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Maxon has released Cineware for Unity, its free Unity plug-in for importing Cinema 4D scene files into the game engine for use in real-time applications.

The plug-in is Maxon’s latest complementary tool for Cinema 4D users, after last week’s Move from Maxon for iOS motion capture app.

Download Cineware by Maxon

Convert geometry, materials and Cinema 4D lights in Unity
Now officially available after a period in public beta, Cineware for Unity automates the process of preparing the Cinema 4D project file for use within Unity, converting geometry, materials, and lights.

Artists can easily create models and animations in Cinema 4D for use in real-time 3D (RT3D), interactive 2D, 3D, VR, and AR experiences. The Cineware by Maxon plug-in is available free-of-charge on the Unity Asset Store.

The plug-in is compatible with Cinema 4D Release 21, the latest version of the software, and Unity’s latest release, 2019.3. The Cineware by Maxon plug-in does not require a license of Cinema 4D as long as Cinema 4D scenes have been “Saved for Cineware.”

By default, imported assets will appear relative to the asset folder or imported asset. The plug-in also supports user-defined folder hierarchies.

“Real-time workflows have become increasingly important,” said David McGavran, CEO of Maxon. “Our new Cineware by Maxon plug-in ensures an efficient, production-friendly method of importing Cinema 4D assets into Unity for developing immersive content.”

Cineware by Maxon Feature Highlights

Cineware by Maxon currently supports:

Geometry including:

  • Vertex Position, Normals, UV, Skinning Weight, Color
  • Skin and Binding Rig
  • Pose Morphs as Blend Shapes
  • Lightmap UV2 Generation on Import

Materials including:

  • PBR Reflectance Channel Materials conversion
    • Albedo/Metal/Rough
    • Normal Map
    • Bump Map
    • Emission
  • Animated Materials:
    • Color including Transparency
    • Metalness
    • Roughness
    • Emission Intensity, Color
    • Alpha Cutout Threshold
  • Cineware by Maxon supports the option of not reimporting materials, as imported materials are automatically reassigned to updated geometry.

Lighting including:

  • Spot, Directional, Point
  • Animated properties supported:
    • Cone
    • Intensity
    • Color

Cameras including:

  • Animated properties
  • Field of Vision (FOV)


Cineware by Maxon Available
The Cineware by Maxon plug-in is available at no cost for macOS and Windows on the Unity Asset Store.

About Maxon
Headquartered in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, Maxon is a developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions. Its award-winning Cinema 4D and Redshift 3D software products have been used extensively to help create and render everything from stunning visual effects in top feature films, TV shows and commercials, cutting-edge game cinematics for AAA games, as well as for medical illustration, architectural and industrial design applications.

Maxon has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Japan and Singapore. Maxon products are available directly from the website and its worldwide distribution network. Maxon is part of the Nemetschek Group.

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