Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a shadow catcher, part of After Effects Apprentice: 19 Motion Tracking with Cinema 4D Lite.
- [Voiceover] Even though I've added a light…to my Cinema 4D scene,…I still don't see a shadow being cast by this crown.…So, let's go fix that.…I'll tab back into Cinema 4D,…and one problem is that there is nothing in this world…to catch my shadow.…There's the crown, but no floor or no ground fort.…So, the first thing I need to do is create a layer…to catch my shadow.…I'll go up to my model icon,…and I can choose either plane or disc,…both will work.…I'll add a disc to the scene,…and I'll even call it "shadow catcher".…
It seems to be so small, I can't even see it…peering out from underneath the crown,…so with the shadow catcher selected,…I'll go to the attributes manager,…look underneath this object tab…for various parameters of my object,…and I'll start increasing it's radius.…As I drag upwards, I'm starting to see the disc.…I can hold shift while clicking and dragging…to go ahead and expand…the size of that disc that much faster.…Okay?…I obviously have light on this disc,…but still no shadow.…That's because both After Effects and Cinema 4D…
The first course in the series, After Effects Apprentice 17, includes an overview of the C4D Lite user interface, as well as important setup information you need to know whenever you use live C4D layers in After Effects. We recommend you watch it first if you have no prior experience with C4D.
- 3D camera tracking
- Setting a ground plane and origin
- Merging an After Effects camera move into a C4D project
- Adding a 3D model to the scene
- Casting and compositing shadows
- Improving the final composite