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Adding video elements to a CINEMA 4D scene

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Video: Adding video elements to a CINEMA 4D scene

So here's I've got this scene from CINEMA 4D, and I've extracted cameras and lights, and also these two layers in the form of, well, nulls, but they're basically solid layers. And, the geometry of those layers has been brought in from CINEMA 4D and you can see that I've edited the cameras. So that the camera moves match the moves that were used to shoot this footage. Now what I want to do is replace those with video layers. And I've got a couple of video layers in here.

Adding video elements to a CINEMA 4D scene

So here's I've got this scene from CINEMA 4D, and I've extracted cameras and lights, and also these two layers in the form of, well, nulls, but they're basically solid layers. And, the geometry of those layers has been brought in from CINEMA 4D and you can see that I've edited the cameras. So that the camera moves match the moves that were used to shoot this footage. Now what I want to do is replace those with video layers. And I've got a couple of video layers in here.

Down here somewhere. No I don't. So I'm going to bring them in. So here are a couple of video layers, so I'll bring in one and bring in another. I'm going to turn off the audio for now. We don't really need the audio. Now the other step I'm going to take is trim these video layers in Cinema 4D. I started the video at frame 35 and I want to do the same with these videos here. Because I want the timing to be exactly right. So, I'm going to trim those, so Alt > left bracket trims them, at the position of the time marker.

Then move the time marker, back to the beginning, and left bracket, without the alt key held down, moves them to that point. So I have them nicely trimmed. How do I get them into the same position as the nulls. Well, the first thing I need to do is open up my switches column and make them 3D. And then I can easily pick up the position of these by parenting each of them to one of these and holding down the shift key as I do it. And it will pick up. The position of that null, or solid layer.

And you can see that that's happened here. And I'll do the same for this one, so we'll drag this, hold down Shift, parent it to the floor, and now I have two video layers instead of my solid layers. Now I can really just get rid of these now, I don't really need them. So I'm just going to delete those. We'll start working with compositing these into the scene. Now the first thing I'm going to do is move them down to the bottom. And I've put black solid in there to have something black underneath them as opposed to just transparent.

So I've got black solid in there. Now I need to figure out where I'm compositing these characters on top of that. But I also want to keep shadows in composite shadows. So there's a couple of things that I'm going to do. The first thing is I'm going to go into Cineware, okay. And the first one, what I'm going to do is just choose one of the layers. So I'm just going to set this just to the robot and the text layers, remove the floor and the wall. Okay, so the folded wall will disappear, but I don't have my shadows, so I need to bring back my shadows.

So I'm going to duplicate that layer, and I'm going to go into Cineware again in this one. And this time I'll take layers off, so we've got the complete composite. But this time I'm going to use a pass, so I'm going to go down to set multi pass. and I'm going to ask it to just render the shadow pass, okay? So it will only render shadows. It will take a minute or two to think about that and then it starts to only render shadows.

And, now I can use a blending mode to blend it with the background so we can go to our modes Change this to Multiply mode. And it now multiplies that shadow with the background. Now the only other thing we need to do is just position these elements, so I'm going to use anchor point, and scale, just to get them in the right position. I'm just going to move that put so you can see a little bit. In fact, let's just make our cameras shy.

We don't need to see the cameras or the lights for now. So, we'll make them shy. And that just allows you to see a little bit more of what's going on there. Okay. So, first thing we're going to do is to scale them up a little bit. So, I'm going to go up to about. Two or 300%. This is just for a background so it doesn't really have to be perfect. And these videos are Beeple videos, so Beeple videos was my inspiration for this whole project. So I love the way that he gives away, you know, allows people to use his footage in creative ways.

I find Beeple very inspiring, so I'm using his videos here, as inspiration, but also as part of the backdrop. So you can see the videos in, are in there. Now, we can reposition them as well. Might want to just reposition them, to make sure that none of the edges are showing. But you get the idea how to position the elements in there. And if I just do a quick preview, let me just adjust the anchor point of the background one. So we just move that up so it fills the screen.

And I'll move them both across a little bit as well. And we may have to go up to 400%. Okay. Something like that should do it. Okay. And if I preview that now, again, rendering every second frame. Now, it is starting to slow down a little bit. I am going to show you, in one of the movies coming up, how we can speed things up by using proxies. But if you just have a little preview of that and follow those steps, you'll see how we can. Quickly composite new 3D elements into the scene.

And those could be video, they could be still images, they could be text layers, shape layers any kind of element that you want to be bring in, you can composite in as a new 3D element within the scene.

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Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects

