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There are a couple of things we need to do in the project settings of CINEMA 4D to make sure that our final render is exactly how we want it to be. We're going to start in After Effects, and I'm in Chapter_01_End.aep, and in there, if we select the CINEMA 4D file that's in the project panel, and hit Cmd+D, that will open it up in CINEMA 4D. And here we have the project settings down here in Attributes Manager. Now if you can't see the project settings, the likelihood is that you have the cube selected, and you're actually selecting the Cube Object Attributes.
Of course, this is context sensitive, this panel, so you need to make sure that you have exactly what you want to select selected, in order to see its properties in the Attributes Manager. Now, if you have got the cube selected, it's very easy to get back to the project settings. Just hit the back button to go back to the project settings, and you see that we can now jump between. The cube settings in the project settings so these little black arrows are very handy, for jumping between the different contexts and sort of panes that appear in the attributes manager.
So, first thing we're going to do is we're going to change our frames per second. And I'm going to change it to 25. I'm in Europe where 25 is the standard frame rate. And that's what we are going to use for this project. I'm also going to change the duration. At the moment the duration is measured between the minimum time and the maximum time, which is currently zero frames and 75 frames. I want this to be a lot longer. I want to have, let's say, ten seconds so that would be 250 frames.
So that's now going to give us a duration of 250 frames which you can see it here in the project settings. You can also see it echoed over here in this time display. We also have the preview minimum and maximum time, which determines the area which is going to to be previewed. Now I want the whole thing to be previewed, so I', going to change that to 250. Now I can do it here in the project settings. Or I can drag this slider. And you'll notice that that's adjusting my preview max time.
And that's kind of more like After Effects works. It has a slider that allows you to extend the work area as it's called in After Effects. This is similar to the work here in After Effects that allows you to extend the area that will be included in the preview. You can enter those details numerically there if you want to. So there we have the, time of our project, the frames per second, and the duration. Let's move down here, and have a look, at this section here. Now it defaults to a Linear Workflow Cinema 4D and that's very important.
It's also important that we match that, in After Effects, and I'll show you how to do that, a little bit later. We also want sRGB. Selected as our input colour profile and again we will match that when we get to After Effects. Its important that our linear workflow is maintained right through the process with after effects in CINEMA 4D to keep colour management consistent and by choosing SRGB as our working space that will do exactly that. And if you want to learn more about color management in After Effects, there's a really good white paper available from the Adobe website.
If you just type in Colour Management White Paper, and do a search on Google, you should be able to find that quite easily. There are also some preferences we need to change, so in Cinema in 4D the perferences are in the edit menu. So if you go to edit preferences. There are lots and lots of difference preferences in here that allow you to change all sort of aspects of the applications. But we're just going to look at the ones that are specific to the project on that we're working in at the moment. So I want you to go straight to the files section.
And in here what I want you to choose is save polygons for melange, or melange as I like to call it. I'm not exactly sure how you pronounce that but I reckon it's melange. So, we're going to save polygons from launch. So what does that mean? Well this option allows you to save a CINEMA 4D project containing polygons saved within the file. And this becomes useful when you use external compositing tags to export solids from CINEMA 4D to After Effects.
So you really want to be able to export the geometry with the file and that option allows you to do that. If you ever run into a situation where the solids aren't exporting properly or you can't get shapes out of CINEMA 4D just make sure that setting is selected. You can also save animation from a launch so allows you to. Export key frames. So, in terms of the preferences that’s about it. A couple of people have asked me, how do I reset preferences in CINEMA 4D? If you ever want to get back to the default just go into your preferences and, down here, there's an open preferences folder button.
Which will open that folder from your preferences, from the library folder or whatever exists on your hard drive. And basically you can just get rid of that preferences folder and that will reset the preferences for you. Okay, the only other thing we're going to do here is, just go into our key interpolation setting which (INAUDIBLE) in the attributes manager. And anyone who knows how I work in After Effects knows that I like to have linear interpolation set as my default.
And in After Effects, I can do that in the preferences. I can check Default Special Interpolation to Linear. In CINEMA 4D I can do a similar thing. Go to interpolation linear and that will see it, set this project to have Linear key frames, now we are animating a robot so I really want that to be linear movement. I can still and explain as if I need to and I'll show you how to do that later on, so I prefer to work with interpolation at Linear Now, the only thing, other thing, I wanted to show you was if you wanted to make this your standard setup, you want it to always be 250 frames, you always want it to be 25 frames per second.
You can save this as the default file type, and to do that, you can just go to file, save as. And you want to call it new C4D. Okay, so we'll just call it new dot C4D, and the place you're going to save it is into the Cinema 4D folder. Now, it's a little bit tricky to find here, it's in the After Effects folder, inside the Plugins folder, inside Maximum Cine-ware AE, Cineware Support, Light, and if you save it as New C4D.
That will now be the default project settings. So if you create a new CINEMA 4D file, it will always be 25 frames a second, 250 frames long and it will also look at the render settings as well. So if you'd adjusted the size or the dimensions of the project, then it would update those as well. Just a little extra tip for you. So there we go, that's a little bit about the preferences and settings in Cinema 4D.
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