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Adjusting the Shadow Catcher for CINEMA 4D

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When using the 3D camera tracker in Aftereffects, you can ask it to create what is called a shadow catcher. And a shadow catcher is a layer designed just to cast shadows in Aftereffects. So when I put a new element in and light shines through it, this layer will contain shadows only. And it won't contain any pixels, apart from the shadows. So it's a really good way of being able to composite shadows onto elements. And it's done by after effects automatically creating a layer that has except shadows only.

Adjusting the Shadow Catcher for CINEMA 4D

When using the 3D camera tracker in Aftereffects, you can ask it to create what is called a shadow catcher. And a shadow catcher is a layer designed just to cast shadows in Aftereffects. So when I put a new element in and light shines through it, this layer will contain shadows only. And it won't contain any pixels, apart from the shadows. So it's a really good way of being able to composite shadows onto elements. And it's done by after effects automatically creating a layer that has except shadows only.

So if I switch that to off, you'll see it's a regular layer. If I switch it to on It will have shadows and the pixels, and if I say only, it will only contain shadows. So After Effects does that for you. Now what we are going to do is we are going to create a similar thing in CINEMA 4D, but before we bring it into CINEMA 4D, I just want to correct the rotation. You'll notice it's not, rotated in the correct way, to fit in with the top of the building there. So all we're going to do is just make some adjustments to the shadow catcher.

So it's as well in position, as it can be before we go to Cinema 4D. Now if we scroll through, you'll see it track nicely into the shot. Let me just change that to Fast Draft mode so we can see that a little bit quicker. It's tracked nicely into the shot. But as I said, the rotation or orientation is not right. So we'll hit r on the keyboard to bring up our orientation. And all I'm going to do is just adjust these values until I can get the solid to be in the right orientation.

Now, you'll notice that when I adjust what you would think was the y axis. You'll notice that it's actually rotating, around what we would normally presume is the z axis. Now that's because we're in local access mode, and this solid has actually been rotated already and the axis is aligned with the solid. If we switch to world access mode, we now have the y axis where we'd expect it to be, so I can hit w on the keyboard to open up my rotation tool. Or Rotation Tool and I'll rotate it into position.

Now I can't go back into local axis mode any time I want to, for just want to make a slight adjustment on one of the other axis and that works better. So you can't get used to jumping between those different axis modes >> Just to just whatever suitable. There's also View Access mode as well, if just want to pull it slightly forward on the Z axis or the X axis. Now, I've still got the rotation tool selected. Silly me. So, I'm going to switch to the Move Tool by hitting V on the keyboard and just move that into position.

And this time I'm using view axis mode to switch back to the rotation tool using W. We just get it roughly into position. Now, of course, I can also make it bigger or smaller. If I just, adjust, those values, you'll see we can make it a little bit bigger. Okay. So we've now got a slightly bigger area to cast shadows onto. Course you can mask it, and do all sorts of other things, if you want to. But important, just to get that as correct as possible.

Before then bringing it in to Cinema 4D. So I'm going to just quickly switch back to the selection tool, because it always catches me out when I forget to do that. And then save that before I move on to the next step.

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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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