For creatives, 3D artists, editors and animators, there are plenty of great products available on the market. Sadly, most of these applications cost a pretty penny – enough to … ahem, suspend your animations. They can also be tricky to master, especially when starting from scratch.
Luckily there are easier, more affordable tools on the market that provide seamless editing capabilities and fewer settings while producing awesome, cinema-worthy end-results. Two such programs that we personally love are DaVinci Resolve and Maxon’s Cinema 4D.
Here we give you a quick fly-by of each, highlighting some key features and recommended users, so you can make up your mind about which product and course is best for you.
In Focus: Cinema 4D
Created by award-winning software producer, Maxon, Cinema 4D is an exciting modelling, animation and rendering application. It allows you to take a simple concept or idea – and render it into a masterpiece.
Cinema 4D is the fastest, most flexible 3D modelling animation solution with tight integrations to Adobe Illustrator, After Effects motion graphics visual effects, CAD applications and more. Our courses are led by highly experienced, certified Unity instructors and filled with practical, real-world exercises. Learn Cinema 4D and discover the power of the fourth dimension.
Stand-out features and offerings in Cinema 4D’s latest version, R23:
- Key enhancements to animation workflow
- Scene-independent Pose library
- Character object for Toon- and Face-Rigs
- Workflow enhancements (like animated attributes and keyframe selection)
- Marker-, exchange- and deformer-enhancements
- Magic Bullet look
- Python 3 for added security and performance
- Powerful UV editing capabilities
Cinema 4D is ideal for: Beginners, Experts, Students, Creatives, Educators, Animators, Architectural firms and 3D Artists alike.
In Focus: DaVinci Resolve
Now developed by Blackmagic Design, DaVinci Resolve is the “world’s only solution that combines editing, colour correction, visual effects, motion graphics and audio post-production all in one software tool”.
This exciting tool is trusted by experts – including some of Hollywood’s top professionals – worldwide.
Make your video stand out with DaVinci Resolve and our colour correction and grading training. DaVinci Resolve is the go-to tool for colorists for movies, ads, and corporate video. Presently it’s accessible to anybody on a Mac or PC. You can alter, shading right, and render video while never leaving the program. With our DaVinci Resolve preparing, you can figure out how to colour grade your own particular tasks with DaVinci Resolve or step into a vocation as an expert colorist.
The latest version, DaVinci Resolve 17, is a major release with more than 100 new features – plus 200 improvements!
Stand-out features and offerings in DaVinci Resolve’s latest version, Resolve 17:
- HDR tools (allowing users to create new colour palette wheels);
- Target grading using Magic Mask;
- Enhanced colour management;
- Improved scopes;
- New Venetian blind-, diagonal – and checkerboard-wipes for more flexible image comparison;
- Live video previews;
- The Fairlight Audio Core engine, complete with auto-load balancing, that supports 2000 tracks;
- Workflow integration- and third-party encoder APIs;
- Automation follow edits and much, much more.
DaVinci Resolve 17 is ideal for: Beginners, Experts, Colourists, Audio engineers, Editors, Visual Effects Artists and more.
The application you choose is ultimately based on your individual user needs, budget (got a sibling’s pet that you can sell?) and editing preferences – but with DaVinci Resolve or Cinema 4D, you can bring your best creations to life, all while wowing your audience with your creative flair!