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Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects

Creating CINEMA 4D text or logos in Illustrator


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Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects

with Angie Taylor

Video: Creating CINEMA 4D text or logos in Illustrator

If I want more precision with my text, I always use Adobe Illustrator. It gives you much more typographic control that Cinema 4D does. So, I'm in Illustrator and I'm going to go to File > New to create a completely new Illustrator document. Generally, I choose the Video and Film presets here. And in this case I'm going to choose HDV/HDTV/720, and that's going to create a frame size of 1280 by 720. I'm going to make sure its a landscape of course it will be if use one of the pre-sets, but if you are creating it own custom size, make sure that you choose the correct orientation.
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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

Creating CINEMA 4D text or logos in Illustrator

If I want more precision with my text, I always use Adobe Illustrator. It gives you much more typographic control that Cinema 4D does. So, I'm in Illustrator and I'm going to go to File > New to create a completely new Illustrator document. Generally, I choose the Video and Film presets here. And in this case I'm going to choose HDV/HDTV/720, and that's going to create a frame size of 1280 by 720. I'm going to make sure its a landscape of course it will be if use one of the pre-sets, but if you are creating it own custom size, make sure that you choose the correct orientation.

There's also settings in here for colour modes, etcetera, but these aren't really that important at this stage. So just click on OK and that will create a new document for you. Now, you'll notice that we have title and action safe zones here. If you want to remove them, you can double-click on this tool here, the Artboard tool. And that will allow you to remove those, if you want to remove them. You'll see here I have Show Video Safe Areas, Show Cross Hairs, Show Center Mark.

I find these quite useful, so I'm going to leave these on for now. You'll also notice that it gives you a centre point for your artboard, which is currently 640 and 360. Half of the dimensions of the width and height. It's important to note that, because as you see later, the settings of the centre point of your document are important when bringing your text into Cinema 4D. So we'll click OK and here we have our document. I don't really like staring at the transparent background. The checkerboard makes my eyes quite tired.

So I'm going to go to view, hide transparency grid, so that I have a nice white background to work with. Now, we've currently got the art board tool selected. Remember to go back and select the selection tool. Because, with the art board tool selected, it's easy to accidentally create a new art board. And that can also mess up your positioning, in cinema 4D. In fact many of the people who have contacted me to say they've had positional difficulties with Illustrator files, it's to do with them having multiple art boards.

You can check if you've got multiple art boards by going to the Art boards button, and just checking and you'll see, yes I do have two art boards in there. So, I'm going to delete this one, so that I only have one art board. And it's very important that you always do that. Make sure, only one. And then, go to the selection tool. Now, I must have just accidently clicked somewhere and created that, so you'll see how easy it is to do it. So now we've got one art board, we can create our text. So, let's choose the title. Click in the centre of the screen.

And I'm going to type in gear. Now, if I select all of the text by hitting Cmd+A or Ctrl+A. I can go in here, and I can type a font name. So I just type in Arial, and the font changes to Arial. Much much easier than having to go through a menu. I can also use my controls just to quickly go to the control panel. And adjust values rather than having to open up. The character palate. In here I have a button to make it all caps for if I want all capital letters or uppercase.

I can very quickly change that. So lots of control here. You also have kerning, which you don't have in Cinema 4D. So I generally want to go in and individually Kern these letter pairs. And this allows me to do it. So I can go in here and just adjust that value just to tighten up the spaces between the text if I need to. So kerning allows you to adjust the spacing between individual letters pairs. Gives you much more control than only using tracking.

So I just go through and individual Kern those. To get the spacing exactly right. Once I'm ready with that I can select it, and we also have alignment options. So if I click on a line centre it will align it to the centre of my art board. And I can place that in the center using my smart guides. The only thing about Illustrator, and, Cinema 4D, is, Cinema 4D only supports Illustrator eight files, and currently, it doesn't support live text, like this.

You have to create outlines from the text. So generally what I do is I go to my layers, I duplicate the layer by dragging the layer onto the New Layer button. And I switch off that layer, and I call this layer outlines. And this one, I will select by clicking on the little target button and go to type. Create outlines. And what that does is create vectors from my text. Another important step to make sure your text is positioned correctly, is to click on the Transform panel link, and just make sure that the centre point of your object is in the centre of the comp.

So, if I type in zero. Zero, it places in the top left corner just like after effects illustrator measures zero,zero from here. But, if I bring up my rulers, this little trick for you. So say sure rulers. I can change that centre point. That zero, zero point to the centre of my art board. By just clicking and dragging on this little icon here in the corner and dragging it to the centre of my art board, I can make that the zero, zero point. Of this document. And now if I go into my transform box and type in zero, zero, it zeroes it to the centre of the art board instead of the top left corner.

So a little tip for you. And if I save that now, so if we go to File > Save. It's going to ask us where to save it so desktop is fine for now, so call it gear text. Save it to the desktop. And very important choose Illustrator eight as the format. And click OK. And next, what we're going to do, is open that up in Cinema 4D and see what we can do with it there.

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