Earlier this week, #MoChat covered the upcoming Cinema 4D R14. While it won’t be released until sometime in September, Maxon did release a limited demo the same day as the chat, so some people were able to play with it and give us their impressions. Dave Glanz, one of the beta team members, was also available to answer questions.

Some of the main features people are looking forward to: Sculpting, motion cams, aerodynamics simulation, new work plane modes/snapping, and importing C4D files directly into AE & PS. There are also some smaller features that look to make using C4D a bit easier: new xpresso nodes/UI, rollover popups, and camera morphing.

Cineversity has a playlist up covering several of the new R14 features, and C4D Live has been showing presentations from this year’s Siggraph. Hopefully they will have the archives up soon, too.

Transcript

Time for some #mochat action!7:59 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Bought some beer for you #mochat guys…oh wait thats not how the internet works? Guess Ill drink them all myself.8:00 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Welcome to #mochat everyone! Tonight we’re talking C4D R14. If you haven’t already, you can download a demo here: http://t.co/XGugSFqK8:00 PM Aug 7th, 2012

alright I’m on the Twitter for #mochat. ‘sup people?8:00 PM Aug 7th, 2012

thanks for the answer #mochat8:01 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat OK Hi everyone.. lets get this started. were talking r14 tonight first things first, we have the Lovely to answer some ??8:01 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Also, should be here to answer some questions. He was on the beta team. #mochat8:02 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Just so everyone knows, will be helping lead the discussion tonight. is out for the evening. #mochat8:02 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat with the release of R14 what are most looking forward too playing with?8:02 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Modeling tools! #mochat8:02 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Sculpting #mochat8:03 PM Aug 7th, 2012

too bad you can’t send them via email #mochat8:03 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Everyone is all for the new sculpting tools, but I’m also anxious to play with the tweaked motion cams. #mochat8:03 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Actually that’s not fair, I spent my entire lunch break modeling stuff on r14 today. So I am ahead of the curve. #mochat8:03 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat just started downloading the Demo there are limitations & sadly looks like you wont be able to upgrade it to a full working version8:03 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat What impressed you the most?8:04 PM Aug 7th, 2012

aerodynamics is cluuuuuutch! #mochat8:05 PM Aug 7th, 2012

There are about a billion little UI changes, kind of overwhelming to try to figure out what all is fresh. #mochat8:05 PM Aug 7th, 2012

the new xpresso layout/nodes and the new camera stuff rock my face off #mochat8:06 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I find zBrush’s UI kinda annoying at times, so if R14 keeps it neat, I’ll be a happy camper! #mochat8:06 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Ahh, yes! Forgot about the aerodynamics, , looks like a lot of fun. #mochat8:06 PM Aug 7th, 2012

motion cams look very impressive indeed #mochat8:08 PM Aug 7th, 2012

sculpting! #mochat8:08 PM Aug 7th, 2012

does someone have a good example video of aerodynamics in action? #mochat8:08 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat another small but lovely addition are the rollover popups – keyboard shortcuts included8:08 PM Aug 7th, 2012

one of the early presentations today did #mochat8:09 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat the new Aerodynamics stuff is fun – definitely makes a difference8:09 PM Aug 7th, 2012

so a much easier workflow? Almost reminded me of what CS showed at NAB, its not part of his mocam though #mochat8:09 PM Aug 7th, 2012

dont forget there is a new tiny icon next to items that have xpresso on them #mochat8:10 PM Aug 7th, 2012

and the camera transitions kinda add to a smoother feel #mochat8:10 PM Aug 7th, 2012

if you have any questions about c4d or ideas for the new c4d, let me know Will be w/ developers soon #mochat8:10 PM Aug 7th, 2012

i do have a question. why doesnt it do my dishes yet? #mochat8:10 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I had not noticed the rollover pop-ups. That’s fantastic! #mochat8:11 PM Aug 7th, 2012

you need to get that c++ node off of lol #mochat8:11 PM Aug 7th, 2012

the new workplane modes offer some good advantages when combined with the redone snapping tools. saves on swapping views #mochat8:13 PM Aug 7th, 2012

remember to add #mochat to you tweet so we can all see it.8:14 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Anyone have some work they want to show off from R14? #mochat8:14 PM Aug 7th, 2012

