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Merging CINEMA 4D files

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There are times when it's necessary to merge more than one Cinema 4D file together. And that's what we're going to do here to create the text for our robots. I've taken an extra step of adding some video in here. And I'll show you how I did that later. But for now, what I want you to do is just watch this scene where I have my robots. And in the background, I have what inspired me to create these robots and that's one of (UNKNOWN) amazing music videos. And you can see that playing in the background just the robots are situated on the floor, created from video.

Merging CINEMA 4D files

There are times when it's necessary to merge more than one Cinema 4D file together. And that's what we're going to do here to create the text for our robots. I've taken an extra step of adding some video in here. And I'll show you how I did that later. But for now, what I want you to do is just watch this scene where I have my robots. And in the background, I have what inspired me to create these robots and that's one of (UNKNOWN) amazing music videos. And you can see that playing in the background just the robots are situated on the floor, created from video.

Now, we'll add lighting and all sorts of other things to this later, to really bring it to life. But for now, what I want to do is get the text in there and make sure it's in the right position before I start adding materials and things to it. You'll see down here in the timeline, here are my robots. What I'm going to do is select them and go to Edit > Edit Original. Cmd + E or Ctrl + E on Windows. And that will open it up in Cinema 4D Lite. So, what I want to do, I've already created some text using techniques that you've already seen.

And what I'm going to do is go to File > Merge Objects. And then, select the file I want to bring in, which is my robot title. Double-click it and it appears in here. Now, I can't see it at the moment but if I little mouse click and then little mouse click on my front view, I can see there's my club robot text. Now, when you're working both Extrude NURBS and text, you've got to be careful that you select the right element. To avoid making mistakes, quite often it's better to use the coordinates than dragging the handles, but if you are dragging the handles, just make sure you use the Move tool, shortcut E, Scale tool, shortcut T, and Rotate tool, shortcut R.

So I'm going to middle mouse click on this view, to go to my four view setup, and I'm going to click on the front view And first of all, I'm going to select the text, not the Extrude NURB but the text itself. And I'm just going to move it up, to roughly where I want it to be. I move across using the axes to guide me. I'm also going to hide the cameras. At the moment the cameras are getting in the way. Click once, click twice, and the cameras will disappear, making it easier for us to see what we're doing.

And I'm going to middle mouse click and then middle mouse click again on the top view. And I want to move it back slightly. But in order to see how this really looks, I need to go back to my perspective view, so I'm just going to tweak that a little bit. And then, I'm going to just scrub through. (NOISE) (MUSIC). Okay. Really the text is a bit too far back. So, in this view, I can just use the three way axes, just to move it into position roughly where I want it. Need it to be a little bit bigger on screen so, we need to bring it forward a bit.

So just get the text roughly where you want it to be, and have a quick scrub through (NOISE) to make sure it's in the right position at all times. It's pretty much perfect for me because I want it off-screen the beginning. (SOUND) Coming on-screen about there. (SOUND) And, finishing about there. So, that's pretty much perfect. So, I'm going to save this, and I'm going to do an incremental save, so it's not going to save over my file. And you'll notice that that goes from 06_05, and, just take a minute to think about what number it can go to, and it's gone to 06_07, because I already have a 06_06.

And if I jump back to After Effects, you'll notice it hasn't updated, and that's because I saved it with a different name. Now, if you do that, if you want to work with incrementally saved filenames in Cinema 4D, what you'll have to do is when you come back to After Effects, select the original and go to Replace Footage File and select the new one. Take a minute or two to update as After Effects just calculates those changes. And then you should see the text will appear here in after effects. And if we just scrub through to the beginning, and just step through that, you should see the text appears here in after effects.

Now I was just saying that we need to tweak this a bit to get it right. Now, the reason it wasn't working and the text didn't seem to be in the right place. As if we jump back to Cinema 4D, you'll notice I have my cameras disabled, so the Render Options for the cameras is disabled. Now, if you're working with stage objects, it's very important that you don't have that switched on, because this is what happens. (SOUND) (MUSIC).

Now you'll notice that the cameras aren't changing in my preview, and that's because the preview option's switched off. In order to see them change, I need to switch that off. And now, I can see my different Camera Angles, and I'll just show you that once more. (MUSIC) (SOUND) (MUSIC) Okay, strange things going on with my audio there but you get the idea.

You need to make sure that's switched off in order to be able to position the text in the right place. Once you've done that, all you want to do is position it, so that when we go to the end (SOUND) the text is kind of in that position, maybe slightly further forward than that. But you just want to check throughout the whole animation that it's visible (MUSIC) and obviously that it's not obscuring anything.

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Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects

