There was a bevy of software companies at the San Francisco SuperMeet 2013, and beyond who you’d expect to see, including Adobe and Avid and newcomer Technicolor, (look for coverage of their new product later), it was my pleasure to get up close and personal with Maxon’s Cinema4D.
My interest in Cinema 4D peaked when Mathias Omotola of Maxon revealed the product is actually cross platform working on both Mac and PC, and the prerequisites are extremely low. For instance, requirements for the PC are Windows XP or higher. For Macs the app requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or higher. The software also plays well with After Effects.
The claim to fame of Cinema 4D is what Omotola references is a very short learning curve when compared to other applications currently on the market. I'm intrigued by this, but I can't comment until I actually get my hands on it. Having no experience with 3D software, I should be able to say for certain how steep the curve actually is.
Here’s more from the Cinema4D Website:
CINEMA 4D Studio is the very best that MAXON has to offer for professional 3D artists. If you want to create advanced 3D graphics but need a helping hand to ensure you create jaw-dropping graphics quickly and easily, then this is the choice for you.
As well as containing all of the features found in CINEMA 4D Prime, Visualize and Broadcast, CINEMA 4D Studio adds advanced character tools, hair, a physics engine and an unlimited client network for rendering. The result is that CINEMA 4D Studio can tackle any project you throw at it with ease.
CINEMA 4D Studio’s character tools make it easy to create character rigs and advanced character animations. Adding hair or fur to characters is fast and simple with a powerful suite of hair tools that let you grow, comb, style and animate. The physics engine makes it simple to perform complex collisions and interaction between objects, be it just a few or thousands. Network rendering allows you to take advantage of all computers on your network to help render your animations faster.
Despite being designed for advanced 3D, the extra tools found in CINEMA 4D Studio are still designed to be user-friendly and intuitive. Generating advanced 3D effects such as hair is surprisingly easy and fast, with CINEMA 4D doing much of the work for you. For example, hair will automatically swoosh and sway as you move your character around; and making thousands of objects collide with each other only takes a few mouse clicks to set up.
CINEMA 4D Studio lets you unleash your creativity and enjoy 3D without limits.
For more information, go to their website at maxon.net