My first attempt with the sculpting tools was horrifying… so.. not yet. #mochat8:15 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Just had my first crash btw… demo afterall 🙂 #mochat8:15 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat I don’t know that I’d be able to use r14 until we purchase it at work – but I’m looking forward to it.8:15 PM Aug 7th, 2012

really? ive had nothing but stability. so weird. #mochat8:15 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Washing dishes will be in one of the next releases. Or some other cool features. #mochat8:16 PM Aug 7th, 2012

ill have to try and render a few things out; a mashup of stuff. none of its fancy, just playing hehe #mochat8:16 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I did this at lunch playing around. I didn’t realize you cant save or render higher than 640×400 on the demo. #mochat http://t.co/l1bctwek8:17 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat one of the things I found interesting is the ability for both AE and PS to take in .c4d files natively..8:17 PM Aug 7th, 2012

It was super sweet to not even have to toss it in photoshop to edit the curves. Which are now built in. #mochat8:17 PM Aug 7th, 2012

was kinda unexpected, switching between Layouts… I’ll see if it happens again #mochat8:18 PM Aug 7th, 2012

RT : I did this at lunch playing around. I didn’t realize you cant save or render higher than 640×400 on the demo. #mochat http://t.co/l1bctwek8:18 PM Aug 7th, 2012

thats nice man. #mochat8:18 PM Aug 7th, 2012

that is huge… still haven’t used PS 3D properly, but it’ll be huge for print projects! #mochat8:18 PM Aug 7th, 2012

sorry guys, back and forth between my computer and the kids. #mochat8:19 PM Aug 7th, 2012

How does the AE handle C4D files? Comps them? Haven’t had a chance to try that yet. #mochat8:19 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Well I’m sculpting in C4D and it holds up as well as Zbrush and Mudbox on my 2010 macbook pro. Has anyone else been sculpting? #mochat8:19 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I have 1.13 million polygons right now on my sculpt. #mochat8:20 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Nice render, man. #mochat8:20 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I tried it, and no it didn’t hold up as well at all. #mochat8:20 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Haven’t modeled too much yet, but thats definitely something I’m pumped for. #mochat8:20 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat. you cannot save with the demo.. max res is 640×400 none the less thanks for sharing. looks nice8:20 PM Aug 7th, 2012

that’s too bad, it’s doing okay for me, maybe I could do double in mudbox though.. Haven’t pushed enough yet. #mochat8:21 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I’m excited to see who does what with this. I think a few people will take huge advantage of R14 and make a good film! #mochat8:21 PM Aug 7th, 2012

so there’s a new release of #C4D, does that mean another #99Frames? 😉 #mochat8:22 PM Aug 7th, 2012

not being familiar with sculpting.. how you liking it.. I may just have to start once the release date hits #mochat8:22 PM Aug 7th, 2012

The new sculpting features are pretty sweet, but not a replacement for ZBrush by any means. #mochat8:22 PM Aug 7th, 2012

yeah, ive been playing with sculpting a lot. i fucking love it. #mochat8:22 PM Aug 7th, 2012

That being said, using them for some quick modeling project to get more organic shapes will be super useful. #mochat8:22 PM Aug 7th, 2012

It’s pretty good, it holds up as it should. Normally this many polygons would crash my entire system. #mochat8:22 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Its something mentioned earlier.. I found it facinating he said hes using it all the time. #mochat8:23 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Yah I’ll go ahead and second that. #mochat8:23 PM Aug 7th, 2012

the sculpting is working like a breeze so far… feels right at home! #mochat8:23 PM Aug 7th, 2012

the demo should let you save. #mochat8:23 PM Aug 7th, 2012

What have you been sculpting? #mochat8:23 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I didnt try it, but try to copy and paste it out. #mochat8:24 PM Aug 7th, 2012

nothing special. just screwed around with the base meshes that come with it. played with brushes and etc. #mochat8:24 PM Aug 7th, 2012

that looks cool Justin #mochat #mochat8:24 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Yes, is already busy working on a new 99Frames and he already has some awful prices! Stay tuned #mochat8:25 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat so this was kinda asked earlier but what do you wish was added in R14??8:26 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat For those interested, I just imported my first c4D file directly into AE CS5 successfully – brought in the cameras and lights8:26 PM Aug 7th, 2012

