To make Arnold your default renderer you must execute the following steps:

  1. Create a new empty scene in CINEMA 4D.

  2. Go to the render settings and select Arnold Renderer.

  3. Define your default settings (e.g. resolution, samples, etc.).
  4. Save your scene to the C4D install folder (where the CINEMA 4D executable is located [c:\Program Files\MAXON\CINEMA 4D R18 on Windows, /Applications/MAXON/CINEMA 4D R18 on OSX]) using the name new.c4d.

  5. Now when you open a new scene, it should contain your settings by default.


Note that using a default scene as described above stores all render settings. This means that if a default value changes in a new release you will still see the old value in a new scene. In this case, you have to remove new.c4d, create a new empty scene and save it again.

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