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CINEMA 4D: Rendering Motion Graphics for After Effects
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Essential plug-ins


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CINEMA 4D: Rendering Motion Graphics for After Effects

with Rob Garrott

Video: Essential plug-ins

This course is all about cutting-edge compositing techniques. After Effects and CINEMA 4D have an amazing toolset right out of the box, but throughout the industry, artists and studios have come to use third-party plug-ins to create a wide range of effects. Now we're going to be using some very specific effects for our animation, and I want to show you where you can find those on the Internet. First up is a plug-in called Render Elements for CINEMA 4D. Render Elements is made by a very talented artist and programmer named Adam Swaab. And when you go to Adam's web site, adamswaab.wordpress.com, the very first thing you're going to see is the Light Lister, the Light Lister is another amazing plug-in for CINEMA 4D. But the tool we want to use is called Render Elements, and it's right down here, the very second thing up.
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  1. 5m 48s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. Using the exercise files
      50s
    3. Essential plug-ins
      4m 1s
  2. 51m 44s
    1. Essential render settings
      6m 24s
    2. Setting up an object buffer list
      6m 17s
    3. Creating object buffer tags
      10m 48s
    4. Setting up multi-pass image layers
      5m 37s
    5. Creating an external compositing tag
      1m 47s
    6. Creating render passes using the Render Elements plug-in
      9m 39s
    7. Using Render Elements to optimize render passes
      5m 12s
    8. Batch rendering
      6m 0s
  3. 31m 33s
    1. Importing files and organizing an After Effects project
      6m 58s
    2. Creating a 3D object precomp
      3m 15s
    3. Attaching a video layer to a 3D object
      8m 17s
    4. Compositing 3D text
      2m 47s
    5. Compositing a dynamic 3D background
      4m 23s
    6. Setting markers for major events
      5m 53s
  4. 39m 46s
    1. Adding the Star Glow effect to a layer
      4m 32s
    2. Creating a glow on the stadium background
      5m 56s
    3. Revealing the background glow using a 3D layer mask
      7m 19s
    4. Creating a glow using the Ambient Occlusion pass
      6m 9s
    5. Using the Ambient Occlusion glow to create an energy animation
      4m 25s
    6. Creating a stadium light effect using object buffers
      4m 38s
    7. Adding flash bulbs with the CC Light Rays effect
      6m 47s
  5. 53m 16s
    1. Creating the phone reveal
      5m 10s
    2. Creating the phone reveal glow
      7m 49s
    3. Creating the phone reveal beams
      7m 17s
    4. Colorizing the energy beams
      6m 21s
    5. Creating the energy burst
      10m 19s
    6. Using Trapcode Particular to add sparks to the phone reveal
      10m 53s
    7. Creating the phone screen video
      5m 27s
  6. 15m 37s
    1. Creating the type glows
      9m 36s
    2. Adding the type glint
      6m 1s
  7. 34m 33s
    1. Creating a camera shake effect using precomps
      8m 12s
    2. Adding depth of field with the Lens Blur effect
      8m 14s
    3. Transitioning to full-screen video
      8m 17s
    4. Using the ReelSmart Motion Blur effect
      4m 17s
    5. Putting together the final comp
      5m 33s
  8. 1m 25s
    1. Next Steps
      1m 25s

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CINEMA 4D: Rendering Motion Graphics for After Effects
3h 53m Intermediate Apr 22, 2011

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CINEMA 4D: Rendering Motion Graphics for After Effects demonstrates how to take a simple logo animation in CINEMA 4D and transform it into a compelling motion graphic with After Effects, incorporating two distinct visual styles. Starting with a prebuilt animation rendered from CINEMA 4D, author Rob Garrott employs industry-standard techniques, utilizing materials, lights, and the library of effects in After Effects, to enhance the project's look and feel. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Setting up a multi-pass render
  • Batch rendering in CINEMA 4D
  • Importing 3D elements into After Effects
  • Creating and using precomps for compositing control
  • Compositing 3D text in a dynamic 3D environment
  • Creating a glow effect using Trapcode Starglow
  • Using 3D layers to create masking effects
  • Adding a flash bulb effect with CC Light Rays
  • Adding glows and glints to type
  • Creating a 2D camera shake effect using pre-comps
  • Adding depth of field with the Lens Blur effect
Subjects:
3D + Animation Rendering Video Motion Graphics Compositing
Software:
After Effects CINEMA 4D
Author:
Rob Garrott