What would be nice, of course, is if the scene updated dynamically when adding elements to the C4D file 🙂 #mochat8:27 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Sweet jeebus.. what about object files or external compositing tags? #mochat8:27 PM Aug 7th, 2012

welcome to #mochat! Say hi everyone 😛8:28 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I would love that RT : What would be nice is if the scene updated dynamically when adding elements to the C4D file #mochat8:28 PM Aug 7th, 2012

kinda like Dynamic Linking with C4D? #mochat8:30 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Also, Drag & Drop Xpresso….HOLY $#!@#! Useful. #mochat8:30 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat don’t forget to add the hashtag for comments questions 🙂8:30 PM Aug 7th, 2012

also xRef is finally awesome! #mochat8:31 PM Aug 7th, 2012

what do you like about xRefs in version 14? #mochat8:32 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I’m not really a motion graphics-er but I think it’s cool that you guys are doing this. #community #mochat8:32 PM Aug 7th, 2012

This release really makes me want to up my Xpresso knowledge, ten fold. #mochat8:32 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Join in! I am sure as an illustrator you have touched on C4D at some point. #mochat8:33 PM Aug 7th, 2012

just the new xpresso UI looks hot #mochat8:34 PM Aug 7th, 2012

No such luck, sadly. I’m actually trying to learn how to do some simple stuff in R13 as we speak. #mochat8:35 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat so I finally got the demo installed. I assumed sculpt was part of body paint but its integrated right in with c4d sweet8:35 PM Aug 7th, 2012

having both the nested scene and animation control in the new xref object instead of relying on legacy for retiming #mochat8:35 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#Xpresso What do you like about it? What do you want to learn about it? Got any specific questions? #C4D #mochat8:36 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Well add any of us chatting up #mochat, and if you have any questions ask away! We tend to be more than happy to try and help.8:36 PM Aug 7th, 2012

once I get back I’m going to do some aerodynamics tuts & renders. has a short vid on it #mochat8:36 PM Aug 7th, 2012

yes sir, select your mesh then change the UI to sculpting and hit subdivide, that is where it all begins 🙂 #mochat8:36 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Oh just recalled, i’m totally stoked for the normal map generator! 😀 Thank you for integrating this! 😀 #mochat8:37 PM Aug 7th, 2012

so glad it’s that way, you can switch between sculpting animation without a problem… #mochat8:37 PM Aug 7th, 2012

right – you can offset the timing of the animation in xRefs now, which looks great #mochat8:37 PM Aug 7th, 2012

that’ll be great… need to get back into dynamics tbh #mochat8:38 PM Aug 7th, 2012

3dkiwiw over at c4dcafe has an hour long video showing off sculpt. #mochat8:38 PM Aug 7th, 2012

how is 3DKiwi not on Twitter? #mochat8:38 PM Aug 7th, 2012

xpresso’s new ‘track’ node is the beez kneez #mochat8:39 PM Aug 7th, 2012

i dont know. ive tried and tried to get him here but he hates us all #mochat8:39 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat ok yall dont be shy hammer with all your r14 questions. 8) hes up for the challenge.. srsly Dave thanks for your help.8:40 PM Aug 7th, 2012

please continue. Im not familiar with said node #mochat8:41 PM Aug 7th, 2012

can anyone reccomend a good videocard for an 08 mac pro…my c4d renders run slow when the poly count gets high, lookin for a fix #mochat8:42 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Is there a noticeable speed boost to the standard renderer? #mochat8:42 PM Aug 7th, 2012

you can use it basically copy animations and apply those animations to other objects via fcurves #mochat8:43 PM Aug 7th, 2012

any issues opening older files? also seemed to me r13 had some backwards compatibility is that still the case with r14? #mochat8:43 PM Aug 7th, 2012

make sure to download the documentation for r14. all the new stuff is in there to read up on #mochat8:43 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I haven’t had any issues opening older files yet #mochat8:44 PM Aug 7th, 2012

why you say so? #mochat8:45 PM Aug 7th, 2012

RT : make sure to download the documentation for r14. all the new stuff is in there to read up on #mochat8:46 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Voxels. #mochat8:46 PM Aug 7th, 2012

