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The Ultimate Octane Masterclass

The worlds most comprehensive training for Octane Render in Cinema 4D.


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Unleash the power of Octane.

The first step toward professional rendering is chosing the right renderer. We’ve been using Octane Renderer® in production for several years now and highly recommend it if you want to lift your rendering game. However there has been a lack of training available for Octane … until now.

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Includes The Octane Materials Masterclass

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Includes The Octane Lighting and Rendering Masterclass


This course was designed for intermediate users.


English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish captions.

English audio

The course has been recorded in English.

Online support

Have questions? Live chat with us or post your question for all to see.


What will you learn from this course?

We literally cover almost every feature so you can know it inside out and master the plugin.


We’ll start by covering each of the Material Types in Octane incl. Diffuse, Glossy, Specular, Metallic, Universal, Toon, Mix, Blend & Portal Materials.

16 Lessons
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Shader nodes

We’ll cover every Octane node to create your shaders and materials. We’ll see examples of what each node does and how to use them in your workflow.

53 Lessons
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Material Projects

We’ll build materials together and share loads of tips on how to get great looking shaders and physically accurate results. All Project Files are included.

9 Lessons
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Often overlooked is the importance of lighting. We take a look at each and every option available to us in Octane. Time to start lighting like a boss!

11 Lessons
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There’s a lot more to it than just slapping in a camera. Let’s go through the all the different camera modes and effects so you can become a true CG Cinematographer.

10 Lessons


Let’s get your work of art out there! We dive deep into the Octane render settings and let you in on some speed and quality tips and tricks.

13 Lessons
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Lighting & Rendering Projects

Let’s light and render some epic projects! Step-by-step guidence in creating profesionaly lit and rendered scenes in Octane. Plus we’re adding more all the time…

2 Lessons

Course Content

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Material Projects

We'll create the following materials together in the material projects section of the course. We plan to add more too.

Includes Octane Material Library
The course includes a plug-and-play Octane Material library with 100 prebuilt materials. We’re also adding new materials all the time!

Who should take this course?

This masterclass is ideal for anyone learning Octane for Cinema 4D.


Using Octane as a hobby? Get better acquainted with it.


Using Octane every day? Become the Octane guru of the office.


Impress your clients with your expert Octane knowlegedge.


Start early and learn the right way from the beginning.

Lighting Templates

The following lighting template scenes are included with the course. Just switch out the objects with your own models. We plan to add more too.

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Your instructor

Dave Bergin

Hey it's Dave from CG Shortcuts! I'm a motion graphics artist now based in sunny Australia.

I've been working in the industry for 15 years, most of which was spent at various studios in London UK (I was lucky enough to do loads of travel as well!).

I've worked for brands like Disney, Fox, Porsche, American Express and more, mainly for UK, US and European clients.

I'm now freelancing and teaching right here at CG!







Student reviews

What people are saying

It helped me tremendously.
This is one of the most professional and detailed course about lighting and rendering out there. Every aspect is brought straight to its point and very well explained. I am more than happy that i was able to take this course and can only HIGHLY recommend it, if you really want to take your lightning and rendering skills to the next level! It helped me tremendously with my future work!

Steve Amphaijit

A fantastic course all around.
I've been trying to wrap my head around the material side of things within Octane for sometime now, the variety of nodes, material types, etc... and am so happy I took the plunge and signed up for the course. I now have a much more solid knowledge base within Octane and would recommend this course to anyone.

Tanner Notch

Great training!
The level of details is amazing and the fact to be able to come back at it whenever you want is so helpful. Even though I was using Octane for a month I learned a lot. Vouch !

Marija Zivic

Loved this course.
Clear concise details on each aspect of the octane materials makes it easy to refer back to whenever you need a refresh. The tutorials for specific material creation towards the end of the course are a great way to tie all the learning together.

Cavey Davey

Great full course about Octane materials.
Great full course about Octane render materials, about each node with updates, cool examples, very like it!

Andrey Shishkin

The best course about Octane materials.
The best course about Octane material I know with detail explaining, easy to understand, example is useful and beautiful. It gave me motivation to learn more. Thanks for your professionalism.

Hai Nguyen

Frequently asked questions

What will I learn in this course?​

This course is designed to be the definitive resource for learning Octane Renderer in Cinema 4D. We cover every aspect of the software you need to know about. By the end of this course you’ll have a thourough understanding of the entire software and you’ll be able to create your own professional renders in Octane.

Where can I apply the skills I learn in this course?​

By the end of this course you'll know Octane Render like the back of your hand, you'll be an unstoppable rendering machine! Your new skills mean you're going to set up and render your scenes much faster, plus you'll know about almost every feature there is within Octane.

What software do I need?​

You need Maxon Cinema 4D (many of the techniques are achievable in older versions but Version 20 and above is recommended). You also need the Octane Render Plugin for Cinema 4D (Version 2018 and above is recommended but the concepts in this course apply to all versions).

What plugins do I need?​

You need the Octane Render Plugin for Cinema 4D from the Otoy website. It’s available to rent or buy and is quite affordable. The concepts in this course apply to all versions but Version 2018 and above is recommended.

What is the difference between this course and the other Octane Mastercalsses?

Our Ultimate Octane Masterclass includes The Octane Materials Masterclass AND the Octane Lighting and Rendering Masterclass (and some soon to be released extra exlusive content) and is our complete training on everything you need to know about Octane.

The Materials Masterclass is focused on Material creation in Octane. The Lighting and Rendering Masterclass is focused on Lighting, Camera and Rendering in Octane. The Ultimate Octane course covers everything.

What knowledge do I need to complete the course?​

A basic level of Cinema 4D and Octane Render should be fine for this course.

What will I get after enrolling?​

Lifetime access to the course videos (More than 10 hours over 100 videos and growing), several C4D Project Files, 1 x Octane Material Library (currently 100 materials), Exclusive support, continuous updates and new content added regularly.

Is this course included in membership?​

This is a (HUGE) Pro Series course and much larger than our other courses. As such it's not included in membership unfortunately.

Does the course cover creating the shots in the promo video?

The promo video was created with materials and lighting settings from the course to demonstrate what is possible when you have a good understanding of material creation. We do not cover creating the promo video itself but the concepts you need to understand to create professional looking materials. This is not an animation course but you can check out our other courses and free tutorials to learn more about mograph animation.

If I purchase the course is it mine to keep?​

Yep, if you purchase it, it's yours to keep!

The Ultimate Octane Masterclass

The new course by CG Shortcuts designed to help you master materials, lighting & rendering in Octane Renderer for Cinema 4D.

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