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Whether you need to visualize a mobile phone, a building, a car or anything else, Cinema 4D Visualize provides everything you need to produce fantastic images and animations quickly, easily and to any level of realism.


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Learn the differences between Studio, Visualize, Broadcast, and Prime versions of Cinema 4D. BodyPaint 3D and Cinema 4D Lite are also included on the comparison chart.

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Cinema 4D is the professional 3D package for your needs. If you want to create advanced 3D graphics and need a helping hand to ensure you create jaw-dropping graphics quickly and easily, then Cinema 4D is the choice for you. It comes in four different flavors for everyone's taste.

Why Cinema 4D?

Easy to learn and extremely powerful: Cinema 4D is the perfect package for all 3D artists who want to achieve breathtaking results fast and hassle-free. Beginners and seasoned professionals alike can take advantage of Cinema 4D’s wide range of tools and features to quickly achieve stunning results. Cinema 4D’s legendary reliability also makes it the perfect application for demanding, fast-paced 3D production, and a range of attractively priced software packages is available to fit any artist’s needs.

Ease of Use

Getting started in the world of 3D is a blast when you can quickly create great-looking results! Cinema 4D’s intuitive and easy to understand operation and logically arranged interface makes it easy for beginners to jump right in and take control. And it never ceases to amaze professional users just how easy Cinema 4D is to use. Countless tutorials and a global, highly-skilled community play an important role in bringing beginners to a professional level of use.

Intuitive Interface

Cinema 4D is a pillar in our users’ everyday workflow. This is why we make sure from the start that new functions work intuitively and are exactly where users will expect to find them. The Cinema 4D layout can also be easily customized to precisely fit a user’s needs and saved for later use.


Cinema 4D’s stability is renowned throughout the 3D community and beyond. All new features and functions are thoroughly put through their paces by our QA and beta testers before being released. Our free service packs, which are released on a regular basis, further optimize Cinema 4D and let us rapidly respond to changes in operating systems and drivers!

Powerful System Help

Any questions about a specific function can be quickly answered by right-clicking on it and jumping straight to the integrated software documentation.

Procedural Workflows

Stay flexible from beginning to end! Staying flexible for last-minute changes is important no matter which project you’re working on. Cinema 4D offers numerous options for working non-destructively: parametric modeling, procedural shaders, textures and more. And the Cinema 4D Take System lets you save and manage multiple versions of a scene in a single file!

CINEMA 4D RELEASE 20 - Welcome to the Deep End

Cinema 4D Release 20 marks a huge leap in technology, introducing massive new frameworks that put tremendous power in your creative hands. The possibilities are endless, your creativity is unleashed - it’s time to jump in the deep end.

Node-Based Materials

From simple references to complex shaders, you can build extraordinary materials in a node-based overview. Complex effects created via nodes can be wrapped as assets and delivered as simple materials, with just the necessary parameters exposed. Release 20’s node-based materials have the power to change the way you work, whether you directly create amazing shaders through nodes or simply make use of assets shared by those who do.

MoGraph Fields

Use more than just simple shapes to control effectors, deformers, weights and more. Fields will revolutionize the MoGraph feature set, making it easy to create complex effects by combining falloffs. You’ll never use Cinema 4D the same way again.

CAD Data Import

Say goodbye to conversion woes - most popular CAD formats can be imported with a simple drag-and-drop. Get the models you need, with the quality you want thanks to the robust and flexible import of STEP, Solidworks, JT, Catia and IGES files.

Volume Modeling

powered by OpenVDB

Better Booleans are only the beginning - create models by combining shapes, splines, particles and noises. It’s all thanks the power of voxels and OpenVDB. Import and export VDB and even use volumes to control MoGraph effects.

ProRender Enhancements

The next generation of native GPU rendering is here - and it’s packed with production-level features to help you get the job done. Render sub-surface scattering, motion blur and multi-passes on your super-charged Nvidia PC or your state-of-the-art iMac.

But wait, there's more!

Motion Tracking

Integrating 3D elements with 2D footage has never been easier thanks to some great workflow improvements to Motion Tracking in Cinema 4D Release 20. The Motion Tracking toolset has consistently matured since it was introduced in Release 16, supporting camera and object tracking, distortion correction and scene reconstruction. Release 20 focuses on refining the overall workflow, making these fantastic features even easier to use.

TRACK VIEW - The Track View magnifies and focuses on a specific 2D track so you can easily monitor and tweak its position. With the Tracker View, you can see the luminance values used internally to track the footage, making it easy to adjust the color filter for the best contrast and automatic tracking.

