Part of our INSYDIUM Fused Collection, TerraformFX is the powerful, art-directable terrain generator for Cinema 4D. It allows users to build highly customizable landscapes by layering noises, shaders, textures, splines, and gradients.
As part of our INSYDIUM Fused Collection, TerraformFX enables you to build terrains with ease; you can create an infinite number of landscapes in high resolution. Place mountains, lakes, and rivers where you need them. All aspects of the terrain generation are editable, so you have total control over your environments.
TerraformFX is fully art-directable; you can add mountains, hills, valleys, and rivers. Adjust and fine-tune using various filters. Choose from multiple blend modes, shaders, and masking options to make your landscape truly unique.
An intuitive and flexible workflow enables you to generate the geometry in almost any resolution.
Being fully multi-threaded means TerraformFX is fast and efficient, making use of all your machine's available CPU threads.
Generators are a type of operator object in TerraformFX. Unlike filters, generators are used to add new features to your terrain, generating mountains, hills, valleys, rivers, and more. They can also be blended using the many available blend modes.
TerraformFX provides you with several different generators.
Filters are the second type of operator object in TerraformFX. While generators are used to add new features to your terrain, filters will alter, adjust, and fine-tune it to your needs.
TerraformFX provides you with several different filters.
tfWarp distorts the input height field using a low-res control grid of 2D displacement vectors. As a result, users can shape their landscape, paint in curves, sculpt a river and, by adding in more grid points, can create even more detail.
Terrains in TerraformFX are built from operator objects, grouped as children under a terrain object. The terrain object evaluates its child operator objects in order from the top-down, blending each operator with the result of the previous operators, and generates the terrain geometry from their cumulative effects.
This operator simulates the effect of natural abrasion and erosion on the terrain. Currently, three kinds of erosion are supported: thermal weathering, coastal and hydraulic. Hydraulic erosion uses both 2D particles and is fully integrated with X-Particles. Thus, enabling you to combine X-Particles modifiers for complete control over how the erosion simulation works.
The procedural Rock Object enables you to generate rocks and create custom rock-shaped objects.
With the Terrain Operator Shader, you can access the height field data as per object maps. Furthermore, artists can have complete control over masking to create any type of landscape material they need.
Adds snowy material to your terrains, control the look of the snow using three settings, iterations, radius, and lift. Use the radius setting to alter the detail retained after the snow erosion. Using Iterations controls how many times the simulation is run; the more iterations you have the more snow you have. Finally, lift controls the snowfall depth in your terrains; all these settings enable you to manipulate placement for added realism.
Adds a grid operator with adjustment handles to your terrain; with these, you can adapt and manipulate the landscape, including a new grid brush to smooth, elevate, paint and sculpt the land.
A procedural path operator adds a custom spline to drop into the terrain and generate paths and roads in the landscape. Use in conjunction with tfRoad to create the finer road details.
As part of tfPath, the new tfRoad generates a procedural road based on the path, with built-in cloning for adding roadside structures such as street lamps, traffic lights, steel barricades, or trees to make the road more realistic.
TerraformFX is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, and Maxon Cinema 4D R20 – 2023.
AMD, Intel, Apple M1
Recommended System Specification:
Minimum 8-core processor with at least 16 GB RAM
TerraformFX is compatible with Cinema 4D Standard Renderer, Cinema 4D Physical Renderer, Cycles 4D, Octane, Arnold, Corona, RedShift, V-Ray, and U-Render.
I highly recommend anyone using X-Particles to use it in tandem with Cycles 4D. The bridge between the two allows for some amazing effects and control over the appearance of your particle systems. Being a regular Cinema 4D user also meant that Cycles 4D was fairly easy to pick up and integrate into our workflow. - Matthew Encina Blind.com
Cycles 4d is the render engine I’ve always wanted to have as a C4D artist. It’s a feature rich engine that doesn’t ask you to change the way you work to get the render you want. You can render entirely procedurally, or with image textures. It doesn’t feel like a plug-in at all, it feels like an update. - Casey Hupke
Playing with TP and Xpresso is a thing of the past for me now. - Ash Thorp
Territory use X-Particles a lot when it comes to detailed simulations for feature film UI. The ease of use means we can turn work around quickly without sacrificing a demanding quality bar - David Sheldon-Hicks / Founder and creative director / Territory Studio
Designer-friendly and technically advanced, simply powerful and art direction-able, X-Particles is an integral tool of my workflow, always impressed how Insydium are constantly developing and refining the most important toolset for Cinema 4D. - Motion Designer; Director; Brett Morris
X-Particles is an essential tool in my creative workflow - whether it be for creating daily images or commercial client projects. It allows me to quickly and intuitively throw together visual concepts or drill down into more complex, technical setups. The integrated interactive and video manual are outstanding, and if you can’t get the answers there, the support team are personal and very quick to help out. - Joey Camacho, Raw & Rendered