Product: Cinema 4D Prime
Platform: Win or Mac
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CINEMA 4D Prime's intuitive interface is designed to ease you in to the powerful and exciting world of 3D graphics. With CINEMA 4D Prime you can start creating great-looking 3D images in no time. And the tutorials provided help you learn CINEMA 4D quickly and easily.
Adding CINEMA 4D Prime to your existing pipeline of 2D applications opens up a wealth of new design possibilities. For example: turn 2D artwork into 3D elements using import options such as Illustrator or EPS, or simply combine images or movies with 3D objects.
CINEMA 4D Prime's powerful tools let you create images and animations for any industry. 3D logo, illustrations, buildings, space ships - whatever you want to create - you can rely on CINEMA 4D Prime.
CINEMA 4D Prime lets you cost-effectively enter the world of 3D. And if you want more advanced tools, it’s great to know that you can upgrade to any of the more powerful versions of CINEMA 4D.
- New in R14
- System Requirements
- Supplementary Information
Ease of Use
Novices and professionals alike will appreciate the well-designed workflow
that makes CINEMA 4D the easiest-to-learn professional 3D application.
You can count on MAXON's technical support specialists to provide quick
and free support by phone or email.
It Works the Way YOU Do
CINEMA 4D's completely customizable interface lets you quickly re-design layouts, palettes and even menus to match your personal workflow. You can switch between layouts with the click of a button! CINEMA 4D is also available in several languages.
CINEMA 4D's Render Queue offers a powerful workflow for rendering multiple CINEMA 4D scenes on your computer. You can easily add scenes to the queue, change priorities, and even adjust which camera or render setting is used without opening the scene.
Edit Images Directly in CINEMA 4D
CINEMA 4D's Picture Viewer makes a big difference.
Besides letting you view pictures and full animations with sound, the Picture Viewer enables you to make minor adjustments such as controlling image contrast, brightness or saturation directly in CINEMA 4D using different filters without the need of time-consuming re-rendering.
Fullscreen playback mode allows you to view your animations without distraction. When you aren't in fullscreen mode, the Navigator lets you easily move around large renderings. An RGB histogram gives precise information about the color and brightness of images, and the A/B mode allows you to compare renderings.
Modeling in CINEMA 4D
The most basic shapes are provided in MAXON CINEMA 4D as parametric primitives.
Parametric objects can be converted to polygons to serve as a basis for
more complex objects. A number of deformers and other generators can be
used in conjunction with objects.
Splines can be used as the basis for extrudes, lofts, lathes and sweeps - all of which can be adjusted dynamically in real-time, and even animated.
Creating Materials in CINEMA 4D
The basis for most channels is a texture or shader. For textures, CINEMA 4D
supports most popular image formats, including layered PSD files.
A wide range of 2D and 3D volumetric shaders make it easy to create procedural surfaces and easily simulate glass, wood or metal. With filter and layer shaders you can easily combine images, shaders and filter effects.
MAXON's CINEMA 4D offers the ultimate control over your textures with complete layer, filter and tablet support - all optimized for working in 3D.
With CINEMA 4D you can paint on up to ten channels with a single stroke. A brush can define an entire material rather than a single color, and CINEMA 4D's exclusive RayBrush technology lets you view the results of your painting in real-time in a rendered image.
CINEMA 4D's Projection Painting tool lets you paint across UV seams or even multiple objects in a scene.
Projection Man revolutionizes the workflow for creating digital mattes, making it simple to set up an initial painting and even easier to patch the matte when necessary. Using CINEMA 4D's internal painting tools or Adobe Photoshop it's easy to edit and manipulate extensive digital mattes, making it possible to create extended, wild camera rides. Whether you're ballooning over a city, shooting through rapids, flying off cliffs or simply creating a basic set extension, you'll be amazed at the power and speed of the Projection Man matte painting workflow.
Graphics in Motion
Virtually any object, material or tag parameter can be keyframed by simply
clicking the circle next to its name. To make keyframing even simpler you
can activate automatic keyframing of all or selected parameters. The Power
Slider lets you quickly define keyframes for the current state at any frame
and modify existing keyframes without leaving the default layout.
