Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Extracting the camera move, part of After Effects Apprentice 17: Video Walls in CINEMA 4D Lite.
- Now that we've created a nice video wall…with the camera animation in Cinema 4D Lite,…back here in After Effects,…we want to composite additional 3D elements on top of it,…including, say, some 3D text from After Effects.…To do that, we need to get the camera move…from Cinema 4D Lite into After Effects's timeline…so that After Effects's 3D elements will react…to the same movement.…To do that, we'll go to the Cineware effect…that's applied to the .c4d layer,…go underneath the Commands section,…and choose Cinema 4D Scene Data, Extract.…
You'll see it creates a Camera and a Light in my timeline,…and for the most part, these will match what's in Cinema 4D.…The good news is, if I select the camera and press U,…there's the key frames that match that movement in Cinema.…Unfortunately, it's not a nice, simple two key frame move.…It generates one key frame per every frame of the animation.…It's kind of hard to edit in After Effects.…If you want to change your camera move,…you'll want to do that back in Cinema, save it,…
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