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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.
Some people prefer to animate cameras in After Effects. And for those who do, you can actually merge your camera that you create in After Effects back into CINEMA 4D Lite, and I'm going to show you how to do that here. We're in Chapter 5.7, if you want to follow along. And you'll notice that here in the timeline, I've created a test camera and animated the position and orientation values of it, just to create some different views of my robot. Now, if I want to take that into CINEMA 4D Lite, it's very easy to do.
All I need to do is select the layer that has the (UNKNOWN) effect on it, hit E to open up my effect. And then in the Effect Control panel, if I double-click the effect in the timeline to open it up, make sure that I have centered Comp Camera or Comp Camera selected. That's important, because it will extract whichever camera is selected here. And then down at the bottom, we click on Merge. Okay? It says here Comp Camera into CINEMA 4D.
So we click on Merge, and immediately it says After Effects camera was merged into the CINEMA 4D project. Click OK. And now if we open that project by hitting Cmd+E, you'll notice it opens in CINEMA 4D Lite and it has the test camera. Now there is a little gotcha to that. This works if we click on this little button here We can see from the same view that we had in After Effects, and you'll see if I play that, we get exactly the same camera moves as we had in After Effects.
It's a great way of seeing your After Effects cameras in real time without having to render them. But, if we jump back to After Effects. Now if I was to create another new camera here. So I go to Layer > New Camera, and we'll call this Test 2 Camera and click on OK. And let's just delete the first camera, we don't need that. And here's my test 2 camera. I'm going to open up CINEWARE, Make sure it's Centered Comp Camera is selected, which we can see it is.
And then let's go down to Merge Camera again, and it tells us that it was merged. Now if we jump out to CINEMA 4D, you'll notice it hasn't appeared, hasn't updated that file. What you need to do is you need to open the project again. So you go to File > Open. And if we open 507, which is this one here, it says it's already open, do you want to open it again with the same name and title? We're going to say yes.
And you'll see that Test 2 Camera comes through. So you need to re-open it in order to see that new camera. So, that's how to merge cameras from After Effects in CINEMA 4D Lite. If you prefer animating your cameras in After Effects, that's a really good way of getting After Effects cameras into CINEMA 4D or CINEMA 4D Lite.
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