Cinema 4D’s award-winning procedural modelling and animation MoGraph is the go-to system for motion designers to create broadcast graphics featuring complex and abstract animations. Best of all, Cinema 4D is widely recognized as one the easiest to learn and use 3D packages.
Cinema 4D is a professional 3D modelling, 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 visulation professionals. Cinema 4D produces stunning results, whether working on your own or in a team.
Cinema 4D feature overview
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.