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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.
One thing that really tripped me up, coming from an After Effects background to a Cinema 4D environment, was using Cinema 4D shortcuts. I would automatically just hit my After Effects shortcuts, like space bar for plain black, zero for the run preview. And hitting the Asterisk key for adding markers are things that I just do automatically. So, I'm not a great believer in changing all the keyboard shortcuts for an application. I believe that the software engineers. Have taken a long time to design the shortcuts to work really well for an application, but there're some I just keep slipping back to.
So, I'm going to show you how you can change just a few of them. And what we're going to do is add markers to our audio tracks so that we can animate this camera and other cameras to the markers. Now, I've created a null for the cameras. So I'm going to create more than 1 camera. And by dragging the cameras into that null, I've got a way of grouping them together. I'm (INAUDIBLE) Now, at the moment, you'll notice that if I hover over the markers, there's no shortcut for the markers.
So, what we're going to do is create some new shortcuts for them. I'm also going to change the shortcut for playing back in the timeline. So, the first thing we're going to do, is go to Window > Customization, Customize Commands. And that opens this window where you can see a full list of all the Commands and shortcuts. Now there're two ways of filtering this list. You can type in the name of a function, so for example, Marker. And that will open up all of the Commands that use markers in them.
And you can see here the shortcut's listed. And you'll see that Create Marker, Delete Marker, Frame Marker, none of those have shortcuts. So what we want to do, is add a shortcut to it. Now the other filter, if I switch that one off so we see all of them, is the Shortcut Filter. And over here you type in the shortcut you want to use. So, I want to use asterisk on the number pad. So I'm typing that in, and we can see that nothing uses that, which is really good news. So I can delete that, go back to here, type in Marker, to find the command that I want, and we want Create Marker at Current Frame.
So I select that, and down here, under shortcut. Type in the Asterisk key from the number pad. And all I need to do is click Assign, and that now becomes a shortcut for, that particular command. Now I'm going to add a couple more. Let's select, Delete All Markers, in fact let's just choose Delete Markers And in here I'm going to type in the minus on the keyboard, and assign that, and then for Frame Marker, we'll go to shortcut plus on the number pad assign.
Now, the other shortcut that I want to change is, of course, the space bar play back. So what I'm going to do is just close the main filter and type in the word, play. Okay, and here we have play forwards in the timeline as currently. F8, play backwards is F6. So I want to change that so, when it has an existing shortcut you want to delete that, so I'm going to click on Delete, and I'm going to go up to my shortcut and just type in Space bar.
And then, what I'm going to is restrict that to the timeline, because space bar is also used. For switching tools when I'm up in modelling mode, so what I want to do is make sure is restricts to the time line and I am going to click on assign and you'll notice this dialog box comes up. And its telling me that the following Commands already have a conflicting short cut assigned. Do I want to remove those assignments? Well, yes I want to remove space bar that she's switching between Key/F-Curve and Motion Mode in the timeline.
And what we're going to do is replace that after we've created this space bar one. So, let's say yes, we'll remove that. We'll assign it to play forwards. While we're in there, we'll also change the shortcut for play backwards. I'll delete that. Go to shortcut, and I'm going to do Shift+space to go backwards. And assign that. Now the other one that was missing, the one that we've deleted was for switching between F-curve and Keyframe mode in the timeline.
So if I type in F-curve, and let's just type in curve. Okay, I think there's a dash between them, that's why it's not coming up. Here we have key F-Curve and Motion Mode. Now, it does have another keyboard shortcut, Command and space, but I reckon I'm going to get confused between that and Shift+space, so what I'm going to do is delete that shortcut. And instead I know that the Tab key is available, so I'm going to make my shortcut for switching between modes in the timeline Tab, and I'm going to say assign, and now if we come out.
If I want to switch between key mode and F-Curve mode in the Timeline, I hit the tab key, so making sure I'm in the Timeline, will switch between those two modes, which for me is more intuitive, tab is quite good for switching between those two modes. For playback, I now hit Space bar. (MUSIC) If I want to go backwards, I hit shift > Space bar. (MUSIC) So, it's much more intuitive for me.
And the other things is, if you have a look, and hover over one of these Commands, you'll notice, in the popup menu, it tells you the name of the new Command. And also, down here, in the live help section, you'll notice it tells you the shortcuts that are being used for all of these Commands. So that's how to change the Commands, and the shortcuts that are used for them.
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