Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Exercise files and software versions, part of After Effects Apprentice 18: 3D Text CINEMA 4D Lite.
- [Voiceover] If you have access to the exercise files that come with this course, inside the Exercise files folder you will see an After Effects Apprentice 18, Animated Text, Cinema 4D Lite, After Effects Project, and a footage folder that contains the finished movie of which you're going to be creating, that's the animation you're going to be making as well as an Illustrator file that we'll use in one of our movies in this course and the finished Cinema 4D Lite project as well as the background movie that we're using.
Let's go ahead and open up that After Effects project. And here's all of the sources that were in that footage folder. If you do not have access to the exercise files, that's okay. All you really need to do is create a new compostion that's 960x540, six seconds long, and have a background movie that you'd like to see come through your Glass Lite text. That'll be enough to execute all the steps in this exercise. Version wise, you can execute this course in After Effects CC 2014, 2015, or later. I happen to be using the CC 2015.1 also known as release 13.6 but except for some minor user interface differences the instructions are going to be the same across all those versions.
Likewise, you can you the version of Cinema 4D Lite becomes bundled with these versions of After Effects. Now one thing I will note is in Cinema 4D make sure you have indeed updated to insure you're running the latest version of the software and that you've also downloaded the Quickstart and Language pack for your local language. This will provide the help files which come in quite handy in Cinema. Also, make sure that you have registered your copy of Cinema 4D Lite. That will give you access to some Mo-graph effectors and objects that we will be using in this course so definitely register.
Other than that, we've got our project open already and in the next movie we'll set up After Effects and Cinema 4D to make sure they're working with the same perimeters for our composition.
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.
- Extruding 3D text and Illustrator artwork
- Beveling letters
- Creating animations using the Fracture object and plain effector
- Texturing and lighting
- Adding a camera move in After Effects
- Using multipass renders
- Simulating glass-like effect distortions
- Improving render quality