.C4D File Extension

Cinema 4D Model

Developer Maxon Computer
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What is a C4D file?

A C4D file is a three-dimensional model created by Maxon Cinema 4D, a professional 3D modeling and animation program. It contains a scene consisting of one or more objects with position, rotation, pivot points, meshes, and animation information. Cinema 4D users save design progress in C4D files and often export the models to image or video formats.

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Screenshot of a .c4d file in Maxon Cinema 4D 2023
C4D file open in Maxon Cinema 4D 2023

Cinema 4D has many tools to create realistic images and graphics for movies, games, architectural design, and motion graphics. The C4D file is the main file type associated with Cinema 4D. When you save your model, Cinema 4D creates the C4D file to store all of the information about the model.

NOTE: People also use the term "C4D" as an abbreviation for the program. Cinema 4D is available in English, German, Spanish, French, and other languages.

How to open a C4D file

You can open a C4D file with Maxon Cinema 4D in Windows and macOS. To open a C4D file, select File → Open Project.

Third-party programs, such as Adobe After Effects and Unity Technologies Unity, also support C4D files. For example, you can import C4D files in After Effects by selecting File → Import. To import C4D files in Unity, simply place the C4D file in your project's "Assets" folder and the file will be imported automatically and appear in the Project View. You can then drag it into the Scene View.

How to convert a C4D file

Several applications, including Maxon Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects, can convert C4D files to other formats.

For example, Maxon Cinema 4D can convert C4D files to many file types, including the following formats:

  • .3DS - 3D Studio Scene
  • .DAE - Digital Asset Exchange File
  • .DXF - Drawing Exchange Format File
  • .GLTF - GL Transmission Format File
  • .STL - Stereolithography File
  • .OBJ - Wavefront 3D Object File
  • .WRL - VRML World
  • .JPG - JPEG Image
  • .PNG - Portable Network Graphic
  • .AI - Adobe Illustrator Artwork
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Programs that open C4D files

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