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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.
In this movie, we're going to have a look at how you can composite Cinema 4D layers in AfterEffects. I have this file here from CInema 4D, and if I open up the effects by hitting E and double clicking the Cineware effect I can see that this file has layers in it. Now, if you want to follow along, you can open up Chapter 10 or 2 AEP, and follow along with me. And if we click on this checkbox, and click on Set Layers, you'll see (INAUDIBLE) And I can isolate the different elements.
The robot layer. Or the text layer just by clicking on the little check box. And you'll see that isolates the elements, so now I only have my text layer showing. Now I want you to notice something. If I go back to set layers. In fact, if I switch off cinema 4D layers, you can see that the light that's in the scene is creating shadows. But watch what happens if I switch on only the forward layer. (SOUND). It just takes a minute to update. If I switch only the floor layer on, I don't have any shadows on my layer anymore.
And that's because the things that create the shadows aren't on the same layer. So the robots, and all the other things that are casting shadows don't exist on the same layer. So I'm only seeing the layer element that I've selected, without the shadows. And I'm going to show you a little bit later how we can fix that, but for now, let's just go with it. So notice that difference, and let's create the other layers. So if I want to bring the other layers in, and treat them differently. So maybe I want to put different effects on the floor And the robots, and the text, and what I can do is I can just duplicate this layer here.
So go to edit, duplicate, or hit command D, or control D on Windows. And on this one, I go back into my layers, and I click on set layers and this one I'll say text layer. And we should see the text appear and then I'll duplicate it once more so command D Control d on windows and on this one, I will say robot layer. Okay. So now I have three separate layers. Now you'll notice, the shadows are happening on the robot layer and that's because the robots are casting shadows on the other robots.
I'll show you how to fix the floor layer a little bit later. But for now, you can see that we now have, the robots, the text, and the floor, on three individual layers. Which enables us to do effects and color treatments individually, on these elements, from our CINEMA 4D file. Now if you make any changes to the render settings, so for example, maybe I want to go back to my Software renderer, for the robots. It will change the robot's layer but the other layers will remain rendering in standard draft mode unless I click this button, Apply to All.
The changes that I make to the robot layer will also be applied to any other cinema 4D layers within this comp. So now they're being all rendered. Using the software Render. So it's handy to just being able to apply your settings to all instances of the effect without having to go through each of them individually. So that's how we can get each individual element from Cinema 4 D on separate layers in after (UNKNOWN)
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