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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.
Just like After Effects, we can copy and paste keyframes in Cinema 4D Lite. Which is a great way to get some quick animation done. I'm in chapter 402. If you want to follow along, you can open that project. And what we're going to do here is just move the time marker to the last keyframe, okay. Now, there are keyboard shortcuts for that. If you want to use keyboard shortcuts, you can use G to go forwards to the next frame, and F to jump back to the previous frame. So they will allow you to move between frames or you can use Cmd+G and Cmd+F, or Ctrl+G and Ctrl+F on Windows to jump between keyframes.
So we're on the last keyframe, and what I want to do is I want to copy and paste some keyframes. Now at the moment, I only have this keyframe selected, okay. And that's the first keyframe. You can tell when a keyframe is selected because it turns yellow, as opposed to blue, which is deselected. If I want to select the whole line of keyframes, all the keyframes for that property. It's the same as After Effects. I click on the property name and that will select all of the keyframes for that property.
And now I can go to copy. Now I will go to copy in the timeline. The timeline has its own menu, in here I will choose Copy. And then I will go to Paste. So important to use the correct menu using the timeline menu to select Copy and Paste, as opposed to the top menu up here. And you'll see there, I've pasted in the keyframes. If we jump back to the beginning. So I'm going to hit Shift+ F to jump back to the beginning, and then I'm going to hit Function+ F8 on the Mac, or just F8 on Windows to preview my animation.
So I've now got my robot's head rotating in a nice way.
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