Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Compositing tricks, part of After Effects Apprentice 17: Video Walls in CINEMA 4D Lite.
- I wish this video that we composited in After Effects…interacted better with the lighting…happening back in Cinema 4D.…I'll turn off the video for a second.…We have some brighter spots…where there's specular highlights from the lights…and we have some darker areas where there's shadows,…including that ambient occlusion…that we enabled in our rendering.…So in an ideal world, I would use some form of blending mode…to blend our video on top of a background…rendered out of Cinema and blend it in a way…to react to both brighter and darker areas.…
The trick to do that is to try to make the surface…of this video wall close to 50% luminance…and then pick a mode that's either going to make the video…brighter or dark depending on whether or not…that gray wall behind is brighter or darker.…So I'll switch back to Cinema 4D.…I don't need these multiple views so I'll go back…to just looking at view one…and I need to create a special texture…just for this cap one that we've been working with.…I'll go down to the material list manager,…
These courses are designed for users who are familiar with 3D space in After Effects, but who have never used CINEMA 4D. This course includes an overview of the C4D Lite user interface, as well as setup information you need to know whenever you use live C4D layers in After Effects. A bonus chapter shows how to set up a C4D Lite and After Effects scene to maximize production efficiency—and minimize render times.
Look for the upcoming courses After Effects Apprentice 18 and 19 for more C4D Lite projects.
- Setting up your After Effects and C4D Lite projects
- Creating a rectangular spline for the video wall
- Using texture and lighting presets
- Creating a simple 3D camera move
- Creating 3D text in After Effects
- Converting a parametric object to polygons
- Compositing video walls