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Octane Render C4D Plugin: A Powerful and Fast GPU Render Engine
If you are looking for a way to create stunning photorealistic images and animations in Cinema 4D, you might want to check out Octane Render C4D plugin. Octane Render is a GPU-based render engine that delivers unparalleled quality and speed. In this article, we will introduce you to some of the features and benefits of using Octane Render C4D plugin, and show you how to get started with it.
What is Octane Render
Octane Render is a world-class render engine that uses unbiased, spectrally correct ray tracing to produce realistic images and animations. It leverages the power of NVIDIA GPUs to accelerate rendering, allowing you to achieve results that would take hours or days with other renderers in minutes or seconds. Octane Render supports a wide range of features, such as:
Layered materials: You can create complex materials with up to 8 layers, each with its own parameters and textures.
Spectral random walk SSS and hair material: You can create realistic skin and hair with absorption and scattering effects.
VECTRONâ: You can create infinite procedurally generated scenes, volumes, and geometry without using any memory or VRAM.
SPECTRONâ: You can create procedural volumetric lights with blockers, barn doors, gels, and more.
OSL and procedural vertex displacement: You can use any textures for displacement, including Open Shading Language (OSL) scripts.
OSL shaders for volume textures: You can use any textures for absorption, scattering, and emission in volumes.
How to Install Octane Render C4D Plugin
To use Octane Render C4D plugin, you need to have a valid Octane Render license, a Cinema 4D host application (R20 or higher), and an NVIDIA graphics card. You can purchase or upgrade your Octane Render license on the OTOY website[^2^]. To install the plugin, follow these steps[^1^]:
Download the Octane Render C4D plugin from the Downloads page of your OTOY account and extract the content of the archive.
Add the content to the plugins folder in Cinema 4D file system. We recommend using 7-zip as some utilities sometimes run into issues.
The c4dOctane folder will come with several versions of the plugin in it. In order to avoid any loading issues, delete all of the c4dOctane-R (version number).cdl64 files that you will not be using. For example, if you are using R2023, you would delete the c4dOctane files that are not c4dOctane-R2023.xdl64. You should not delete the other files (res, Lib300).
Launch the Cinema 4D application. You will be prompted to enter your OTOY account credentials. Once you have entered your credentials, you should see an Octane tab at the top of your application.
Now you should have successfully installed the Octane Render C4D plugin.
How to Use Octane Render C4D Plugin
To use Octane Render C4D plugin, you need to create an Octane render target in your scene. This will allow you to access the Octane settings and materials. To create an Octane render target, go to Objects > Octane > Create > Octane Render Target. You can also use the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+O.
Once you have created an Octane render target, you can adjust its settings in the Attributes panel. Here you can choose the render mode (Direct Lighting, Path Tracing, PMC, etc.), enable or disable features (AI Denoiser, AI Light, RTX Acceleration, etc.), set the resolution and samples, and more.
To assign an Octane material to an object, go to Materials > Create > New Material/Shader > Octane Material. You can also use the shortcut Shift+C and type \"Octane Material\". This will open a node editor where you can create your material using nodes 9160f4acd4