BAD HOMBURG, GERMANY – Maxon (maxon.net), the developer of professional software for editors, filmmakers, motion designers and visual effects artists, has announced a range of updates to the company’s product line.
Maxon One receives a wide range of new features and enhancements. Cinema 4D 2023 introduces a number of the most requested features, including dramatic simulation advancements, modeling with symmetry, improved asset management and native OCIO support. Redshift continues its ongoing development, with the addition of Stacked Materials. Forger now supports entirely new professional workflows with the addition of Cinema 4D's polygonal modeling engine. Red Giant adds text effects for Universe, new sprites for Trapcode and performance updates for VFX. Moves by Maxon gets a facelift, while the Capsules initiative gets new assets for Cinema 4D.
Cinema 4D 2023 introduces a number of new features, including Symmetry modeling, as well as enhancements to the Unified Simulation System. Cinema 4D’s Unified Simulation System now includes Soft Bodies and new stickiness and mixed animation options. Vertex Maps and Vertex Color tags controlled by Fields now work on most generators, which allows artists to use procedural elements when creating eye-catching effects. Modeling with Symmetry allows mirrored changes on the model. Users can define the symmetry using the world grid, the object axis, a custom workplane, or even the topology of the model.
OpenColorIO enables artists to take full advantage of cinematic ACEScg color space and a unified color pipeline across all Maxon tools. Redshift OCIO support seamlessly integrates with Cinema 4D’s settings. Watch Folders in the asset browser allows the storage of assets anywhere on the file system. And the improved GoZ bridge lets artists easily transfer models between C4D and ZBrush, making it simpler to render sculptures with photorealism.
Redshift has a number of enhancements, including Rounded Corners for Redshift CPU, which was previously only Redshift GPU. A Random Walk mode provides better detail, colors and more accurate subsurface scattering, which is well suited for skin, wax and jade. Major developments have been made to improve volume technology. New blackbody shading controls have been added for recreating realistic looking fire and smoke VDBs with emission colors based on temperature. The introduction of volumetric anisotropy helps control how volumes react to the incoming light direction. And Material Stacking allows for the creating of decals, material blending and texture remapping.
Forger now includes Cinema 4D's feature-rich, proven polygonal modeling engine so artists can build highly sophisticated hard-surface models in Forger. Polygonal Modeling Tools are available for extruding points, edges or polygons, beveling edges, creating insets on faces and bridging parts of a model. A seamless transition between these new modeling tools and the organic and intuitive 3D Sculpting tools Forger is famous for makes it a powerful tool for any 3D creator. On-screen 3D Gizmo supplies useful actions, such as moving along an axis, rotation, scaling and transforming. And artists can now move their work between Forger and Cinema 4D using the new Sharing feature.
The new version of Red Giant includes updates for nearly every tool, and over 100 new presets for Generators and shiny text effects. Trapcode provides over 75 new animated sprites for 2D shapes and bursts. The loading time for the Particular Designer has been dramatically improved.
Magic Bullet 2023 adds the recently-released Halation and Diffusion tools to Looks in Cinema 4D. The is an improved Looks C4D workflow in OCIO mode, and major improvements to the Looks integration in Unreal Engine 5. In addition, Denoiser is now available for Final Cut Pro and compatible with Apple M1 machines.
Red Giant VFX 2023 offers enhanced performance and stability, including bug fixes for Supercomp, Primatte and Real Lens Flares.
Universe 2023 provides added support for alpha layers in Avid Media Composer. Users can generate text effects, track mattes and more. In addition, Universe 2023 comes with over 100 new presets for Generators.
The latest update for Moves by Maxon makes it easier to capture face and body movements. In addition to its new look, updates have been made for capture workflows and stability. Captured Face and Body textures can be reviewed in the app.
And as part of Maxon’s ongoing efforts to deliver value for Maxon One subscribers, the company released a series of eight coffee tables for the Cinema 4D Asset Browser. All coffee tables from the classic Cinema 4D asset library have been optimized and retextured for use with Redshift. Maxon One and Cinema 4D subscribers get access to these royalty-free assets for use in their projects.