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12 December 2010, 11:43 AM
Hi, not sure if this is of any use to anyone… I've included a link below to an Xpresso camera I made recently which I call the DoFcam.

The idea is that it will adjust the camera's front and rear blur automatically depending on your camera settings and according to a real physical depth of of field formula… Cinema will use this camera information when outputting your depth map channel – just activate the Depth channel in your Multi-Pass render to use in compositing.

The reason I made the DoFcam was because I wanted to output depth maps from Cinema which at least had some kind of real physical foundation. I also wanted the camera's depth/blur settings to change automatically during animation when linked to a target object.

The camera itself is very simple, I've just added some user data under the heading DoFcam which includes a Target Object link (which you don't need to use if you don't want to), an f-stop parameter and 2 optional adjustment parameters. I've also made a quick video (link below) explaining the above.

I've done my best to test everything works OK, but if you come across anything wrong with it, please let me know. One problem I did encounter was with the Document Scale parameter in C4D12's Project Settings. Although it doesn't appear to break the camera, I think it's best to keep this set to millimetres so that the measurements make sense…

DoFcam for C4D 11.5 (

DoFcam for C4D 12 (

DoFcam Demonstration video (

Depth map tester vid (

12 December 2010, 11:53 AM
Thanks for this little "xmas gift" :) looks very usefull.. goin to test it ! :)

Tiago Saraiva

12 December 2010, 07:16 PM
Brilliant!:applause: I've wanted something like this in Cinema for a long time...many thanks! :thumbsup:

12 December 2010, 05:13 PM
Cheers Benek, this should be very useful for animation as well as still photography kinda projects. :) Nice of you to provide an instructional vid on how it works. Lovely ball bearing demo. :)

Thanks :thumbsup:

12 December 2010, 05:26 AM
Oh nice one :) Very very helpful. Thanks for sharing...

12 December 2010, 03:14 PM
Thanks a lot,

for this useful little helper.


01 January 2011, 08:56 PM
does it work with Vray?

01 January 2011, 09:56 PM
I don't own Vray, so I can't confirm that. But I don't see why it wouldn't. It's just a regular Cinema 4D camera with an Xpresso node. If you can use a normal C4D camera with Vray, it should work.

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