updated 11:05 am EDT, Wed July 24, 2002
Maxon has announced its Cinema 4D R8 package, an update to its professional 3D animation system. It now features a new modular system, which allows users to add additional modules that enhance specific areas of 3D workflow, and has seven new modules, including Advanced Render, Thinking Particles, PyroCluster, MOCCA, Net Render, Dynamics and BodyPaint 3D.
These will be available separately or as part of two special packages, the XL ($1700) and STUDIO ($2600) bundles. R8 has a new MOCCA module, which offers an innovative approach to character animation with realistic character movement and automated secondary motion on body parts such as sagging skin and lazy limbs. It also includes up to 30% faster rendering, and improved output quality and options with new accurate depth of field simulation and 2D Flash export for optimized web animation. It is scheduled to ship in the Fall starting at $600.