The Timeline window offers even greater control with tracks for every animatable parameter and options such as layers to organize and control the visibility of objects, tracks and keyframes. Master Tracks allow easy manipulation of all keyframes attached to a given object or scene and the Region tool helps you easily move or scale any portion of your animation.
Use F-Curve mode for more detailed adjustment of keyframe interpolation, or to simply view the animation. Edit multiple curves instantly and take advantage of the snapshot capability to view a previously stored curve while adjusting the animation.
With non-linear animation it's easy to build, layer and loop discreet motions containing hundreds of keyframes in complex hierarchies. You can easily block out animation based on predefined motions and build upon the basic movement by overlaying additional keyframes or motions.
When your pictures need to sync with audio you can import sound and view its waveform directly in the Timeline. Better yet, activate scrubbing and listen to your audio as you manipulate the time slider. For the ultimate syncronization, attach sounds to specific objects.
CINEMA 4D even features an easy-to-use particle system. Any object can be used as a particle - such as geometry or lights. Particles can then be affected by various effects like gravity, turbulence, wind and many others to create stunning animations.
Let There be Light
Light up your scenes with CINEMA 4D's lighting system and produce outstanding
results in little time with the built-in render engine.
Various types of light and shadow calculations provide the basis for an extraordinarily powerful lighting system. Control color, brightness, falloff and other properties and adjust density and color of each light's shadows. You also can use Lumen or Candela brightness values for any light rather than using abstract percentage values. Create visible or volumetric lights with noise patterns that appear in the light cone. Lights offer settings such as contrast, lens reflexes, shadow color, volumetric light and noise, and many more.
CINEMA 4D's outstanding renderer delivers great-looking results in short time thanks to its linear workflow, support for multiple processors, HyperThreading and Multi-Core technology.
With CINEMA 4D's Multi-Pass rendering you can easily render color, shadow, reflection and other effects to individual files for tweaking using your favorite compositing application. Multiple object-based alpha channels make it easy to layer elements with other 2D and 3D assets. With direct export to Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Combustion, Shake, Fusion and Motion, your Multi-Pass layers will be ready to composite in no time. CINEMA 4D supports rendering in 16-bit and 32-bit color depth for high dynamics range images in DPX, HDRI or OpenEXR format.
Furthermore, the support of color profiles makes sure your renderings appear as they should, no matter which device you're working with.
Create eye-popping stereo 3D visuals using the complete stereoscopic workflow in CINEMA 4D Release 13. Easily convert existing projects or create new stereo scenes using a few simple camera settings, and preview the stereo effect within the Viewport. Render the merged image or individual channels and preview the stereo effect within CINEMA 4D’s Picture Viewer.
|Stereo Camera and Rendering||Real-time Stereo Display|
|A few simple settings convert any CINEMA 4D camera into a stereo rig. Simply enable one of the stereo modes, define the eye-separation and convergence, and choose between parallel, off-axis, on-axis or radial placement. Safe regions can be defined manually or defined automatically by CINEMA 4D.||Preview stereo effects in real-time by enabling the Stereoscopic mode for any view. Stereo previews can be displayed in Anaglyph, Side-by-Side, Interlaced or Active Shutter mode for compatibility with a variety of 3D monitors, projectors and glasses.|
"Man is not an island" and neither is MAXON's CINEMA 4D. Because real-world 3D artists do not work in a vacuum, CINEMA 4D includes support for a host of industry-standard file formats.
CINEMA 4D renders passes in any desired format (image sequences, AVIs or QuickTime movies and many more) and creates a compositing project file that automatically brings all sequences together in the correct format. Depending on the compositing application used, additional data such as 3D cameras, 3D lights or reference objects will be exported as well.
- 3D Studio .3ds (R/W)
- Alembic (R/W)
- Biovision .bvh (R)
- COLLADA .dae (R/W)
- DEM (R)
- DXF (R/W)
- DWG (R)
- Direct 3D .x (W)
- FBX (R/W)
- LightWave 3D .lws .lwo (R)
- STL (R/W)
- VRML2 .wrl (R/W)
- Wavefront .obj (R/W)
- After Effects (3D)
- Final Cut (2D, Mac only)
- Combustion (3D)
- Shake (2D)
- Motion (3D, Mac only)
- Fusion (2D, Windows only)
- BodyPaint 3D
- Photoshop PSD
- Targa TGA
- Open EXR
- QuickTime (if available)
- AVI (Windows only)
- Illustrator 8 (R)
- EPS (Illustrator 8 kompatibel) (R)
R = read / W = write
Go Even Farther
From its easy-to-use node-based XPresso system to scripting with its own C.O.F.F.E.E. language or the widley acclaimed Python language or a complete C++ SDK. It's up to you!
