Viewers: in countries Watching now:
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.
- Some people prefer to work in CINEMA 4D when they're setting up their cameras others prefer to work in After Effects it depends which system you're more comfortable with using. The great thing about the combination of CINEWARE and After Effects is you can do either and work really well either way. Now if you have a look here you'll see we've got two cameras in the CINEMA 4D file. I'm in Chapter05_5_R16.c4d and you'll see I've got this wide shot which is set at, at the moment and then I've got a closeup shot which is for the start frame.
You'll see that if we go back to the beginning here this is my closeup shot at the beginning and then what I want to do is switch to the wide shot later on. Now if we jump back to After Effects I've got a project in there, matching project Chapter05_5_R16 and in here you'll see that I've brought that CINEMA 4D file down to the timeline and we're defaulting to seeing that wider shot. Now, if we open up the Effect and double click the Effects open it in the Effect control panel you'll see that down here we have the CINEMA 4D camera section.
If I choose from here rather than just the default CINEMA 4D camera which is the one that's active in the project, Select CINEMA 4D Camera, it allows me to actually choose which camera we're looking through. And as I said it defaults to that wide shot that was set up in the original project. I can change that to select the closeup camera and you'll see that that updates. Now what we're going to do is we're going to animate the cameras but you'll notice that CINEMA 4D doesn't bring the audio into our project so what we're going to do is we're just going to import the audio that we need for this project and this is important if you've got audio in your CINEMA 4D project CINEWARE won't bring that in you need to bring it in separately.
So we're going to double click in this empty space here and just choose the file that we're using for audio which is in the Footage Folder, Instrumental_video_nine1280x720, click on Open, drag it down to the timeline, turn off the video, and if you remember in CINEMA 4D we trimmed it to start at frame 35 so we're going to do the same here. Click on this timecode or frame counter as it is and type in 35, it's measuring frames at the moment.
So we'll type in 35 to go to frame 35. We'll trim this layer, we can either do that by clicking and dragging and trimming or by holding alt and hitting the left bracket key that will trim that layer to that point where the current time marker is. We'll then hit the home key on the keyboard to move the time marker back to the beginning and the left bracket key on its own to pull that inpoint back to the time marker. So now we've got our audio in the right place and you'll see that if I preview the audio.
We've got the audio to start working with. Now I know that I want to cut the camera at frame 100 so I'm going to go to frame 100. So how can we cut from one camera to another that's what I want to do here. Well we can do that by duplicating the layer so I'm going to hit command d to duplicate the layer. What I'm going to do is just trim this one at this point so I want it to begin at frame 100. I can either move it or trim it. Usually I would recommend trimming it because if you have key frames on that camera you don't really want to move it.
It's better to trim it really so that you can make sure that the animation's right. We're also going to select this one and we're going to trim that one frame back so I'll hit page up key to go one frame back and then hold alt and right bracket this time to trim it there. Now at the moment they're both using the same camera. If I double click the effect here we go to Set Camera, Close Up Start Camera. If I select this one, hit E on the keyboards, double click the effect, go to Set Camera, it's also at Close Up Start Camera.
Now there's one thing you've got to be aware of if I change that to Wide Shot, that'll work and it switches to Wide Shot but something strange happens. If I jump to the next clip it's also changed to Wide Shot and that's because we've got Synchronized Layer on as a default. Again, this is another reason why I'd quite like to see separate options for synchronizing cameras and synchronizing layers from synchronizing multi-pass. It's quite often useful to have synchronized layer on for multi-pass not so useful but if you're animating between multiple cameras or you want to work on individual layers.
So what we'll do, is we'll change this one. So I'm going to select this one, double click it, take off Synchronized Layer and then set camera to Close Up Start Camera. And now we should have the closeup at the beginning and then jumping to that wide shot so you see there it goes from closeup to wide shot let's just move here one frame at a time. Okay, so there we have our closeup and then jumping to wide shot.
So just make sure when you're working with multiple cameras and cutting between different cameras on layers in After Effects, that you take off Synchronized Layer before you try cutting from one camera and go to another.
Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects .
Here are the FAQs that matched your search "" :
Sorry, there are no matches for your search "" —to search again, type in another word or phrase and click search.
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.