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So one of the big reasons I was so excited about using Cinema 4d version 11 on this new film is because of the NLA system in it... I had tested out creating some motion clips and all seemed to work fine... then I was reading in the cgtalk forums about people having poor viewport fps when converting animation to motion clips... So I got some of shots from the MSI video I did years ago and converted them to motion clips...

Shot1: Normal: 37fps Motion Clip: 20fps %46 slowdown
Shot2: Normal: 35fps Motion Clip: 30fps %15 slowdown
Shot3: Normal: 35fps Motion Clip: 28fps %20 slowdown
Shot4: Normal: 38fps Motion Clip: 20fps %48 slowdown

So based on this short test it seems converting to motion clips which you need to do to use the NLA system negatively affects viewport performance from roughly %15 - %50.... AND for everything Cinema 4d does GREAT which is a lot of things... the viewport performance was NOT one of the great things... and so it seems using the NLA system will make it even worse...

I was looking forward to using the NLA system to reuse and modify motions and to create my own library I could use to speed up production hmmmm...

Ah if it ends up being so slow its unusable I'll just use the same workflow to animate I used on the robot scenes on WATS... I just didn't reuse anything haha.... but the NLA can be REALLY handy to retime clips and mix them.... I'll have to do a lot more tests with it.... but I'm still doing layout for now....

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