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Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects
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After Effects previewing tips


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Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects

with Angie Taylor

Video: After Effects previewing tips

When you're rendering 3D scenes from Cinema 4D and After Effects, things can slow down considerably, the more detail you add, the more anti-aliasing, ambient occlusion, and things like that that you add to your scene, the slower it will get in After Effects. So there's lots of things to consider, but there are a few little tips, in After Effects, that will help you preview a little bit faster. The first one is to make sure that your render settings in Cineware are as optimized as they can be. But if you have to render with the final renderer, maybe it's really important that you see the quality as it's rendering, a few tips that can help you.
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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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Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects
8h 31m Beginner Aug 28, 2013

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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 Motion Graphics Compositing video2brain
Software:
After Effects CINEMA 4D
Author:
Angie Taylor

After Effects previewing tips

When you're rendering 3D scenes from Cinema 4D and After Effects, things can slow down considerably, the more detail you add, the more anti-aliasing, ambient occlusion, and things like that that you add to your scene, the slower it will get in After Effects. So there's lots of things to consider, but there are a few little tips, in After Effects, that will help you preview a little bit faster. The first one is to make sure that your render settings in Cineware are as optimized as they can be. But if you have to render with the final renderer, maybe it's really important that you see the quality as it's rendering, a few tips that can help you.

The first thing is I usually have my resolution downsample factor pop-up menu set to auto. And then, if I choose 50% in terms of resolution, I can then only render every second pixel. Which will speed up my work flow a little bit. So if you want to see good quality but a smaller size. That can be a good compensation to help you render your frames a bit more quickly. You should get them rendering quicker at half resolution than you would do at full resolution.

Then, the other thing that I do is I hold down shift when I do a RAM preview. And what that does is it loads every second frame into RAM, depending on your shift RAM preview settings. But the default is to render every second frame into RAM. And you can see that displayed down in the timeline, every second frame being rendered in there. And that's going to speed up my previewing as well. And every second frame is usually enough for me to be able get the timing that I want to see, so if I just preview that a little bit.

Okay, a little bit staggery, but it still plays back in real time and allows me to see the timing of my animation. Okay, one more thing, well two more things actually, if you're going to fast previews preferences, there's no point really using fast draft because at the moment Cineware doesn't use the OpenGL renderer. So the only option really in the fast previous preferences is to make sure your adaptive resolution limit goes down as low as possible. If got it at 1/16th and I'm going to click on Okay.

And that means that if I do things like move the layer around. Instead of having to wait for it to update, it will drop resolution. Now, you'll notice that there's a bit of a problem. If you do try and move Cinema 4D layer, it will freak out. Because the layer size must match the composition. And use the default transform file transform values. So that's not really a good idea. But basically, if you do something that would cause the file to re-render, for example add an effect or adjust an effect setting, then dropping down to sixteenth of a resolution, will help keep things moving.

One more thing that you can do is you can use this little check box here to change the quality of the layer. At the moment it's rendering in best quality. If I click on it twice, I can go to draft quality and you'll see that there's not much of a visible difference between draft quality and best quality. If I was outputting my final scene, I would always check it in best quality but while I'm working I can quite happily work in draft quality.

Incidentally, that's exactly the same place that you can choose between Bicubic and Bilinear sampling which will affect how some things scales. So that's another new feature of After Effects CC. You can choose between Draft mode, Bilinear, and Bicubic sampling.

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