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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 8.8 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Cinema 4D is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

7.8

Autodesk 3ds Max

78%
8 Ratings
8.5

Cinema 4D

85%
2 Ratings

Usability

Autodesk 3ds Max

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Cinema 4D

100%
1 Rating

Support Rating

Autodesk 3ds Max

N/A
0 Ratings
10.0

Cinema 4D

100%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Autodesk 3ds Max

Scenarios where Autodesk 3ds Max is well suited: 1. Modeling less complex geometries. 2. For beginners it is good, meshes, poly's, vertexes etc can be easily understood. 3. Easy UI and interoperability. Scenarios where it is less appropriate: 1. Inbuild Rendering (Scanline) can be made better. 2. Performance over low end/Old Pc's need refinement. 3. Bulky Size on disk. 4. Animation is the area which can be made better also.
Jitendra Choubisa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D is perfect when you need to create top notch texture and animation. Current integration with After Effects makes it even more accessible. When cost is a concern, there are other options that would be more economical and, with maybe a little more work, could create a comparable end product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Autodesk 3ds Max

  • V-Ray 3ds Max is an awesome third-party plugin for architecture renders in 3ds Max.
  • Complicated models can be made in a simple way in 3ds Max also P-particles, M flow works better then before.
  • Interface is very easy to use. Very open, attractive, and very much ease of use for new users.
vijay kumar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cinema 4D

  • Stability.
  • Ease of use.
  • Compatibility with plugins and render engines.
Zacheray Long | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Autodesk 3ds Max

  • working in 2d is very frustrating and unreliable. It just lacks the precision
  • How scaling affects units (or doesn't) There needs to be a way for modifiers to address a change of scale in the object.
  • Booleans are not intuitive. Especially for architecture, creating an opening and putting a door or a window is an incredibly cumbersome process.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cinema 4D

  • Render windows could be better organized and clear (mostly for new users)
  • Implementing quick lighting templates
  • Possibly using a "real world" unit of measure
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Autodesk 3ds Max

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Cinema 4D

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Usability

Autodesk 3ds Max

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D 10.0
Based on 1 answer
For reasons mentioned before: an intuitive interface and speed of the viewport, speed of loading, and ease of plugin integration. The MoGraph module encourages experimentation and the creation of highly modifiable scenes. Crashes are extremely rare and the support team and community are hyper-responsive to requests for help. For real... Maxon's staff hangs out in Slack and Discord communities, regularly assisting users with issues. No support ticket required.
Zacheray Long | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Autodesk 3ds Max

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Cinema 4D

Cinema 4D 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Maxon's staff regularly hangs out in Slack and Discord communities, ready to assist. This goes beyond the support ticket system, which is also extremely robust. Hundreds of optimizations and bugs are fixed in every patch, even when the user experience is already 99.9% smooth. This is a proactive, not reactive, support and engineering team at Maxon.
Zacheray Long | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Autodesk 3ds Max

In Autodesk 3ds Max you can do camera animation with ease, its complex in Cinema 4D. Even I think same with light setup. Setting up light is quite easy in Autodesk 3ds Max as compare to Cinema 4D. Overall Autodesk 3ds Max is less complex in compare to other 3D softwares.
Roohi Malhotra | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cinema 4D

I've found other modeling programs to be cumbersome and difficult to wrap your head around at first. While Cinema 4D isn't an "install and run" kind of program, it does lend itself to being easily learned without the expense of being limited or beginner focused. The integration with After Effects is also a big selling point.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Autodesk 3ds Max

  • Allows us to meet deadlines quickly - render times are minutes, not days.
  • Digs into profits due to licensing fees - just a single seat can set us back thousands.
Kevin Wolff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cinema 4D

  • Flexibility of styling and modeling
  • quality light and texture rendering
  • quick modeling tools saves time
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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