C4d Tips - Set Your Own Custom Preset

C4d Tips - Set Your Own Custom Preset

This article is organized from the leading cloud rendering services provider in the CG industry, Fox Renderfarm. This is a Cinema 4D tips, I hope it can help you. First of all, let's ask you the following questions first.

Have you ever tried to customize the UI layout in Cinema 4D and want to use the same layout on other machines?

Have you tried changing the settings of the shortcut keys in c4d and want this setting to follow you in the other machines?

Do you want Cinema 4D to have a special set of its own, and this setting can be used with which machine you go to? When you don't use this machine, there is no trace of the machine you used.

When someone uses your Cinema 4D software, it shows the default settings, and when you use it yourself, it shows your own unique settings.

One day, when you want to make major changes to the settings of the c4d software, but are afraid of problems after the changes, is there a good way to restore the settings back to the beginning?

Have you ever thought about the Cinema R19 on the same machine, can be installed several versions of Arnold?

Ok, the following little tips can help you to solve the above questions.

The tips are to change the preset position of c4d, pointing to a different location in different situations.

In the normal situation, we open Ctrl+e in c4d to open the preset window. In the bottom "open preference folder", the default preset path of c4d is opened.

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In this directory, the plugin can be placed in the plugins directory, like some lighting presets or scene presets you can put in the library directory. Let's change the preset position to customize our own presets.

  1. Create a folder to place your preset. We tested it and put it in D:\Temp\C4d_R20.

C4d Tips - Set Your Own Custom Preset

  1. Create a bat file, the name can be a word or use that makes sense to you. Our test is called C4d_test.bat.

C4d Tips - Set Your Own Custom Preset

  1. Open the C4d_test.bat. Enter:"C:\Program Files\MAXON\CINEMA 4D R20\CINEMA 4D.exe" -g_prefspath="d:\temp\C4d_R20".
  2. Double-click it and run the C4d_test.bat.

    C4d Tips - Set Your Own Custom Preset

Open the software, Cinema 4D R20, then use ‘Ctrl+e’, to open the preset window, you can see that the default folder path has been pointed to the d:\temp\C4d_R20 directory, which we created.

C4d Tips - Set Your Own Custom Preset

Open the directory to see the same directory structure as the default directory.

C4d Tips - Set Your Own Custom Preset

  1. Let's understand the meaning of this sentence in bat:

"C:\Program Files\MAXON\CINEMA 4D R20\CINEMA 4D.exe" -g_prefspath="d:\temp\C4d_R20"

Among them: "C:\Program Files\MAXON\CINEMA 4D R20\CINEMA 4D.exe". This is the installation directory of Cinema 4D, you can change to your own Cinema 4D version and installation directory.


This is a c4d command that specifies a default directory for R16, R17, R18, R19, and R20.


The specified default directory can be replaced with the location you want to set the preset. This directory must exist.

It should be noted that,

  1. All punctuation marks in the command line are English symbols.


The ‘=’ there must be no spaces on both sides of the equal sign.

  1. Versions prior to C4d R15 include R15, R14, and R13, the ‘-g_prefspath’ is replaced with ‘-homedir’ and there is no ‘=’, it should be as follow,

"C:\Program Files\MAXON\CINEMA 4D R15\CINEMA 4D.exe" -homedir "d:\temp\C4d_R15"

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