How to Install and Use Octane Render for Cinema 4D R17
Octane Render is a powerful and popular rendering engine for Cinema 4D that uses the GPU to deliver stunning photorealistic images. In this article, we will show you how to install and use Octane Render for Cinema 4D R17.
To install Octane Render for Cinema 4D R17, you will need the following requirements:
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An Octane Render license - You can purchase it on the OTOY website[^2^] or use the student version if you are eligible.
A Cinema 4D host application - You should update Cinema 4D to the latest version as a minimum in order to run the Octane Render plugin.
An NVIDIA graphics card - You should also update your NVIDIA driver to the latest version.
OctaneBench (optional) - You can test your GPU performance with Octane Render by installing OctaneBench.
Once you have these requirements, you can follow these steps to install Octane Render for Cinema 4D R17:
Download the Octane Render 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. The plugins folder should be lower-case and located in C:\\\\Program Files\\\\MAXON\\\\Cinema 4D R17\\\\plugins.
Delete all of the c4dOctane-R (version number).cdl64 files that you will not be using. For example, if you are using R17, you would delete the c4dOctane files that are not c4dOctane-R17.cdl64. 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 for Cinema 4D R17 plugin.
To use Octane Render for Cinema 4D R17, you will need to create an Octane Render live viewer window and an Octane Render settings tag. You can do this by clicking on the Octane tab and selecting Live Viewer Window and Create Settings Tag respectively. The live viewer window will show you a preview of your scene rendered with Octane Render, and the settings tag will allow you to adjust various parameters of the render engine.
You can also create different types of materials, lights, cameras, and objects using the Octane menu. For example, you can create an Octane diffuse material by clicking on Octane > Materials > Diffuse Material. You can then assign this material to any object in your scene and edit its properties in the attribute manager. You can also use nodes to create complex materials using the node editor window.
Octane Render for Cinema 4D R17 supports various features such as layered materials, spectral random walk SSS and hair material, Vectronâ procedural geometry, Spectronâ procedural volumetric lights, OSL and procedural vertex displacement, OSL shaders for volume textures, and more. You can learn more about these features in the OctaneRender for CINEMA 4D manual[^2^].
Octane Render is a great choice for anyone who wants to create realistic and stunning images with Cinema 4D. It is easy to install and use, and it offers a lot of flexibility and control over your renders. If you want to try it out, you can download a free trial version from the OTOY website[^2^] or use the student version if you are eligible. Happy rendering! 0efd9a6b88