MAXON's CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition in Review

December 14, 2009 2:46 am

Tags: broadcast, CINEMA 4D, MAXON, MoGraph, motion graphics, product reviews, Renderosity

CINEMA 4D is already well established as a top choice for motion graphics artists in the broadcast arena. In fact, one can barely watch 15 minutes of television without seeing something that was accomplished with this software. A quick look at the MAXON demo reel for NAB 2009, and the evidence is right there.

CINEMA 4D 2009 NAB Demo Reel
(posted in the Renderosity Video Center)

Why is CINEMA 4D a top choice? The reasons are simple. CINEMA 4D is a very powerful, easy to use and easy to integrate solution. What's more, the CINEMA 4D optional MoGraph module is perfect for motion graphics artists.

This brings me to the review at hand, which is a look at MAXON's latest targeted edition of CINEMA 4D: The Broadcast Edition.

The CINEMA 4D Broadcast Edition is quite unique to those working specifically in motion graphics for broadcast. For that, it is set up immediately with a MoGraph tab at the top of the work space, as can be seen in the image below.


All the MoGraph tools lined up, ready to use and conveniently placed. But let me back up here a minute and sum up what exactly MoGraph is, for those who don't already know. MoGraph is an optional module for CINEMA 4D that allows you to create and control cloned objects, and to further arrange, animate and deform these clones with a number of different effectors.

And with the introduction of CINEMA 4D R11.5, one of the major new advances is MoGraph 2, which now includes MoDynamics, taking the module into new territory.

A look at what's new in MoGraph 2:

  • Render Instances for the Cloner object.
  • Clones can be arranged in tubular-shaped volumes.
  • Rail Spline functionality for the Cloner object.
  • New animation modes for the Cloner object.
  • Most MoGraph objects can be defined as a falloff source.
  • The MoGraph C.O.F.F.E.E. Effector offers full control over all clones.
  • Random Effector: new random mode, Sort.
  • Rail Spline functionality for Spline Effector.
  • New Segment mode for the Spline Effector.
  • Dynamics system for MoGraph clones.
  • Scene-wide MoDynamics settings in Preferences menu.
  • The new Rigid Body tag is an important part of Dynamics.
  • The Force object for attracting or repelling clones.
  • MoSpline object generates and modifies existing splines in a parametric manner with effector and force support.
  • Rail Spline functionality for Spline Wrap.
  • Polygons and Splines (or spline segments) can be viewed as Clones using the MoGraph object, "PolyFX".
  • New options for the MoGraph Cache tag.
  • Camera shader can assume any camera view.

Now, let's get to the really, really good stuff. The Cinema 4D Broadcast Edition includes the Broadcast Extension Kit. Everything needed to get started right away is in this package.

This includes a library of 3D objects in several categories, such as Food, Music, and Sports.


Also, there are 2D elements, like flourishes, and broadcast styles, such as lower thirds, etc. that can be used and animated right away.


There are plenty of example scenes, light and camera set-ups, images and additional materials also readily available.


Further, there is a great amount of stock film clips and backgrounds that can be added into projects.

But, what is really great about the Broadcast Edition, is that all this content is available to tweak to specification and use right away in any project. An added bonus is that a lot is learned just by exploring and tweaking the settings in all of these provided extras.


Speaking of CINEMA 4D R11.5 in general, I really can't stress enough what a wonderful release this is. As our other reviewers, Ricky and Sergio have pointed out, the new Picture Viewer and render improvements are outstanding, and the stability and flexibility keeps CINEMA 4D in the limelight in the industry.

And as someone who has quickly become enamoured with the MoGraph module since R11, the Broadcast Edition is absolutely fantastic with the improvements in MoGraph 2 and all the quickstart extras provided in the Broadcast Extension Kit. I highly recommend checking it out.

Broadcast Edition $1495.00 (USD)

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Nick C. Sorbin is a digital artist, sculptor, writer, and Managing Editor for Renderosity's Front Page News.
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December 14, 2009

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