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Compare CINEMA 4D editions

CINEMA 4D is a professional, general purpose 3D modeling, rendering and animation application.

video What is CINEMA 4D?    video New in CINEMA 4D R17

CINEMA 4D Prime CINEMA 4D Broadcast CINEMA 4D Visualize CINEMA 4D Studio

Quick Comparison Sheet

CINEMA 4D Prime
CINEMA 4D
Broadcast
CINEMA 4D
Visualize
CINEMA 4D
Studio
Cross platform, 64-bit core        
Complex polygonal modeling system        
new in R17    New spline tools        
enhanced in R17    Sculpting   video 2        
Extensible architecture - third party plugins, XPresso, Python, COFFEE or C++        
Non-linear animation system        
UV editing and 3D painting (BodyPaint 3D)        
Render Queue batch rendering system        
Picture Viewer : RAM player, color correction, image merge, anaglyph preview and more        
Standard Renderer (raytracing)        
Advanced Renderer (Global Illumination with IC, Light Mapping or QMC)        
Physical Renderer with high quality antialiasing, DOF and Motion blur        
Physical Camera        
Physical Sky        
new in R17    Take System        
Sketch and Toon (non-photorealistic renderer)        
MoGraph

advanced animation system

       
HAIR        
new in R16, enhanced in R17
   Motion Tracker
       
Grass        
Hard body dynamics*        
Soft body dynamics        
Advanced character animation tools        
Team Render (network rendering of still images and animations)**        
new in R16, enhanced in R17
   Team Render Server (client / server rendering)**
       

 * CINEMA 4D Broadcast supports hard body dynamics for MoGraph objects only.
 ** CINEMA 4D Broadcast and Visualize allow TeamRender to use max. 3 clients, CINEMA 4D Studio allow for unlimited Team Render clients (technical restrictions may apply).

Detailed Comparison Sheet

Editor / User Interface

CINEMA 4D Prime
CINEMA 4D
Broadcast
CINEMA 4D
Visualize
CINEMA 4D
Studio
multilanguage user interface        
configurable user interface and keyboard shortcuts        
OpenGL 3.0 support for advanced editor previews        
stereoscopic workflow (3D glasses) in editor and rendering        
support for Wacom and 3dconnexion input devices        
open multiple projects, copy & paste between projects        
HUD (head up display)        
new in R16    Annotation tag        
new in R16    Solo button        

Modeling

Prime
Broadcast
Visualize
Studio
Complex polygonal modeling system    video video        
Parametric objects (primitives)        
new in R17    New spline tools        
Subdivision Surface tool        
Interactive Bevel Tool    video video 1   video video 2        
Over 25 deformers like Bend, FFD, Explosion, etc.        
MoGraph cloners        
Dynamic guides    video video        
Complex snapping system (2D, 2.5D and 3D)        
xRefs (referenced objects)        
new Typographic tools (kerning, tracking, etc.)    video video        
new in R16    Polypen        
enhanced in R16    Symmetry object        
enhanced in R16    Bevel deformer        
redesigned in R16    Cogwheel tool        
new in R16 Mesh Check        
new in R16    Deformer falloffs        
enhanced in R17    Sculpting   video 2        

Interaktivní modelovací objekty

Prime
Broadcast
Visualize
Studio
new in R17    Modular cabinets        
new in R17    Bookshelf generator        
new in R16    House Builder        
new in R16    Package designer        
new in R16    Modular staircase        
new in R16    Modular doors        
new in R16    Modular windows        
new in R16    Modular pavement        

Data exchange (import / export)*

Prime
Broadcast
Visualize
Studio
DXF, DWG, 3DS, DAE, FBX, DEM, LWS, SRL, VRML2, OBJ, COLLADA, Alembic        
new in R17    SketchUp import        
QuickTime, AVI (Windows only)        
layered pictures - PSD, TIFF, OpenEXR        
HDR, DPX, RLA, RPF, BMP, IFF, JPG, PICT, PNG, TARGA        
AfterEffects Compositing Exchange including 3D data        
new CINEWARE: direct integration with Adobe AfterEffects CC        
NUKE Exchange        
BodyPaint 3D Exchange - 3ds max, Maya, Lightwave, XSI        
Apple Motion Exchange including 3D data        
Apple Final Cut compositing exchange        
Shake compositing exchange        
Digital Fusion compositing exchange        
IGES import        
OKINO Polytrans plugin        
enhanced in R17
Podpora pro aktuální verze FBX 2015 a Alembic 1.5
       

