This is really a surprise: Maxon (manufacturer of Cinema 4D) and Red Giant announced their merger the day before yesterday under the umbrella of the Nemetschek Group.
Maxon (like the Nemetschek Group) is a German company whose roots in software development can still be found in the Atari ST. Because on this (and for this) home computer classic the first version of Cinema 4D was created in 1993. This is a 3D modeling and animation program, which is still today one of the most relevant programs in this area.
In the video area the program has a good reputation especially among After Effects users, because Cineware is a well-proven interface to Adobe&s compositing package. Thus Cinema 4D files can be opened seamlessly in After Effects. Each After Effects installation comes with a Cinema 4D Lite license.
Red Giant is also connected to Adobe in the video sector. Because although Red Giant offers plugins for many different interfaces, most plugins run with Adobe&s video products (and are used most of the time there).
What they have in mind is Maxon and Red Giant will not announce until 2020. In the Nemetschek press release there is at least the following, not exactly immodest statement to read:
"Nemetschek brand Maxon and US company Red Giant combine forces to become global market leader for 3D and motion design/visual effects"
"Our combined technology and know-how have the potential to progressively reshape the content creation landscape for years to come."
"Following the acquisition of Redshift Rendering by Maxon earlier this year, joining forces with Red Giant is the next important step to fully capture the great growth potential of Maxon in the media and entertainment industry..."
Does what belongs together grow together here? We can hardly imagine where the two companies ultimately see their synergy effects, but it all sounds exciting. Why we remain in equally tense anticipation...