INTUITIVE LAYOUT - The entire Motion Tracker layout has been redesigned around the new Track View window and provides an ideal workflow with easy access to key managers and commands.

ENHANCED 2D TRACK LIST - It’s easy to manage user tracks in a new list view. You can easily rename, reorder and organize tracks into folders, as well as adjust key parameters like the track size and shape directly in the list.

VIRTUAL KEYFRAMES - Placing keyframes dramatically improves the automatic tracking of manual features, but it’s tedious. The new Virtual Keyframes option automatically adds virtual keyframes based on the error threshold or frame interval.


Cinema 4D’s MoGraph tools make it easy to create lots of objects and the new Multi-Instances feature makes it easier to manage them. With Multi-Instances, your cloned objects are handled more efficiently and you get drastically better performance in the viewport. Speed things up even more by simplifying the display of each clone to its bounding box, matrix box or axis point. Multi-Instances do support MoGraph Color - even in the viewport!

ADDITIVE MULTI-PASSES - With new purely-additive passes in Cinema 4D’s Standard and Physical Render, you can easily composite the direct and indirect lighting to match the beauty render. This makes it easy to apply denoising on the indirect lighting without losing texture and shadow detail.

TEXTURE GIZMO - Placing textures in Cinema 4D has never been easier! Simply switch into the Texture Mode (flipping the axis mode isn’t necessary anymore) and choose from three display modes in each Texture tag - a simple display of the projection axes, the classic grid, or a new UV pattern display.

SCRIPTING AND PLUG-IN ENHANCEMENTS - As part of the transition to a more modern Cinema 4D core, there are lots of API changes with Release 20. Unfortunately, that requires third-party developers to adapt and recompile their plug-ins but it comes with more power and sets the stage for things to come. There’s also an all-new Console that makes it much easier to debug and develop scripts, and a standalone Python interpreter to support auto-complete and debugging in popular code editors.

MODELING CORE ENHANCEMENTS - Thanks to ongoing efforts to enhance the modeling core, you’ll see improved interpolation of UVs, Vertex Maps and SDS Weights when using the Extrude, Extrude Inner and Matrix Extrude tools. There are new, improved default UV maps for the Pyramid and Platonic objects. Plus, the Structure Window now automatically switches to match the active component mode and points are now optionally deleted at the same time as their related polygons.

CINEMA 4D Release 20 Complete Feature List


  • Faster Picture Viewer playback
  • Speed and memory optimizations
  • Installer Command Line Interface (CLI) mode


  • SketchUp
    • Update to SketchUp 2018 SDK
    •  Null objects with only one child polygon object now create one combined object instead
  • Alembic
    • Update to Alembic 1.7.7 SDK
    • Performance improvements by caching matrices
    • Users can now bake selected objects to Alembic
    • New animation retiming controls
      • Set Frame (for manual animation control via keyframes)
      • Offset Animation
      • Playback modes (Play, Loop, Ping Pong)
      • Speed setting
      • Time Remap Curve Interface
  • FBX
    • Update to FBX 2018.1.1
    • Support for instances
    • Axis preferences: 
      • Flip Z Axis
      • Up Axis (Default, X, Y, Z)
  • New CAD imports (CATIA V5, JT, Solidworks, STEP, IGES)
  • Houdini upgrade to 16.5.536
  • AI importer: Illustrator splines now load in at the correct scale


