Using the Lens Distortion Tool in Cinema 4D R17

Maxon introduced a number of new features in Cinema 4D R17 when it was released last year. While the Motion Tracker is a fantastic tool to track footage and composite 3D elements, often wide angle footage introduces perspective errors in the final rendered image. Unless the user knows what camera was used to capture the source footage, the focal length of the lens, and the field of view, correcting that footage, or adding the lens distortion to the 3D elements is a tricky and sometimes frustrating experience. The Cinema 4D R17 release introduced the Lens Distortion Tool, which can be used to correct footage before using the built-in Motion Tracker, or it can be used as a render effect to apply lens distortion to the 3D elements in the scene.

In this video, I walk you through the basic use of the Lens Distortion Tool using footage shot with a GoPro Hero 4.

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MAXON announces Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite R16 for Adobe After Effects CC

Press Release

MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today announced MAXON Cineware 2.0 and Cinema 4D Lite Release 16, now available in the latest version of Adobe After Effects CC (2014.1) . The upgrades symbolize the ongoing strategic relationship between MAXON and Adobe to deliver improved integration and performance between MAXON’s powerful 3D application, Cinema 4D, and Adobe’s industry-leading software. The new updates to the Cineware workflow, available in the Fall release of After Effects CC 2014, are designed to optimize performance and enhance creative capabilities.

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