September 3, 2022 Linh Nguyen

Displacement Troubleshootings in Octane for Cinema 4D

At iRender, day by day we try to make every little thing better. We bring the power of thousands of friendly and easy-to-use GPUs directly to your desk and keep your ideas moving. For some unknown reason, regular Cinema 4D doesn’t work with Octane displacement. In this article, iRender will give you some solutions when this error occurs.

1. What is Displacement?

Displacement is one of the more processing-intensive things you can do in a render engine. Preparation time is needed while the (sometimes big) source picture and (occasionally dense) base geometry are fed into Octane.

The geometry of the objects in a scene is specified by polygons in 3D applications. The more polygons a model has, the more efficient and manageable it is, but the harder it is to obtain fine detail on the surface. To add more surface detail to a model, you may either add more polygons or use textures to deceive the eye into believing there is more geometry than there actually is.

2. Troubleshooting Tips with error “It is not working”

2.1. About the plugin

Before you do anything else, pause the render, hit the [R] button in the Octane Live Viewer to do a full refresh of the scene, and then hit the Octane button to start it up again. This will clear out the cache from the GPU and send everything into VRAM again.

2.2. Check the texture itself

Run the ImageTexture node into the albedo channel in place of the displacement node. To solve the issue, make a new plane with segments that are 500×500 and apply the material to it rather than copying the tag from your model. If flattened copy saving fails, the problem is generally unrelated to textures.

2.3. Check the model

If you’re utilizing vertex displacement, make sure you have enough geometry, either by subdivision or segments to move the polygons such that something can be seen. Ensure that every normal is straight and looking outward. Verify that any polygon options are linked to the appropriate materials if there are any.

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Linh Nguyen

Hi everyone. I work as an Assistant Customer at iRender. I always hope to know more 3D artists, data scientists from all over the world.


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