Cinema 4D is a professional 3D modeling, animation, simulation and rendering software solution. Its fast, powerful, flexible and stable toolset make 3D workflows more accessible and efficient for design, motion graphics, VFX, AR/MR/VR, game development and all types of visualization professionals. Cinema 4D produces stunning results, whether working on your own or in a team.
What's New in Cinema 4D
With the latest Cinema 4D release (R25), the most intuitive 3D application interface just got even better with a new modern skin, user interface enhancements and an expansive preset system for optimizing your workflow. Capsules allow anyone to tap into the power and flexibility of Cinema 4D's Scene Node system, with plugin-like features directly in the Classic Object Manager, while Data Import and Spline features within Scene Nodes power unique and useful toolsets via Scene Nodes, the Scene Manager and Capsules.
Track Modifier Tag Allows you to modify animation tracks on objects or tags in a super-fast way. It includes modes, that would be very time consuming to achieve by editing tracks and keys the traditional way. Spring Mode is a convenient way to add springy secondary animations to tracks while Posterization Mode allows you to transform fluid animation into stop-motion-style movements. Easily add randomness to animations using Noise Mode, multiple parameters allow you to define the strength of the effect.
User Interface Enhancements With Cinema 4D R25, the most intuitive 3D application interface just got even better. An updated scheme and icon set offer a fresh, modern spin on Cinema 4D's classic look that intuitively communicates what's important and puts more focus on your artwork. Dynamic palettes power new layouts that make great use of space and ensure the tools you need are always close at hand. Tabbed documents and layouts make it easy to flow between multiple projects and workflows.
Capsules Capsule Assets constructed in Cinema 4D's Scene Nodes core offer procedural plugin-like power. Now these Capsules can be used directly in Cinema 4D's Classic Object Manager as primitives, generators or geometry modifiers. Or use a capsule constructor and augment your Classic C4D scene with your own node-based creation.
Spline Import Import vector artwork from Adobe Illustrator, PDF and SVG files to use in your 3D scenes. Using Adobe's ubiquitous PDF format, splines are imported from Adobe Illustrator files saved with PDF compatibility. Advanced features like symbols and gradient-filled shapes are supported. Vector art stored in the SVG format can also be imported.
Asset Browser The Asset Browser provides easy access to libraries of preset content stored locally or online, including a vast collection of 3D objects, materials and node capsules available to Cinema 4D subscribers. The library can be browsed or searched, and each asset includes rich metadata and keywords. Assets are downloaded on-demand, so there's no need to pre-download huge libraries of assets. They're also cached on your local computer, so your favorite assets are immediately available for re-use.
Scene Manager Experience first-hand how things are taking shape as work continues on Cinema 4D's new core. Cinema 4D’s Scene Manager uses powerful, node-based assets to construct procedural geometry or entire scenes in a hierarchy-based view. The Scene Manager will eventually offer a fast and creative workflow much like Cinema 4D’s Classic Object Manager, and you can easily integrate Classic C4D objects by simply dragging them into the Scene Manager.
POLY PEN- The Swiss Army Knife of 3D Modeling: create, select, move or delete points. Edges and surfaces comfortably without changing the tool.
UVs - Cinema 4D provides everything you need to make the painstaking work on UVs enjoyable, whether it's for hand surfaces or organic shapes.
NODE-BASED MATERIALS - Create complex materials for Maxon's Physical Renderer. Intuitive, flexible and powerful, as you would expect from a node-based system.
POLYGON REDUCTION - Polygon Reduction quickly reduces the amount of polygons in models while preserving smooth UVs, vertex maps and selections, for lightweight meshes.
BODYPAINT 3D - BodyPaint 3D has a comprehensive set of tools for painting detailed textures directly on your 3D objects - turning models into beautiful works of art.
VOLUME MODELING - Cinema 4D’s OpenVDB-based Volume Modeling offers a procedural way to create complex objects by combining basic shapes in Boolean-type operations.
