Carrara Plugins FAQ & Information (Currently Unfinished, Under Construction, & Being Edited Heavily - About 80% complete)
This is a listing of makers of Carrara plugins, FAQ for certain plugins they make and some additional information to help with those plugins that isn’t found in another part of the Carrara Information Manual. Some FAQ do contain some information that can be found in other parts of the Carrara Information Manual, this was done so that jumping around to different parts of the Carrara Information Manual could be keep at a minimum Not all plugins have a specific FAQ or extra information given for them.
General Plugin And Related Things to Remember
1.) If you are using Windows Vista, 7, or 8. Make sure you are logged in as an Admin and that you run Carrara as an Admin when you go to enter in your serial for the plugin.
2.) Many of the sites that have online tutorials for Carrara plugins have links in them to files that are imbedded in text. in the tutorial that can be easily missed and may have some larger versions of images if you click on. Not all images may be larger sized ones and you could see om the same website several tutorials with no larger image links, some that contain images with no links to larger images and other images with links to larger version, and some that have larger image links for all images.
This is useful to remember if you want to if your going to download tutorials and want to have every thing the site it was on had.
3.) Plugins files are in most cases installed to your Extensions folder located in your Carrara program (application) folder. Read Me files, plugin specific shaders, scenes, etc. you’ll put in the appropriate folder that similar things go into. Shaders go in Shaders, Scenes go in Scenes, etc.
Do note that the After Effects plugin is a plugin for the After Effects program and not the Carrara program. See the specific FAQ for it in.
4.) You need to put a copy of the Extensions files for a plugin in the Extensions folder in each render node program (application) folder you have in your render farm. Some plugins have special versions of the Extensions you use for a render node, while others don’t.
Q: Does Infinite Skills Inc. products cover using any of these.
A: Yes, some are covered in those videos.
Created & sells the Brianorca’s Ocean Plugin for Carrara.
For more information on this plugin go to:
Brianorca Plugin for Carrara
FAQ About The Brianorca Plugin for Carrara
Q: How do I know when the plugin is updated and get the newest version?
A: Updates are emailed out when the plugin is updated.
Clinton’s 3D Creations
Has several free Windows 32-bit plugins for Carrara 8. Windows 64-bit and Mac version don’t exist. OlderCarrara version can be gotten for Windows only too.
The C8 versions of the plugins are untested.
Several meshes and skeletons for the PSK Export plugin can be download by looking in the Carrrara 7 description of the plugin on the website.
The untested C8 plugins, meshes, skeletons and the older Carrara versions can be gotten at this link:
Clinton’s 3D Creations
DAZ 3D makes several additional plugins for Carrara that you can get at the DAZ Store.
DAZ 3D has numerous YouTube videos showing of the software and models they make, plus many tutorial videos.
DAZ 3D’s YouTube videos are at:
DAZ 3D You Tube Uploads
DAZ Plugins General FAQ
Q: How do I get the latest version of one of those plugins.
A: Reset the product in you DAZ Account and re-download it.
FAQ About Carrara Importer for Adobe After Effects
Q: I can’t find the PC .exe file to install it.
A: It doesn’t have a .exe installer. It is a manually installed. See the Read Me in the .zip file on how to install and use it. Do be aware that the PC .and Mac each have a separate zip with a version for them.
Q: Do any tutorials exist on how to use it?
A: The The Carrara 5 Pro Handbook, by Mike de la Flour has a chapter written by David Bell and Lisa Yimm on using it with After Effect 6.5.
FAQ About GoZ for Carrara
Q: Z-Brush and now the plugin isn’t working. What do I do?
A: GoZ for Carrara can not be working for several reasons. In most cases it isn’t working as something isn’t set up correctly or something got messed up if it was working before and isn’t now. in cases of the later this is because Z-Brush was just updated and needs to be st up again or something was deleted during the update.
1.) In Z-brush do this first.
a.) Go to Preferences
b.) Select GoZ and make sure that for Carrara it is pointing at your Carrara program. Manually tell Z-Brush were to go as having Z-bush automatically find where to point may result in X-Brush not pointing at it for some reason. Even if Z-Brush is showing that it is pointing at the right place for Carrara do this as the set up can fix things even when the location is showing to be correct..
2.) Try using GoZ while in Carrara if you can’t get it to work in Z-Brush.
3.) Reinstall the plugin and try doing 1 & 2 again.
You may have deleted one or more files or folders. This tends to be the case if you just updated Z-Brush as it is advised by Pixologoic to delete certain folders before you run the nw full installer or patch for Z-Brush.
