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  • C4D Lite v22 – want to open old C4D files, anyway to access r19?

    Posted by Graham Quince on March 7, 2021 at 10:24 am


    Apologies if this has been asked and answered many times before, I searched but couldn’t find anything.

    I used to own a copy of C4D Studio r16, made many projects on it, but have long since ceased to use it. I use AE’s included C4D Lite these days if I need any 3D. Trouble is I now want to access a couple of my old files and have discovered they won’t open. I’ve found some help guides which suggest that opening them in r19 then saving resolves this, but I can’t see a way to install r19 through Creative Cloud.

    Has anyone encountered this and is there another option I’m not aware of?

    Bryna Smith replied 2 years ago 4 Members · 12 Replies
  • 12 Replies
  • Jim Scott

    March 7, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Hi Graham,

    I’m not familiar with that issue but if you want me to try opening and saving the files in R19 I would be glad to try.

  • Graham Quince

    March 7, 2021 at 2:40 pm

    That’s very generous of you, thank you. I’ve sent you a connect request, I haven’t tried before, but presumably that will allow me to DM you.

    Thanks again.

  • Jim Scott

    March 7, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Glad to help. I don’t know much about the connect request, but every time I try to accept yours I get an error message telling me to try again. If you only have a couple of files just post them here.

  • Jim Scott

    March 7, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    I just tried again and I’m now connected with you, but I don’t know what that does for us.

  • Graham Quince

    March 7, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Thanks Jim. I can’t actually see a method to contact you, could i ask you to drop me a line at shiveringc AT please?

    That way you’re not having to post your email address (and this is my public facing one)

  • Jim Scott

    March 7, 2021 at 3:54 pm


  • Brie Clayton

    March 7, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Hello @jimscott4, I’ve sent you an email!

  • Jim Scott

    March 7, 2021 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks Brie

  • Graham Quince

    March 8, 2021 at 10:37 am

    For anyone searching about this solution, I thought I’d update you, with Jim’s help, the resaved version worked. Obviously we can’t all send our files to Jim Scott, so I’ve contacted Maxon support to see if I get a response. I’ll post their answer (and fingers crossed) solution here.

    Thanks again Jim, Creative Cow always comes through for me.

  • Graham Quince

    March 8, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    Maxon’s team have replied quickly promptly.

    Thank you for reaching out, apologies but it is not possible to downgrade to a previous version of Cinema 4D Lite uses.
    There were major changed in the licensing method between R20 and R21, and out Lite licences only currently work with S22/R23 as this is what currently ships with Adobe AfterEffects.
    How many files do you need to convert? If it’s just 1 or 2 I can do that for you …

    All in, I think that’s a fair enough response. I asked if it was possible to get Lite r19.

    I work for a software company and I understand that there can be unforeseen consequences when featuresare updated. Their offer for 1 or 2 files is nice enough and I’ll take them up on the offer should I need it.

    I just wish I’d been informed when I still had r20 installed.

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