I’ve been using C4D for the last year now after the advice of a friend. Started 3D with it. I really enjoyed learning and working with it. I learned the principles of 3D a lot faster then I would have with any of the other packages I think. Mainly because of it’s ease of use (allthough that might be debatable, to each it’s own flavour), but mostly through it’s excellently written manuals. Which i read and reread a couple of times.
After a years use, I come to the conclusion that the most important thing C4D lacks for me is a connection to a photorealistic renderer of the level of MR. C4D’s own renderer while very good at photorealistic stills, just doesn’t seem to cut it at photorealistic animation. I just I haven’t seen any studiolevel photorealistic animation that was directly rendered out of C4D’s own renderer.
So now that XSI sells foundation with MR, with 5 supposedly very well produced training DVD’s, for about 450 euros. This is really a no brainer for me.
You get access to a studiolevel photorealistic renderer with the info on how to use it.
Even though I think C4D’s new R9 features are great. To me they only extent C4D toolset but not the quality of the final rendered image which is of final importance I think.
So yes I’ll place my order here at Avid belgium first hour on monday.