Live viewer

The most important part of Octane. Here you will see all the elements in your scene in real time. Materials, lights, objects and much more will be instantly in front of you and you will enjoy it very much. Since there is a paradigm shift here, you may being a stranger at first in LV, but you will get used to it and can not give up. Moving from such flawed viewport displays to Octane LV will both amaze you and make you addicted. Most likely you will not go back to your previous rendering habits.

In this section we will take a closer look at the features of Live Viewer. We'll create most of the tools from here that we need. LV gives us a lot of possibilities: materials, textures, light and camera creation, selections, DOF adjustment, viewing of motion blur, assign materials to another object, copying, pasting, and much more. We'll look at these options in the next chapters.

And best of all, we are going to make all of these in Real Time.


Let's briefly look at the general structure of LV. The options you see in the picture below consists of three main section:

1- Live Viewer Menus Section.

2- Live Viewer Commands Section.

3- Live Viewer Info&Progress Section.

We will describe each of these sections in detail.  


Navigating in LV is quite enjoyable. Just as you did in Cinema 4D's viewport, you can navigate in LV using the ALT+Mouse LMB/RMB/MMB buttons.

Every camera navigation you make in Cinema viewport or LV is synchronized with each other unless you deactivate the from the LV menus/Options/Check Camera.

Info: You can navigate without creating the Octane Camera


When working in LV, you can access some menus, commands or shortcuts via the context menu. To do this, right-click on the LV and select the option to use from the drop-down context menu. This menu works with the trigger mechanism, which means that different options may be available depending on the area, object or material you click in LV. Or the previous options may not be available. Let's look at these options:


When you right-click on any object in LV and select this command, the Node Editor window opens and you can see the corresponding material setup. See Node editor for detailed explanation.

prevIew mode

When you right-click on any object in LV and select this command, the LV window changes to preview of the corresponding material. In this new LV mode, you can see the material in more detail. Right click again when you want to close the Preview window and choose "Disable Preview Mode" from the context menu.  

select materIal

When you right-click on any object in LV and select this command, you can see the selected in the C4D's material window.  

copy & paste materIal

You can copy and paste from any object's material and to any object in LV by using these commands.

create materIals

You can also create materials from here. See "Live Viewer Menus" section for detailed explanation.

Select object

You can select any object in LV window. Selected object will be active in the C4D's Object manager.


You can use focus center selection in LV. See the "Octane Camera Tag" for detailed explanation.

Remove Object TAG

You can remove any "Octane Object Tag" from the selected object in LV. Right click the corresponding object and use this command.  

toggle INFO

Toggles any information display in LV. You can also click anywhere in LV to toggle on or off.

enable render RegIon

See the "Live Viewer Commands" section for details.


Show your current rendered image in picture viewer.


See the "Live Viewer Menus" section for details.