  • Enhanced modeling kernel
    • Several commands migrated to the new modeling kernel provide much better preservation of surface attributes (UV, etc.)
      • Delete Components command with much faster performance and better behavior (e.g., deleting disconnected points)
      • Triangulate command
      • Triangulate N-gons
      • Re-Triangulate N-gons
      • Remove N-gons
      • Align Normals
      • Reverse Normals
    • Several tools migrated to the new modeling kernel
      • Extrude Polygon
      • Extrude Inner
      • Matrix Extrude
    • Primitives now use the new modeling kernel
    • Sphere (Icosahedron, Octahedron mode), Platonic and Pyramid primitives now generate non-overlapping UV coordinates 
      • An option is available to convert legacy primitives from old scenes to use the new behavior
  • The Structure Manager now automatically switches the Component mode (Points, Polygons, ...) to the mode selected in the Structure Manager
  • Custom Data tag
    • A new API allows 3rd-party developers to create custom Data tags, which store surface attributes and can also provide interpolations functions.
    • Commands and tools using the new modeling kernel will respect these surface attributes and use the interpolation functions provided
  • OpenVDB
    • Volume Builder Generator
      • Converts a polygon object, spline object, particle object or a Field into a Volume object
        • Can create Signed Distance Fields and Fog volumes
        • Several parameters of the resulting Volume object can be controlled (e.g., Voxel Size)
      • Filter Objects
        • Smooth Filter / Smooth Layer
          • Different Filter Types 
            • Signed Distance Field: Gaussian, Mean, Median, Mean Curvature, Lablacian Filter
            • Fog: Gaussian, Mean, Median
          • Different Filter Accuracy settings for Signed Distance Fields: First Bias, Second Bias, Third Bias, WENO 5, HJWENO 5
        • Reshape Filter / Reshape Layer
          • Different Filter Types 
            • Signed Distance Field: Dilate / Erode, Close / Open
            • Fog: Offset, Range Map, Curve
          • Different Filter Accuracy settings for Signed Distance Fields: First Bias, Second Bias, Third Bias, WENO 5, HJWENO 5
      • Objects and Filters can be layered using different mix modes 
        • Signed Distance Fields (Union, Substract, Intersect)
        • Fog (Normal, Max, Min, Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide)
      • Volume objects can be referenced as a Field Layer
    • Volume Mesher Generator
      • Generate a polygon object from a Volume object
        • User can control the Voxel Range Threshold or the Surface Threshold 
        • Meshing can be adaptive
      • Import / Export .vdb
        • Volume objects can be imported and exported from and to the industry standard .vdb file format.
      • Volume Loader object
        • References and loads volume files and volume file sequences
      • Volume Mesh command: Remeshes and combines polygon objects using a volume-based approach.


  • ProRender
    • ProRender now supports:
      • Subsurface Scattering
      • Linear & Angular Motion Blur
      • Sub-frame Motion Blur
      • Out of Core Texture streaming to render textures that exceed the total GPU memory
      • Multi Instances
      • Texture Selection tags on instances
      • MoGraph Color shader
      • Physical Sky
      • Compositing passes
        • Direct Illumination
        • Indirect Illumination
        • Emission
        • Environment
        • World Coordinate
        • Texture Coordinate
        • Geometry Normal
        • Shading Normal
        • Depth
        • Object ID
        • Object Group ID
        • Material ID
      • Anti-Aliasing can be enabled for
        • World Coordinate
        • Texture Coordinate
        • Geometry Normal
        • Shading Normal
        • Depth
        • Object ID
        • Material ID
        • Object Group ID
      • Shadow Catcher
      • 2D Noises: users now can use all 2D noises except 'sparse convolution' in the legacy base shader.
    • New Seed setting: users can now specify a seed that is used for rendering.
    • Ray Depth can now be restricted (Diffuse, Glossy Reflection, Refraction, Glossy Refraction)
    • Shadow Ray Depth can now be set
    • Support for Metal 2
    • Compiling kernels on demand, shaders that introduce a big chunk of GPU kernel code will not be included in the initial kernel compilation. The kernel compilation is triggered when such a shader is added.
    • Scenes are now cached when animations are rendered to the Picture Viewer.
      • New Reload Scene per Frame option to enforce R19 behavior
    • General performance enhancements
  • Physical Renderer
    • Improved progressive rendering performance


  • General
    • Immediate low-resolution baking for Viewport
    • Improved shader / material baking for the Viewport
    • Updated Material previews
      • Updated scene setup
      • Several new scenes
    • MoGraph Beat Shader now accepts float values for BPM
  •  New node-based materials
    • Over 140 nodes available
    • Projection nodes can be visualized in the Viewport
    • Node networks can be turned into material assets
    • Node based Materials can be edited in the Node Editor, Material Editor and Attributes Manager
  • New Node Editor based on new UI framework
    • Attributes Area, displaying the parameters of the selected nodes
      • A specialized version of the Attribute Manager
      • New connector element showing dependencies within the shading/rendering context
      • The Connector context menu allows to:
        • Connect Nodes
        • Textures
        • Load Textures
        • Replace Nodes
        • Insert Converters
        • Copy
        • Paste (Link)
        • Paste (Duplicate)
        • Remove 
        • Mute Ports
        • Propagate Ports
      • Basic tab
        • Name
        • Asset Version dropdown shows the different versions of a node (if available)
        • Custom Node color
      • Inputs tab
        • The input attributes of the selected node
        • Nodes can have a dynamic number of inputs (e.g., the gradient can have a variable number of Knots)
        • The command Show Sub-channels can switch the layout to also show sub-channels of a parameter (e.g., Color.R, Color.G, Color.B, Color.A for "Color")
      • Context tab
        • Enables users to replace the context of many Nodes, e.g., to change the UV mapping for this node. 
    • Asset area
      • Lists all available assets provided by MAXON or stored by the user
      • The asset list can be filtered by name and keywords
      • A keyword filter can set certain parameters in a node (e.g., a search for "Buya" will show a Basic Noise Node with Buya set as the Noise type)
      • Context menu
        • Create New category
        • Create Node
        • Import Assets
        • Create New Database
        • Mount Database (Folder / Zip File)
        • Unmount Database
        • Export Database
    • Nodes area lists all the Nodes in the current setup
      • The Nodes list can be filtered
      • Nodes can be cut, copied, pasted, deleted and duplicated
    • Info area, displaying information about the selected Node / asset / Wire (name, version, warnings, ...)
    • Nodes commander, allows the user to search for assets by name and keyword
    • Node view
      • Nodes
        • Header (displays the title, preview and node state toggle)
          • Can be colored to give users a way to organized their Node networks
          • Naming of the Node can be changed
        • Body (includes in- / out-port groups, port bars, port slots and port names)
          • The body can display all ports, no ports or only the connected ports 
        • Nodes can have two major states (full and collapsed)
        • Nodes can be displayed in vertical or horizontal layout
        • Ports
          • Node ports can have different states (unconnected, connected, propagated, converted, group ports, error)
          • Node ports are color coded  to make it easy to differentiate between different types of ports.
          • Ports can be renamed
        • Wires
          • Several ways to connect a Wire to a port:
            • Connect a Wire straight to a port
            • Release a Wire on the port name
            • Release a Wire on the group port name. A pop-up will appear with compatible ports of the group the Wire can connect to
            • Release a Wire inside the empty area of the Node. Again a pop-up with all compatible ports will appear
          • Wires can be displayed as Linear or Bezier curves
          • Wires can be muted (displayed as a dotted line)
        • Special Nodes
          • Start Node: the Node's attributes will be displayed in the Material Editor and the Attribute Manager when the Node material is selected
          • Solo Node: allows the system to use the data from this Node to be displayed in the Viewport and previews
          • Group Node: a Node that contains a nodal network
          • Asset Node: Group Nodes can be converted into Assets
      • Users can use different techniques to navigate the Node View, including touch gestures.
      • Navigator mini map shows an overview of the complete Node network, can be used to quickly navigate the Node network
      • Group bars on the left and right sides of the Node View can be used to propagate the ports to the outside of the group.
      • Nodes can snap to the grid when moved
      • Toolbar shows:
        • Breadcrumb display of the path to the currently edited Node
        • Filter Field
  • Uber Material
    • Material Asset, build with the new Node system
    • Three reflection channels
      • Diffuse Channel: renders diffuse reflections
      • Reflection Channel with three reflection modes
        • Artistic - blends between two user defined colors
        • Dielectric - for dielectric reflections, such as plastic
        • Conductor - for conductors, e.g., metals
      • Coating channel, a simplified dielectric reflection layer to render effects such as a clear coat
    • Emission layer for emissive effects such as luminous materials
    • Transparency for refractive materials such as glass
    • Opacity to control the material’s opacity
    • Bump to control global bump mapping
    • Normal to control global bump mapping
    • Displacement to control the displacement of the material
  • New Node materials
    • Car Paint
    • Ceramic
    • Concrete
    • Cutout
    • Emission
    • Gold
    • Granite
    • Marble
    • Metal
    • Plastic
    • Rock
    • Wood
  • Material Manager
    • New commands in the Create menu
      • New Uber Material
      • New Node Material
      • Node materials (displays all materials in the asset repository folder)
    • Can now open the Node Editor