SCULPTING - Create organic models with Cinema 4D’s intuitive sculpting tools. Pull, smooth, flatten, cut, pinch, etc. your meshes like digital clay.
TEXTURING - Cinema 4D’s material system lets you create photorealistic materials with multi-layered material channels, reflectance, procedural shaders and more.
PARAMETRIC MODELING - Cinema 4D offers a wide range of parametric objects that give you structure to build from and offer the ability to make changes at any time.
POLYGONAL MODELING - Polygons are the building blocks of 3D. With Cinema 4D’s complete polygonal modeling toolset, it’s easy to craft everything from cars to creatures.
TOON RIG - Animate like in Looney Toons. This versatile character rig offers all the features you need to animate cartoon-style.
MIXAMO CONTROL RIG - Easily apply motion clips from Adobe’s Mixamo library to your Cinema 4D characters and modify or retarget them in just a few simple steps.
CHARACTER OBJECT - Allows you to easily build flexible rigs for any type of character, based on presets for bipeds, quadrupeds and more, all crafted by top animators.
MOVES BY MAXON - Capture facial and body movements with our iPhone and iPad app and instantly apply them to your characters in Cinema 4D.
CAR RIG - Whether you're animating cars for commercials or VFX this powerful and intuitive Car Rig preset makes it easy to prep a car for power-sliding action.
TRACKING - Tracking of objects or camera positions is crucial for the integration of 3D elements into footage. C4D offers on-board tools to accomplish this.
SIMULATION - Create dynamic relationships between objects, generate hair and cloth, or use springs, motors, and aerodynamics to generate spectacular simulations.
CHARACTER ANIMATION - Cinema 4D offers a wide range of easy-to-use and reliable animation tools to help you create and animate life-like characters and creatures.
ANIMATION BASICS - Virtually any object, material or parameter can be animated. Keyframing can be done manually, with auto-keyframing or parametrically.
MAGIC BULLET LOOKS - Easily apply one of over 200 preset film looks, import LUTs, or work with custom color correction tools - directly in C4D.
TAKE SYSTEM - Change and save almost any parameter in Cinema 4D - object properties, animations, lights, cameras, materials, textures, and more.
RENDERING SYSTEM - Realistic and stylized renderings as well as convenient infrastructure management - C4D offers everything for a smooth rendering workflow.
NETWORK RENDERING - Flexible administration is the key to render efficiently. With C4D network rendering solutions, administration of render clients becomes a breeze.
LIGHTING IN C4D - Lighting controls including color, brightness, falloff, visible or volumetric light, noise, and Lumen or Candela brightness offer real-world results.
SCENE MANAGER - The power of Cinema 4D's new node-based core allows you to use flexible node-based assets to enable procedural geometry creation, cloning and more.
ASSET BROWSER - Easy to find and use models, materials and other assets. This incredible library of resources to power your creativity are always close at hand.
PLACEMENT TOOLS - It's never been so easy and intuitive to place objects in a scene, whether you're building out a complex environment or adding greebles to a logo.
RENDERING WITH OCTANE - OctaneRender® is an unbiased and spectrally correct GPU renderer with high output quality and speed, highly appreciated by C4D artists.
CINEWARE FOR ILLUSTRATOR - Add and edit 3D objects directly within Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 using the new Cineware for Illustrator plug-in.
CINEWARE FRO AFTER EFFECTS - Since 2013, Cineware has provided seamless integration of Cinema 4D assets into After Effects.
MOTION CAPTURE - Motion capture is an easy way to animate characters quickly and realistically. Cinema 4D supports leading manufacturers of mocap devices.
REAL-TIME GRAPHICS - Especially in broadcast production, it is key to be able to quickly add up-to-date graphics. C4D brings 3D objects live into leading applications.
UNITY INTEGRATION - The Unity plug-in (available from the Unity Asset Store) is compatible with Cinema 4D R21+ and Unity 2019.3.0+.
SIMULATION PARTNERS - Whether it's a spectacular simulation of smoke, water, fire or abstract particle streams for motion graphics, there’s software to facilitate this.
