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Join Rob Garrott in CINEMA 4D: Designing a Promo as he demonstrates how to create a 15-second promotional video that looks and feels like a professional advertisement. Learn how to use a combination of CINEMA 4D, After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator to go from concept to script to screen, creating sketches, adding animation, and rendering the final promo. This course focuses on real-world techniques, culminating in a finished, usable product. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this video we are going to be updating the cameramatic with finished animation files that we created in the previous chapters. The cameramatic is a really dynamic document and the whole point of it is that it progresses along with your animation. So it starts off with the dummy animation and then it gets gradually updated with more-and-more detail as the shots progress. So let's open up the cameramatic file. I am going to go to the File menu, and do an Open Project and navigate to my Chapter 8 files folder and open up the 08_05AEstart file. This is all of the cameramatic information that we had before.
You can see it's got all the same shots in it with the dummy shark. What we are going to be doing is replacing this footage with the correct files from the newly updated final animation. Let's twirl closed the production elements and then we are going to go to the Audio-Video folder. All we really need to do is just replace these files. All these files have exactly the same frame count as our final animation files. So if we just replace footage not only will the file name change, but the shots will change here in the cameramatic. So let's start off with the first shot, shot001.
These are sorted alphabetically so it's no big deal. Honestly, it doesn't really matter what sequence you do it in because we are going to be replacing all the shots. But I'd like to start with the first one just because it helps me sort through things a little bit be easier. So I will select this and right- click and go to Replace Footage. I could have also used the shortcut Command+H or Ctrl+H on the PC. I will go to file and then I am going to navigate to my Chapter 8 folder. Here in Chapter 8, I am going to navigate to my shot001_finanim_preview folder and then select any one of the files. Make sure that Photoshop Sequence is checked.
That's very, very important. Hit Open and that file is changed. Look, here in my open comp you can see I now have the finished sharks in position, swimming just like they did in the cameramatic. Now I am going to repeat that process with the other shots. Let's go to shot002-A and then do Replace Footage and then go up one level to shot002-A-finanim and then select any of them, make sure Photoshop Sequence is selected, and then repeat the process for shot B. I am going to hit the keyboard shortcut Command+H and navigate to the 002-B-finanim, and make sure that you grab the right file here.
There is the finanim-preview for C, and then I am going to go to shot003 to get the finanim, and then do the same thing for shot004. There we go. So now we've got all the shots replaced. Let's do a quick RAM preview and see how it looks. It's going to take a moment to cache those frames to RAM. Now that we've checked the RAM preview, you can see that the animation for our Shark Zone promo is looking fantastic. So now we can move on to the next step, which is lighting and creating a convincing underwater scene.
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