Cinema 4D


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Cinema 4D


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.


C4D R25 update


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.


R25 New Feature update

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. Smooth Mode, on the other hand, allows you to remove jiggles and rotation from your animation, a perfect way to clean up mocap data. Combine modes to create highly complex animations and make them look more realistic with zero effort.

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.

  • Updated Icons and Schemes: An updated icon set offers a modern spin on Cinema 4D's classic icons, maintaining the overall spirit while reducing color and complexity to avoid distraction and introducing some new icons that offer better clarity and align with modern UI conventions. Other scheme elements have been updated as well - most notably sliders which are now more distinct.
  • Dynamic Palettes and Updated Layouts: With new Dynamic Palettes, your layouts in Cinema 4D can adapt to the current mode, object or tool. Release 25 uses dynamic palettes in new layouts that optimize screen real-estate while putting more tools in easy reach.
  • Document and Layout Tabs: New browser-inspired tabs at the top of the Cinema 4D window make it easy to switch between open documents or key layouts. Layout switching on multi-monitor displays is more reliable, and the width or height of layout elements can be maintained while switching resolution.
  • Intuitive Number Fields: Number fields in the Cinema 4D R25 Attribute Manager now work as virtual sliders - simply click and drag over any field to interactively adjust the value. Placing the cursor within the number field makes it possible to use the up and down arrow keys to increment the place value under the cursor - so you can quickly adjust by hundredths or hundreds.
  • HDR / EDR Viewport: Users with HDR monitors, including the many Mac displays supporting Extended Dynamic Range, now enjoy the option to display ultra-bright pixels in the 3D view.


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.

Spiline 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

  • Powerful, Flexible Asset Management: 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
  • Keywords, Search and Filtering: Keywords can be added to your assets making content easily searchable. Save your frequent searches in smart folders and when assets are added later with the same keywords, they will be added automatically to those folders.
  • Presets Galore!: Store Presets for objects, tags, materials, tools and other Attribute Manager elements. You can specify defaults, and quickly recall any presets for each element via a new drop-down within the Attribute Manager. Store these and dedicated presets for gradients, color swatches, cap profiles and more within Cinema 4D's Asset Browser.

Scene Manager

  • Scene Manager / Scene Nodes (preview): 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. Everything you do within the Scene Manager creates a corresponding node graph within Scene Nodes, so you can choose whichever workflow you prefer or the job demands.
  • Scene Nodes: With Cinema 4D’s Scene Node core you can manage relationships and dependencies between objects, construct and modify geometry, and build reusable assets.
  • Scene Nodes Debugging: You can effectively debug scene node systems with the help of an information overlay, port debug panels within the Node Editor, and a powerful Data Inspector window for detailed introspection of arrays and other complex datatypes.
  • Distributions, Nodes and Capsules: The true power of Scene Nodes is the ability for TD-level users to expand the ecosystem without a single line of code, and these both expand possibilities and serve as a useful example of the type of tools users can expect as Scene Nodes continues to mature.
  • Scene Nodes Spline Core: Support for splines in Cinema 4D's Scene Nodes core makes it possible to assemble linear, bezier, b-splines and NURBs splines. Properties like color, weight and normal can be assigned to points and the interpolated position, tangent and values can be retrieved along the spline. The Spline Primitive Group allows the creation of new Spline Primitive assets, and several built-in primitives include C4D favorites and a new Segment primitive.


Cinema 4D feature overiew

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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.

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

Poly Pen: This is in fact the Swiss Army Knife of 3D modeling. Create, select, move or delete points, edges and surfaces comfortably without changing the tool

Polygon Reduction: Polygon Reduction quickly reduces the amount of polygons in models while preserving smooth UVs, vertex maps and selections, for lightweight meshes.

Texturing: Cinema 4D's material system lets you create photorealistic materials with multi layered material channels, reflectance, procedural shaders and more

Node Based Materials Create complex materials for Maxon's Physical Renderer. Intuitive, flexible and powerful, as you would expect from a node-based system.

BodyPoint 3D: BodyPoint 3D has a comprehensive set of tools for painting detailed textures directly on your 3D objects - turning models into beautiful works of art.

UVs: Cinema 4D provides everything you need to make the painstaking work on UVs - whether it's for hard surfaces or organic shapes.



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Animation Basics: Virtually any object, material or parameter can be animated. Keyframing can be done manually with auto-keyframing or parametrically.

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.

Magic Bullet Looks: Easily apply one of over 200 preset film looks, import LUTs, or work with custom colour correction tools directly in C4D

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 integration of 3D elements into footage. C4D offers on-board tools to accomplish this.