XPresso - The Graphical Expression Editor
Build extensive relationships and add powerful interaction to your 3D scene with XPresso, CINEMA 4D's visual node-based drag & drop Expressions editor.
XPresso is a tool that artists can use to intuitively create relationships between almost any object, material or effect parameter. Variables within your expressions can be linked to sliders in the Attribute Manager to create driven-key animation or complete slider-based interfaces to your 3D scene.
Explore XPresso and discover the power of relational animation in CINEMA 4D.
Your Own Scripts and Plugins
CINEMA 4D offers three options for programmers to create their own functionality: programming in C.O.F.F.E.E., a proprietary programming language; Python, a standard programming language; or C++ SDK.
New in R14
CINEMA 4D R14
Easy to Use and Easy to Learn, Stable, Fast and State-of-the-Art
There's a reason why these terms are included for each Release - and this tradition continues with Release 14! These are the qualities upon which customers have always been able to count and they continue to guarantee the satisfaction of MAXON customers and CINEMA 4D users.
Click here to watch R14 feature videos on Cineversity.
Organic modeling is made easy with the fully-integrated Sculpting system in CINEMA 4D Studio Release 14 and BodyPaint 3D. Transform any base mesh into virtual clay, shaping it with tools like Pull, Pinch, Smooth, Knife or Scrape. Advanced symmetry tools allow you to mirror a single stroke along multiple axes, and even radially. Finer details can be added using stamps and stencils, and you can apply masks to limit the sculpting to specific regions. You can even organize your sculpt project in a hierarchical layer system and modify mask and strength options for each layer. Directly texture, animate and render your sculpted mesh, or easily bake it to a low-poly mesh with displacement and normal maps.
Model faster and more accurately with new interactive Workplane modes, dynamic guides and a completely redesigned Snap system. Easily align your workplane to any world axis, the camera or the current selection, then snap to the grid or adjust global coordinates based on the workplane orientation. Draw linear or planar guides directly in the Viewport or snap to dynamic guides generated around each component. You can also easily select objects or components by simply painting over them with the right mouse button pressed.
Accelerate your animation workflow with enhancements to cameras, dynamics and character tools in CINEMA 4D R14. Quickly morph between camera positions and create dynamic camera animations with the Motion Camera system. Gain greater realism and control over dynamics in CINEMA 4D Broadcast and Studio with aerodynamic forces, plastic springs and breaking connectors, as well as enhanced XPresso control over dynamics. Give life to your characters with updated rigs and enhanced capabilities of the Character object.
Achieve greater rendering realism and compositing control with CINEMA 4D R14. Simulate wood grain, weathering effects and normal mapping with new shaders. Enjoy faster, more accurate GI calculations with Multiple Importance Sampling and radiosity maps. And you have even more control over your renderings with color grading in the Picture Viewer and as a post effect. Optimize your compositing workflow with the Position Pass.
CNEMA 4D R14 offers amazing enhancements to exchanges with key applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and Nuke. You can manipulate 3D objects, lights and textures directly in Adobe Photoshop. New options have been added for exchanging your 3D scene with After Effects. A new seamless connection to NUKE has been added that automatically creates your multi-pass composite, through multi-layer OpenEXR support.
Work faster and more efficiently with numerous enhancements to the workflow and interface in CINEMA 4D R14. You’ll enjoy the more attractive and responsive 3D view with new object highlighting and outlining, and improved OpenGL shadows. Easily access commands and add tags using the new spotlight-style Commander. New composition helpers have been added to arrange your scene based on grids or golden spirals, and you can easily choose the focal distance with the new camera focus picker. Arabic speakers will especially enjoy the CINEMA 4D interface in their native language, including a specially-designed right-to-left layout mode.
MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows XP, Vista or 7 running on Intel or AMD CPU with SSE2-Support; Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher running on an Intel-based Mac; 1024 MB free RAM, DVD ROM drive. Standard DVD installation can take up to 4 GB of disk space. Software must be registered for permanent use.
