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Solid Angle Releases Arnold for Cinema 4D

MADRID, 15 May, 2015 – SOLID ANGLE, the creator of the industry leading “Arnold” global illumination ray tracer for animation and visual effects, has officially released version 1.0 of Arnold for Cinema 4D (C4DtoA).

Since its preview at SIGGRAPH 2014, the Arnold plug-in for Cinema 4D has been polished and optimized thanks to extensive feedback from its beta-testing program. C4DtoA supports most Cinema 4D features such as instances, cloners, deformers, generators, MoGraph geometry, hair, and Thinking Particles.

C4DtoA 1.0 implements the most fluid Arnold IPR experience yet. Interactive results are seen in virtually all Cinema 4D components, including creating, moving, and deforming objects, as well as adjusting lights, materials, and volumes.

C4DtoA is the only render plug-in that supports both animation and single-frame distributed rendering in Team Render, allowing the use of all computers in a local network to speed-up Arnold rendering. Another unique feature in C4DtoA is a node-based material editor for assembling arbitrarily complex shader networks, following Arnold's node-based approach.

Image courtesy of Aixsponza.
Image courtesy of Daniel Hennies.

Third-party plug-ins TurbulenceFD and X-Particles are natively supported, allowing artists to render high quality smoke, fire, and particle effects with fully interactive feedback.

“We are excited to see Arnold finally available to all Cinema 4D artists,” said Solid Angle founder and CEO Marcos Fajardo. “It was great working with MAXON’s engineers as we pushed the APIs to make C4DtoA as fast and interactive as possible.”

Oliver Meiseberg, Director Product and Partnership Management at MAXON, states: “With Arnold, Cinema 4D users get an extremely powerful and easy to use renderer. Customer demand has been enormous and I am very excited about Solid Angle’s outstanding development work. Special thanks go to Daniel Hennies who brought this project into being”.

C4DtoA 1.0 was demoed to a cheering audience at FMX 2015 by Aixsponza's Manuel Casasola Merkle. View the FMX presentation here.

Individual node-locked licenses can be purchased from Solid Angle's new web shop. Free trials are also available for download.

C4DAPT2 Arnold presentation by Pingo van der Brinkloev
Interactive rendering in C4DtoA by Daniel Hennies and Lee Griggs

Contact Info


Solid Angle (www.solidangle.com) is the technology company behind the Arnold rendering software. With offices in Madrid and London, Solid Angle’s customers include ILM, Framestore, Sony Pictures Imageworks, The Moving Picture Company, Digic Pictures, The Mill, and Aixsponza. Arnold was designed to efficiently process the complex geometric datasets required for feature-length CGI animation and big-budget visual effects, while at the same time simplifying the pipeline. This unique renderer has been used to create the VFX seen in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Gravity”, “Pacific Rim”, and “Elysium”, to name just some. The software is available as a standalone renderer, as a C++ API, and as a set of plug-ins for leading 3D applications such as Maya, 3ds Max, Houdini, Cinema 4D, Katana and Softimage on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows.