(78 customer reviews)

Current version 0.7

hot4DHOT4D allow you to create Ocean that look real.

HOT means Houdini Ocean Toolkit. It’s a plugin for Houdini created by Drew Whitehouse based on a Jerry Tessendorf paper.

It allow you to create a surface that look like a deep ocean.
I’ve decided to almost “copy/paste” the code to allow cinema4D’s users access this tool.

The plug-in is on alpha stage. It mean all functions are not implemented yet or will be removed.




With the new version for R21 you can now loop the animation, and as in R20 you can use fields. It’s using now Vertex Color tag instead of Vertex map.
(the foam will not loop, this will be added to the next version)

90 frames examples

And a new effector to animate directly clones or matrices

For Cinema4D R21 both osx and Windows

Download “HOT4D R21”
Version 0.7 Downloaded 16372 times

For Cinema4D R20 both OSX and Windows you only need to download this zip file.

Download “HOT4D R20”
Version 0.4 Downloaded 25721 times


for cinema4D R14 and up to R19. (64 bits only)
Windows 7 and OSX.

Download “HOT4D”
Version 0.3 Downloaded 192355 times

Windows users need to unzip the FFTW Libraries to the cinema4D’s directory

Download “FFTW” Downloaded 219487 times

The source code can be found on GitHub 

If you want to support and make a donation.

If you got some issue installing hot4d, watch this tutorial from John Burdock

Amazing Tutorial from Bob Walmsley



78 reviews for hot4D

  1. Ys

    Thanks for your works!

  2. joscha

    Thank you so much for this.

    I am trying to blend the materials (water with foam) but the vertex map is super pixelish, very uncrips even though i have a looot of polygons. Any tip how to get good results with redshift? Thanks in advance! I use the Vertex Points like suggested, maybe that is the problem

  3. mebarki amar

    5 Stars

  4. MJ

    When will be HOT4D for R22 released? I really want to use this plugin for my project, but it doesn’t work with R22.

  5. Peter

    Whatever I do, I cant get it to show up in my plugins. I used it before with R19, but now with R21 it just doesnt want to appear. Can someone please help me? Mac.

  6. Peter

    Whatever I do, I cant get it to show up in my plugins. I used it before with R19, but now with R21 it just doesnt want to appear. Can someone please help me? Mac.

  7. Mostyn

    Can’t get it to work with R20. Plugin appears in plugins list but only a question mark in the data panel on RHS. can’t seem to get it to work? Any ideas?

    Also, have a version of R21 that i also tried but couldn’t get it to work with that either?

  8. Mike

    Great plugin. I’ve used it for many projects. I figured out how to create foam in R21. The trick is in how you create the Vertex Color Map. Here’s what worked for me,
    1. Select your plane object
    2. Make it editable by clicking "C".
    3. Switch to points mode but DO NOT click on your plane to select any points
    4. With your plane still selected in the objects panel, go to Tools > Paint Tool
    5. Paint a small circle on your plane (it should paint a few points white) This will also create a Vertex Color Map tag on your plane
    6. Double click the Vertex Color Tag and hit Apply All (This will turn all of the points on your plane white)
    7. Click the Vertex Color Map Tag 1 time. and rename it Jacob.
    8. Select Do Jacobian in Hot 4D
    9. Drag the "Jacob" Vertex Color Tag to the Jminus Map field in Hot4D
    10. Repeat these steps for the "Foam" Vertex Color Map. Remember to click off of the "Jacob" map first.

    Good Luck!

  9. Gurt

    Please Help, I followed the instructions to install this plugin but when I go back into c4d R21 I cant see the plugins tab, I am currently on a trial account does this matter?

  10. Robert Dykes

    I am using C4D R21. The color vertex tag replaces the vertex weight tag for the animated vertex mapping in the ocean waves tutorial. To get the same effect, apply the color vertex tag to object, go to point mode and select all the points. Double click the tag and make sure the mode is set to normal with 100% opacity, then click "apply all." Apply the Color Vertex tag into the jminus field in the hot4d deformer and it should play back in black and white. Make sure there is enough geometry on the object to get good feed back. Hopefully that clears up some confusion.

  11. Oliver

    Terrific work! really the best ocean plugin for cinema 4d.

    Just one issue. The jacobian vertex color works fine but produce a "flicker" in the vertex color tag. Do you know why is this possible?


  12. Tim

    I straight up love this problem, however when using Vertex Color Tags, for my Jminus Map, the Jacob_Threshhold slider doesn’t work.

  13. Each

    Always been great but I don’t understand how it works with R21? Been trying this for ages. I know it says to use vertex colour map instead but how? I did what you said in another comment but that wasn’t too helpful, need more explanation then just use vertex colour map? Can you give a more detailed explanation of how this works?

  14. Milisav Velenderic

    Not working in c4d r19, win 10 64bit

  15. Mat

    Great product, I love the flexibility and possibilities this plug in gives you.

    One Question though, with hot4d r21 version 0.7, my foam map is looped in the Viewport, but in my Render the foam isn’t looped anymore? Is there any way to fix this?

  16. Irad

    Awesome plugin! Anyone know how to update a project using an older version of Hot4D so it will be recognized by the r21 version of the plugin? Trying not to lose my settings!

  17. elin

    Thanks for the reply! and thanks for the plugin! if I monetize it ill chuck some change your way 😉

  18. elin

    Love this BUT…., posted this on another page here so sorry to spam, but can someone tell me why "SET VERTEX WEIGHT" tags (for foam and Jacob) are always flat red? Theres no yellow info 🙁

    • valkaari

      answer below, Now you have to use Vertex Color Tag (forgot to add this fact xD)

  19. Benjamin Petzuch

    Great plugin. It works like a charm in R20. There’s only one thing:
    I’m currently using this plugin in my C4D Student’s version R20 where I don’t have any problems. Now I tried the trial of C4D R21 and no matter what I’ve been trying by now, my vertex map is always completely red.

    My steps: Creating plane, increasing the segments, adding hot4D, making the plane editable. Making some adjustments in hot4D. Then selecting plane -> point mode -> set vertex weight -> enter. Adding the created vertex map to the Jminus Map and selecting "Do Jacobian". Returning to frame one and click play: The map remains all red!

    And yes, I’ve added the FFTW Libraries to both versions!

    Anybody else having problems in R21 with creating vertex maps?

    Regards, Benjamin

    • valkaari

      First, with the R20 you don’t need the FFTW anymore (it’s already there) And r21 version is not using it at all.

      R21 is now using the Vertex Color tag instead of Vertex map. This is a bit faster and better.


  20. Hermschen

    Hey, is there way to add ship bow waves?. For example for a battle ship with high speeds?
    Great work btw. You helped me out a lot

  21. paule fiedler

    super plugin

    thanks for your work, really

  22. Matt

    R21 looping! you sir are a legend! thank you kindly!

  23. Winbush

    Awesome thanks for the R21 update!
    Just as a heads up I did a tutoril recently showing how to use Hot4D with X-Particles to emit foam.

  24. James

    R20 – the squares of resolution are clearly visible, phong doesn’t seem to have any effect. Cannot render realistic in Octane or Redshift as I can clearly see squares at most resolutions

  25. Aram

    This plugin is awesome and a great time saver. Do you have any plans for an r21 release?

  26. Matt

    Hi! Do you have an R21 update at all?

    many thanks!

  27. Nestor

    Could someone tell me how it is installed on Mac please!!!

  28. Matt

    I’m getting some dodgy phong / hard edges inside of cinema 4D studio R20 with hot4dR20. this happens almost instantly as soon as I add a default plane, width and height of 400 and standard segments of 20. When I do the exact same thing inside of cinema 4D R18 this does not happen and the edging is smooth. what is happening?! Works fine in R18 with the older version but not in R20 for me. What am I doing wrong?

  29. Aaron

    This plugin is great! But it has a bug in R20 version. The Point Selection won’t update. Any chance fix this?

    • valkaari

      Did you checked "do jacobian" ?

  30. Leo

    Hi there, this plugin is cutting edges !

    Crazy thing !! Well done !!!

    Just have a question, I’m trying to follow you tutorial and I’m gone to the Spray part.

    The problem is, my matrix object, which should create objects dynamically based on my fractals, isn’t working. I’m on R20, maybe the matrix object paramters have changed ? would be glad if you know about tthis issue… Open to discuss about it !!

    Have a niceday !

  31. Phil S

    Plugin works like a charm !!! awesome … but how are the foam maps working? … there is nothing installed … or i just did’t find it… could you help me out?

    • valkaari

      I’ve Added a link to a tutorial on how to make / use the foam map.

  32. Thomas

    The Plugin doesnt’t work at R 20 could you make a Install-Video pleas?

    • valkaari

      use the new version and check the maxon help here

  33. robo

    very nice plugin. btw hot4d works with r20 if you place the insydium plugin-bridge files into the hot4d pluginfolder.

    • valkaari

      or now you can use the new R20 version

  34. Jez

    Great plug in. If it could be made available for R20 I’d happily pay for it. (This is worth paying for!)

    • valkaari

      and you did 🙂

  35. Björn

    Could you tell us are you planning to update this plugin for R20? Is it a question of money/donation? Thank you for a brief response.

