Motion graphics professionals will be familiar with using Cinema 4D software to create 3D images and animations, but even with a reasonably straightforward interface, some of the best experts can get stuck.
Whether you're learning the software for the first time, or you want to learn a specific new skill on Cinema 4D R18, we’ve found the best websites for video tutorials.
Some tutorials won’t cost you a penny, and some will put you £200 out of pocket. Some are minutes long, others last hours. Wanting to keep options broad, we’ve given you the best of what’s on offer right now.
Best Cinema 4D video tutorials: Lynda.com
Lynda.com is bursting with numerous expert-led video tutorials on Cinema 4D, including how to texture and render 3D graphics, the MoGraph module, Xpresso and of course the basic essentials.
There are also videos covering the new features of Cinema 4D R18, and videos offering essential training in motion graphics under topics like modelling, keyframe animation and materials.
Graphic designers with years of experience in the industry lead the tutorials. Lynda.com also covers tutorials on Photoshop, InDesign, Ilustrator and branding for designers.
You can try Lynda.com free for 10 days. It’ll cost you £12.95 per month to subscribe, giving you access to all video tutorials and new courses weekly.
Best Cinema 4D video tutorials: Greyscalegorilla Blog
This blog, for tools and training in 3D, was started to talk about design and education.
It offers 20 hours of free training to get you started with Cinema 4D. The slick and engaging video tutorials range from holistic to specific skills, such as building a landscape, creating a microscopic look with depth of field and even making googly eyes.
Just visit the blog, pick your video and get learning.
Best Cinema 4D video tutorials: Creative Cow
Although the name is a little cheesy, and the website aesthetics are slightly basic, don’t let that put you off the decent tutorial videos Creative Cow has on Cinema 4D.
Whether it’s using multi shader when working with clones or using Xpresso, there are videos that cover specific needs which usually don’t continue past 20 minutes.
There’s even a series called Cinema 4D Boot Camp, covering the basic principles of the software’s interface and features. And the best part – there’s no need to sign up or subscribe, simply visit the website and start watching.
Best Cinema 4D video tutorials: Udemy
Udemy is a mega video tutorial site offering expert advice on Cinema 4D, but it will cost you.
Udemy offers packages on a range of topics such as modelling and animation, making a promo video, learning from scratch and mastering 3D fundamentals. Each bundle is clearly marked as suitable for beginner, intermediate or all levels, and will consist of a series of lectures lasting at least two hours long.
Prices to purchase the packages will vary depending on the amount of lectures and the time involved. Videos start at £20 and can climb to £195 – the price of a project-based Cinema 4D course consisting of 36 lectures.
Udemy is available for desktop, iOS and Android, and once you’ve paid for it, it's yours to keep. You’ll also get a 30-day money back guarantee if the video doesn't suit you.
Best Cinema 4D video tutorials: Pluralsight
Pluralsight is a subscription-based plethora of video tutorials for professional creatives. It has 112 up-to-date tutorials on Cinema 4D to choose from. They are designed to improve skills on motion graphics, modelling, rigging, animation, lighting, rendering and more.
A variety of specific topics are also available, such as modelling for photorealistic interiors, creating a paint-bubbling effect, and designing and underwater scene.
To unlock access to the tutorials, monthly membership costs US$29 (£23), and there’s a 10-day free trial.
Best Illustrator video tutorials: Skillshare
Skillshare offers bite-sized online courses on Cinema 4D from a range of freelancers, designers and motion graphic artists.
Skillshare classes are generally a lot shorter than other websites in this list, providing an alternative for those who may only have time for a quick and basic overview.
Some of the best tutorials include creating a clothing effect in Cinema 4D and make an abstract typographic poster, the infinite floor look and creating a waving flag animation.
New customers can receive three months of Skillshare Premium for US$0.99, after which it'll cost between £4 (US$6) and £7 (US$10) per month depending on the subscription you choose.
Best Cinema 4D video tutorials: Envato Tuts+
Envato is a creative hub, providing a marketplace, studio and courses for creatives.
Envato Tuts+ offers more than 700 video courses to help brush up your professional skills, with a 10-day free trial to get you started.
Envato Tuts+ Cinema 4D tutorials include quick tips for rendering animations, environment creation, using value fields to enter calculations and modelling and texturing. It also offers an Introduction to Cinema 4D course that will take up less than two hours of your time.
It must be noted that most Envato Tuts+ tutorials on Cinema 4D date back to 2013 and 2014, so you won’t be able to find tricks of the latest version here.
To subscribe with Envato Tuts+ it will cost US$15 (£12) a month. This will give you access to all video courses, mobile-friendly videos without advertising and new courses every week.