Cinema 4D vs Blender Animation Software


So you have a newfound interest in video editing/modeling, want to kick things off, but don’t know where exactly to start? Well you’re in luck! To start things off, we want to congratulate you, because you’ve just landed on two of the most popular video modeling applications in the world. Yes, both Cinema 4D and Blender have been widely used by both professionals and amateurs for years, But while both accomplish the same tasks, they are not to be confused with one another. The applications could be considered “far-away cousins” of the industry.

Many have probably heard about the clash between Cinema 4D and Blender as the best applications when it comes to making your own video animations and models. Thousand of reviews with regards to these video animation-making tools have been made, but no one has been able to give a clear picture of what makes these two applications different from one another. It is argued by professionals that the convenience of using the application depends on the person using it (not on the application itself), but some still argue that the effectiveness of the tool depends on the application itself. To further understand the blacks and whites in these two amazing tools, let’s fill in some information that will give you a clearer picture what the two applications can truly offer.

Cinema 4D


Cinema 4D is said to be the most popular 3D modeling, animation and rendering application. It was was developed by MAXON Computer GmbH (in Germany). This application is capable of procedural and polygonal modeling, lighting, animating, rendering, texturing and other standard features that can be found in most 3D modeling applications. In other words, its pretty darn powerful! This is an ideal choice for designers who want to add 3D to their tool set, not only because it is powerful, but also because Cinema 4D templates are always available on our precious widely-used home we call “the internet”, and has an abundance of resources.

In addition to this, Cinema 4D has multiple versions to choose from, which does include cheaper versions, and it can also be downloaded for free (for students and professors). In terms of modeling, some of its features allow clipping, color palettes, filter effects, parametric, pressure drawing and the importing of 3D models. With regards to its rendering features, it can do 3D Stereoscopy and micropolygon rendering. It has 2D animation features and supports both Windows and Apple operating systems. However, Cinema 4D is not open source.

For an example of work done in Cinema 4D, here’s an amazing video project:

In a nutshell, cinema 4D is:

  • Very, very powerful
  • Free (for students and educators)
  • Contains an abundance of resources
  • Easy to use compared to other leading software
  • Not open source


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blender-featureOn the other hand, Blender is an open source 3D animation application and has only one version to choose from (which is why some find the development of this program a bit slow). Yet, what makes this application inviting to some users is that whether you’re a hobbyist, professional or studio, you can enjoy its features which are all pugged into the same program. As a matter fact, it has many notable projects that make it a 3D animation application to check out. This include the TNT Drama Series ‘Legends’ Teaser created by Loica, The Numerical Artist created by Anthony Salvi, the Video Retouching by Sebastian Konig and the Plunder Pirates which was created by the people behind the world famous Angry Birds.

The application has very limited Blender templates as well as Blender intro templates which can only be found in select template providers such as yours truly. Its animation features include 3D camera tracker, onion skinning, automatic in-between, particle engine and rotoscoping as well. When it comes to modeling features, it has subdivision surfaces, tablet compatible, UV editing and weight painting. It also has toon shading for materials and textures. And best of all, it supports Windows, Apple, and Linux operating systems.

Here’s an example of the type of amazing content that can be put together with Blender:

In a nutshell, Blender is

  • Semi complex for new users to understand
  • Free for everyone
  • Contains resources, but not as much as Cinema 4D
  • Similar features to Cinema 4D
  • Open source



These are some of the features that clearly define the difference and superiority of these two applications to one another. Each application has a feature they can truly boast. Thus, the usefulness and convenience of these two applications will be depending on what is your 3D animation and remodeling needs.


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