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Cinema 4D vs ZBrush

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  • Last Updated : 06 Jul, 2022
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The advancement of technology has opened new doors of opportunities for modelling, animation, VFX etc. These are used in almost every industry from advertisement to entertainment. Nowadays companies are using 3D designs and models for marketing and advertising their products. Animation makes complex topics easy to understand and helps in gaining customers’ attention but the process of making 3D models and then animating them is a difficult task which requires advanced software. Cinema 4D and ZBrush are two of the most popular software used for such tasks, so we will compare both of them to find out the best one.


Cinema 4D is a 3D software suite which was built for purposes like modelling, architectural design, rendering, animation, game assets development, VFX, visualization etc. It was first released in 1990 for Amiga operating system later other versions were released which support other operating systems like Windows, Mac, Linux etc. Its stable version was launched in April 2022. It is under the authorship of  Philip Losch and Christian Losch.

Advantages of Cinema 4D

  • It has an easy-to-use interface which helps beginners a lot. 
  • It has various in-built tools like bone structures which make character rigging very easy. 
  • It allows customization using python scripts.
  • It supports importing files from other 3d animation software.

Disadvantages of Cinema 4D

  • It is heavy software which requires dedicated RAM for smooth functioning.
  • Rendering takes lots of time.

ZBrush is computer software for digital sculpting and it is an advanced tool which is used in creating high-quality models. Its best feature is that it can combine 2.5 and 3D modelling and texture. Initially, it was released in 1999. It is available for Windows and Mac operating systems.

Advantages of ZBrush

  • It allows sculpting with millions of polygons with very little impact on computer speed.
  • It comes with automatic reTopolizing features along with a manual which saves a lot of time.
  • It allows material modelling like textile, stone, clay etc.
  • It allows to paint and UV unwrap models easily.

Disadvantages of ZBrush

  • The user interface of ZBrush is difficult to understand.
  • The rendering process is slow.

Following is a table of differences between Cinema 4D and ZBrush:


Cinema 4D


1. Cinema 4D can be understood as a 3D modelling and animation software which comes with features like texturing, VFX, animation etc It can be understood as an advanced tool designed especially for texturing and sculpting purposes.
2. It was developed by Maxon. It was developed by Pixologic.
3. It charges $999 per year from its customers. It charges $39.95 per month for a full ZBrush suite.
4. Rendering is faster as compared to ZBrush. Rendering is slower than Cinema 4D.
5. It was built using Python and C++ programming languages. It was built using C, C++ and Python programming languages.
6. It saves files as C4D files which can be used in after effects as well. It saves files with .ZTL and .ZPR file extension.
7. It is easy to install and configure. The installation process is complex as compared to Cinema 4D
8. It is easier to learn as compared to ZBrush. It has a complex interface and learning it is a bit difficult.
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