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Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects
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Setting up layers in CINEMA 4D


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Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects

with Angie Taylor

Video: Setting up layers in CINEMA 4D

Just like after effects, Cinema 4D allows you to work with layers. Now many people are unaware of the fact that Cinema 4D supports layers. But I really recommend using layers as part of your work flow in Cinema 4D. It's a really useful way of separating elements and can also help to just manage your work flow and make it a little bit simpler. So we're going to have a look at it now. I'm in Chapter10_Start.aep and in here, with my Chapter10_Start.c4d file selected, I can open up my effect controls and see that there's a grayed out element here saying CINEMA 4D Layers.
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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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Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects
8h 31m Beginner Aug 28, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • What is CINEMA 4D Lite?
  • Understanding the CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects CC workflow
  • Editing primitive objects
  • Spline modeling with NURBS
  • Animating with keyframes
  • Using Xpresso to link properties
  • Importing music and soundtracks
  • Creating and animating cameras
  • Working with text
  • Scripting
  • Creating and applying materials and textures
  • 3D camera tracking
  • Compositing layers
  • Lighting with visible lights and ambient occlusion
  • Adding visual effects in After Effects
  • Rendering in After Effects and the Adobe Media Encoder
Subjects:
3D + Animation Video Motion Graphics Compositing video2brain
Software:
After Effects CINEMA 4D
Author:
Angie Taylor

Setting up layers in CINEMA 4D

Just like after effects, Cinema 4D allows you to work with layers. Now many people are unaware of the fact that Cinema 4D supports layers. But I really recommend using layers as part of your work flow in Cinema 4D. It's a really useful way of separating elements and can also help to just manage your work flow and make it a little bit simpler. So we're going to have a look at it now. I'm in Chapter10_Start.aep and in here, with my Chapter10_Start.c4d file selected, I can open up my effect controls and see that there's a grayed out element here saying CINEMA 4D Layers.

Now, this CINEMA 4D file doesn't contain any layers. So I'm unable to select that. But what we're going to do is open up this file in Cinema 4D Lite and create some layers. So select chapter ten start c4d in the timeline. Hit command D or Ctrl + D on Windows to open up the project in Cinema 4D Lite using edit original. And here you'll see all the elements from my scene. Well what I want to do here is I want to separate the text. The robots and the floor.

So what we're going to do is, first of all, choose a layers-based work float to do that. So the layer manager is in the same panel as the attributes manager and I can click on the tab here to open it. Currently, we have no layers so we need to start by creating layers. So we can go to File > New Layer. And let's just rename it. Double-click for name to rename it Robot Layer. Okay, and then we'll create another new layer and we'll call this one Text Layer.

Now we could put both text elements on individual layers but we don't really need to do that here. I will do another new layer, and let's rename this one Floor Layer. And that's for our shadow catcher. So it's very easy just to drag elements from the objects manager Onto the layers in the Layers Manager. And you'll see that when I do that I get this little label here indicating that my main robot is on the robot layer.

Now I also want my array to be on the same layer, because that is my array of little dancing robots and people. I can drag it, or I can right-click on it. And, go to Add to Layer, Robot Layer, and that will add it as well, so a couple of ways of doing that. I'm then going to open up my, 3D camera tracker, okay which contains the nulls and the text. So I've got the back building now, I'm just going to take a minute to rename that, okay, because I've spelt that wrong.

So I've got the back building null which contains the text and the front building null which contains the text. So those I'm going to select and just drag onto the text layer. And then the only other thing is the shadow catcher will go on the floor layer. Once I've done that I can just save the file. It just takes a minute to save those changes. Once those changes are saved we can just jump back to after effects and you should see once Cinema 4D just takes a minute to update that file and we suddenly have access to our Cinema 4D layers.

And if I click on this button here. I can then go to set layers and you'll see that it gives me a choice between those three layers I created in Cinema 4D. So I'm going to switch off the floor layer and the text layer and just keep the robot layer selected and click OK and you'll notice that now the floor and the text will disappear leaving me with only my robots. But notice the text is still there. So I've done something wrong here.

So let's just jump back to Cinema 4D and see what the issue is. Now one quick way of finding out is to solo the robot layer so that we only have the robot layer selected. And you'll see that when I solo it, I'm not really having an issue except for there are a few weird things happening. The main robot should be in there, but you'll notice that it's not showing up. And that's because all we've done is put the null into the layer. We haven't put the whole robot in. So I'm going to take soloing off and what I'm going to do is select the main robot and go to Edit > Select Children.

Very important when you add elements to a layer that you select all of the children before you add them to the layer. So I'm going to go to Add to Layer > Robot Layer. And now I can be sure, when I solo that layer That all the robot elements are correctly in there. So we fixed that one. What about the text layer? Now if I solo that, you'll see that only the nulls are contained and actually the children within the nulls aren't in there at all. So again. I need to go edit> select children.

So very important step when you're adding elements to layers to make sure that you add all the elements in there. So edit add to layer, text layer and now these show up correctly. Let's switch off the solo button. And let's see how that's looking now. So, if I switch off my floor layer, the floor layer disappears. If I switch off the text layer, text now disappears. Switch off the robot layer, the robot layer disappears. So, using the Solo buttons, you can make sure that all the elements are correctly on the right layers.

So, if you're not getting things behaving as you'd expect, make sure that not only the null that contains the elements. Is on the layer but also all of the elements within and all its children. So now if I save that and jump back to After Effects and go into my layers and just select the robot layer again. We should find that when that updates, it takes a minute or two to update, what Cineware thinks about the changes. And now we have only the robots on that layer.

So that's how to set up the layers in Cinema 4D. In the next lesson I'll show you how you can composite those layers back in After Effects.

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