Q: where is the GoZ for Carrara Manual and Read Me located?
A: They are in the folder titled GoZDocs in your Carrara 8 program folder.
FAQ About Mimic Pro for Carrara
Q: Does it work with Genesis.
A: Genesis is supported in the 8.5 version of the plugin. If you need the dmc file for Genesis you can get it from DAZ Studio 4.0 or 4.5 by going to your program (application) folder for it and looking in DAZ 3D\DAZStudio4\plugins\dzmimic\Configuration_Files DAZ Studio 4.0 or 4.5 and making a copy of it for your Carrara Mimic Configuration Files. (VERY IMPORTANT: Do not remove the Genesis dmc from the DAZ Studio. Make a copy of it so Carrara will have its own one and so will DAZ Studio.:
Q: Where is the instruction manual for the plugin?
A: It can be found in the program (application) folder you installed Carrara into in the folder MimicProDocs.
Q: I have a figure that in DAZ Studio, Mimic Lite, or the stand alone version of Mimic Pro that I can lip-synch or have talk with a recording, but it doesn’t work when I use Mimic Pro for Carrara. What do I do need to do so it will work Mimic Pro for Carrara?
A: You most likely need to put a copy of the dmc (DAZ Mimic Configuration) file for the model into your the Configuration Files folder in the Mimic Content folder, that can be found in the program (application) folder you installed Carrara or you have to direct Mimic to the where the file is. It is strongly recommended that you put a copy of the dmc files for any figures you own in the Configuration Files folder that doesn’t have them.
Q: Where can I get a dmc file for a certain figure?
A: Not all figures have dmc files available for them. For those that do you can get them from in most cases at:
1.) The product page on the DAZ Store for the figure will have a link to download it. (Note: If a dmc link isn’t working please contact support to have it fixed. A few got messed up during the transition to the new store last year.
2.) Some are included with your instillation files for a product.
3.) Some came be gotten by going to the figure creator’s website. 3D Universe’s website, for example, has a section dedicated to Mimic files for the figures they sell at DAZ.
4.) Additionally, some fans have created dmc files for figures that don’t have any that can be gotten on ShareCG and other sites if you do a search.
For those that don’t you can make your own using Mimic Pro.
Q: I never purchase Mimic Po, but only purchased Mimic Pro for Carrara why is the store saying I own Mimic Pro?
A: At some point DAZ decided to included Mimic Pro with the purchase Carrara plugin version. The files for it show up in your Products Library under Mimic Pro and not under Mimic Pro for Carrara.
FAQ About The Grid for Carrara
FAQ About Vector Style 2 for Carrara
Q: Where is the Documentation for this plugin?
A: You can find HTML documentation files after you install the plugin in the folder VectorStyleDocs located in the Carrara program (application) folder. The Documentation can’t be accessed via Help Menu in Carrara contrary to what the Read Me for the plugin states.
Q: Does it come with any examples files?
A: Yes, it comes with several Carrara scene files and swf (Shock Wave Flash) files of the scenes exported in that format they can be found in the Examples folder located in the VectorStyleDocs folder that you can find in the Carrara program (application) folder after you install the plugin.
Q: Do any additional tutorials and information exist on using Vector Style 2? The Documentation is very bare bones and I head that some book had some stuff on using it.
A: The book The Carrara 5 Pro Handbook, by Mike de la Flour, dedicates an entire chapter to Vector Style 2.
Q: Are Vector Style 2 swf files and a native Flash swf file the same?
A: No, Vector Style 2 swf files are not as highly optimized and not as compact as native Flash swf files. It is recommended to keep export of Vector Style 2 files at 12 frames per second and export options simple if you plan to work with them in Flash after export.
Digital Carver’s Guild
Digital Carver’s Guild (DCG) makes several plugins for Carrara and has Tutorials for them on the Digital Carvers Guild Website.
Digital Carvers Guild
FAQ About Digital Carvers Guild Plugins
Q: Does a Demo version exist for them?
A: You can download the plugins an try them out for free. The run in “Trial Mode” until you enter a purchased serial key.
Q: Are plugin updates free?
Q: How can I be informed of updates to the plugins, new tutorials, and new plugins?
A: You can subscribe to the mailing list Digital Carvers Guild maintains.
Q: Where is the information about getting a render node site license for use with Grid?
A: You have to contact Eric Winemiller for this if you are interested in purchasing one. Got to the “Contact” section of the Digital Carvers Guild for information on contacting him about this.