With that being said it’s one heck of a nice addition to the program! 😀 #mochat8:46 PM Aug 7th, 2012

no, Zbrush is, which is why its better. C4D isnt to my knowledge. #mochat8:47 PM Aug 7th, 2012

one thing i really want, is for the clone selection tool to be able to actually move the clones around. #lesigh #mochat8:48 PM Aug 7th, 2012

without using effectors i mean #mochat8:49 PM Aug 7th, 2012

About 10 more minutes of #mochat left.8:50 PM Aug 7th, 2012

that sounds like a great idea #mochat8:50 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I’d never really thought of that, but that would be great. #mochat8:50 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Aye watched earlier today.. when you get a chance it be nice to have you answer some questions on #mochat someday.. 8)8:50 PM Aug 7th, 2012

after seeing todays siggraph videos and other recent vids, does anyone have any ideas they are dying to get try in r14? #mochat8:50 PM Aug 7th, 2012

its such a pain in the ass to have to select a few clones and add an effector just to move then a little bit #mochat8:51 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I think that might be like a new effector. Clone mani p effector. #mochat8:51 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Another cool new feature that deserves some love is the Alembic addition: https://t.co/TdQZiKHp #mochat8:52 PM Aug 7th, 2012

when you have to move several in different ways, adding like 10 effectors is a just messy #mochat8:52 PM Aug 7th, 2012

RT : Another cool new feature that deserves some love is the Alembic addition: https://t.co/TdQZiKHp #mochat8:52 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Yeah, my hierarchy always ends up being a cluster-fuck. #mochat8:53 PM Aug 7th, 2012

RT : There are about a billion little UI changes, kind of overwhelming to try to figure out what all is fresh. #mochat8:54 PM Aug 7th, 2012

yeah. even hiding the shit in layers.. its just wasted time and effort i think #mochat8:55 PM Aug 7th, 2012

My only test with sculpting so far, Cow Asteroid: http://t.co/j4jOhtfv #mochat8:55 PM Aug 7th, 2012

MOOOOOOOOve over! RT : My only test with sculpting so far, Cow Asteroid: http://t.co/49BwLT6P #mochat8:55 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I’m looking forward for the new camera tool called “camera morph object” have any of you tested this? #mochat8:55 PM Aug 7th, 2012

So Im assuming all those currently will be upgrading to r14 as soon as the release date hits? any MSA users here? #mochat8:56 PM Aug 7th, 2012

yeah. its super sweet. #mochat8:56 PM Aug 7th, 2012

also the “Camera calibrator” looks really helpful #mochat8:57 PM Aug 7th, 2012

how do you think the new camera tools compare to what Chris should at NAB with autocam? #mochat8:57 PM Aug 7th, 2012

yes I’ve used it a bunch – very nice and easy to learn. Anyone who’s used Chris Smith’s mocam tool will love it #mochat8:57 PM Aug 7th, 2012

*showed #mochat8:57 PM Aug 7th, 2012

great! I will have to try that soon. Do you know when does the official version gets released? #mochat8:57 PM Aug 7th, 2012

i havent used the calibrator, but im planing on it after todays demo at SIGGRAPH #mochat8:58 PM Aug 7th, 2012

great, thanks for the reply #mochat8:58 PM Aug 7th, 2012

sept. 4th i think #mochat8:58 PM Aug 7th, 2012

official version is out Sept. 4th, as far as I know #mochat8:58 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Still waiting on CS camera to be released this may be a nice hold over or just the right upgrade needed #mochat8:59 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I have just seen in it in quick action on this video: https://t.co/nkp1vQgw and it got me very interested #mochat8:59 PM Aug 7th, 2012

thanks #mochat8:59 PM Aug 7th, 2012

I don’t think we’ll be upgrading right off the bat #mochat8:59 PM Aug 7th, 2012

thanks Dave #mochat9:00 PM Aug 7th, 2012

#mochat Thanks to for answering questions. thanks to everyone for coming out tonight. #NowGoMakeSomething9:01 PM Aug 7th, 2012

That should do it for #mochat tonight. Thanks everyone for coming out. And thanks to for leading.9:02 PM Aug 7th, 2012

thanks all! I’m gonna go make some chocolate chips go into my mouth. #mochat #lazySnack9:02 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Hope I was able to fill a fraction of shoes. 8) #mochat9:02 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Look for the #mochat transcript tomorrow on . And as always: keep the conversation going, and go make something!9:03 PM Aug 7th, 2012

thanks to for helping keep #mochat going tonight. ROCK ON! and also… BACON!9:03 PM Aug 7th, 2012

Have a great day/night everyone… need more time to play with this bad body 🙂 #mochat9:03 PM Aug 7th, 2012

nice chat everyone, see you next Tuesday. #mochat9:04 PM Aug 7th, 2012