Cinema 4D Cinema 4D Prime Create Menu Modeling Objects Instance Object
Function available in CINEMA 4D Prime, Visualize, Broadcast, Studio & BodyPaint 3D
Instance Object

Basic Coord. Object

Object Properties

Reference Object

To create an instance of an object, select the object in the Object Manager that you want to instance and choose Objects / Modeling / Instance. The instance now appears in the Object Manager.

To change which object is referenced, first select the Instance object in the Object Manager to display its settings in the Attribute Manager. On the Attribute Manager’s Object page, you will find a box called Reference Object. Drag & drop the name of the object that you want to be instanced from the Object Manager into the Reference Object box.

In addition, three commands are available for the Instance object. To reach these commands, click the triangle next to the Reference Object box.


Removes the reference to the original object.

Show In Manager

Scrolls the Object Manager if necessary to make the original object visible.

Select Element

Selects the original object.

Instance Mode


An instance is a duplicate of the object to be duplicated. It requires just as much memory as the original object. Nothing else happens if the Instance object is made editable. You will have a complete object that can be animated and modfied separately.

Render Instance

Use Render Instances for effects (e.g., Dynamics) that cannot be processed by the Multi-Instances option (these require additional resources).

Rendering using Render Instances is a special render method with which an almost unlimited number of Instances (with regard to geometry) can be rendered without overloading memory, as is the case with conventional Instances.

This means that thousands of complex Instances can be rendered without bogging down your computer’s memory:

Almost any number of Render Instances can be rendered in a single scene. Here the object at the right was cloned using a Cloner Object and its size randomized using the Random Effector.

More complex objects can of course be render instanced and an entire forest can be rendered in a single scene:

Render Instances do however have a few drawbacks:

The most important differences between Render Instances and the original object:

The Render Instances option can also be enabled for other duplicating objects (by which the original object, not the Instance object must be cloned):



See Multi-Instances.

To get the most out of Multi-Instances (multiple instances of the same type as in internally combined object), the Position Source setting must be defined.

Positions Source

The following 3 types of objects can be placed here:

  • Stantard particles’ Emitter object
  • Thinking Particles particle group
  • MoGraph Matrix object (you can also activate Multi-Instances directly in the Cloner object)

These objects supply positions, angles and sizes (in short, the matrix) for the instances.

Viewport Mode

See Viewport Mode.