Q: Didn’t Eric Winemiller write some Carrara Tutorials on using some of the Digital Carvers Guild Plugins that got published in a book?
A: Yes, he contributed to The Carrara 3 Pro Handbook, by Mike de la Flour and The Carrara 5 Pro Handbook, by Mike de la Flour. The tutorials in the Carrara 5 Pro Handbook are ports of ones from the older book.
If your wondering the tutorials included in the books were:
Making a Fairy Ring with Anything Grows
Creating Old Chipped Paint and Rust with Anything Goos
Making a Robot Bug Walk with Cognito
The older Carrara 3 Pro Handbook contained 2 more that aren’t in the newer Carrara 5 Pro Handbook. Those 2 are:
Creating Fake Fresnel With Shader Ops
Modeling A Simple Car With Project Gemini
(IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT THE 2 BOOKS: Do be aware that if you do chose to tack down a copy of the older Carrara 3 Pro Handbook, that while you can do those 2 tutorials not in the latter version, many parts of the book that deal with other topics that require Amapi Designer 7, a program you can no longer get, and several things that the older version could do the newer can’t because of changes to Carrara which are connected to Amapi. All the parts in Carrara 5 Pro Handbook can still be done and no parts of it require Amapi or features of Carrara that no longer exist in Carrara 8.
Fredric Rible has created 2 fee plugins for Carrara. They are Pycarrara and PyCloid.
PyCarrara can be downloaded at:
PyCloid can be downloaded at:
FAQ About PyCarrara
Q: Does a Carrara 8 version exist? The PyCarrara Website indicates it is for Carrara 7.
A: PyCarrara has versions for Carrara 6, Carrara 7, and Carrara 8. All the versions are in the latest PyCarra zip file.
Q: I installed the plugin, but it isn’t working. What can I do to get it to work?
A: You need to install Python 2.6.6 for your computer Click on the link in the PyCarrara User Manual that downloads the installer you need. If you go to the Python Website you could download a different version. The plugin has in the past not worked for some people if they had a different version of Python 2.6.x installed.
Q: Can I have multiple versions of Python installed on my computer?
A: You can as long as they are not interfering with one another or overwriting each other. It you do install multiple versions to check and see if everything is working after you install another version Python, so you know which version(s) to uninstall and not have on your computer.
Q: Does it work with Mac?
A: Only a Windows version is available.
FAQ About PyCloid
Q: Does a Mac version exist?
A: Only Windows versions are available.
Fenric has several plugins for sale in the DAZ Store, other plugins not sold in the DAZ store for sale on his website, and a free Ivy Generator Plugin you can download from The Carrara Cafe website and ShreCG. Fenric also has several other free items on Share CG that can be downloaded from Fenric’s Gallery
Fenic’s Daz Store is at:
Fenric’s DAZ 3D Store
Fenric’s ShareCG Gallery is at:
Fenric’s Website is at:
Fenric’s Fox Den
The Ivy Generator Plugin can be downloaded at these two locations:
Carrara Cafe Download Ivy Generator for Carrara
FAQ About Fenric’s Plugins
Q: Are Demo versions available?
A: The ones sold on Fenric’s Website can be download and the run in a “Trial Mode” until you enter a serial key.
Q: Where can I get the latest version of a plugin Fenric makes?
A: Reset the product if you bought the plugin from the DAZ Store, or re-download it from Fenric’s Website if you bought it from his site.
Q: I understand some free tutorials were done to help with using the ERC plugin, where can I find them?
A: Fabone made several that you can get for free at ShareCG. Fabone’s Share CG Gallery that you can got to get them is is at:
Q: Is Fenric’s Ivy Generator similar to the free standalone Ivy Generator program Thomas Luft made?
A: Yes, it is based on that program and uses things from it.
Q: How do I install Ivy Generator for Carrara? I think I know where some stuff goes, but I have no idea what Src file for my version goes or what it is.
A: Do the following to install it.
1.) Copy the “GenerateIvy.dat” and “GenerateIvy.mcx” and “GenerateIvy.txt” to your Carrara Extensions folder or a sub folder under the Extensions folder.
2.) Copy the Shaders for your version of Carrara to your a location you can find them in your Sharers folder in your Presets folder. On my computer I made a folder called Fenric’s Ivy Generator in my Shaders folder to put them in.
The SRC folders are the source code of the program (application) and only need if you want to program or change something at the program structure. You don’t need to install it.
