Nick Campbell is one of everyone’s favorite people, lets just all admit it at this point. Greyscalegorilla absolutely rules. With that being said, I’m pretty positive we can put some trust in what he has to say about the world of 3D and VFX, especially when it comes to Maxon Cinema 4D. If you aren’t sure what version of C4D to buy let Nick Campbell guide you… he is like a C4D Obi-Wan Kenobi. Use the Stitch and Sew tool Luke…
“So, you are going to finally buy Cinema 4D? A real copy you can call your own? With support from the company and all the tools you need to do your job? Congrats! You earned it.
And why not? You have probably spent hours learning C4D already. Maybe you are becoming a freelancer, or you need it for your professional studio. Either way, it’s about time you got a real deal official version.
So, what version should you get?
Let me get straight to the point. The Studio version has everything.
Honestly, I don’t know why they even have the other versions available. People must buy the other versions, but almost everyone I talk with owns Studio.
You may be hoping for a huge comparison chart on what version of Cinema 4D to get. Maxon already has one. It’s long and full of every little feature. If you really want to get detailed about it, there you go.
I know, you were hoping for a big discussion about if the Studio features are worth it over the Broadcast version. Let me save you the trouble… They are.
Sure, you may be able to get away with not having some of the features of Studio. But soon you will have a client that requests a certain look or a tutorial we come out with that uses some of the Studio features.
If you are serious about using Cinema 4D, get Studio and have every tool Cinema 4D makes.
It’s probably not what you wanted to hear. It’s the most expensive one. But, if you are making a living off of this software and if you are as excited to play and make great work with Cinema 4D as much as I am, then you owe it to yourself to buy it all.
If you have ever watched my tutorials, you know that I constantly use tons of features that are in Studio only. If you want to follow along with all of our tutorials (over 260 so far), you should get Studio.
What Will I Miss If I Don’t Get Studio?
- Dynamics! I put the biggest thing first. I use dynamics all the time.
- Hair rendering. I’ve been using hair a LOT lately with X-Particles.
- Most of the character tools are only in Studio.
- You may want to play with Sketch and Toon. Studio only.
- All the new sculpting tools are also only in Studio.
- You won’t get all the great Content Browser stuff like free models and scene files.
- You won’t have it ALL with anything but the Studio edition.
Listen. Software is cheap. To be able to build, design, model, animate, an entire world for under $4000 bucks is amazing.
If you are in any way making a living off of Cinema 4D, get studio and charge your clients for all the cool stuff you make.
Seriously, Just get Studio.”