Maxon Cinema 4D

Version2023(as of 8/24/2023)
PlatformsWindows, Mac
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Rating:3.7  |  40 Votes

Main Features

  • Support for various 2D and 3D formats, including 3DS, DXF, and FBX
  • Motion Tracker for combining 3D elements and live footage
  • Sculpting toolset for shaping creations
  • Reflectance channel for adding shine to scenes
  • Material and object libraries filled with preset animations, materials, and objects
  • Polygon reduction tool for reducing polygons in models

Software Overview

Screenshot of Maxon Cinema 4D 2023
Screenshot of Maxon Cinema 4D 2023

Maxon Cinema 4D is a 3D modeling, rendering, and animation application. It includes support for many 3D formats and various 3D workflow tools. The program is available in various versions for individuals and teams, each providing different capabilities.

The application supports a range of 2D and 3D formats, including .DAE, .DXF, .STL, .DWG, .SKP, .JPG, and TIFF. It can also export models to many formats, such as .3DS, .FBX, .OBJ, and .AI. The software also saves scenes in the proprietary .C4D format.

Cinema 4D provides many tools to create realistic images and graphics. The program features a reflectance channel for adding shine to scenes, a motion tracker that combines 3D elements and live footage, and a sculpting toolset for shaping your creations. Cinema 4D also comes with material and object libraries full of preset objects, animations, and materials you can access through the Content Browser.


Cinema 4D is designed for professional graphics artists looking to create realistic 3D worlds. It comes with various powerful animation, modeling, and rendering tools that won't intimidate you. Maxon Cinema 4D is an excellent 3D application that can bring your imagination to reality.

Primary File Type

c4d icon.C4DCinema 4D Model

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.C4DCinema 4D Model
.3DS3D Studio Scene
.AIAdobe Illustrator Artwork
.AVIAudio Video Interleave File
.BMPBitmap Image
.BVHBiovision Hierarchy Animation File
.CAT4DCinema 4D Catalog
.DAEDigital Asset Exchange File
.DWGAutoCAD Drawing
.DXFDrawing Exchange Format File
.EPSEncapsulated PostScript File
.EXROpenEXR Image
.FBXAutodesk FBX Interchange File
.GLTFGL Transmission Format File
.IFFInterchange File Format
.L4DCinema 4D Layout
.LIB4DCinema 4D Preset Library
.MATV-Ray Materials File
.OBJWavefront 3D Object File
.PICTPicture File
.PNGPortable Network Graphic
.PSDAdobe Photoshop Document
.SKPSketchUp Document
.STLStereolithography File
.TGATarga Graphic
.TIFFTagged Image File Format
.USDUniversal Scene Description Format

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.TIFTagged Image File
Updated 8/24/2023