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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.
Before you start animating in Cinema 4D it's important to understand the interface when it comes to animation. It's quite different than the interface that we've used up until now for our basic modeling. Now if you want to follow along, I've got chapter zero four, start dot C4D open, from the chapter four menu. And, first thing I'm going to do, is go to the layout menu, up here in this little drop down menu, and I going to choose animation. And that's immediately going to bring up the timeline. Now, when we where in the standard view, You could see a small representation of the timeline here with playback controls and various key framing options.
But if we go to the animation layout, we get the full timeline displayed and it's maximized and above it are the mini timeline and all the transport controls and key framing controls that you would need. Now timeline is very different from the After Effects timeline. So it might take you a little bit of time to get used to it. But it's very powerful and fairly easy to use once you do get used to it. Now the first thing you'll notice is we're in key mode. There are two modes to the timeline and Cinema 4D.
And we have F-Curve mode and key mode and you can switch between those by hitting space bar. One thing that always catches me out when I'm using Cinema 4D is I hit space bar to do playback. That doesn't work in Cinema 4D unfortunately. It's used to switch tools around and I kind of like resisting swapping my keyboard short cuts around, although you can do that, in Cinema 4D Lite, if you want to. So, I use space bar to switch between key modes and F-curve mode, and we'll have a look at those a bit later.
Similar to keyframe mode and the graph editor mode in After Effects. If you want to play back your animation, the best thing is to use the existing shortcuts. And the shortcut for that is F8. If you're on the Mac, you may need to hit the function key to access F8 as well. And when you hit F8, you can hit F7 to stop and F6 to go backwards. Okay so F7, F8 and F6 will allow you to play backwards and forwards. And then we have the g key and the f key which will allow you to go forwards with the g key and fall backwards with the f key.
So I think go and fall. They allow you to move backwards and forwards. And it's useful being able to navigate in that way. There's also various other shortcuts which you can discover yourself by hovering over the buttons and finding out what they do. Go to Start is Shift+F, Go to End is Shift+G. And there's very similar controls there. Go to Next key, Cmd+G, Go to Previous key, Cmd+F.
So, really useful shortcuts.
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