Quick Render updated
(May 18th 2011) - This plugin has now been updated to version 1.1. The list of enhancements includes:
- The plugin is now fully compatible with Vray for C4D.
- A bug was fixed whereby the Quick Render dialog box would not dock correctly in the C4D interface.
- The 'Best' antialiasing setting has been added to the list of AA settings in C4D's native renderer.
- C4D Hair is now disabled when required by turning off all Hair objects in the scene, rather than by turning off the Hair Render videopost effect. This is because turning off the videopost does not disable hair if a Hair object is set to generate actual geometry.
- Various other small bug fixes/improvements.
- Updated manual.
The download links at the foot of this page contain the latest version of Quick Render.
Quick Render initial release, May 11th 2011
Quick Render (hereafter 'QR') is a workflow plugin intended to speed up test renders of a complex image. Say you have a scene which uses features such as sub-polygon displacement, global illumination, ambient occlusion, large bitmaps, the hair module, and blurry reflections. On the average machine, that may take quite some time to render, which is annoying when doing test renders. Sometimes you don't want to see all of those effects when testing something, but unless you turn them off in the render settings (and then remember to turn them back on again when you want them) your test renders can be very slow.
The QR interface looks like this:
QR is intended to help you do fast test renders without constantly turning options on and off. It doesn't do anything fancy; all it does is turn off the options you choose, do the render, then turn them back on again. There are some important points to remember about QR:
- It isn't a replacement for C4D's render settings dialog. That dialog gives you far more control over the render options. QR just gives you a quick-and-dirty way to render the scene faster by turning certain time-consuming options off for that render. Only a small subset of all the render settings are available through QR.
- With one exception, QR will NEVER turn any render setting on. For example, if global illumination is not enabled in the render settings dialog, turning on the global illumination switch in QR will not turn GI on. QR will only turn things off if they are already on, never the other way around. The exception to this is the ‘Render selected region’ option, which is explained in detail in the manual.
- QR will not change any render options permanently. It only does so immediately before a render, and restores them to their previous state immediately the render is completed.
Quick Render requires Cinema 4D R11 through to R14, and either a 32 or 64-bit PC, or a Mac running OSX 10.4 or later (depending on the version of Cinema you have, e.g. C4D R14 requires 10.6.8 or later).
This plugin is, and will remain, free for personal and commercial use. If you use Quick Render, and would like to support its future development, please consider making a donation, which you can do using Paypal - see the donate button below. All donations will be gratefully received and will encourage me to go on developing this and other free plugins for Cinema 4D!
Download Quick Render from the links below. Please make sure you download the correct version for your release of C4D.
Download Quick Render for R11 (.zip file, 1.01Mb)
Download Quick Render for R11.5 (.zip file, 1.09Mb)
Download Quick Render for R12/R13/R14 (.zip file, 949K)