Thanks so much for your input, really appreciate it!
I’ve been steering away from a subscription model at this time, as I most likely don’t have the time to take on much freelance work to make the investment worthwhile. I can cover the Adobe CC subscription in a project that takes a few hours, in a single day on a weekend… and then be in the positive area, but any other single project I’d take on for 3D costs way more time… I know, it’s counter-intuitive in this context to invest in a full-license, but at the same time, that is a one-time cost and you can know if you have the income now, to cover it in the following months or not, whereas a subscription usually ties you with the obligation to pay it.
Cinema as a package would’ve been my immediate pick, based on personal pleasure in using it, feature set (especially mograph and AE integration), however the cost is prohibitive at this stage, seeing as I’d “objectively” compensate the investment in a few years
I’ve used both c4d and Max prior to this, and I agree with everything you have said. Don’t really have a major preference in terms of modeller, because I feel comfortable learning a new UI, and that happens fairly fast. The render engine however takes a bit longer to understand in-depth. You can of course say that GI settings and sample density is the same across whatever program you are using, but the way texture, lights, render engines can be manipulated and how they will end up looking within an identical scene setup in all 3… whole different can of worms
That being said, I’m looking to hear if there are any actual, experience-based observations speaking against Modo on this account, specifically in terms of render output. From my trial usage I only find positive stuff to say about it, and even the modeller / feature side seems to be all that I need and more. I’m trying to understand if the preference for c4d / Max in this case is habitual, or otherwise experience based and due to the lower price, not sufficient
I can live with having to trade off, paying a lower price but dealing with a steeper learning curve, if the end-product will look as good as the more expensive counterparts. If that’s not the case… I might as well hold off on purchasing, until I can buy one of the other packages (or go for a subscription model, when I eventually have the time).
Tomislav, you mentioned Modo was lacking that certain “something”… If you could hint a bit more towards the specifics, I’d be really thankful! Was it the “feeling of using it”, as it wasn’t as inviting as Cinema? Was it the output not being exactly as straightforward and did not correspond with your expectations, even though the live-preview should help avoid that?
Thanks again guys!
p.s: this thread is more of a general discussion about your favorite tools, don’t want to hijack it by specifically only asking Modo questions. I’d love any other mention about what you specifically love within your tool of choice, and why you feel this is equal to none! This type of information would be helpful for anyone else looking to either start learning a program, or maybe make a switch to a different one, professionally.