Cinema 4D / BodyPaint 3D Program Documentation Reference Cinema 4D Cinema 4D Prime Render Menu
Function available in CINEMA 4D Prime, Visualize, Broadcast, Studio & BodyPaint 3D

Make Preview

Make Preview creates a preview of the rendered animation. The preview will be played in the Cinema 4D Picture Viewer. Enhanced OpenGL offers excellent render quality when creating preview movies (make sureEnhanced OpenGL is activated in the editor view’s Display menu).

Preview Mode

Use these settings to define the quality of the preview render. In addition to such settings as Software OpenGL = OpenGL on the CPU/Hardware OpenGL = OpenGL on the graphics card, an animation in full render quality (Full Render reflects the current render settings) can be output.

All Frames

The animation will be rendered in its entirety.

Preview Range

Only those frames within the preview range will be rendered.


Enable this option if you want to manually define an animation range.

From … To

Only those frames defined within the From and To range will be rendered.

Image Size

Enter the width for the preview movie. The height is calculated automatically using the Film Format ratio defined on the render settings Output page. The resolution is shown to the right of the input box.

Cinema 4D lets you use mathematical formulae in input boxes. For example, if you want the preview resolution to be a quarter of 640 x 480, you can enter 640/4 into the Image Size input box.


Here you can select the desired video format. Details regarding these formats and their settings (Options button) can be found in the attachment.


The rendered preview animations are saved in the user directory with the file name Preview.avi or, respectively.

You can terminate the preview render by executing the command again.

Frame Rate

Here you can enter the frame rate (images per second) for the video.