What is Cinema 4D?

In this blog, I will attempt to explain what Cinema 4D is and what it is useful for, including projects I have used it for and projects that I have in the pipeline. It is a programme I have used, not in full detail for many years and it’s a programme I would say I have enough knowledge to use on a regular enough basis.

Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D is a 3D modelling, animation, motion graphic and rendering application developed by Maxon. It is capable of procedural and polygonal modelling, animating, lighting, texturing, rendering and common features found in 3D modelling applications. It is an industry standard and you will find that a lot of TV and films use Cinema 4D. There are billion-dollar professional industries that need professional software and designers to use them.

What have I used it for?

In the past, I have used Cinema 4D for a multitude of things. For example, I started using it for making YouTube intros when I was young and designing for teams on YouTube, I also used it in 3D motion tracking in after effects, before I started using Element 3D. I also used it at University when I recreated the title sequence for the TV show Mr Robot. I then proceeded to use it in my voluntary work for Sparkle when I was being taught how to UV map and texture the petals on a flower. This was for a television advert that went live to the public. I have used it in the office for a few weekly renders and I have used it in some work for a client I did when making a YouTube intro.

What do I use it for at Blue Whale Media?

At Blue Whale Media, we haven’t really any need for 3D videos at the moment, nor do we have the supercomputer required for the render of amazingly textured videos. So instead we are using it for social media, I am completing weekly renders of different landscapes I have made and also editing it in after effects once the render has been completed. With these weekly renders in mind, I have started to model the office from scratch. Including everything on people’s desks, this is very time consuming and its hard finding time to fit modelling into my schedule.

What are the alternatives to Cinema 4D?

Cinema 4D is quite an expensive programme, to be honest, it’s also very expensive if it isn’t really worth having it. There are, however, other alternatives. If the price is the major burning issue, then there is a free 3D software called Blender. The main issue that I have with Blender is the render engine is ridiculously slow. The other alternatives which are industry standard are Maya and Nuke, in combination with Z-Brush these are potentially the best programmes to use, however, they are a lot more complicated to understand and the price becomes a major issue as they are really expensive if you don’t use 3D intensely.

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