Cinema 4D / BodyPaint 3D Program Documentation Reference Cinema 4D Cinema 4D Prime
Function available in CINEMA 4D Prime, Visualize, Broadcast, Studio & BodyPaint 3D


If you encounter unusual display effects in the Viewport, check your monitor’s profile settings (main menu: Edit | Preferences | View | Display Color Profile). If color management is disabled it can lead to a faulty display in the Viewport. Either load your own color profile or use sRGB.

Make sure not to modify the installed program folders or their contents in any way (the only exception: The plugins folder - plugins can be placed here as usual)! If any modifications are made your software will not function properly! All user-specific information is saved to the user directory, including Content Browser libraries and similar elements.

Cinema 4D starts in Hardware OpenGL mode. If you experience Hardware OpenGL problems (i.e., a problem with the graphics card), quit Cinema 4D and restart Cinema 4D with the Ctrl/Cmd key held down until the messages Shift+Ctrl: Set Shading to Software Mode appears. If you want to activate Hardware OpenGL again (e.g., with new drivers or a new graphics card), you can do so here: main menu: Edit | Preferences | OpenGL | Use Hardware OpenGL.

Additionsl useful information

If you receive error messages (e.g., "Cannot open file") when importing files from foreign formats (e.g., *.csv files in the Structure Manager), this file might already be open in a different application. This program will prevent the file from being opened in Cinema 4D. Close that application (e.g., Excel) prior to importing the file into Cinema 4D.