  36. Jorge António Filipe Ramos

    i want this plugin C4D R20

  37. charlie

    it doesn’t work on r20

  38. Karna Majhi

    so nice plugin ,thanks and hope for other free plugins

  39. Karna Majhi

    Thanks a lot dear .It works better for me in r19

  40. R20 Fields

    I love this plugin bro please im begging update it to r20

  41. Drew Yeaton

    Would also love an R20 update. Alternatively, the community could help keep this up-to-date too. Is there any info on building this plug-in?

  42. Björn

    Would be great to have an update for R20

  43. Cem

    awesome thanks. I did this for the first attempt /c4d r19 w octane render

  44. 崔淼

    heybudy, how do you make the picture 3, this plugin just has 2048 pixel,so how can you make the ocean looks like infinite and not lose the pixel?

  45. PJStyx

    when will hot4d be compatible with c4d r2o

  46. Sicong Tian

    cant show up in r19, followed everystep

  47. Mirko

    Doesn’t work with r20, any chances for update?

    • valkaari


  48. Aymix

    I cant get the foam vertex maps to work! im on r19 and I follow every tutorial TO THE STEP
    and it doesnt work for me, everything else does however.

  49. Guillaume

    Thanks so much for this plugin, it’s an amazing work! For the people who want to loop the waves is the solution: Thanks to Bob Walmsley.

  50. Frank Seager

    Used this plugin before on r19, but won’t show up now for some reason.

  51. m0nkeybear

    Disappeared from my plugins, though seemed to work fine before. I tried reinstalling, but it’s still not in the plugins list. I’m using R17.016. What could be the problem?

  52. Kate An

    Thank you~~

  53. Marji

    Any body know why it’ snot working on High siera OS and cinema 4d 19?

    • valkaari

      It should work. I’m myself using high sierra and R19.

  54. Will

    I can’t seem to get this to work in the lite version. Does it work it Cinema 4D lite?

    • valkaari

      it doesn’t work with the lite version. Sorry.

  55. Mucahit

    Thanks it is great

  56. Tony

    Just fantastic! Thank you so much for your efforts!

  57. NADJIO

    You are great man keep the good work

  58. vritelis

    A wonderful and generous gift from Valkaari. 10 out of ten.Thank you so much. Bob Warmsley on youtube does wonderful tutorials using this plug in

  59. Hendrik

    Thanks Buddy!

  60. jump far above

    thank you

  61. BAKR


  62. HEO

    i love U X)
    it’s god!
    it’s good plugin!

  63. Michael

    Plugin works great on R16. Haven’t tried it in later builds of Cinema, but I’m looking forward to trying it. Thanks for your hard work on it.


    Amazing!!!!! Really helpful, thank you!!!!


    AMAZINNGGGGGG. This helped me a lot!!!!

  66. praveen

    please give 32 bit version too for r14 i really like this plugin please give

  67. praveen

    i like the plugin but i dont have 32 bit please give a 32 bit version too please hope this come soon

  68. Rahi

    Works perfectly on R18, thank you!

  69. Christopher Manzione

    Sorry for the bad review. For some reason I turned OpenGL off then back on and now it is working just great! 🙂

  70. Christopher Manzione

    The plugin is not loading a mesh when I load it in C4D17 on a mac?

  71. Stefano Giacomell

    I’d need some help to install it on version R17…can’t seem to make it work, plugin doesn’t appear in C4D.
    Anyone knows how to fix this?
    Thx for the help!

  72. Chris

    Perfect Plugin. But please please please bring an R18 compatible version!!!

    • valkaari

      it does work on r18

  73. andy

    R18 crashes at startup
    (W7 x64 C4D R18 .028)

    deleting fftw library files helps to start Cinema but looks like plugin dosen’t work
    please update it as soon as possible for R18

    • valkaari

      no problem here.

  74. Lyndsay

    Does it work with 18? I can’t seem to get it to show up.

  75. Ecko

    Hi thanks for your work! btw i have a lil problem! i use c4d r17 on mac and I can see the plugin but, when i use it, i think it doesn’t works in the good way.
    i saw some video where, in a "clean file", if i click on the HOT4D plugin it should creates a default ocean surface, but to me nothing show off.
    when i use it on a surface, or solid, it changes the shape, but really far from a water looking object… i tried to change the settings, but i didn’t find a solution… there is some C4D setting that i have to set properly before to use this plugin?
    it looks really cool and i really would like to make it work!=) thank you again for your work!

    • valkaari

      You have to use a plane well subdivided.

  76. Nam

    this helped my project tremendously! Thanks for sharing!

  77. adam

    Absolutely love this plugin.

  78. John

    I love this plugin! Its just amazing what you can do with it! 5 Stars!

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