* Some file formats can be available in many different specifications and CINEMA 4D may support only some specific versions of those formats. It is also possible that some specific information transfered inside exchange formats cannot be interpreted inside CINEMA 4D. If you want to make sure you get all data you need by using import / export filters, please download trial version of CINEMA 4D.

Materials and Textures

Prime
Broadcast
Visualize
Studio
redesigned in R17    new color chooser        
advanced material system with layer support        
procedural shaders and noises        
BodyPaint 3D for advanced texturing        
new in R16    UV Peeler        
SSS shader        
Wood Shader        
new in R17    Variation shader        
new in R17 Formula shader        
ArtShader for real time view in editor        
subpolygonal deformations        
Sketch and Toon material (for NPR)        
HAIR and FUR materials        
GRASS material        
enhanced in R16 texture manager        
redesigned in R16 Brick shader        
new in R16    New reflectance channel        

Lights and cameras

Prime
Broadcast
Visualize
Studio
Omni, Spot, Infinite, Area, Square Spot, Parallel Spot, Square Parallel Spot lights        
Hard, Soft and Area Shadows        
HDRI support        
Physical sky        
Photometric brightness setting in Candela and Lumen        
Photometric IES lights        
Caustics        
Physical camera (exposure, shutter speed etc.)        
new in R16 Camera Crane        
Camera Morph        
Camera Calibrator        
new in R17    Lens distortion        

Rendering

Prime
Broadcast
Visualize
Studio
Render up to 128.000 x 128.000 px / 32 bits per pixel        
new in R17    Take System (Render Layers)        
Render instances        
Color profile support        
Camera white balance        
Linear workflow        
Multi-Pass output (TIFF / PSD / OpenEXR)        
fast raytracing        
Picture Viewer : RAM player, color correction, image merge, anaglyph preview and more        
Ambient Oclusion        
Global Illumination (Irradiance Cache 2.0, Light Mapping, QMC, mixed)

now available in Prime edition as well!

       
new in R17    Material override        
Physical Renderer with physical camera, high-quality Depth of Field and Motion blur        
Render Queue batch rendering system        
Stereo rendering        
Physical Sky        
Color Mapping        
Sketch and Toon Render        
Team Render (network rendering of still images and animations)**        
new in R16, enhanced in R17
   Team Render Server (client / server rendering)**
       

 ** CINEMA 4D Broadcast and Visualize allow TeamRender to use max. 3 clients, CINEMA 4D Studio allow for unlimited Team Render clients (technical restrictions may apply).

Animation

Prime
Broadcast
Visualize
Studio
new in R17    animation improvements        
Non-linear animation / motion mixing system        
Easy one-click record button to keyframe Position, Scale, Rotation, Point Level animation and user-defined parameters        
Automatic Keyframing        
F-Curve Snapshot and Reduced Modification curves        
Basic Particle System        
Advanced Thinking Particles particle system        
compare animations in Picture Viewer        
Rigid Body dynamics for MoGraph objects        
Rigid Body dynamics        
Soft Body dynamics        
Joints with full dynamic IK        
Cloth dynamics & dressing functions        
Skin Deformer supports linear, spherical and blended deformation based on joints        
Autorigging        
Muscle deformer        
CMotion - parametric walk system        
Visual Selector        
new in R16    Interaction tag   video 2        
new in R16    Motion Tracker        

Knihovny materiálů, 3D objektů, světel a nastavení scén

Prime
Broadcast
Visualize
Studio
enhanced    libraries with 3D models, materials, scenes and modular objects.
Updated libraries in R17   Updated libraries in R16
Basic 3D library        
Broadcast Content        
Visualize Content        
Studio Content        

Other tools and features

Prime
Broadcast
Visualize
Studio
Virtual walkthru        
MoGraph - motion graphics tools        
Hair