Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects
Illustration by John Hersey

Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects

with Angie Taylor

Video: Adjusting reflections

- In this movie, we're going to have a look at how we can adjust reflections on the floor here using the multi-pass options in Cineware. We're in Chapter 12_Start_R16.aep. If you want to follow along and you have access to the files, you can open that to follow along. So I have one layer down here, which is this layer here that has the floor and the text and the robots on it. What we're going to do is just zoom in, so we're going to go up to 100%.
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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
  2. 54m 9s
    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
    7. Checking out the new CINEWARE features with After Effects CC 2014.1 NEW
      15m 55s
  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 57s
    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 UPDATED
      5m 43s
    6. Creating cameras in After Effects UPDATED
      4m 37s
    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. 24m 26s
    1. Setting up layers in CINEMA 4D UPDATED
      5m 48s
    2. Compositing CINEMA 4D layers in After Effects UPDATED
      6m 52s
    3. Casting shadows on layers in CINEWARE UPDATED
      5m 18s
    4. Adding reflections in CINEMA 4D UPDATED
      6m 28s
  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. 38m 54s
    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 UPDATED
      9m 2s
    8. Adjusting reflections UPDATED
      5m 23s
    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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Watch the Online Video Course Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects
8h 57m Beginner Aug 28, 2013 Updated Jan 15, 2015

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Intimidated by 3D modeling packages? Dip a toe in the water with CINEMA 4D (C4D) Lite, a slimmed down version of CINEMA 4D included with After Effects CC. Motion graphics designer Angie Taylor shows you how to build a complete sequence in C4D Lite, progressing from initial object modeling, to animation, lighting, camera rigging, texturing, and final render. Plus, learn to animate text, create random movement with wiggle expressions, track cameras in live-action footage to add new 3D elements, and light your scene. Angie also round-trips the project files to After Effects for visual effects and color correction. With over 100 videos, this course allows you to explore almost every aspect of 3D motion graphics creation, within this accessible introductory tool.

Topics include:
  • What is CINEMA 4D Lite?
  • Understanding the CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects CC workflow
  • Editing primitive objects
  • Spline modeling with NURBS
  • Animating with keyframes
  • Using Xpresso to link properties
  • Importing music and soundtracks
  • Creating and animating cameras
  • Working with text
  • Scripting
  • Creating and applying materials and textures
  • 3D camera tracking
  • Compositing layers
  • Lighting with visible lights and ambient occlusion
  • Adding visual effects in After Effects
  • Rendering in After Effects and the Adobe Media Encoder
Subjects:
3D + Animation Video video2brain
Software:
After Effects CINEMA 4D
Author:
Angie Taylor

Adjusting reflections

- In this movie, we're going to have a look at how we can adjust reflections on the floor here using the multi-pass options in Cineware. We're in Chapter 12_Start_R16.aep. If you want to follow along and you have access to the files, you can open that to follow along. So I have one layer down here, which is this layer here that has the floor and the text and the robots on it. What we're going to do is just zoom in, so we're going to go up to 100%.

It just takes a minute or two to refresh there, and then we're just going to move the robots in center screen so that we can see clearly the reflections on the floor. What we're going to do is, first of all, isolate the element, so I want to treat the floor and the robots individually. To do that, what I'm going to do is duplicate this layer, so cmd + d or ctrl + d on Windows will duplicate the layer. I'm temporarily going to switch the top layer off, because we're going to work on this layer here down at the bottom for now.

I'm going to hit e on the keyboard to open up my effect, double click the effect to open up the effect control panel. Now in here, what I'm going to do is choose to work in layers. Now, if I want to work in layers in Cineware 2.0, it's a good idea to first of all think about whether you want to synchronize the layers. In this case, I want each layer treated differently, so I want to turn off Synchronize Layer for this layer and also for the top layer. So I'm just going to take a minute to switch off Synchronize Layers for both of those.

Then I'm going to go back to this layer here, this second layer. In here I'm going to click on the check box for CINEMA 4D layers, which allows me to then selectively choose which layers from Cinema 4D I want to render on my After Effects layer, if that makes sense. (laughs) So let's click on Set Layers. Now at the moment, all of my Cinema 4D layers are rendering on this individual After Effects layer. What I'm going to do is say, well, I only want to see the floor layers. So I'm going to turn off the robots, turn of the text, and I've got two robot layers, so I'll turn them both off.

Then I'm going to click OK, and we should see everything except the floor disappearing, which is fantastic. That's worked really well. Okay, now the next thing I want to do is I want to change the multi-pass options. At the moment I'm rendering the whole layer, all of the properties of the layer, onto the floor, but what I want to do is only cast reflections onto the floor and cut out everything else. So I'm also going to go down here to Multi-Pass, click on CINEMA 4D Multi-Pass, and then Set Multi-Pass, which allows me to choose which pass I want to render on this layer.

I'm going to say only show the reflection pass of the floor layer on this layer in After Effects. Now I've successfully managed to isolate not only the layer, but an individual pass from that layer. Now I can use something like Add mode or Screen mode to just composite that onto the top of the building, and I get a quite nice effect. It looks like we've got a clear glass top to that building. Then I can switch on my other layer, and that's compositing the other elements on top.

Now remember that this layer still has the floor layer rendering, so we also need to go into CINEMA 4D Layers here, choose Set Layers, and just turn off the Floor Layer and click OK. You should see that now we just have the floor on one layer, and the robots and the text on the other layer. If we just zoom out to 50%, you should see the text and the robots now. Now just one other thing.

You'll notice that when we were in the Cineware effect and we went to Set Layers for the Floor Layer that we also left the Default Layer on. That's important, because the Default Layer carries lighting, so if you turn that off it can sometimes impact how that layer looks, and you'll notice there was a slight change there as I switched off the Default Layer. So the Default Layer carries anything that isn't on another specified layer, so if an object isn't specifically put on a layer in Cinema 4D, then it will be included in this section here in Cineware, the Default Layer section.

Now, I've had words with MAXON about how this is named. I think it should really say "Anything that's not on a layer," or something like that, because saying "the default layer" implies there is a layer called default layer, and there's not. So we'll see if that gets changed in future versions, but for now it's called the Default Layer, and you need to have that on if you want things like lights that aren't on layers to be rendered in the final result. So that's a little bit about how you can isolate not only layers, but passes for layers, and adjust things like reflection.

Of course, if I want to adjust the reflection now, all I need to do is just dial down that Opacity value and we'll reduce the amount of reflection that's seen on the building. Really nice way of working.

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Q: This course was updated on 01/15/2015. What changed?
A: We updated movies in chapter 5, 10, and 12, and added a new set of exercise files to make the course compatible with the latest versions of After Effects CC (2014.1) and CINEWARE. Watch the "Checking out the new CINEWARE features with After Effects CC 2014.1" movie for an overview of the changes.
 
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