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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.
If you have access to After Effects CC, did you know that you also have access to another great application called Cinema 4D lite. Cinema 4D is the industry standard for 3D motion graphics. It has great tools for creating 3D models, for animating, texturing, creating materials, lighting. And cameras for your 3D scenes. And it's extremely powerful and the light version of it comes free with After Effects CC. Now it's a fully flanged application but you can only open it from within After Effects.
So if you want to open it for the first time, best way is to open up a project in After Effects Either an existing project. Or in this case, a new untitled project. And then from the file menu, you just go to file>new>Maxon Cinema 4D file. And what that will do is it will create a file in your After Effects project that's linked. To the Cinema 4D file that you're creating. Now, it's going to give me a chance to name that, so we'll just call it, I'm just going to overwrite this one here, we're just going to call it 01 Start, and click on Save.
I'm going to replace one that I had there already. And you'll see that it creates a file and opens up Cinema 4D Lite in the background. Now I can jump between the applications there you see the file in After Effects in the project panel and here we see it in Cinema 4D Lite. Now if I jump back to After Effects I'm going to drag that onto the new comp button. And that's going to create a composition. With my Cinema 4D file in it. Now, you'll notice that it also applies an effect called Cineware, and Cineware is the effect that allows us to read Cinema 4D files and view them in After Effects.
Now, at the moment, there's nothing in this scene, but if we jump back to Cinema 4D, what we could do is start by adding something very basic. Now I'm going to go through the interface a bit later. But for now all I want you to do is just click on this button here and that will add a cube object to the scene. The only other step I'm going to get you to do here is to save that so go to file> save. And as soon as we jump back to Afterfacts, you'll notice a cube appears in the scene. So you can see how Afterfacts and Cinema 4D work together.
The file is intrinsically linked between Afterfacts And Cinema 4D Lite. So whenever a change is made in Cinema 4D Lite, the resulting file will update in Afterfacts.
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