X-PARTICLES INTEGRATION - X-Particles is by far the most used simulation tool for C4D. From realistic effects to abstract motion graphics, everything is possible.
UNREAL INTEGRATION - With the release of Unreal Engine 4.23, Epic Games introduced support for Cinema 4D enabled via the Datasmith plugin.
ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR - Integration with Adobe's industry-leading vector graphics software allows native import of paths, type, and vector graphics into Cinema 4D.
SUBSTANCE - The free Substances plugin for C4D offers 3D content creators native support for Allegorithmic’s procedural Substance material workflow within C4D.
RENDERING WITH ARNOLD - Arnold for Cinema 4D provides a bridge to Autodesk’s powerful CPU based renderer Arnold from within the standard Cinema 4D interface.
RENDERING WITH CORONA - A high-performance (un)biased photorealistic renderer with a focus on realism, ease of use and affordability, with no compromise in quality or power.
SDK / DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY - In studio environments it is often necessary to create own tools to integrate C4D into the pipeline. Our well-developed SDKs simplify this process.
RENDERING WITH CHAOS V-RAY - V-Ray® is an award-winning renderer for artists, architects, designers, and generalists, empowering you to visualize anything you can imagine.
ENVIRONMENT - Modeling landscapes from scratch is hard work, but there are tools that specialize in this and allow you to create worlds in a snap.
OTHER RENDERERS - Every artist has their preferences when it comes to rendering. That's why C4D supports a huge variety of external renderers.
VECTORWORKS INTEGRATION - Vectorworks develops all-in-one design and BIM software for the architecture, landscape and entertainment industries.
APPLE FINAL CUT PRO & MOTION - Cinema 4D can generate multi-layered Final Cut Pro 7 project files with just a few clicks.
NUKE INTEGRATION - Cinema 4D can render a NUKE project file completely with proper node structure.
ARCHICAD INTEGRATION - ARCHICAD is an industry-leading Building Information Modeling (BIM) software solution provider for the architecture and design industry.
ALLPLAN INTEGRATION - ALLPLAN is a global developer of open solutions for Building Information Modeling (BIM).
ADOBE PHOTOSHOP - Tight integration to Adobe's industry standard for image processing allows the import of multi-layered PSD files, e.g. for the easy material creation.
AFTER EFFECTS INTEGRATION - Maxon’s Cineware lets you drop native C4D projects right into After Effects, manipulate 3D elements and render directly from within After Effects.
SKETCHFAB INTEGRATION - With the free Sketchfab plug-in you can upload 3D objects and animations directly from Cinema 4D to the Sketchfab platform.
SUPPORTED FILE FORMATS - Production environments are rarely homogeneous and smooth exchange between tools is essential. C4D supports all common exchange formats.
MOGRAPH BASICS - MoGraph is our unique, award-winning procedural modeling and animation tool, making C4D the first choice for motion designers.
FIELDS SYSTEM - By far the most powerful MoGraph feature and much more than just falloffs. A whole new way of controlling, layering and linking effects to each other.
VORONOI FRACTURING - Voronoi Fracture lets you shatter any object into procedural fragments using virtually anything to control the distribution of the shattered pieces.
Download MAXON Cinema 4D 14 Days Trial
You can now download Cinema 4D for Windows and Mac for free and test it on your own computer with your own data before buying. It's a free download.
Recommended System Specification
Manufacturer's system requirements are generally the bare minimum that you need to run the software and insufficient for effective and productive operation of the product.
Our suggested "real world" mid-range desktop system key specifications to properly runCinema 4Dare as follows:
CPU: Intel Core i7
Graphics Card: NVIDIA QUADRO RTX4000
Hard Drive: 1TB NVMe
Operating System: Windows 10 Pro
Novedge, in partnership withHigh Speed Computing, can also provide the perfect hardware for your design needs,pre-installed with your software, at a very competitive price. Contact us to discuss custom-configured workstations and laptops.