Supported Operating Systems for CINEMA 4D R14 and BodyPaint 3D R14
- Windows 7 (all variations)
- Windows 7 64-bit (all variations)
- Windows Vista (all variations)
- Windows Vista 64-bit (all variations)
- Windows 2008 Server
- Windows 2008 Server 64-bit
- Windows XP (Pro / Home) Service Pack 2 & 3
- Windows XP Pro 64-bit
- Windows 2003 Server
- Windows 2003 Server 64-bit
- Apple OS X 10.7 (and up)
- Apple OS X 10.6 (and up)
- Apple Mac OS X 10.5.8 (and up)
Minimum CPU Requirements CINEMA 4D R14 and BodyPaint 3D R14
Minimum processor Windows PC
- Intel Pentium 4
- Athlon 64
- Sempron (K8 with SSE2)
- VIA C7
Minimum processor Macintosh
- Intel CoreSolo
- Intel Pentium M
- Intel Pentium 4
- Intel Pentium 4D
- Intel XEON
- Intel Core Solo
- Intel Core Duo
- Intel Core 2 Duo
- Intel Core 2 Quad
- Intel Core i7
- Intel Core i5
- Intel Core i3
- Intel Celeron
- Intel Celeron D
- AMD Sempron (K8/Socket 754)
- AMD Athlon 64
- AMD Opteron
- AMD Phenom
Processors not supported
- Intel Itanium
- Intel Itanium II
- Intel Pentium
- Intel Pentium II
- Intel Pentium III
- AMD K6
- AMD K7
- AMD Athlon XP/MP
- AMD Duron
- Power PC G4
- Power PC G5
A Word About Graphics Cards
In short, CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D run on any OpenGL-capable graphics card (which includes the vast majority available in the past 10 years). We do however strongly recommend using a dedicated 3D graphics card with a chipset from AMD or NVIDIA. Currently, powerful graphics chips are also available on mid-range notebooks.
Always make sure to use the latest drivers (no beta versions), certified for your operating system. Newer drivers are usually faster and more stable.
If you're looking for speed comparisons, conduct a search for CINEBENCH scores on the internet.
Disclaimer: MAXON cannot be held liable for the compatibility of specific graphics cards with the Enhanced OpenGL mode. Due to the amount of possible combinations of graphic chipsets, operating systems and driver revisions, it is impossible to guarantee the operation on all systems. Also, technical specifications in MAXON products are subject to change. Please use the most current demo version of CINEMA 4D oder BodyPaint 3D to test the compatibilty on a specific system.
A Word About NVIDIA 3D Vision
If you intend to use NVIDIA's 3D Vision shutter glasses for your stereoscopic experience please note that a quad buffered graphics card is required for use in conjunction with CINEMA 4D.
A list of graphics cards that support the neccesary features can be found at NVIDIA's website:
- Manufacturer’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/MaxonC4D
- Mad Macs’ Youku Channel: http://u.youku.com/madmacs/
For educational institutions and production facilities managing multiple licenses of CINEMA 4D and BodyPaint 3D, MAXON offers a robust license server technology that makes the management of numerous licenses and groups of licenses with various configurations a breeze.
Network administrators can define groups, assign individual licenses, and define a unique lease time for each group. This means you can allow laptop users to extend their lease for off-site work, or give a specific project group access to additional licenses. All this control means you can make more efficient use of your investment in MAXON Software.
Maxon Service Agreement:
The MAXON Service Agreement (MSA) is optionally available to MAXON customers. Participating customers are kept up-to-date with the newest releases of CINEMA 4D and/or BodyPaint 3D. As soon as a new software version is available, MSA participants will receive these automatically, allowing them to immediately take advantage of all new features and advancements.
The MAXON Service Agreement is ideal for companies working with fixed budgets - no more surprises when planning next year's expenses. In addition to the most up-to-date software version, MSA participants also receive enhanced services such as expanded use of software or discounted admission to special events, and more.
You’re on the go and don’t always work in the office? Software licenses included in the MSA can also be installed onto a second computer (e.g., a laptop for working on the go or on a computer at your home office) as long as both installations are not used simultaneously.
If you are interested in becoming a MAXON Service Agreement participant, please contact us.