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Dimension obj export to Cinema 4D R21 shows materials in editor, but doesn't render with materials

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Apr 16, 2020 Apr 16, 2020

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Can anyone tell me the proper way to import a Adobe Dimension obj model with color (materials) and textures into Cinema 4d r21 and have it render out of C4D using the Dimension assigned materials. I can create a material in C4D, apply to my Dimension obj import, it appears in the editor window and renders perfectly.  Many thanks

 

BTW the purpose bring the Dimension obj into C4D is to create animation that orbits around the Dimension OBJ...thanks

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LEGEND , Sep 30, 2020 Sep 30, 2020

There is no proper way because Dimension is not designed to export into out dated software

Why doesn't it work = because the file Dimension exports is a non standard Obj, basically the export will have a small text file that explains how the use the extra materials like Substants files and your C4 software just ignore it

 

The best workaround imo is to custom build the materials after import of the Obj or even better would be to use up to date animation software like Blender or Iclone

 

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Apr 17, 2020 Apr 17, 2020

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Try to generate UV maps for created model in Dimension. Maybe that can help.

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Apr 17, 2020 Apr 17, 2020

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Thanks for the suggestion...care to share how to generate the UV maps for model created in Dimension?

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Apr 18, 2020 Apr 18, 2020

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Here is capture for model that has been imported in Dn..Generate UV in Object menu.

 

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Thanks for showing me the UV Generate...have you tried to import this into Cinema 4D?

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There is no proper way because Dimension is not designed to export into out dated software

Why doesn't it work = because the file Dimension exports is a non standard Obj, basically the export will have a small text file that explains how the use the extra materials like Substants files and your C4 software just ignore it

 

The best workaround imo is to custom build the materials after import of the Obj or even better would be to use up to date animation software like Blender or Iclone

 

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C4D R21 is not an outdated software.. its only 2 years old. 

Also both C4D and Blender are considered 3D Software. Not Animation software. You can do animations in both, but that is not 100% the intended use.. If you want a piece of software that was designed for animation then you would use After Effects

 

 

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May 11, 2022 May 11, 2022

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Hrm. Not so quick. The 'C' in C4D is for Cinema — as in cinematic..time-based image making. And the '4' in C4D stands for time. (The other 3 'D' — dimensions — being 3-space.) C4D is very much animation software with a rich feature set that is specifically designed from the beginning — back in the days before the recently (May 2022) released 26th version (!) to be modeling, rendering, and animation. Hopefully that productively corrects any misunderstanding. It's neither outdated nor is it only for modeling.

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