The Near Clip and Far Clip features in Cinema 4D are pretty useful, but they can be slightly tricky to understand. In the images below, you can see an example of how near clipping will influence a light’s illumination, but in the video we take a look at how it can also influence its shadow.
Light clipping can cause a light’s influence to be delayed or prematurely ended (in space, not time). For instance, the blue lines in the screenshots represent the light’s “Near Clip” setting. Notice that in the rendered image, the light’s influence does not start until the clipping zone.