Reference Cinema 4D Cinema 4D Prime Configuration Preferences
Function available in CINEMA 4D Prime, Visualize, Broadcast, Studio & BodyPaint 3D

Content Browser

Show Folders First

This option only applies to the right content window and defines whether or not contents in this window will be shown first. Otherwise, directories and files will be treated equally and sorted according to the View / Sort By option.

Sort while Searching

This option defines whether or not the search results should be sorted during the search or after the search has been completed. The latter will produce faster search results. The fastest results can be achieved if Unsorted is selected, which will not sort the results at all.

Timeout (sec) [10..600]

With this option you can prevent the Content Browser from taking too long when scanning directories, e.g., if files contain GI. If the limit set with this slider is exceeded, the Content Browser will use the editor view instead of the rendered preview. If this method also exceeds the slider’s settings as well, the Content Browser will remember this file and not even attempt to render a preview the next time it’s accessed. You can, though, manually force the Content Browser to render a preview by right-clicking on the item and selecting the Create Preview option.


If this option is active, thumbnails of known file formats will be shown. Since generating such previews can take quite some time, deactivating this option will display standard icons.

Width [128..1024]
Height [128..1024]

Defines the size with which the thumbnails should be saved, internally. The maximum size can be displayed in the preview window if the preview window is scaled large enough. Otherwise, thumbnails will be displayed with a maximum size of 256 x 256 pixels in the content list. The internal database will, though, swell quickly in size if too many large previews are saved.


Select the quality of the preview images by selecting an option from the list.

Render Project

Activate this option if the thumbnails should be displayed in rendered quality instead of editor view quality. Since this process can take quite a long time, you can use the timeout slider described above to limit the time the Content Browser will occupy with this task.