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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
  2. 38m 14s
    1. What is CINEMA 4D Lite?
      4m 23s
    2. What CINEMA 4D Lite can't do
      6m 54s
    3. Opening CINEMA 4D Lite in After Effects
      2m 38s
    4. Quick interface tour
      8m 46s
    5. Navigation tips for CINEMA 4D Lite
      8m 5s
    6. CINEMA 4D Lite preferences and settings
      7m 28s
  3. 22m 34s
    1. Importing CINEMA 4D files in After Effects
      1m 5s
    2. The CINEWARE plugin settings
      4m 42s
    3. CINEMA 4D Lite render settings
      6m 15s
    4. After Effects project settings
      1m 23s
    5. After Effects previewing tips
      3m 50s
    6. Using the Picture Viewer in CINEMA 4D
      5m 19s
  4. 1h 14m
    1. Editing primitive objects
      5m 18s
    2. The Move and Scale tools
      7m 18s
    3. The Rotate tool
      4m 24s
    4. Axis limitations
      1m 46s
    5. Working cylinders
      7m 15s
    6. Linking body parts using object hierarchy
      9m 49s
    7. Spline modeling with Sweep NURBS
      7m 22s
    8. Adjusting NURBS settings
      4m 6s
    9. Using nulls as controllers
      3m 33s
    10. Creating copies with the Instance array
      6m 44s
    11. Carving shapes with the Boole array
      10m 28s
    12. Reshaping objects with deformers
      3m 14s
    13. Adding surface detail with a Relief object
      2m 55s
  5. 55m 41s
    1. Understanding coordinates
      5m 0s
    2. Understanding rotation
      2m 39s
    3. Timeline shortcuts
      3m 1s
    4. Basic keyframing of properties
      4m 31s
    5. Copying keyframes
      2m 3s
    6. Keyframe interpolation
      5m 20s
    7. Adjusting F-Curves
      5m 45s
    8. Holding values
      5m 8s
    9. Using XPresso to link properties: Part one
      4m 17s
    10. Using XPresso to link properties: Part two
      2m 27s
    11. Importing existing animations into CINEMA 4D Lite
      6m 21s
    12. Animating cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite
      4m 37s
    13. Animating using presets
      4m 32s
  6. 46m 30s
    1. Importing music and soundtracks
      4m 12s
    2. Customizing commands and shortcuts
      6m 7s
    3. Adding markers
      4m 25s
    4. Creating multiple cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite
      8m 17s
    5. Cutting between CINEMA 4D cameras with CINEWARE
      4m 23s
    6. Creating cameras in After Effects
      5m 30s
    7. Merging 3D camera data into CINEMA 4D Lite
      3m 10s
    8. Animating cameras with Stage objects
      4m 27s
    9. Extracting cameras from CINEMA 4D files
      5m 59s
  7. 43m 49s
    1. Adding CINEMA 4D text to After Effects comps
      5m 4s
    2. Formatting text in CINEMA 4D
      5m 47s
    3. Creating CINEMA 4D text or logos in Illustrator
      6m 9s
    4. Importing Illustrator text into CINEMA 4D Lite
      4m 38s
    5. Applying material presets to text
      7m 51s
    6. Merging CINEMA 4D files
      5m 51s
    7. Registering CINEMA 4D Lite for MoGraph features
      1m 8s
    8. Using MoGraph Fracture on text
      3m 25s
    9. The MoGraph Random Effector
      3m 56s
  8. 12m 8s
    1. Creating a wiggle expression
      7m 49s
    2. The Reset Position script
      4m 19s
  9. 30m 56s
    1. Applying a custom material
      6m 32s
    2. Making a metallic material
      6m 15s
    3. Adding an environment channel
      2m 20s
    4. Adding texture with shaders
      4m 21s
    5. Built-in material presets
      3m 52s
    6. Combining materials
      2m 41s
    7. Using selection sets to isolate surfaces
      4m 55s
  10. 27m 42s
    1. 3D camera tracking in After Effects
      6m 3s
    2. Creating nulls from tracking points
      2m 40s
    3. Adjusting the Shadow Catcher for CINEMA 4D
      3m 31s
    4. Importing a CINEMA 4D file into a scene
      4m 21s
    5. Exporting CINEMA 4D files from After Effects comps
      3m 42s
    6. Merging objects from CINEMA 4D files
      3m 23s
    7. Manually adjusting scenes between apps
      4m 2s
  11. 19m 18s
    1. Setting up layers in CINEMA 4D
      6m 11s
    2. Compositing CINEMA 4D layers in After Effects
      3m 28s
    3. Casting shadows on layers in CINEWARE
      4m 56s
    4. Adding reflections in CINEMA 4D
      4m 43s
  12. 36m 10s
    1. Using preset lighting setups
      6m 24s
    2. Light types in CINEMA 4D Lite
      6m 38s
    3. Creating visible lights
      7m 56s
    4. Adding ambient occlusion effects
      6m 55s
    5. Optimizing your CINEMA 4D scenes
      8m 17s
  13. 34m 39s
    1. Multipass compositing explained
      2m 28s
    2. Adding passes to render settings
      2m 8s
    3. Viewing passes in the Picture Viewer
      2m 35s
    4. Adding object buffers
      4m 51s
    5. External compositing tags in CINEMA 4D Lite
      3m 8s
    6. Previewing and experimenting with passes
      4m 30s
    7. CINEWARE multipass options
      7m 8s
    8. Adjusting reflections
      3m 2s
    9. Isolating elements with object buffers
      4m 49s
  14. 53m 2s
    1. Extracting 3D scene data
      8m 11s
    2. Adding video elements to a CINEMA 4D scene
      5m 49s
    3. Working with proxies
      10m 2s
    4. Color correction of shadows
      4m 10s
    5. Layer styles
      3m 50s
    6. Adjustment layers
      4m 58s
    7. Setting up depth of field in CINEMA 4D Lite
      3m 10s
    8. Adding depth of field with camera lens blur
      4m 4s
    9. Speed ramps with time remapping
      4m 14s
    10. Motion blur with the Pixel Motion Blur effect
      4m 34s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. Rendering with the After Effects Render Queue
      5m 39s
    2. Background rendering with Adobe Media Encoder
      4m 6s
    3. The BG Renderer script
      4m 14s

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