Maxon just announced Cinema 4D R18 at SIGGRAPH 2016. Here are some of the most exciting new features found in the Cinema 4D R18 update.

If you’re a 3D motion graphics artist, chances are you’re among the thousands of designers that use Cinema 4D on a regular basis. Just about every year, Maxon releases an update to Cinema 4D full of exciting new features that will get you excited to buy the latest version. This year is no exception. Here are all of the Cinema 4D R18 updates you should know about.

In honor of the exciting R18 announcement, Cinema 4D has commissioned what can only be described as the best product announcement video since the Solo Smart Drone. Check it out.

Cinema 4D R18 Updates and New Features

There are a lot of really cool features in Cinema 4D R18. Here are all of the big ones you should know about!

1. Fracture Voronoi

The Cinema 4D R18 Updates Every 3D Artist Should Know - Explosion Effector

Allows objects to automatically be broken apart in a natural way. This new feature is ideal for creating realistic fractures and explosion sequences.

2. Push Apart Effector

The Cinema 4D R18 Updates Every 3D Artist Should Know - Cloner Affector

Allows users to move, hide, or scale clones so they don’t overlap.

3. ReEffector

Allows users to manage complex mograph sequences.

4. Cloner Object for Grid

The Cinema 4D R18 Updates Every 3D Artist Should Know - Beehive Pattern

You can now distribute clones based on a honeycomb pattern.

5. Object Tracking

The Cinema 4D R18 Updates Every 3D Artist Should Know - Object Tracking

You can track entire objects using the new Object Tracker feature. This is ideal for working on VFX sequences with multiple track points.

6. Knife Tools

Cut lines across loops and planes. Modelers will quickly find this new features useful for building complex 3D models.

7. OpenSubdiv

Users can now seamlessly transfer models between applications.  This will give users increased performance and flexibility when animating in Cinema 4D.

8. Thin Film Shader

The Cinema 4D R18 Updates Every 3D Artist Should Know - Thin Film Shaders

This incredible new features allow users to simulate oily surfaces. Applications could include oil patches, bubbles, or fingerprints.

9. Shadow Catcher

Isolates shadows from 3D objects for compositing. This is perfect if you composite your 3D models in other applications like After Effects or NUKE.

10. Parallax Mapping

The Cinema 4D R18 Updates Every 3D Artist Should Know: Shadow Mapping

Maps shadows naturally across bump mattes, giving your projects further realism.

11. Inverse Ambient Occlusion

The Cinema 4D R18 Updates Every 3D Artist Should Know: Inverse Ambient Occlusion

This new feature can be used to create masks for worn edges or to imitate subsurface scattering.

12. Open GL Viewport Enhancements

The Cinema 4D R18 Updates Every 3D Artist Should Know: New Viewport

You can now preview reflections, ambient occlusion, and displacement mapping directly in the viewport. This should give users a better idea as to what their render will look like without bogging down their machine.

Want to learn more?

Maxon released an overview video which you can check out on the Cineversity website. Currently Cineversity is the best resource for getting an in-depth look at all of the latest features in Cinema 4D R18.

Pricing and Availability

A new version of Cinema 4D Studio retails for about $3,695 — and if you purchase Cinema 4D R17 right now, you’ll automatically receive a free upgrade to R18 when it’s released in the near future. If history is any indicator, we should see the R18 release in August 2016. Maxon currently offers a free trial of Cinema 4D for 42 days.

Are you excited about this new R18 update to Cinema 4D? Share your thoughts in the comments below.