November 16, 2023 Yen Lily

Some best plugins for Octane you need to know

OTOY Octane render is one of the most famous 3D plugins which artists and studios often use in many fields, because of its convenience and versatility. Although it’s a plugin with all the necessary features, you can still find many other cool tools or plugins to use with Octane, helping you achieve better result and saves time and money.

Today, let’s explore some best plugins for Octane you need to know.

Some best plugins for Octane you need to know

1. HDR Light studio

HDR Light Studio is standalone application for 3D lighting. It helps you create perfect custom lighting for your scene, product the effects you wish for without having to buy stock studio HDRI maps. You can even edit the existing lighting effects in your scene using this app. Moreover, it incorporates many VFX industry standards including OpenImageIO, OpenEXR, OpenColorIO (supporting ACES Color), Alembic, Collada, etc. making it a perfect choice for commercial 3D artists and studios.


        • Compatible with Octane Standalone, Octanerender with Cinema 4D, Houdini, Blender.
        • OS: Windows, macOS, Linux

2. Pixel Lab Material, Lighting and Texture pack for Octane

The packs is from Pixel Lab, containing materials, textures, lighting for Octane. Before, they are separate packs for materials, for lightings and for textures. But recently they have updated material pack to textures pack. You can buy and download those packs for a price of 445$ (Octane texture bundle) and 240$ (Octane lighting essentials bundle).

The texture pack contains over 500 materials/textures including leather, metal, glass, wood, stone, etc. You can use them for VFX, motion design, interior, contemparory design, etc.

The lighting essentials bundle contains volume 1,2,3 together, with over 50 professional lighting studio.


        • Compatible with Octanerender 3.8 or above, Cinema 4D R15 or above
        • OS: Windows, macOS

3. X-particles

X-Particles is a powerful particle simulation tool for Cinema 4D. It’s developed by Insydium, and has a long history of supporting Cinema 4D users to create complex particle effects such as fire, smoke, and water, with ease. You can simulate realistic Cloth, Smoke, Fire, Fluids, Grains and Dynamics, easily switch between motion graphics and VFX within a unified system.

X-Particles utilizes the CPU to cache each frame and stores the cache either in your RAM or on your permanent storage. It will need a processor with many cores and high clock.

If you use X-particles with Octane, you will need a little bit teak and extra steps to render it on Octane. Check this artcile Rendering X-particles in Octane for Cinema 4D for more detail on how to do it.


        • Compatible with Cinema 4D and Octane all versions, 64-bit
        • OS: Windows 7 or newer; OSX 10.10 or newer

4. TurbulenceFD

TurbulenceFD is also a plugins for Cinema 4D mainly and can be used with Octanerender. It’s used to simulate fire, smoke and other fluids. It uses a voxel-based solver which could help you control and create high quality simulations. It’s especially good at gaseous, so you can expect a realistic fire and smoke effects for explosions, fireplaces and more.

You can use GPU to speed up the simulations in TurbulenceFD, and if the VRAM is exceeded, the tool will switch back to the CPU. It’s very convenient when a plugin like Turbulence can utilize both GPU and CPU back and forth.


        • Compatible with Octane and Cinema 4D from R15, 64-bit
        • OS: Windows 7 or newer, OSX 10.13 or newer

5. RealFlow

RealFlow is another plugin supporting Cinema 4D and Octanerender. It’s for fluid simulation specifically for creating liquids such as water fore ocean scenes, and blood effects for horror films. It uses a particle-based solver, providing realistic and detailed simulations.

RealFlow for Cinema 4D supports GPU-based simulations and multi-core/multi-processor systems.


        • Compatible with Octane and Cinema 4D R18 – 2023 (64 bit only)
        • OS: Windows 7 (or higher) or macOS 10.9 (or higher)

Can you use those tools on iRender cloud rendering?

iRender provides you a high-performance and configurable server system for 3D rendering, AI Training, VR & AR, simulation, etc. We believe that design and creative activities are private and personal that only you artists will know what you want with your animation.

You can create a machine with pre-installed software (now we have Cinema 4D and Blender), or a blank machine then install any plugins and software you need. You should add your license, then render like you always do on your own PC.

For Octane, we suggest our multi RTX4090s or RTX3090s.

Let’s see some of Octane benchmark with Cinema 4D and Houdini on our package RTX 4090s:

Not only those powerful configuration, iRender also provides you more services. Free transferring tool named iRender drive for macOS or Linux users. For Windows users, we recommend using our all-in-one application iRender GPU to work, and you don’t need to come to our website. Our price is flexible with hourly rental which has pay-as-you-go basis, daily/ weekly/ monthly subscription with discount from 10-20%. Plus, you have 24/7 support service with real human who will support you whenever you encounter an issue.

Especially, if you use Cinema 4D, now you can access our remote servers without having to install the software. We have an option to choose pre-installed Cinema 4D, and provide you license free. For Octane render, kindly install and use your license.

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Thank you & Happy Rendering!



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