Essential plug-ins

This course is all about cutting-edge compositing techniques. After Effects and CINEMA 4D have an amazing toolset right out of the box, but throughout the industry, artists and studios have come to use third-party plug-ins to create a wide range of effects. Now we're going to be using some very specific effects for our animation, and I want to show you where you can find those on the Internet. First up is a plug-in called Render Elements for CINEMA 4D. Render Elements is made by a very talented artist and programmer named Adam Swaab. And when you go to Adam's web site, adamswaab.wordpress.com, the very first thing you're going to see is the Light Lister, the Light Lister is another amazing plug-in for CINEMA 4D. But the tool we want to use is called Render Elements, and it's right down here, the very second thing up.

And the latest version is 0.7.13. And there is a cross-platform download, so if you're working PC or Mac, it is right there for you. Now Render Elements is a free plug-in, and Adam distributes it freely for his users. What it allows you to do is to break your renderings into very specific forms for After Effects, all within a single project file. The normal workflow in CINEMA 4D would be to save out these versions as separate project files, and that makes going back and making changes later on much more cumbersome. Render Elements keeps all those versions right in the same file, so you can make animation and lighting and texturing tweaks right inside of a single file without having to manage multiple files.

Now for After Effects, we're going to be using a plug-in called ReelSmart Motion Blur, and ReelSmart Motion Blur is made by a company called RE:Vision Effects. If you go to their web site, revisionfx.com, and click on Products and then go to the ReelSmart Motion Blur page, what ReelSmart Motion Blur does is create a motion blur effect on top of video and compositions inside of After Effects. Now you're probably thinking, well, After Effects already has a motion blur, why do I need this? Well, when you render something from CINEMA 4D and you render it without motion blur and bring it into After Effects and you want to have motion blur on your entire composition, there is no way to do that without this plug-in.

After Effects can apply motion blur to elements that are moving that are animated within After Effects, but an external piece of footage, like a 3D render or piece of video, cannot have motion blur on it, unless of course you animate it in a 2D way. And if we animate our 3D renders from CINEMA 4D, then that will break our matching 3D data that allows us to put things seamlessly into the scene from within After Effects, and we don't want to do that. So ReelSmart Motion Blur allows us to add a motion blur effect on top of all of the other layers in After Effects so that we don't have to do that from CINEMA 4D.

The last type of plug-ins I want to talk about it the Trapcode Suite and those are distributed by Red Giant Software. So if we go to Red Giant's web site and if you click on Products, and you'll go to the Trapcode Suite pages, which is where I'm on right now. And Trapcode Suite 10 is compatible with After Effects CS5, and there is a whole host of plug-ins, and these are all of the plug-ins that are part of that Trapcode Suite. Now you can these individually, or you can buy them all as part of a package. The ones we're going to be using in this course are Particular, Shine, and Starglow. Particular is a particle generator for After Effects, and it is incredibly powerful, easy to use, and fast to rendering, and that's why it's become such a standard in studios all over the world.

Shine is an effect that creates light beams based on light and dark values in a layer or on the alpha channel of the layer. It has incredible control over the color values created by the Shine effect, and it really makes creating all sorts of glow effects much more possible. The Starglow effect creates a star pattern of edge rays based on the light and dark values within an image. Now in this disco ball image that you're seeing on the page right now is a very extreme example of that. Most of the time when you see Starglow it's used in a much more subtle way, and that's what we're going to be doing in this course.

Now you don't need any of these plug-ins to do amazing work with CINEMA 4D and After Effects, but for this course you do need them, and the reason we need them is they've created some very specific effects that you just can't get, and that's one of the reasons that these plug-ins in particular have become an important part of professional workflows all over the world.

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