Cinema 4D R15 in action. As well as new tools from R15, the recent update to Cineware, Maxon’s Cinema-4D-to-After-Effects bridge technology, lets users access C4D’s Physical renderer inside the AE viewport.
Maxon has updated Cineware, the bridge technology between Cinema 4D and After Effects introduced as part of After Effects CC, providing access to new render features from C4D directly within the After Effects viewport.
Cineware provides a live link between the two packages, enabling users to open and manipulate any 3D file that Cinema 4D supports directly within After Effects.
Catching up to Cinema 4D R15’s feature set
The update, which forms part of Adobe’s oddly titled After Effects CC (12.1) release – you can do away with paid updates, but not version numbering, it seems – is partly playing catch-up with Cinema 4D itself.
According to Maxon, Cineware now provides “access to many of the new capabilities in R15”: the last major update to Cinema 4D, which was released in September.
Outside of R15, the Cineware update provides access to new rendering features directly within the After Effects viewport for those not using the bundled Lite edition of Cinema 4D – notably the Physical renderer from the higher-end editions of the software.
Other new features in After Effects CC (12.1)
Outside of the Cineware update, the changes to After Effects itself are mainly performance enhancements for processor-intensive toolsets like the Warp Stablizer, 3D Camera Tracker and built-in 3D render engine.
After Effects also gains a few new tools, including mask tracker and a “detail-preserving Upscale effect”. After Effects CC (12.1) is available now to users on qualifying Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions.