Product Comparison

Multiple Editions to Fit Your Needs and Your Budget

Each of Cinema 4D’s editions is designed to provide a dedicated feature set to a specific market, but they all offer the same intuitive interface and rock-solid stability. Choose the package of features that best fits your needs and your budget, and move up at any time as your resources or requirements change.

Cinema 4D Prime

Professional 3D Starts Here


INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING
FEATURES:

  • Modeling
  • Materials & Texturing
  • Lighting
  • Animation
  • Camera
  • Advanced Renderer
  • UV Editing
  • Extensive API: C++, Python, C.O.F.F.E.E.
  • Prime Library incl. materials,
    objects & presets

Cinema 4D Broadcast

The 3D motion graphics
powerhouse


INCLUDES ALL FEATURES
OF CINEMA 4D PRIME AND:

  • Physical Renderer
  • Advanced Camera Tools
  • Team Render (3 Nodes)
  • MoGraph Tools
  • Broadcast Library, incl. materials, cameras and objects

Cinema 4D Visualize

The professional solution
for architects & designers


INCLUDES ALL FEATURES
OF CINEMA 4D PRIME AND:

  • Physical Renderer
  • Advanced Camera Tools
  • Team Render (3 Nodes)
  • Sketch & Toon
  • Visualize Library, incl. materials, presets and architectural objects

Cinema 4D Studio

Everything you need
for high-end 3d


INCLUDES ALL FEATURES OF
ALL OTHER PACKAGES

  • Physical Renderer
  • Advanced Camera Tools
  • Team Render (unlimited Nodes)
  • MoGraph Tools
  • Sketch & Toon
  • Dynamics
  • Sculpting
  • Hair System
  • Advanced Character Tools
  • Motion/Object Tracker
  • all Libraries, Advanced presets and demo scenes

Full Comparison Chart

Maxon Cinema 4D Product Comparison
Cinema 4D Studio Cinema 4D Studio
Cinema 4D Visualize Cinema 4D Visualize
Cinema 4D Broadcast Cinema 4D Broadcast
Cinema 4D Prime Cinema 4D Prime
BodyPaint 3D BodyPaint 3D
Cinema 4D Lite* Cinema 4D Lite*
Advanced presets and demo scenes 1
Annotations Tag 1 1 1 1 1
Arabic interface support 1 1 1 1 1
Available in 11 languages (switchable) 1 1 1 1 1 1
Broadcast Library, incl. materials, cameras and objects 1 1
Color Chooser 1 1 1 1 1 1
Commander 1 1 1 1 1 1
Content Libraries 1 1 1 1 1
Context-sensitive, fully-searchable HTML help 1 1 1 1 1 1
Cross-platform support for Mac & Windows 1 1 1 1 1 1
Custom User Data per object 1 1 1 1 1 1
Customizable GUI sets (toolbars / layouts / menus) 1 1 1 1 1 1
Doodle viewport annotation tool 1 1 1 1 1
Enhanced OpenGL Viewport 1 1 1 1 1 1
Essential presets and demo scenes 1 1 1 1 1 1
High-Quality OpenGL Viewport
R19
1 1 1 1 1
Layer system for object & material management 1 1 1 1 1 1
Lite Library, incl. materials, cameras and objects 1 1
Multiple projects open at once 1 1 1 1 1 1
New Feature Highlighting
R19
1 1 1 1 1
Object highlighting 1 1 1 1 1 1
Picture Viewer 1 1 1 1 1 1
Scripting & SDK 1 1 1 1 1
Solo Button 1 1 1 1 1 1
Stereo display in Viewport 1 1 1 1 1
Take System 1 1 1 1 1
To Do List 1 1 1 1 1 1
Vertex Colors 1 1 1 1 1
Visualization Library, incl. materials, presets and architectural objects 1 1
XRef external instancing / referencing system 1 1 1 1 1
ABF unwrapping and relaxing 1 1 1 1 1
Basic Tools 1 1 1 1 1
Bevel Deformer 1 1 1 1 1
Deformer Falloff 1 1 1 1 1
Extrude, Lathe, Loft, Sweep 1 1 1 1 1 1
Interactive UV mapping by projection types 1 1 1 1 1
Knife Tools 1 1 1 1 1
Level of Detail Object
R19
1 1
LSCM unwrapping and relaxing 1 1 1 1 1
Mesh Check 1 1 1 1 1
Modeling Generators: Metaball, Boolean, Symmetry, Array, Atom Array, Instance, Connect, Python 1 1 1 1 1 1
New Modeling Kernel
R19
1 1 1 1 1
New Polygon Reduction Generator
R19
1 1 1 1 1
OpenSubdiv Support 1 1 1 1 1
PolyPen 1 1 1 1 1
Scene Objects: Floor, Sky, Environment, Stage, Foreground, Background 1 1 1 1 1 1
Spline Mask object 1 1 1 1 1
Spline Tools 1 1 1 1 1 1
Subdivision surfaces 1 1 1 1 1 1
UV Editing 1 1 1 1 1
UV mapping to automatically remove seams 1 1 1 1 1
UV Peeler 1 1 1 1 1
UVs for Caps 1 1 1 1 1
C++ Sculpt Brush API 1 1
Mesh Projection 1 1
Mirroring & Masking 1 1
Python Support for lib_sculpt 1 1
Sculpt Brushes 1 1
Sculpt functionality 1 1
Sculpt Layers 1 1
Sculpt to Pose Morph 1 1
Unsubdivide 1 1
12 standard material channels: Color, Diffusion, Luminance, Transparency, Reflection, Environment, Fog, Bump, Normal, Alpha, Glow, Displacement 1 1 1 1 1 1
3D Painting with layers, all blend modes and Photoshop file compatibility 1 1 1 1 1 1
Animated textures (MOV, AVI, sequence) with viewport preview 1 1 1 1 1 1
Blurry reflections and transparencies 1 1 1 1 1 1
Brick, Wood, Weathering, Pavement and Normalizer Shaders 1 1 1 1 1
Choose Photoshop PSD layers per usage 1 1 1 1 1 1
Displacement: intensity (centered), red/green and RGB 1 1 1 1 1 1
Formula Shader 1
Fresnel Shader 1 1 1 1 1 1
Grass Material Shader 1 1
Improved Variation Shader
R19
1 1
Inverse Ambient Occlusion 1 1 1 1 1
Layer shader 1 1 1 1 1
Multi-brush painting of multiple material channels in single stroke 1 1 1 1 1 1
Noise Procedural shader with 32 different noise algorithms 1 1 1 1 1 1
Normal maps: tangent, object or world 1 1 1 1 1 1
OpenGL-accelerated 3D Painting with layers, all blend modes and Photoshop le compatibility
R19
1 1 1 1 1
Parallax Shader 1 1 1 1 1 1
Physically correct IOR presets 1 1 1 1 1 1
Procedural surface shaders 1 1 1 1 1 1
Projection Man 1 1 1 1 1 1
Projection painting 1 1 1 1 1 1
Proximity-based Proximal shader 1 1 1 1 1 1
Reflectance Channel 1 1 1 1 1
Set UVW from projection 1 1 1 1 1
Shading models: Lambertian, Oren-Nayar 1 1 1 1 1 1
Shadow Catcher 1
Sketch & Toon Art, Hatch, Spot (halftone) Shaders 1 1
Sub-Polygon displacement (SPD) 1 1
Sub-Surface Scattering 1 1 1
Terrain Mask shader 1 1
Texture baking: surface color, illumination, Ambient Occlusion, Normals, displacement and more 1 1 1 1 1 1
Texture Manager 1 1 1 1 1
Thin Film Shader 1 1 1
Transparency with absorption, total internal reflections, exit reflections 1 1 1 1 1 1
Caustics 1 1
Color temperature in Kelvin 1 1 1 1 1 1
Custom lens flares 1 1 1 1 1 1
Global Illumination 1 1 1 1 1
Hard, Soft, Area shadows 1 1 1 1 1 1
IES Lights 1 1
Include/exclude light diffusion, specular, shadow per object 1 1 1 1 1 1
Light Types: Omni, Spot, Infinite, Area, Square Spot, Parallel Spot, Square Parallel Spot 1 1 1 1 1 1
Noise within light illumination and/or visibility 1 1 1 1 1 1
Photometric brightness setting in Candela and Lumen 1 1 1 1 1 1
Physical Sky 1 1
Visible, Volumetric and Inverse Volumetric lighting 1 1 1 1 1 1
Camera Calibrator 1 1
Camera Composition Helpers 1 1 1 1 1 1
Camera Crane 1 1 1
Camera Focus Picker 1 1 1 1 1 1
Camera Morph 1 1 1
Camera, Target Camera, Stereo Camera 1 1 1 1 1 1
Graphical View for Motion Tracking 1
Lens Distortion Support 1 1
Motion Camera 1 1 1
Motion Tracker 1
Object Tracker 1
Scene Reconstruction for Motion Tracker
R19
1
Spherical Camera
R19
1 1
Ambient Occlusion 1 1 1 1 1 1
Camera white balance 1 1 1 1 1 1
Color profile support 1 1 1 1 1 1
Embree Integration 1 1 1
Global Material Override 1 1 1 1 1
Light Mapping 1 1 1 1 1
Linear workflow 1 1 1 1 1 1
Multi-Pass output 1 1 1 1 1 1
Normal Pass 1 1 1 1 1 1
Object buffers - specify unique alpha channels per object 1 1 1 1 1 1
Physical Render Engine 1 1 1
Position Pass 1 1 1 1 1 1
ProRender (new GPU-based Renderer)
R19
1 1 1
Pyrocluster volumetric particle rendering 1 1
Radiosity maps 1 1 1 1 1
Render instances 1 1 1 1 1 1
Render Queue batch rendering system 1 1 1 1 1
Render up to 128,000 pixels square / 32 bits per pixel 1 1 1 1 1 1
Sketch and Toon 1 1
Stereoscopic Rendering 1 1 1 1 1
Sub-Surface Scattering 1 1 1
Team Render (3 Nodes) 1 1
Team Render (unlimited Nodes) 1
Universal Sampler (GI-QMC) 1 1 1 1 1
ASCII animation import 1 1 1 1 1
Automatic keyframing 1 1 1 1 1 1
Constant Velocity option per track 1 1 1 1 1 1
Constraints: PSR, Up-Vector, Clamp, Mirror, Parent, Aim, Spring 1 1 1 1 1
Driver tag 1
F-Curve Snapshot and Reduced Modification curves 1 1 1 1 1
Interaction Tag 1 1 1 1 1
Keyframe baking 1 1 1 1 1
Keyframe reduction 1 1 1 1 1
New Parent Constraint workflow 1 1 1 1 1
Non-linear animation / motion mixing system 1 1 1 1 1
PowerSlider animation toolbar for playback and keyframe manipulation 1 1 1 1 1 1
Shift Priority Tag 1 1 1 1 1
Timeline - up to four timeline windows with customizable track display and dopesheet or F-Curve view modes 1 1 1 1 1 1
XPresso 1 1 1 1 1 1
Auto weighting 1 1 1 1 1
Character Object 1
CMotion 1
Enhanced Quaternion workflow 1 1 1 1 1
Joints with full dynamic IK 1 1 1 1 1
Mirror, Naming and Paint Tools 1 1 1 1 1
Muscle deformer 1
Point Cache tag 1 1 1 1 1
Pose Morph 1
PSD Correctional Morphs 1
Skin Deformer supports linear, spherical and blended deformation based on joints 1 1 1 1 1
Tension tag 1
VAMP tool for translating weights, morphs, selection, textures, Uvs and vertex maps between different geometry 1
Visual Selector 1
Weight effector 1 1 1 1 1
Weight Manager and tools 1 1 1 1 1
Weighting Improvements
R19
1 1 1 1 1
Beat Shader 1 1
Cloner object 1 1
Effectors for Position, Scale, Rotation, Color, Time using Falloff, Shader, Random, Formula, Delay, C.O.F.F.E.E., Python, Inheritance, Sound, Spline, Step, Target, Time or Volume effectors 1 1 1
Enhanced MoGraph Caching 1 1
Enhanced Voronoi Fracturing (Auto Connectors only available in Studio)
R19
1 1
Fracture object 1 1 1
Matrix object 1 1
MoDynamics 1 1
MoExtrude 1 1
MoGraph Multi-shader 1 1
MoGraph Selection tag 1 1
MoInstance object 1 1
MoSpline parametric spline generator with L-system functionality 1 1
MoText object 1 1
New Sound Effector
R19
1 1
PolyFX polygon fracture deformer 1 1
Push Apart Effector 1 1
ReEffector 1 1
Tracer object 1 1
Weight Map and Weight Paintbrush 1 1
Aerodynamic Forces 1
Basic particle system 1 1 1 1 1
Breaking Connectors 1
Cloth Simulation 1
Feather object 1
Fur system 1
Guide-based Hair system 1
Hair instancing 1
Hair shading system with multiple speculars, texture-defined root and tip colors, and variable transparency, thickness, length, scale, frizz, kink, density, clump, tighten, displace, bend, curl, twist, wave, straighten 1
Hair styling tools: Move, Scale, Rotate, Brush, Comb, Clump, Curl, Cut, Push, Straighten, Add Guides, Mirror, Set Roots 1
Joints, Springs, Motors 1
Plastic & Breaking Springs 1
Rigid Body Dynamics 1
Rigid Body dynamics for MoGraph objects 1 1
Soft Body Dynamics 1
Spline dynamics 1
Thinking Particles 1
After Effects compositing exchange with 3D data 1 1 1 1 1
Apple Final Cut Pro compositing exchange 1 1 1 1 1
Apple Motion compositing exchange with 3D data 1 1 1 1 1
BodyPaint 3D exchange - 3ds Max, Maya, Softimage and Lightwave 1 1 1 1 1
CineMan Renderman-compliant bridge 1 1
CINEWARE compatible 1 1 1 1 1 1
Digital Fusion compositing exchange (Win only) 1 1 1 1 1
Houdini Engine Bridge 1
IGES importer 1 1
Image formats - float with layers: PSD, TIFF, OpenEXR 1 1 1 1 1 1
Image formats - float: HDR, DPX, RLA, RPF 1 1 1 1 1 1
Image formats: BMP, IFF, JPG, PICT, PNG, TARGA 1 1 1 1 1 1
Improved Media handling
R19
1 1 1 1 1
Improved Substance Engine Integration 1 1 1 1 1
Nuke exchange 1 1 1 1 1 1
Okino connection - seamless CAD file import via optional PolyTrans software (Windows only) 1 1
Photoshop exchange 1 1 1 1 1 1
SketchUp importer 1 1
Support of DXF, DWG, 3DS, DAE, FBX 20xx, DEM, LWS, STL, VRML2, OBJ, COLLADA, Alembic x.x 1 1 1 1 1 1
Video Formats: Avi, Quicktime 1 1 1 1 1 1

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* Cinema 4D Lite makes important basic Cinema 4D functions available in Adobe After Effects CC. This version is not available as a standalone product. It is installed automatically with After Effects CC and can be upgraded to a full Cinema 4D version at very attractive pricing. More information is available here.