  • Compositing tag now has a ProRender tab
    • Shadow Catcher Alpha
    • Light Portal
    • Object Group ID
  • Multi Instances
    • New Instances integrated in the Cloner object, Instance object and supported by all internal Render Engines
    • Multi Instances are stored as one object internal, resulting in higher performance and less allocated memory
    • Supports different render modes in the Viewport (Off, Points, Matrix, Bounding Box, Object)
    • Supports the Color shader and MoGraph colors
  • Project Settings
    • Use Color Channel for Node Material"´ setting
  • New Console
    • Categories provide more overview
    • Python console can now completely replace functionality of the Command Line
    • Output can be written to files
    • Drastically improved performance
  • New gradient
    • Updated interface
    • Gradient color bar can be displayed in 3 different sizes (small, medium, large)
    • Selected knots now have an orange outline
    • If more than one Knot is selected, selection handles appear. The allow to move all selected Knots at the same time to to scale the range
    • New Double Selected Knots and Distribute Selected Knots command in the Context menu
    • New Interpolation mode Blend
    • Interpolation can now be set per Knot
    • Intensity renamed to Brightness (only available in the Legacy gradient)
  • New Gradient Node
    • Can display textures and shaders in the gradient color bar
    • Can display alpha
    • Color Chooser is extended with an Alpha slider
    • Blending Space can be set to Linear or sRGB
    • Knot symbol changes: if this Knot is driven by a Node input 
  • Enhanced Color Chooser
    • Color Chooser now can store alpha values in swatches
    • Color Picker now is always available when the Color Chooser is collapsed
    • Color Chip context menu now offers option to enable/disable Alpha (where applicable) and to copy & paste a color
    • The Color Chooser in the unfolded state is now responsive to the size of the manager it displays
    • In the Color Wheel mode it is possible to click on the number on the right side to define the amount of color samples directly
    • The Hex mode now can be enabled directly in the Color Chooser Interface
    • Linear Numeric Values switch allows to display the color sliders linearly in the nodes interface
    • Alpha slider in the nodes interface
  • Texture Manager
    • Channel column is renamed to Material Path, also supports node-based materials and displays the path within the material
    • Edit menu now contains commands formerly only available in the context menu (Show File in Explorer/Finder, ...)
    • New Open File in Manager behavior - a new command and Show in Attribute Manager now displays the attributes of the bitmap shader / Image Node. 
    • Open Material in Manager is now exposed as a command. 
    • Preview shows resolution and bit depth now and small images are centered
  • Attribute Manager was adapted to the Nodes' workflow
    • New Connector interface to handle node connections
  • Preferences
    • Interface: new dropdown menu Field Remapping Graph (Hide, Show, Hide in Field lists)
    • Input devices: new setting to enable touch devices
    • Files / Path: new Fields lists for file assets and database search paths
    • Plug-ins: new Field list for plug-in search paths
    • Units / default sets: new Alpha mode and Hexadecimal mode check boxes
      • New group Gradient
        • Size drop-down menu (Small, Medium, Large)
        • Selection handles check box
      • New group Alpha
        • Grid Color drop-down menu (Light, Medium, Dark)
    • Renderer / ProRender: new group Out of Core Cache
      • Custom Location check box
      • Location path
    • Material (previously Material Preview)
      • New group Node-based Materials
        • Node Preview Size drop-down menu (Small, Medium, Large, Huge)
        • 3D Preview Scene drop-down menu
        • Node Previews check box
        • Preview HUD check box
    • Modeling/Sculpting (previously Sculpting):
      • New group Modeling
        • Disconnected Points on Delete drop-down menu (Remove (press Shift to preserve), Preserve (press Shift to remove))
    • Import/Export:
      • Settings for new CAD formats:
        • CATIA (*.CATPart, *.CATProduct, *.cgr) Import settings
        • IGES (*.igs,*.iges) Import
        • JT (*.jt) Import
        • Solidworks (*.SLDPrt,*.SLDAsm,*.SLDDrw) Import
        • STEP (*.stp,*.step,*.p21) Import
        • Settings include:
          • Settings to enable/disable the import of geometry, splines, instances, helper and hidden objects
          • Settings how to import Normals, display colors, layers and materials
          • Combine by None, Original Bodies, By Topology, By Color or By Layer
          • Heal and Stitch
          • Optimize Hierarchy
          • Setting to import Source Mesh 
          • Settings to import LOD with JT
          • Settings to influence the tessellation, also scale-based tesselation
      • FBX (*.fbx) Export
        • General: new Instances check box
        • Additional: new Flip Z Axis check box and new Up Axis drop-down menu (Y Axis (default), X Axis, Z Axis)
      • FBX (*.fbx) Import
        • General: new Instances check box
        • Additional: new Flip Z Axis check box and new Up Axis drop-down menu (Y Axis (default), X Axis, Z Axis)
      • Volume (*.vdb) Export
        • Scale input field
        • Animation check box
        • Name drop-down menu
        • From and To input fields
        • Selected Only check box
      • Volume (*.vdb) Import
        • Volume Grids list field
        • Scale input field
        • Animation check box
        • Name drop-down menu
        • From and To input fields
        • Group Objects check box
        • Import to Project Location check box
    • Assets
      • Node-based materials and Node networks can be stored as Assets
      • Save Assets dialog
        • Name: name of the Asset
        • Version tag: the version number of the Asset
        • ID: Asset ID
        • Database: the database the Asset will be stored in
        • Category: Asset Category (Color, Context, Conversion, Generator, Info, Material, Math, Shape, String, Surface, Uncategorized, Utility, New Category)
  • General
    • Send to PictureViewer now supports all Viewport renderings (also OpenGL)
    • Camera 2D mode for the Viewport 
    • New Export Selected Object as ... menu entry in the Object Manager
    • The Compositing Project File for Nuke now supports Alembic
    • New Viewport display modes for the Texture tag (Simple, Grid, Solid)
    • Improved UVs for Sphere (some types), Pyramid and Platonic
    • New Bake as Alembic and Bakes as Alembic + Delete commands
    • New command Save as Default Scene
    • Updated Visualize layout
    • New Multi-Passes
      • Direct Diffuse
      • Indirect Diffuse
      • Direct Specular
      • Indirect Specular
    • Texture mode now works as the former Texture Axis mode. Texture Axis mode isn't available anymore.


  • MoGraph Fields
    • MoGraph Fields replace falloffs in all areas where formerly Falloffs were used
    • Field Objects are Objects in the scene and can be freely placed and animated
    • Some Fields can have Sub-Fields, modifying one of their special parameters
    • Fields can write values into certain maps (Vertex Maps, Vertex Colors, Point/Edge/Polygon selections, MoGraph selections, MoGraph Weights)
    • Old falloffs are loaded as legacy falloffs, can be converted to Fields
    • MoGraph Fields UI allows for layering of Fields
      • Different Blend modes available (Normal, Min, Subtract, Multiply, Overlay, Max, Add, Screen, Clip)
      • Opacity slider
      • Value, direction (for certain Effectors) and color modification of each layer can ben enabled/disabled
    • New Field Objects (Box, Capsule, Cone, Cylinder, Linear, Spherical, Torus, Formula, Python, Radial, Random, Shader, Sound, Group)
    • New Modifier Layers (Clamp, Color Filter, Colorizer, Curve, Decay, Delay, Formula, Freeze, Invert, Noise Remap, Python, Quantize, Rangemap, Remap)
    • New Field Layers (MoGraph Object, Particle Object, Point Object, Solid, Spline Object, Step, Time, Variable Tag, Volume Object)
    • Fields Interface
      • Blending tab: here are the Blending options that are also found in the Field Layer interface.
      • Field tab: here are the field-specific parameters of the object
      • Optional sub-fields tab: this tab offers a Field Layer UI for the sub-fields 
      • Remapping tab: this tab holds the integrated remapping parameters of the Field value.
      • Color Remapping tab: this tab holds integrated remapping options for the Field color
      • Direction tab: this tab holds integrated remapping options for Field direction
      • Optional View Settings tab: this tab holds the Viewport settings for the Field
    • Field object interface
      • Same as Fields Interface, minus the Blending tab, plus Direction tab
      • Direction tab: Direction Mode drop-down menu (No Remap, Custom Direction, Attenuate by Strength) and Normalize Direction check box
  • MoGraph Cloner object now supports Multi-Instances

Motion Tracking

  • Updated Motion Tracker layout
  • Simplified workflow to create a Motion Tracker object and to load the footage
  • Show dope sheet style data representation for selected track in the Graph Mode of Graph View.
  • The tracking direction can now be defined per keyframe
  • Tracks can now be frozen, to prevent them from being changed by other edits
  • Newauto re-keying options automatically inserts a key whenever the 2D error reaches a certain threshold to 
  • improve tracking for tracks where the size or orientation of the surface changes significantly
  • New 2D Tracks editor mode
  • User Tracks list
    • Selected tracks are highlighted in the Cinema 4D standard way
    • Individual tracks can be renamed directly within the GUI
    • Full set of standard selection interactions supported
    • Ability for user to re-order tracks
    • Multiple column data display to show the main track settings
    • Support for folders
    • Cursor navigation
    • Ability to delete track(s) using the Delete key
    • Pop up context menu with relevant controls.
  • Tracking direction indication in Graph View
  • Multi-selection and editing of mask vertices is now supported
  • New dockable Track Window that shows the zoomed view of a 2D Track


  • C++
    • New MAXON API
    • Project tool
      • to generate project files for different operating systems
      • support (optional) style and syntax checks
  • Python
    • Integrated Python updated to version 2.7.14, including updated OpenSSL module
    • Script Manager: Python scripts can now also set the menu state, as it was possible in previous versions with C.O.F.F.E.E. scripts
    • Improved developer workflow due to better integration into external IDEs, including code auto completion
    • First exposure of MAXON API in Python

Minimum System Requirements Cinema 4D and BodyPaint 3D

Windows 7 SP1 64-bit or higher on Intel or AMD 64-bit CPU with SSE3 support or MacOS 10.11.6 or 10.12.4+ with 64-bit CPU running on Intel-based Apple Macintosh 4 GB RAM (8 GB or more recommended), OpenGL graphics card supporting OpenGL 4.1 (dedicated GPU recommended)

The GPU renderer requires an NVIDIA or AMD graphics card on Windows or AMD on MacOS that supports OpenCL 1.2 or newer. Metal support requires MacOS 10.13.2 or newer. We recommend at least 4 GB VRAM for GPU rendering.

USB port, registration is required.

Graphics cards

Although Cinema 4D and BodyPaint 3D support all OpenGL 4.1-capable graphics cards, we recommend using a dedicated 3D graphics card with an AMD or NVIDIA chip set.

MAXON is not responsible for the compatibility of individual graphics cards with the OpenGL, OpenCL or Metal mode. Due to the large number and types of available chip sets, operating systems and driver versions we cannot guarantee the compatibility of all systems.

Please make sure that you always use the most current official graphics card driver (no beta versions).

Important notice

We test the compatibility of our products with the driver and OS versions available at the time of the announcement of a new Cinema 4D/BodyPaint 3D release and focus on typical mid-range to high-end systems and basic coverage on low-end (min. requirements) systems. Additionally, we try to keep up with hardware, driver, and OS updates as soon as they are released.

Nevertheless, please understand that we cannot guarantee support of new hardware and operating systems shipped after the announcement of this Cinema 4D/BodyPaint 3D version.

The technical specifications of MAXON products are constantly changing. Please use the most current demo version of the software to test its compatibility on your computer (especially if you have a more elaborate configuration).

Regarding NVIDIA 3D Vision

A quad buffered graphics card is required to use NVIDIA's 3D Vision Shutter glasses for viewing the stereoscopic display in Cinema 4D.

An overview of graphics cards that meet all requirements can be found here.

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Release 20 SP2

This service update (version 20.057) improves the stability and performance of Cinema 4D and is highly recommended for all Release 20 users. A complete overview of all improvements contained in Release 20 SP2 can be found in the official improvements list.

C4D Live SIGGRAPH 2018 Rewind - Round 7

This is the seventh and final round of videos from SIGGRAPH 2018, held in August in Vancouver, Canada. Watch the fantastic...


C4D Live SIGGRAPH 2018 Rewind - Round 5

This is the fifth round of videos from SIGGRAPH 2018, held in August in Vancouver, Canada. Watch the fantastic presentations...


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Cinema 4D and Octane Render

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Cinema 4D and Corona Renderer

If you’re using Corona Renderer with Cinema 4D or thinking about it, here some tutorials to get you started. We’ve covered...


C4D Live SIGGRAPH 2018 Rewind - Round 2

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C4D Live SIGGRAPH 2018 Rewind - Round 3

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C4D Live SIGGRAPH 2018 Rewind - Round 4

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In this Cinema 4D Quick Tip with Jonas Pilz, learn 2 methods of putting your text on a spine in Cinema 4D.


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Shoelace Displacement in Cinema 4D

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Cut your Physical Render time in half with this time-saving Cinema 4D tutorial. Optimize the Physical Renderer for speed...


Cinema 4D Octane Tutorial: Dramatic Lighting Tip

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Cinema 4D Advanced Octane Shaders parts 1 & 2

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In Depth: Render Farms / Network Rendering, 2018 Edition

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Add Stickers and Labels in Redshift for Cinema 4D

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Cinema 4D: Retopology of a Human Head in Cinema 4D

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Cinema 4D: Lighting Scenes with Luminous Objects

Jonas Pilz offers a C4D quick tip on how to light a scenes using only the light from luminous materials.


Cinema 4D: Getting Started with ProRender in C4D R19

This Cinema 4D Quick Tip with Jonas Pilz explains how to get started using the new Radeon ProRender in Cinema 4D R19.


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Cinema 4D: Creating Clouds with a Painterly Look

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Cinema 4D R19 Voronoi Fracture New Features

Chris Schmidt takes you through all the newest features and improvements in C4D R19 Voronoi Fracture.


Cinema 4D: Projecting Animated Textures

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Antique Coke Bottle Cinema 4D 3D Model + C4D Octane Tutorial from The Pixel Lab

The Pixel Lab is giving away a really cool free model of 3 antique Coca-Cola glass bottles designs, created by Rick Ellis....


3D Motion Tracking and VFX in C4D

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Essential Character Rigging and Animation Workflows in C4D

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New in Cinema 4D R19 - Voronoi Fracture Features

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Render Like a Photographer in Cinema 4D

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Cinema 4D: Create Simple Flocking Sims with C4D Flock Modifier

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Vectorize Voronoi Texture Tutorial

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Michele Learns Cinema 4D: Episode 2: Training, Wacom & Shortcuts

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C4D: Depth Pass Tips

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Creating an Abstract Tentacle Creature with X-Particles and Octane

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C4D: From Images to Splines to Geometry - Bridges, Cracked Ice, and Stone Work

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How to Create and Animate an Umbrella Using Mosplines in Cinema 4D

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Cineversity Tutorial Series for After Effects Users new to 3D

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C4D Motion Tracker to Create Handheld Camera Moves

Ever wanted to create a handheld camera move to your animation in MAXON Cinema 4D?  Joren Kandel from the Pixel Lab...


Rigging a Simple Cartoon Character in C4D

“In this tutorial, I’m going to introduce you into the world of rigging in Cinema 4D by showing you a workflow I use to...


Eyedesyn Live Design: Modeling a Character in C4D parts 1 and 2

EJ Hassenfranz from Eyedesyn live streamed these tutorials, giving us a closer look into his thought process and workflow...


MochaBlend C4D Basics #4: Creating a camera solve from a mocha perspective track

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use MochaBlend C4D to turn a perspective track in mocha into an object solve in C4D....


MochaBlend C4D Basics #3: Creating an object solve from a mocha perspective track

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use MochaBlend C4D to turn a perspective track in mocha into an object solve in C4D....


MochaBlend C4D Basics #2: Creating 3D motion from a non-perspective mocha track

In this tutorial, you’ll learn about creating 3D motion from a non-perspective track in mocha. We’ll be using MochaBlend...


Cinema 4D: Creating 360° Panorama Rendering Tutorial

Learn how to setup cameras for 360° renderings in Cinema 4D, with Konstantin Magnus.


Creating Line Art Animations Using Cinema 4D Lite, Cineware, and After Effects

"This one is for all of you After Effects CC & Cinema 4D Lite users! In this tutorial, I'll reboot my previous tutorial on...


Rendering a Sci-fi Gun and Scene With VrayForC4D

"Curse Studio’s Dominik Dammelhart walks through rendering a realistic scene with VrayForC4D including lights materials...


How to Create an Elevation Map Using Cinema 4D’s Sketch and Toon

"In this tutorial, I’ll be covering a cool way to create an elevation map using, you guessed it, Cinema 4D! " - Eyedesyn... More...

Setting Up and Animating Depth of Field Easily

“A few little tips on setting up depth of field with the cinema4d physical renderer and animating it very easily. It’s a...


Getting Started Creating 2D Style 3D Animations w/ Cineware

This week's Tutorial Tuesday focuses on training for CINEMA 4D. In this tutorial, Mt. Mograph’s Matt Jylkka creates a...


Octane Render: Creating a Skin Shader for CINEMA 4D

Learn how to create a realistic looking skin shader with Octane Render in Cinema 4D.


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Nate Vander Plas makes a fun effect that looks like a color blindness test.


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Learn how to recreate the popular cel animation style paint stroke/splash effect you see in a lot of 2D animations using...


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In this holiday-themed tutorial, learn to create a 3D ribbon tree animation in Cinema 4D.


Creating a Tear Effects in C4D Using the Vertex Map Animator Plugin & Cloth

“Vertex Map Animator updated to version 3 including a new vertex map proximity controller adding the ability to create...


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Cinema 4D Deformers

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C4D: 3D Sound

Learn the basics of using 3D sound in Cinema 4D.


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