Cinema 4D

Job Submission

You can submit jobs from within Cinema 4D by installing the integrated submission script, or you can submit them from the Monitor. The instructions for installing the integrated submission script can be found further down this page.

To submit from within Cinema 4D, select Python -> Plugins -> Submit To Deadline.

integrated monitor

Submission Options

The general Deadline options are explained in the Job Submission documentation, and the Draft/Integration options are explained in the Draft and Integration documentation. The Cinema 4D specific options are:

  • Threads To Use: The number of threads to use for rendering.
  • Build To Force: Force rendering in 32 bit or 64 bit.
  • Export Project Before Submission: If your project is local, or you are rendering in a cross-platform environment, you may find it useful to export your project to a network directory before the job is submitted.
  • Enable Local Rendering: If enabled, the frames will be rendered locally, and then copied to their final network location.

Cross-Platform Rendering Considerations

In order to perform cross-platform rendering with Cinema 4D, you must setup Mapped Paths so that Deadline can swap out the Scene and Output file paths where appropriate. You can access the Mapped Paths Setup in the Monitor while in super user mode by selecting Tools -> Configure Repository. You’ll find the Mapped Paths Setup in the list on the left.

When submitting the Cinema 4D job for rendering, you should enable the Export Project Before Submission option, and choose a network location when prompted for the export path. This will strip any absolute asset paths and make them relative to the scene file, and will also ensure the option to submit the Cinema 4D scene file with the job is disabled.

If you don’t enable the Export Project Before Submission option, you need to manually export the project to a network location. Then, you must submit the exported scene file from the Submit menu in the Monitor and you need to specify the output and/or multipass output paths in the submitter. Make sure the option to submit the Cinema 4D scene file with the job is disabled. If you leave it enabled, the scene file will be copied to and loaded from the Slave’s local machine, which will break the relative asset paths.

Plug-in Configuration

You can configure the Cinema 4D plug-in settings from the Monitor. While in super user mode, select Tools -> Configure Plugins and select the Cinema 4D plug-in from the list on the left.


Render Executables

  • C4D Executable: The path to the C4D executable file used for rendering. Enter alternative paths on separate lines. Different executable paths can be configured for each version installed on your render nodes.

Integrated Submission Script Setup

The following procedures describe how to install the integrated Cinema 4D submission script. This script allows for submitting Cinema 4D render jobs to Deadline directly from within the Cinema 4D editing GUI.

You can either run the Submitter installer or manually install the submission script

Submitter Installer

Manual Installation of the Submission Script

  • Copy [Repository]/submission/Cinema4D/Client/DeadlineC4DClient.pyp to [Cinema 4D Install Directory]/plugins.
  • Restart Cinema 4D, and the Submit To Deadline menu should be available from the Python -> Plugins menu.

Custom Sanity Check

A file can be created alongside the main submission script (in [Repository]\submission\Cinema4D\Main), and will be evaluated if it exists. This script will let you set any of the initial properties in the submission script prior to displaying the submission window. You can also use it to run your own checks and display errors or warnings to the user. Here is a very simple example of what this script could look like:

import c4d
from c4d import gui

def RunSanityCheck( dialog ):

    dialog.SetString( dialog.DepartmentBoxID, "The Best Department!" )
    dialog.SetLong( dialog.PriorityBoxID, 33 )
    dialog.SetLong( dialog.ConcurrentTasksBoxID, 2 )

    gui.MessageDialog( "This is a custom sanity check!" )

    return True

The available dialog IDs can be found in the script mentioned above. They are defined near the top of the SubmitC4DToDeadlineDialog class. These can be used to set the initial values in the submission dialog.

Finally, if the RunSanityCheck method returns False, the submission will be cancelled.


Which versions of Cinema 4D are supported?

Cinema 4D 12 and later are supported.

When I use Adobe Illustrator files as textures, the render fails with “Asset missing”

While Cinema 4D is able to use AI files in workstation mode, there is often problems when rendering in command line mode. Convert the AI files to another known type such as TIFF or JPEG before using them.

Sometimes when I open the submission dialog in Cinema 4D, the pool list or group list are empty.

Simply close the submission dialog and reopen it to repopulate the lists.

Does rendering with Cinema 4D with Deadline use up a full Cinema 4D license?

There are separate Cinema 4D command line licenses that are required to render with Deadline. Please contact Maxon for more information regarding licensing requirements.

Can Deadline render with Cinema 4D’s Net Render Client software?

No. It isn’t possible for 3rd party software such as Deadline to control Cinema 4D’s Net Render Client, which is why it uses the command line renderer.

I have copied over SubmitToDeadline.pyp file but the integrated submission script does not show up under the python menu.

This is likely caused by some failure in the script. Check your repository path to ensure the client is able to read and write to that folder. Using the python console within C4D may provide more specific hints.

My frames never seem to finish rendering. When I check the slave machine, it doesn’t appear to be doing anything.

This can occur if Cinema 4D hasn’t been licensed yet. Try starting Cinema 4D normally on the machine and see if you are prompted for a license. If you are, configure everything and then try rendering on that machine again.

Error Messages And Meanings

This is a collection of known Cinema 4D error messages and their meanings, as well as possible solutions. We want to keep this list as up to date as possible, so if you run into an error message that isn’t listed here, please email Deadline Support and let us know.

Currently, no error messages have been reported for this plug-in.