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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.
As well as tracking planes, like you can see here, that represented by this target, After Effects 3D camera tracker can also just track individual points. And when I'm working with CINEMA 4D and After Effects, I find it quite useful to after I've saved my ground plane and origin point, as I did with the target to also save some additional points as nulls. So that when I go to CINEMA 4D, I can import those nulls and use them for positioning elements in the scene.
We're in chapter09_03, and if you want to follow along, you can open up that project. And in here, I've created this track. And from that track, I've created a 3D camera, a Shadow Catcher layer and a light. But I also have some text elements that I want to composite within the scene in CINEMA 4D. So what I am going to do is just make my track points a little bit bigger and explain what I want to do. Now, I've got a couple of Text layers, and I want to composite them on the sides of the buildings, as if they are new on the signs.
So, all I'm going to do is select one point on this building and one point on this building, and I can do that by Shift clicking the points. So, I've got two areas selected that I want to track. Now, if I just scrub through the footage, you can see that they're tracked throughout the footage. Now, I've just accidentally deselected them, so I'm going to select them again. So select this one, and Shift select that one. Doesn't have to be exactly those points, but somewhere roughly in that position on those buildings would be great.
Once you've selected the, you can right click on any of them. And you'll see that it knows you have two selected, so it's offering to Create 2 Nulls. You could also create Text layers by the way, if you wanted to create the text in After Effects and composite that in the scene. You could create your Text layers here. But I want to create some nice 3D text with lots of nice materials. So I'm going to use CINEMA 4D to create it. So, I create two nulls, and I'll just take a minute to rename them. So, let's select them one by one. So here's the first null.
I'll rename that. I'll select in the timeline. Hit Return on the keyboard, and I'll name that front building text. And then the Second one, I will rename it. Hit Return, Rear Building Text. And now I've got a couple of nulls that I can use to position elements when I go to CINEMA 4D.
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