Makes the aniMate aniBlock Importer for Carrara that is sold in the DAZ Store.
The aniMate aniBlock Importer for Carrara is included in several different bundles. Please check carefully what each bundle has before purchasing one and comparing the price of the bundle and things in it if you already have AniBlocks. It may be cheaper to just buy the importer and AniBlocks you don’t have separately or it may not be.
GoFigure web site is at:
GoFigure does have a forum dedicated to its product, but you need to register and log in for it to show all the current threads.
They also have info on new products, tutorials, and FAQ about the products they make too on the site.
It is strongly recommended that you check out the AniMating in Carrara part of the Information Manual, since Dartanbeck has given an extensive information with links to tutorial videos on using it.
FAQ About aniMate aniBlock Importer for Carrara
Q: Can I import my aniBlocks I made using Animate 2 in DAZ Studio into Carrara with this?
Q: Does it work with Genesis?
A: Genesis is supported in the Carrara 8.5 version.
Inagoni makes several Carrara plugins that are sold in the DAZ Store and on Inagoni’s Website.
Inagoni’s website is at:
The latest version of all plugins can be downloaded from Inagoni’s Website. The ones included with the installers from DAZ are not the latest versions. Downloading a newer version doesn’t have any cost and no extra cost exist for plugins for newer versions of Carrara.
Additionally, Inagoni Website has several free models, shaders, and tutorials for ArchiTools for Carrarra and for the plugins that are in The Advanced Pack and sold on Inagoni’s Website.
FAQ About Inagoni Plugins
Q: The plugin is asking me the serial number every time I start Carrara (on Windows platform). What can I do to fix this?
A: This was fixed awhile back. Download the latest version of the plugin from Inagoni’s website. The version the installers for the Advanced Pack and ArchiTools for Carrara that you an download from DAZ don’t, as of 02-01-2013, install the latest version. Then start Carrara once by choosing to run the program Administrator and enter the serials.
Q: I purchased all the Inagoni Plugins from DAZ store and downloaded the newer version from Inagoni’s Website, but I can’t get Shapper to accept a serial number. Why is this happening?
A: Shapper is not part of the Advanced Pack and is separate plugin sold currently only on Inagoni’s Website. it has its’ own serial number and doesn’t use the one you got with the Advanced Pack.
Q: Are Demo versions of the plugins available?
A: Some have a Evaluation versions that can be downloaded from Inagoni’s website. They don’t have some functionality as the full version does.
Q: When I was working with ArchiTools I left the Model Room, went to work in another room, went back into work on an ArchiTools building and now a “fog” is around the building (model). What can i do?
A: When you left the model room you didn’t close out a model you were working on before, so now 2 or more models are open. To fix this you can do this:
1.) Try seeing if the fog vanishes when you start working on your building (model) in the Model Room. This works in most cases.
2.) Close any models you have open in the Model Room, go back to the Assembly Room, select your model you want to work on, and go back to the Model Room.
Remember, closing a model in the Model Room is not the same as closing a scene in Carrara. Your previous work done in the Model Room to models is not removed just by closing the model in the Model Room.
Made the Shoestring Shaders that were sold in the DAZ Store and are sold on the Shoestring Graphics Website.
The Shoestring Graphics website has several tutorials and downloads links for the newest version.
The Shoestring Graphics Website is at:
Q:I purchased these from the DAZ store will my serial for them work with the newest version I download from the ShoeSting Graphics Website?
Q: Does a Carrarra 8 version exist for them? The ones I purchased from the DAZ Store didn’t have a Carrara 8 version included of them.
A: Yes, an alpha version of them is out that works in Carrara 8. The alpha Carrara 8 version can be download at no cost from the ShoeString Graphics Website. They use the same serial key (password) as the previous versions.
Made free plugins for Black/White and Sand rendering with Carrara 7 & 8.
They can be download for free at the the Carrara Cafe.
Download link is at:
BlackWhite and Sand rendering plugin Download
Makes P3dO Photo & 3D Explorer
While P3dO Photo & 3D Exploreri s not a plugin technically, it is listed with them, since it tends to be included on listings other have made of Carrara plugins.
A freeware version P3dO Explorer can be downloaded and you can buy P3dO Explorer pro. Only the pro version handles Carrara. files.
With the Pro version one to edit the thumbnail shown in a Carrara .car and .cb files and allows file management of them wiith the program.
