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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.
Now I don't often recommend, additional software during these courses because I kind of presume, that people don't have extra software installed. So I try and keep my training courses to the built-in software within AfterEffects. But every now and then there is a script, or a plugin that I kind of think is what I call a no-brainer. And that everyone should have installed. And one of those is the background renderer, or BG renderer, which is a script by Lloyd Alvarez, and it's available on aescripts.com.
Now, I have provided you With, a version of that, a trial version that you can try out for a couple weeks. And if you like it, it's as little as $14.99 to buy it. These guys make fantastic scripts for After Effects, and I like to support them. And when you consider what it gives you I think it's well worth it. Now if you haven't already installed it, make sure you install it following the instructions in the project files folder. Once you've installed it, open up AfterEffects again, and basically, the way it works, it gives you the best of both worlds, really.
It allows you to use the render queue in a way, but does it in the background. So, remember I said I really like the render queue because it allows you to bypass proxies. Another switches. Also does the background render? Because it's based on the after effects render cue. So if you go to redner, BG render, jsx bin, you should get this dialogue box coming up asking you to enter license code. If you haven't paid for it, you can just leave the world trial in there and click OK.
And I believe it carries on working for two weeks. Now, this is Background Renderer Pro, which also allows you to have it contact you when it's finished rendering. But as I said, there's also BG Render Basic, which is as little as $14.99 if you want to buy it. Basically, what it's going to do is if we say BG-render, it's going to say, You must have at least one render item queued in order to render. So we need to do that. So we first of all need to go to Composition > Add to Render Queue.
And then I choose the presets that I want to use. So I'm going to use Cineware Best. And cineware animation, and audio that I setup earlier. I'm going to give it an output module name. And then instead of hitting the render button, which would lockout after effects. We just go to window bgrenderejsx bin. And as I said we enter our code if we're still using the trial. And then all you need to do is just hit bgrender. Now I've set it to high priority.
Which means that I'm giving my render priority over other applications. If I want to continue working, quite a good idea to leave that on low priority. And you can also determine how much memory and RAM cache it's going to use, whether it uses multi-processing, et cetera, et cetera. And then all you do is click DG render. And save the project and basically what'll happen is it will open up a terminal window like this one where it gives you an indication of what's happening.
So it's going to tell you what's been going on what it's done so far in the script. How long each frame takes. And it goes through that whole process for you in the background. Now, this will take quite awhile to render, because each frame is going to take several seconds. But, I can continue working with aftereffects while it does that. So I can close the background renderer and go back into my comp, into the project, or into any other project, and continue working. >> Well, that works nicely in the background.
And you'll eventually see it'll come up with frame 1 and the time that it takes to render frame 2. And you can just sit with that in background. And I find that it renders really fast as well. We know it's going to take quite a while so let's just leave that in the background. And we can continue working with After Effects. As I say, I don't recommend extra software often, but this is definitely a no-brainer.
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