Cinema 4D 12 Dynamics using Bullet adds constraints, springs, soft body and .bullet export

From the Maxon website, the latest Cinema 4D release 12 adds improved Bullet Dynamics support:

“Drop everything and let the laws of physics take over with the new rigid body dynamics in CINEMA 4D Studio. Based on the production-proven Bullet engine, the dynamic simulations are rock-solid stable and simple to use. Simulations can include thousands of objects and millions of polygons. Just add a tag to any object and let the forces of nature take over. Collisions can be detected for any shape – even concave surfaces. Hierarchies can be treated as a single object or individual dynamic bodies.

With just a click of the mouse, your hard bodies transform into soft and springy structures. Soft body simulations in CINEMA 4D Studio are simple to setup and offer amazing flexibility. You can easily adjust how soft and springy each object should behave, using vertex maps for point-level control.”

Download a demo version that supports all those features including .bullet export here:
Watch some cool video tutorials here:

Bullet in SIGGRAPH collision detection course, Toy Story 3 game, Sherlock Holmes and A-Team movie

On Monday July 25th, 2-5PM at the SIGGRAPH conference in Los Angeles we  discussed recent improvements in the Bullet collision detection pipeline in our SIGGRAPH course “Recent Advances in Real-Time Collision and Proximity Computations for Games and Simulations“. Thanks for all questions and feedback! See the slides here.

Disney Avalanche just shipped their Toy Story 3 game for PlayStation 3, XBox 360 and Wii, and it uses Bullet physics.

Weta Digital integrated Bullet in their in-house FX pipeline tool called wmRigid, and one of the first releases using the rigid body simulation is the A-Team movie, thanks to Ronnie for letting us know!

“I work at Framestore, and spent several months last year developing a tool called “fBounce”, which allows artists to run Bullet rigid body simulations through Maya. The tool has been used on a few productions now, but the only one released so far is Sherlock Holmes, which won the VES award for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture. There’s an article on the fxguide website about the effects, which mentions fBounce twice!”

Thanks a lot Kate for sharing this information. See the original posting here.

Bullet 2.76 out, new binary .bullet file format with Maya and Blender authoring tool support


The new Bullet 2.76 SDK includes several new features and improvements. The new btInternalEdgeUtility avoid collisions against internal edges for smooth sliding along a triangle mesh. The cross-platform cmake build system support is improved and preparations are made towards upcoming OpenCL GPU acceleration for Bullet 3.x.

The new binary file format improves current and future tools support for Bullet.

The extensible .bullet file serialization is cross-compatible between 32/64bit, little and big endian, single and double precision and different Bullet SDK versions.  This means you can export a .bullet file in Maya 64bit on a little endian Intel machine and import it on a 32bit big endian PlayStation 3.

For download of Bullet,  the new Maya Dynamica plugin and further information see

Zero Gear and Cocoto games are using Bullet Physics


January 12th marks the official release date of the PC kart game Zero Gear by NimbleBit! For the low price of only $19.99 you can beat up your friends in 18 different levels, in customizable karts and characters. Play with physically based weapons, earn achievements and compete in many different game modes.

It uses Bullet for its physics and Ogre 3D for graphics rendering.

Check it out and buy it online on either Steam or


Go fishing for gifts!

Play either one of the 4 characters of Cocoto’s world and go fishing for treasures in one of the 4 magical environments of this famous series: Abyss, Atlantis, Jungle and Heaven. Watch out, each world will have its own challenges and gifts!

See also or the announcement on the Bullet forums.

2012 uses Bullet

Digital Domain and Sony Pictures used Bullet Physics Simulation for a lot of the rigid body special effects in the movie 2012. and CG Society have more details about the special FX in this movie, or you can check out the upcoming Issue 120 of Cinefex. Apart from the Maya Bullet Dynamica plugin, Cinema 4D 11.5 Bullet integration into MoDynamics and Blender 3D Bullet integration there is now a new open source Houdini plugin for Bullet rigid body simulation available. Special thanks to Nafees Bin Zafar!

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