SENO Software is at:
Marcelo Teixeira created a tutorial video showing how to create thumbnails for Carrara files with it. The tutorial is at:
Creating thumbs for Carrara in P3DoExplorer
Sparowhawke3D has several free plugins for Carrara, tutorials for them. Several alpha versions of plugins can be found in The Laboratory area of the website.
Sparowhawke3D’s Website is at:
Some of the links to files on Sparowhawke3D website don’t work. However, those files can be found by looking in the Indexesand Sub-Indexes for Downloads and Laboratory and that exist for the website.
The Indexes can be found at:
FAQ About Sparohawke3D’s Plugins
Q: Do they work in Carrara 8?
A: Yes, beta versions can be downloaded that work in Carrara 8.
Q: Does a Mac version of them exist?
A: Carrara 8 currently has no Mac versions of any of the plugins. Mac versions were made for several of the plugins for older versions of Carrara.
Q: Are they totally free?
A: Yes, you can however thank the creator if you like by purchasing a DAZ or Renderosity gift certificate for the creator. See the Stuff section of Sparowhawke3D’s Website for more details on doing this.
Makes a LuxRender plugin for Carrara.
It requires a copy of the standalone version of LuxRender. Both OpenCL and No OpenCL versions work.
The PDF instruction manual for the plugin can be found at:
Luxus Carrara Manual
(IMPORTANT NOTE: A copy of the manual isn’t installed when the plugin is.)
LuxRender can be downloaded for free at:
Spheric Labs made some free sample shaders for the plugin. The can be downloaded at:
Some Sample Shaders
3DAGE has made free Lux base shaders for M4 & V4. They can be downloaded at:
M4/V4 Lux base shaders by 3DAGE
The Carrara Cafe created some excellent documentation on the plugin which can be found at:
FAQ About Luxus for Carrara
Q: Does a demo version exist?
Q: Does it have both Mac and Windows versions?
Q: Does it work with the Carrara 8.5
Q: What version number of LuxRender do I need.
A: The most current stable build is recommended. At the time of the plugin’s release 1.2.1 is the current stable version of LuxRender. So use 1.2.1 or any stable version that is higher.
Q: What is the current version number build of the plugin?
Q: Do Carrara plants and trees work when using Luxus to render with LuxRender?
A: Yes, but the shaders they use need to be set up for Luxus. The plants and trees also need to be set up to how full details, or else the leaves wont show.
Do be aware that setting up the plants and trees to show full details can slow Carrara down.
Q: Can Carrara Hair be render in LuxRender when using Luxus?
A: Currently the answer is no.
Carrara Hair is a special shader in Carrara and LuxRender does not have a hair primitive. When LuxRender gets a hair primitive Lixus may be updated so Carrara Hair can be rendered in LuxRender.
Q: Will DAZ Studio Luxus shaders work with Luxus for Carrara?
A: No, Carrara shaders are different from DAZ Studio ones.
Q: Carrara will not launch LuxRender when I go to render a scene. How do I fix this.
A: Do the following:
1.) If using a Mac place a copy of the LuxRender folder in the Extensions folder of Carrara.
2.) In Carrara select Edit and select Setup LexRender Path and set it to the LuxRender folder. (This is the folder you copied in the Extensions folder if you are using a Mac and did the 1st step above.)
You can also click on the Lux file Carrara saves to launch LucRender.
Q: Is there a way to get camera Depth of Field? Luxrender supports it but I couldn’t find a way to do it through Luxus.
A: Depth of Field did not make it into Luxus for Carrara. One could edit the file xls file manually and add a couple lines to the camera section. Depth of Field to Luxus for Carrara will be added in a latter build of the plugin.
Q: I’m getting no spectrum showing when working with a shader to simulate a prism. What do I need to do?
A: See the Caucy B section in the LuxRender Materials Glass part of the LuxRender Wiki.
Also, make sure your refection and transparency are set to white.
Q: Does Luxus for Carrara have tutorial product like Luxus Pro Training which is for the Luxus plugin for DAZ Studio?
A: Currently no.
Q: Can I network render scenes in LuxRender that I’ve sent to LuxRender using Luxus for Carrara?
A: Yes, see Network Rendering in the LuzRender Wiki for details on how to network render with LuxRender.
Q: Is it possible to change the default screen refresh from 12 seconds to another amount?
A: You can do that in the extra settings. Paste the following line into the Extra Settings:
“integer displayinterval” 
The above line changes the screen refresh rate is changed from 12 seconds to 3 seconds For another amount just change the 3 in the above line to the amount desired.