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Cinema 4D is a 3D software suite developed by MAXON Computer GmbH in Germany. As of R21, only one version of Cinema 4D is available. It replaces all previous variants, including BodyPaint 3D, and includes all features of the past 'Studio' variant. With R21, all binaries were unified. There is no technical difference between commercial, educational, or demo versions. The difference is now only in licensing. 2014 saw the release of Cinema 4D Lite, which came packaged with Adobe After Effects Creative Cloud 2014. "Lite" acts as an introductory version, with many features withheld. This is part of a partnership between the two companies, where a Maxon-produced plug-in, called Cineware, allows any variant to create a seamless workflow with After Effects. The "Lite" variant is dependent on After Effects CC, needing the latter application running to launch, and is only sold as a package component included with AE CS through Adobe. Initially, Cinema 4D was developed for Amiga computers in the early 1990s, and the first three versions of the program were available exclusively for that platform. With v4, however, Maxon began to develop the application for Windows and Macintosh computers as well, citing the wish to reach a wider audience and the growing instability of the Amiga market following Commodore's bankruptcy. On Linux, Cinema 4D is available as a command-line rendering version.

The computers listed below are best for Cinema 4D because they all meet or exceed these system requirements…

System Requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit (all versions), Windows 8 64-bit (all versions), Windows 7 64-bit (all versions), Window 2012 Server 64-bit. Apple Mac OS X 10.7.5~(and higher)
  • CPU: Intel Pentium 4 or Athlon 64 for Windows, Intel Core 2 Solo for Mac OS
  • Processors Supported: Intel Pentium 4, 
Intel Pentium 4 D, Intel XEON, 
Intel Core 2, Intel Core i7, Intel Core i5, 
Intel Core i3, 
Intel Celeron, Intel Celeron D, AMD Sempron, AMD Athlon 64
, AMD Opteron, 
AMD Phenom, AMD FX, 
AMD Ontario, AMD Zacate, AMD Kabini, AMD Temash, AMD Beema, AMD Mullins, AMD Llano, AMD Trinity, AMD Richland, AMD Kaveri
  • Graphics Card: Generally speaking, CINEMA 4D supports all OpenGL 2.1-capable graphics cards. Nevertheless, we recommend using a dedicated 3D graphics card with an AMD or NVIDIA chip set. High-performance graphics chips are currently already available in mid-range laptops.

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