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I have had a bunch of people ask for a list of the best free and paid plugins, presets and scripts for C4D so I thought I would compile my favorites into a post. If you have any that you really like, please put them in the comments so we can generate a nice list of resources for everyone!

Free C4D Plugins, Presets and Scripts

1. Adaptive Cloner Script: This free script allows you to space your clones automatically so you don’t have to continually re-adjust them. See my tutorial here: http://bit.ly/zosWdn Get the script here: http://bit.ly/wPSnig

2. ArrowMaker Plugin: A really quick and easy way to customize 3D arrows. See my overview here: http://bit.ly/lvS9pc Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/b8SpJv

3. Arrow Toolkit Preset: Another great resource for making quick 3D arrows in C4D. See my review here: http://bit.ly/lvS9pc Get the preset here: http://bit.ly/9ic0Tu

4. C4D Bottle Generator Preset: A cool generator preset to create customized bottles including wrappers and caps. See my review here: http://bit.ly/y5QDBG Get the preset here: http://bit.ly/gk96Pg

5. Bridge Maker Preset: Create bridges with numerous architectural changes with only a few clicks. Get the preset here: http://bit.ly/w7gINl

6. Drop To Floor Plugin: A great utility plugin that drops any selected object to sit perfectly on the floor coordinates. Huge time saver. Get it here: http://bit.ly/eYoKnw

7. Floor Generator Preset: Create customized tile floors very quickly with this Xpresso rig. See my review here: http://bit.ly/whei7E Get the preset here: http://bit.ly/y1KqV1

8. Hangover Plugin: A really nice render notification plugin which will notify you via e-mail or mobile device, and can be customized to shut down your computer, log out or put it to sleep after completing a render. See my tutorial here: http://bit.ly/A6Hboa Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/o8yW8t

9. Ivy Generator: A really cool plugin for making vines and ivy growth. Get it here: http://bit.ly/zq8h6

10. Kerning Effector Plugin: The best solution I’ve found for kerning motext in C4D. See my review here: http://bit.ly/omV9Ky Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/rua9jV

11. Magic Snow Generator: Instant snow generator. The snow actually piles up on objects which is awesome! Get it here: http://bit.ly/tZSz9t

12. Micro Floaties Particle Preset: A great rig for adding particles and dust to your scene. See my review here: http://bit.ly/mpeqAH Get the preset here: http://bit.ly/mbIAWE

13. ReeperX Rope Generator: A cool plugin that generats rope strands quickly around a spline. See my review here: http://bit.ly/w6jCVA Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/iIvTpm

14. Shadow Catcher Plugin: A plugin that sets up your scene so you can easily render an object’s shadow along with it. See my tutorial here: http://bit.ly/wtVXUF Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/lJO2Wd

15. Screw Toolkit Preset: A fast way to generate numerous types of screws with tons of customization. See my review here: http://bit.ly/u2v2PV Get the preset here: http://bit.ly/a5tgG8

16. Solo Objects Button: A nice utility plugin that replicates the solo eye ball switch in After Effects. Can be a lifesaver! See my review here: http://bit.ly/vGjfYc Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/zo8uO8

17. Thrausi: A really nice free solution to fracturing your geometry into pieces. See my tutorial here: http://bit.ly/kTUxid Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/vEffKF

18. Tile Floor Generator: Another nice floor preset for creating customized tile floors. See my overview here: http://bit.ly/pF2Lyl Get the preset here: http://bit.ly/ghBigN

19. Unfolding Polygons Script: A really nice script that helps you set up your scene so you can create the unfolding polygon effect. See my tutorial here: http://bit.ly/xlZWC0 Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/Aai8bn

20. Voxel Effect: A great way to make pixel art. Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/y5YzLv

C4D Plugins, Presets and Scripts for Sale

1. City Kit: Really cool plugin for generating customized cityscapes for you mograph/vfx pleasure. See my review here: http://bit.ly/xK0rVS Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/z6MwmI

2. HDRI Light Kit Pro: This Greyscalegorilla kit is clutch for lighting models. Complete with a bunch of studio presets, this is the best kit for stunning and easy renders! Check it out here: http://bit.ly/wnM3Bo

3. HDRI Studio Pack: Professionally light your renders with 70 HDRI studio images and presets. Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/yMzQx8

