Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Extracting the camera move, part of After Effects Apprentice 19: Motion Tracking with CINEMA 4D Lite.
- [Voiceover] Now that I've defined the origin…of my world and defined my ground plane in my world,…next I can extract a camera from this scene…and into my after effects timeline.…Once I have that 3D camera, now I have something that's…in the 4D can follow, to make sure the crown matches…the camera movement in this scene.…You can just click on the Create Camera button…over here in the camera tracker effect.…But what I prefer to do is leave my target where…my origin was, right click on it one more time,…and this time say Create Me not just to camera,…but also a Null Object.…
That Null will be where the target is, which is my origin.…This'll make it easier for me to do a confidence…check later, to make sure my crown really is at…the origin of this world.…So, I'll create Null in camera.…You'll see these two layers have been added to my…after effects timeline, here's my 3D tracker camera.…I'll press U to reveal it's keyframes.…You'll see that it has it's position…and orientation animated to hopefully match…what's happening in this scene.…
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