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MAXON Computer GmbH

Scientific eye candy - renderbaron for ZDF

Marc Potocnik (renderbaron)

If high-quality visualizations of scientific subject matter is needed, the professionals at renderbaron are called upon to get the job done. For the ZDF documentary shows 'Abenteuer Wissen' (Learning Adventure) and 'Terra Xpress', renderbaron created spectacular animations that combined classic visualization with visual effects. Studio owner Marc Potocnik gives us a look behind the scenes at the lighting and rendering workflow for 'Scientific eye candy'.

Marc Potocnik

Marc Potocnik , Diplom-Designer, renderbaron,

renderbaron is an animation studio based in Düsseldorf, Germany and has been creating high-end 3D animations and visual effects for clients such as Audi, ZDF (German television), Siemens, BMW, Nokia, Wilkinson Sword and others since 2001. renderbaron is run by Marc Potocnik and offers the same high-end quality and dependability that larger studios offer.

renderbaron's references include 3D animations for the ZDF documentary show 'Terra Xpress' and 'Abenteuer Wissen' (Learning Adventure), visualizations for Audi and Siemens as well as television commercials for Wilkinson Sword and Nokia. renderbaron has a proven production pipeline based on CINEMA 4D and up to four production specialists on site.

Founder and owner Marc Potocnik studied communication design at the University of Düsseldorf and has over 17 years of professional experience. He is a MAXON Certified Instructor for lighting and rendering and also lectures at international conferences, most recently at Siggraph 2013 and IBC 2013.

MAXON Computer GmbH is a developer for 3D graphics software, offering professional 3D modeling, painting, animation, and rendering solutions.

MAXON's product line is centered around its core applications CINEMA 4D, a leading animation package for media production, and BodyPaint 3D, its pioneering 3D painting package. These award-winning applications are renowned for their ease of use, quick workflow, fast rendering and unmatched integration into leading compositing applications, such as Adobe After Effects, Apple Final Cut Pro or Apple Motion.

CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D have been used extensively in the advertising, film, television, science, architecture, design and other industries.

MAXON Computer was founded in 1986, and has offices in Germany, USA, United Kingdom, France and Japan. MAXON products are sold in over 70 countries worldwide.

For additional information on MAXON visit

MAXON Computer GmbH

Max-Planck-Str. 20

D-61381 Friedrichsdorf


Phone:   +49 (0) 6172 / 59 06 0

Fax:      +49 (0) 6172 / 59 06 30


FMX is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg, the City of Stuttgart and MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, taking place in cooperation with the VES Visual Effects Society and ACM SIGGRAPH, supported by the Animation Media Cluster Region Stuttgart (AMCRS), Autodesk, Backstage, Epic Games/Unreal Engine, Foundry, Mackevision and ScanlineVFX. FMX is an event by the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, organized by Animationsinstitut, hosting the Animation Production Days (APD), a joint venture with the Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS).

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