of the shattered pieces. Create artistic procedural geometry using splines, polygon objects or particles. Fracture Voronoi is always live which means you can change elements at any time. As a native MoGraph object it works seamlessly with dynamics and all MoGraph effectors and falloffs.

MoGraph Cloner Enhancements

With the new Honeycomb Array mode you can easily create brick walls and hexagonal grids. Conform grid arrays and honeycombs to the shape of an object or spline, and maintain the clone spacing when you increase count with Per-Step mode. There’s also a new option to scale clones automatically based on polygon size when cloning on an object.

MoGraph Push Apart Effector

Avoid unwanted intersections and give clones a bit of breathing room with the all-new Push Apart Effector. Simply specify a radius and clones will either push apart, scale apart, hide or move along a specified axis to remove any overlaps.


The new ReEffector offers the ultimate flexibility in your MoGraph creations. It’s like a layering system for Effector setups. Use it as an eraser to restore the original state of MoGraph objects or group Effectors and control them with a single falloff.


Precisely control MoGraph Effectors by painting and applying weight maps. The new MoGraph Weight Paintbrush makes it easy to add, subtract and smooth weights, and you can set weight values logically using a new XPresso node.


Keep your Cinema 4D files small and your playback quick. Store your MoGraph cache in separate external files to keep your Cinema 4D file small for quick incremental saves and file syncs. Add multiple cache tags and mix the strengths of each to combine caches.

Improved Parent Constraints

Release 18 includes a new parent constraint workflow that is extremely reliable and makes it easy to achieve consistent results.

Shadow Catcher

Easily integrate 3D objects into photos or live footage with the new Shadow Catcher shader. Simply apply the shader to geometry that roughly matches the footage and composite the rendered result using an alpha that includes shadows.

Reflectance Workflow

Save precious production time by simultaneously editing Reflectance parameters of multiple materials. Additional helpers in the Material Manager indicate similar reflectance to streamline this workflow further.

C4D R18 - Parent Constraints

Orestis Konstantinidis explores the new improvements to parent constraints in Cinema 4D R18.

C4D R18 - XPresso Presets

Orestis Konstantinidis takes a look at new Python-based XPresso presets in Cinema 4D R18, showing how you can put them to practical usage without much effort or XPresso knowledge. They are also useful for learning how to program Python in Cinema 4D.

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