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When animators think of cg software packages for character animation, Cinema 4D isn’t always the first one that comes to mind, but Maxon is trying to change that perception with the latest version of the software, Cinema 4D Release 23 (R23).

The company is specifically touting the improvements to its character animation toolset, with Maxon CEO Dave McGavran saying in a statement that the new edition “delivers robust advancements to the animation workflows.”

Here are the key highlights of the new version:

  • New Character Animation Tools: Includes new Character Solver and Delta Mush workflows as well as a new Pose Manager and Toon/Face Rigs.
  • Animation Workflow: Better Keyframing, Filters for the Timeline and Attributes Manager, and more.
  • UV Workflows: All the powerful UV editing capabilities introduced in Cinema 4D S22 (the subscription-only upgrade) plus new tools geared toward UV workflows for hard-surface models.
  • Magic Bullet Looks Integration: Easily apply one of over 200 preset film looks, import LUTs, or work with individual tools for color correction, film grain, chromatic aberration and much more.
  • Scene Nodes: Scene Nodes allows users to explore massive Distributions and Procedural Modeling in advance of the further Cinema 4D core engine development for optimal creativity and experimentation.

Maxon produced this in-depth breakdown of the animation tools in Cinema 4D R23, including a look at the Toon Rig, which is a body and face rig preset that has no limits in terms of cartoon deformations and allows animators to easily animate characters with more stylized approaches to motion:

The software is available in both a subscription model with monthly fees starting at USD$60 or a one-time purchase fee of $3,495.


Amid Amidi

Amid Amidi is Cartoon Brew's Publisher and Editor-at-large.