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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.
So we are in Chapter 14 c u, and Render dot AEP and what we going to do is render our final output directly from Cinema 14 so you have to output movies from After Effects. Generally no body wants to do that because chances are aloof applied from effects compositing changes in after effects that chances are applied some effect and composting it Changes in After Effects that you want to be rendered. We're going to have a look at outputting via the Adobe After Effects render queue, (INAUDIBLE) which you can access by selecting your composition, either in the timeline, composition panel, or, indeed, here in the project panel, and going to Composition > Add to Render Queue.
Now you can export via the File menu, by going to Export Add to render queue and that's new to after effects CC. So when we output to the render queue, we have a render queue item and each render queue item has 2 things render settings and output module settings. If you click on the yellow hyperlink that currently says best settings, it opens up a dialog box for us where we can have other at what the settings are. We can even change these settings, if we need to.
Now, the only thing that I'm going to point out here, which is interesting, is the Use No Proxies. And that's very important, when you're out putting through the render queue, you can bypass the proxy settings, that are set in the project panel. >> So, if you have created proxies for your Siniware render, you can bypass those proxies here. You can also bypass things like field rendering, frame blending, motion blur, etc. But, we're going to leave it at the preset so we're going to click on OK. We want Best. And full resolution, and then the output module is where after effects decides on what format it will output as.
So first of all it renders it, and then it outputs it. So if we click on where it says loss list. You'll see that the default is to create a QuickTime movie, using the animation codec with no alpha channel. So if we want to change that, we may want to output, for example a TIFF sequence. So I could choose TIFF sequence, and then I can go into my format options. Decide on any compression that I want to use if I want to use that. So, basically you set up your preferences in these dialog boxes.
I'm just going to cancel that for a second. You can also create templates for these. So I could go into my render settings. You'll see that there are several presets there that I've already set up. But if I go down to make template, I can create a template for the next time I use this. So I might say, Cineware Best, would be my new preset. And then I can click on the edit button, and decide on what settings I want. Click on OK. And now I have a Cinveware best render setting, that I can just very quickly select from this menu rather than have to go in and edit the settings.
Similarly with the output module, I could go to make template (INAUDIBLE) and we'll call this Cineware animation plus audio. Go to Edit, I'm going to go to my Format Options, choose the Animation codec, leave all the other settings as they are, and we'll put audio output on, and click OK. So now I have preset for my render settings and my output module. Now when you're rendering As well as creating an animation codec lost less version of your movie, you may want to output a test movie for a client.
Though the other thing is, you don't need to add multiple items to the render queue to do that. What you can do is select your render item and go to Composition, add output module. And that will add an additional output module. So we will render once, format twice. So this is the nice thing about the render cube. It allows you just to render your pixels once. And output as many versions as you want. So I could go in here and I could choose something else. I am going to create another new templates.
I am going to go in here, so you make template, and this time I am going to say h264. I am going to edit it, I am going to chose a quick time movie path using the h264 (UNKNOWN) Okay. I'll leave the quality as it is, I'll leave the data rate settings, I'll make sure the audio is on, and then I'll click OK and click OK again. And now I'll output an HD64 and a Cineware animation and audio version.
Now you can also choose the name and convention. You could say it comp and output module name. And that allows it to name it with the output module and the comp name. And then it's just a case of hitting the render button and waiting for it to render. Now, important to note, if you click on render in After Effects You can't then, go and use the rest of Aftereffects. So, it's basically locked out from you while it's rendering. So, this is one of the downsides to using the Render cue.
I like that render cue gives you lots of control over your render items and allows you to bypass proxies. And other switches in your comp. But the downside is unless you're using a third party script which we'll look at later, you will be locked out of the Render cue. So that's a little bit about how to render via the render queue. Next, we'll look at some other options for rendering in the background.
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