Character Object: Allows you to easily build flexible rigs for any type of character, based on presets from bipeds, quadrupeds and more, all crafted by top animators.

Mixamo Control Rig: Easily apply motion clips from Adobe's Mixamo library for you Cine 4D characters and modify or retarget them on just a few simple steps.

Toon Rig: This versatile character rig offers all the features you need to animate cartoon-style.

Moves by Maxon: Capture fae and body measurements with your iPhone and iPad app and instantly apply them to your characters in Cinema 4D.


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Substance: The free Substance plugin for C4D offers 3D content creators native support for Adobe's procedural Substance material workflow in C4D.

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.

Adobe Illustrator: Integration with Adobe's industry-leading vector graphics software allows native import of paths, type and vector graphs into C4D.

Adobe Photoshop: Tight integration to Adobe's industry standard for image processing allows the import of multi-layered PSD files, eg; for easy material creation.

Supported File Formats: Production environments are rarely homogeneous and smooth exchange between tools is essential. C4D supports all common exchange formats.

SDK / Development Community: In studio environments it is often necessary to create own tools to integrate C4D into the pipeline. Our well-developed SDK's simplify this process.

X-Particles Integration: X-Particles is by far the most used simulation tool for C4D. From realistic effects to abstract motion graphics

Ureal Integration: Since the release of Unreal Engine 4.23 Epic Games has introduced support for Cinema 4D, enabled via the Datasmith plugin.

Unity Integration: The Unity plugin (available from Unity Asset Store) is compatible with C4D

Archicad Integration: ARCHICAD is a Building Information Model (BIM) software solution provider for the architecture and design industry.

Sketchfab Integration: With the free Sketchfab plugin you can upload 3D objects and animations directly from Cinema 4D to the Sketchfab platform.

Environment: Modeling landscapes from scratch is hard work, but there are tools that specialise in this and allow you to create worlds in a snap.

Apple Final Cut Pro and Motion: Cinema 4D can generate multi-layered Final Cut Pro project  files with just a few clicks.

Nuke Integration: Cinema 4D can render a Nuke project file completely with proper node structure.

Blackmagic Fusion Integration: Instantly render Fusion compositions with Cinema 4D.

Simulation Partners: Whether it's a spectacular simulation of smoke, water, fire or abstract particle streams for motion graphics, there is software to facilitate this - Krakatoa, RealFlow and TurbulenceFD to name a few.

Rendering with Chaos V-Ray: V-Ray is an award-winning renderer for artists, architects, designers, and generalists. 

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. Easy to use and affordable, with no compromise in quality or power.

Rendering with Octane: OctaneRender is an unbiased and scripturally correct GPU renderer with high output quality and speed.

Other renderers supporting Cinema 4D: Maxwell Render, Thea Render, U-RENDER

Motion Capture: Motion Capture is an easy way to animate characters quickly and realistically. Cinema 4D supports leading manufacturers of mocap devices, including - Rokoko and Xsens

Cineware for After Effects: Since 2013 Cineware has provided seamless integration of Cinema 4D assets to After Effects.

Cineware for Illustrator: Add and edit 3D objects directly within Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 using the new Cineware for Illustrator plugin.

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.

Asset Browser: Easy to find and use models, materials and other assets.

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

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Lighting in C4D: Lighting controls including colour brightness, falloff, visible or volumetric light, noise and Lumen or Candela brightness offer real-world results.

Rendering System: Realistic and stylized renderings as well as convenient infrastructure management - Cinema 4D offers everything for a smooth rendering workflow.

Take System: Change and save almost any parameter in C4D - object properties, animations, lights, cameras, materials, textures and more.

Network Rendering: Flexible administration is the key to render efficiently. With C4D network rendering solutions administration of render clients becomes a breeze. 


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Award Winning Mograph

MoGraph is a procedural modeling and animation toolset that gives motion designers the ability to quickly and easily create complexhou and abstract animations. At the heart of MoGraph is the Cloner object which allows you to duplicate objects in a variety of ways. Add MoGraph’s powerful collection of Effectors to the mix and you can put everything in limitless motion using sound, fracturing, fields, and so much more - often without creating a single keyframe! MoGraph is the go-to system for professional broadcast graphics designers and was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Technical Achievement Award in 2019.



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Easy to learn - Easy to use

Cinema 4D is widely recognized as one of the easiest and most accessible 3D packages to learn and use. To soften that learning curve Maxon offers thousands of tutorials on Cineversity and hundreds of Quick Tips. Maxon’s Training team also hosts weekly and monthly live webinars to help new and existing users succeed – check out our archives and events schedule for more information.