30 Days of Learning Cinema 4D / Ultimate Beginners Guide to Resources & Tutorials

By Matt Kander

How I learnt Cinema 4D in 30 days and how you can too! This video documents my learning experience with Cinema 4D from absolute beginner to getting my first job in the motion graphics industry (thanks Behance!).

The hardest part about learning Cinema 4D was where to start. I had no idea where to turn for advice and what resources were worth looking at – let alone worth paying for.

Skillshare, Greyscale Gorilla, School of Motion, Cineversity…. What YouTubers should I follow, what render engine to use – Redshift, Arnold, Corona, Octane?

This is a complete aggregation of all of the resources I found useful over the course of my learning.

Blog post for those who prefer reading – https://www.mattkander.com/post/how-i-learnt-cinema-4d-in-30-days-the-ultimate-beginners-guide


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Recommended Skillshare classes (and some discounts):


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Visual Don (looping city animation) : https://skillshare.eqcm.net/PDVyN

Patrick Fowley (awesome sci fi stills) : https://skillshare.eqcm.net/kj0Dj3

CG Shortcuts (looping and concepts) : https://skillshare.eqcm.net/AoWxoN

Visual Don has an 8 HOUR beginner class for Cinema4D. Definitely start here if you’re looking at Skillshare! He’s probably my favourite creator on the platform, super friendly and his content is incredibly thorough.

Visual Don 8 hour intro class: www.skillshare.eqcm.net/n1X2B9

School of Motion (for those who want structure):


Greyscale Guerilla (for those who want the works – textures, lighting plugins, advanced tutorials):



Cinema 4D YouTubers:


Andrey Lebrov (my personal favorite): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZsHHoDLK0s6r44ifx0DnXQ

Don Mupasi (beyond legit, super cool sci fi animations) : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP554b-nJfaIOIiRKsGnY3Q

Theo Kerr (new kid on the block, very thorough and informative): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB4_J4bn8IZUFieormorBmg

CG Shortcuts (concepts and short projects, 10/10): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjsFn111Z8R4eKuRpPz4ZuA

Eyedesyn (really cool mid size projects) : https://www.youtube.com/user/eyedesyn

Greyscale Gorilla (some super useful tutorials and A++ paid services): https://www.youtube.com/user/GreyscaleGorilla


Recommended book


The Freelancers Manifesto: https://amzn.to/3udjp3h

This was written specifically for motion designers, it’s only 10-15 dollars on Kindle and was one of the most enlightening reads on how to operate and survive as a freelancer. Even if you’re not doing motion design, the concepts are relevant for all types of freelancers.

HP Omen Laptop I used for all of the above renders: https://www8.hp.com/us/en/campaigns/omenlaptop/overview.html

Some of the above links may be affiliate links which offer me a small kickback should you choose to use those services. It really helps out the channel so thank you for your support! I am a member of the Skillshare and Amazon affiliate programs.


My socials


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mattkander

Behance: https://www.behance.net/matthewkiernan

Website: www.mattkander.com


motion graphics reel:(0:19)

what this video is about:(0:56)

Blender vs Cinema 4D(1:35)

Cinema 4D Learning Experience(3:30)

My First Renders(6:19)

Common beginner problems(9:08)

Render Engines(11:56)


Recommended Learning Resources(18:29)

How You Should Learn Cinema 4D(22:27)