4. MovieType: This software is a huge time saver when animating titles/text. Check out my review here: http://bit.ly/r2jNBM or go to the Motionworks site to get more details here: http://bit.ly/1oPdP2c

5. Nitroblast: The best plugin for fracturing, demolishing and obliterating your objects! Check out my multi-part training series on my blog: http://bit.ly/As3vul Get the plugin here:  http://bit.ly/ls8Gny

Supplemental Plugins for After Effects Post Work

1. Foundry Camera Tracker: The cheapest way to track live footage in AE. The ability to quickly bring this 3D data into C4D is awesome! Check out my two part training series on this workflow here: http://bit.ly/wq4iOr Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/AccC0g

2. Reel Smart Motion Blur: The best way to add motion blur in After Effects. This is the best and quickest way to add motion blur by far. See my training here: http://bit.ly/oXisyo Get the plugin here: http://bit.ly/xrqZz8

Hope you guys found some nice resources here. If you have any more great plugins to add, let me know, and I will continue to add to this list. Thanks!

About the Author

JorenMy name is Joren and I am a freelance motion designer.View all posts by Joren

  1. Thomas
    Thomas03-07-2012

    Awesome list Joren, thank you.

  2. Chris Churchill
    Chris Churchill03-07-2012

    Thanks Joren!!

  3. Lack_DT
    Lack_DT03-07-2012

    wow… very cool! thanks ^^

  4. matt
    matt03-07-2012

    thanks again for all the hard work. much appreciated!

  5. gokhan
    gokhan03-07-2012

    incredible !!!
    Thanks Joren ;)

  6. chase
    chase03-08-2012

    Came back to let you know about a couple more you might like, what happened to my first post? Disappeared…?

    Hopefully ths one will stick…

    A couple that work in R13 you might like as well.

    zPoulette and FlipPoZ – both free
    You can get them over at:
    http://safina3d.blogspot.com

    Btw: Joren, that’s the second time I’ve posted a comment and out disappeared within a few minutes of posting.. what’s up with that?

  7. Kf
    Kf03-08-2012

    You’re awesome, many thanks !

  8. Joren
    Joren03-08-2012

    Chase, not sure why the first comment didn’t go through, weird! The second one made it. Hopefully it was just a glitch and not something wrong with wordpress. Thanks for posting some plugins, I’ll check them out!

  9. chase
    chase03-08-2012

    Must be a coding/Wordpress glitch Joren, it’s posting them our showing in the posters browser as being posted, once you leave the page, they disappear.

    I checked the “email me if some one responds”

    You should have more comments showing.

    Lack_DT posted a comment thanking you at 6:43 am est according to the auto responder I received. Their post is not showing either… just disappeared…?

    Can’t debug in this browser or I’d take a peek at the source and see if I could help you out there. You’ll find it I’m sure.

    Hope that helps you a little, at least know you have a bug or a glitch somewhere.

    Look forward to your next Newsletter. And tutorial!

  10. chase
    chase03-08-2012

    Now Lack_DT’s post is showing…?
    ??? Good luck with that… wish I could be of more help.

  11. Qaiser
    Qaiser06-05-2012

    how to use IVY Generator in Cinema 4D ?
    Please Help.

  12. chase
    chase06-09-2012

    @ Qaiser – There are several Tuts out there for using Ivy Gen with C4D.

    Plus I found since posting that you can make your own Ivy Gen or Plant Generator in C4D with Xpresso.

    I think there even is a few project files where people have done so… google it – I’m sure you will find what you are looking for.

    Here is a couple tut links on using Ivy Gen with C4D:

    1) http://vimeo.com/21143275

    2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPK1lPUKC1k

    3) http://lesterbanks.com/2011/03/using-the-ivy-generator-with-cinema-4d/

    Hope that helps

    - chase -

    PS – Hey jaren – so what did you make – which did you pick? Haven’t heard anything about this since you asked for suggestions… ?

  13. Aitor
    Aitor04-02-2013

    Hello you sound a plugin llamaso PSR-0, is free … I can not find it anywhere, thanks.

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  14. zokone
    zokone05-27-2013

    incredible page men .
    I LOVE YOU :)

  15. Sasa
    Sasa02-27-2014

    Great stuff! Thank you :)

  16. Mahmud
    Mahmud06-12-2014

    SPDS_or Hot Door – CADtools There is such plugin sense for cinema 4D?

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