So I'm asking to buy Cinema 4D. It was approved but when my software request was presented to our IT guy, this is what he said to us. NOTE... I changed the names to protect peoples identity.
I also have 3DSMAX background but I've been told it's more used for architecture these days and that Cinema 4D is the tool motion graphics people use most often because it's easy to learn and works well with After Effects. I think the Mograph and cloner tools certainly look appealing too.
I have a meeting at 11am with this guy to argue why Cinema 4D is better but I'm new to the software so I could sure use some of your feedback as to why I should buy Cinema 4D instead of 3DSMAX... (for broadcast use). Or... is he right and I'm wrong?
Here's his email (names are different to protect confidentiality):
I have to discuss this further, when you get to 3d software your are entering into a new realm.
Some things need to be considered:
- the hardware that this runs on (will it be enough horse power to render 3d scenes, if you think after effects is slow to render wait until you have to wait 7 hours for a 30 second clip.
- if the hardware above isn't sufficient enough to render in a reasonable time then we are looking at a render farm. Which is an expensive hardware solution.
- will he be the only user? Want to consider other channels wanting it, so is this our standard moving forward? There are programs like 3d studio max, Maya (which I like and have at home), etc.
- what do we want to do with this software and what makes it stand out, other than the cheaper price, which sometimes tells me something.
I don't want to put the breaks on this and I understand how 3d could benefit cottage life but we are running short and some areas are over in capital.
Let me know when you are available,
Here's my position right now:
1) we are using HP X400 workstations with 12GB of ram, Windows 7 64bit Xenon CPU's clocking at 3.33GHz (I see 12 cores on Task Manager), our graphics card isn't fantastic but it's not low-end (NVIDIA Quadro 2000). I have created simple animations on my laptop with pretty half these specs fine, so my guess is that this is not a fantastic perfect workstation but it's certainly powerful and capable of running Cinema 4D.
2) Render takes longer that's a given, but a render farm is overkill and not necessary for what we're doing in house which is mostly 3D text, maybe a flying 3D logo or iPhone, simple stuff like that. We're not making Pixar grade stuff here.
3) 3DSMAX is powerful, but expensive and not as intuitive and easy to learn. It's more geared towards architecture and maybe video games? For TV graphics, and to learn quick, I'd say Cinema 4D is right for us?
So please help. I am looking for any input that you can share to ensure I get Cinema 4D and not 3DSMAX, which I think is wrong for our needs. Thank you for your time!!