Maxon has released Cinema 4D R11.5, an upgrade to its 3D modelling, painting, animation and rendering software. The company says that Cinema 4D R11.5 offers an improved workflow and productivity, enabling 3D artists to create high-quality stills and animations quicker and easier than ever before.

Cinema 4D R11.5 features a substantially re-tooled and accelerated render engine, an all-new Picture Viewer, enhanced interoperability with leading compositing applications, and a major upgrade to the MoGraph module, which features an integrated Dynamics Engine and a host of new additions.

Cinema 4D R11.5 also adds full support for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and Windows 7, respectively.

Re-tooling of the render engine in R11.5 helps artists render more rapidly and efficiently, according to Maxon. R11.5 takes advantage of multi-core processors and adds new features such as render instancing and bucket rendering to provide improvements in efficiency. Render-intensive tasks such as sub-polygon displacement have also been accelerated.

The new Picture Viewer in R11.5 offers a set of creative tools for reviewing and editing images and animations, which is designed to save artists time. Features include a render history with the ability to compare renderings, image filtering and adjustments, post filter effects, and improved layer management. The RAM player also enables users to playback animations with sound providing the ability to troubleshoot animations while the job is rendering.

Numerous improvements have been made to Cinema 4D's connectivity to Adobe After Effects, including support for additional object types. Support for Apple Motion now includes the export of 3D data. Support for Autodesk's FBX 2010 format allows for interchange between a variety of 3D applications.

Motion graphics tools

The motion graphics module MoGraph has been upgraded to version 2 and provides new motion graphics functionality. New features in MoGraph 2 include MoDynamics, an optimized physics simulation package with which hundreds of objects can easily be made to collide or be affected by such forces as gravity or friction; PolyFX for providing quick and easy explosion effects; MoSpline for cloning existing splines and animating them with forces and effectors; and many more exciting features for broadcast artists.

Maxon has also released a new bundle called the Cinema 4D Broadcast Edition, which includes the Cinema 4D R11.5 core application, the updated MoGraph 2 module and the Broadcast Extension Kit, which contains hundreds of preset objects and scenes – some pre-animated and/or modifiable, with camera and lighting setups, royalty-free sound and background clips.