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  1. 2m 22s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
  2. 38m 14s
    1. What is CINEMA 4D Lite?
      4m 23s
    2. What CINEMA 4D Lite can't do
      6m 54s
    3. Opening CINEMA 4D Lite in After Effects
      2m 38s
    4. Quick interface tour
      8m 46s
    5. Navigation tips for CINEMA 4D Lite
      8m 5s
    6. CINEMA 4D Lite preferences and settings
      7m 28s
  3. 22m 34s
    1. Importing CINEMA 4D files in After Effects
      1m 5s
    2. The CINEWARE plugin settings
      4m 42s
    3. CINEMA 4D Lite render settings
      6m 15s
    4. After Effects project settings
      1m 23s
    5. After Effects previewing tips
      3m 50s
    6. Using the Picture Viewer in CINEMA 4D
      5m 19s
  4. 1h 14m
    1. Editing primitive objects
      5m 18s
    2. The Move and Scale tools
      7m 18s
    3. The Rotate tool
      4m 24s
    4. Axis limitations
      1m 46s
    5. Working cylinders
      7m 15s
    6. Linking body parts using object hierarchy
      9m 49s
    7. Spline modeling with Sweep NURBS
      7m 22s
    8. Adjusting NURBS settings
      4m 6s
    9. Using nulls as controllers
      3m 33s
    10. Creating copies with the Instance array
      6m 44s
    11. Carving shapes with the Boole array
      10m 28s
    12. Reshaping objects with deformers
      3m 14s
    13. Adding surface detail with a Relief object
      2m 55s
  5. 55m 41s
    1. Understanding coordinates
      5m 0s
    2. Understanding rotation
      2m 39s
    3. Timeline shortcuts
      3m 1s
    4. Basic keyframing of properties
      4m 31s
    5. Copying keyframes
      2m 3s
    6. Keyframe interpolation
      5m 20s
    7. Adjusting F-Curves
      5m 45s
    8. Holding values
      5m 8s
    9. Using XPresso to link properties: Part one
      4m 17s
    10. Using XPresso to link properties: Part two
      2m 27s
    11. Importing existing animations into CINEMA 4D Lite
      6m 21s
    12. Animating cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite
      4m 37s
    13. Animating using presets
      4m 32s
  6. 46m 30s
    1. Importing music and soundtracks
      4m 12s
    2. Customizing commands and shortcuts
      6m 7s
    3. Adding markers
      4m 25s
    4. Creating multiple cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite
      8m 17s
    5. Cutting between CINEMA 4D cameras with CINEWARE
      4m 23s
    6. Creating cameras in After Effects
      5m 30s
    7. Merging 3D camera data into CINEMA 4D Lite
      3m 10s
    8. Animating cameras with Stage objects
      4m 27s
    9. Extracting cameras from CINEMA 4D files
      5m 59s
  7. 43m 49s
    1. Adding CINEMA 4D text to After Effects comps
      5m 4s
    2. Formatting text in CINEMA 4D
      5m 47s
    3. Creating CINEMA 4D text or logos in Illustrator
      6m 9s
    4. Importing Illustrator text into CINEMA 4D Lite
      4m 38s
    5. Applying material presets to text
      7m 51s
    6. Merging CINEMA 4D files
      5m 51s
    7. Registering CINEMA 4D Lite for MoGraph features
      1m 8s
    8. Using MoGraph Fracture on text
      3m 25s
    9. The MoGraph Random Effector
      3m 56s
  8. 12m 8s
    1. Creating a wiggle expression
      7m 49s
    2. The Reset Position script
      4m 19s
  9. 30m 56s
    1. Applying a custom material
      6m 32s
    2. Making a metallic material
      6m 15s
    3. Adding an environment channel
      2m 20s
    4. Adding texture with shaders
      4m 21s
    5. Built-in material presets
      3m 52s
    6. Combining materials
      2m 41s
    7. Using selection sets to isolate surfaces
      4m 55s
  10. 27m 42s
    1. 3D camera tracking in After Effects
      6m 3s
    2. Creating nulls from tracking points
      2m 40s
    3. Adjusting the Shadow Catcher for CINEMA 4D
      3m 31s
    4. Importing a CINEMA 4D file into a scene
      4m 21s
    5. Exporting CINEMA 4D files from After Effects comps
      3m 42s
    6. Merging objects from CINEMA 4D files
      3m 23s
    7. Manually adjusting scenes between apps
      4m 2s
  11. 19m 18s
    1. Setting up layers in CINEMA 4D
      6m 11s
    2. Compositing CINEMA 4D layers in After Effects
      3m 28s
    3. Casting shadows on layers in CINEWARE
      4m 56s
    4. Adding reflections in CINEMA 4D
      4m 43s
  12. 36m 10s
    1. Using preset lighting setups
      6m 24s
    2. Light types in CINEMA 4D Lite
      6m 38s
    3. Creating visible lights
      7m 56s
    4. Adding ambient occlusion effects
      6m 55s
    5. Optimizing your CINEMA 4D scenes
      8m 17s
  13. 34m 39s
    1. Multipass compositing explained
      2m 28s
    2. Adding passes to render settings
      2m 8s
    3. Viewing passes in the Picture Viewer
      2m 35s
    4. Adding object buffers
      4m 51s
    5. External compositing tags in CINEMA 4D Lite
      3m 8s
    6. Previewing and experimenting with passes
      4m 30s
    7. CINEWARE multipass options
      7m 8s
    8. Adjusting reflections
      3m 2s
    9. Isolating elements with object buffers
      4m 49s
  14. 53m 2s
    1. Extracting 3D scene data
      8m 11s
    2. Adding video elements to a CINEMA 4D scene
      5m 49s
    3. Working with proxies
      10m 2s
    4. Color correction of shadows
      4m 10s
    5. Layer styles
      3m 50s
    6. Adjustment layers
      4m 58s
    7. Setting up depth of field in CINEMA 4D Lite
      3m 10s
    8. Adding depth of field with camera lens blur
      4m 4s
    9. Speed ramps with time remapping
      4m 14s
    10. Motion blur with the Pixel Motion Blur effect
      4m 34s
  15. 13m 59s
    1. Rendering with the After Effects Render Queue
      5m 39s
    2. Background rendering with Adobe Media Encoder
      4m 6s
    3. The BG Renderer script
      4m 14s

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