Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Extruding and beveling the spline, part of After Effects Apprentice: 17 Video Walls in Cinema 4D Lite.
- In the previous movie we used our Spline tool…to create a rounded rectangle,…but it's not very interesting as a 3-D model.…It's just an abstract path in space.…What we want to do is add some depth or dimension…based on this Spline.…To do that, we're going to use the Extrude tool.…I'm going to use the Generators Icon,…it's just to the right of Spline.…You could also use Create, Generators.…I'm going to click and hold on the icon,…move over and select Extrude.…That says, take my shape and pull it out in space…to give it some thickness.…
Initially, it exists as a separate object…in the Object Manager.…Extrude and Rectangle are on the same level…so they're not interacting, but if I take my Rectangle…by clicking on it, and drag it on top of the Extrude Object,…it will make Rectangle a child of Extrude.…And by doing so, now the rectangle…will be extruded into space.…If you want to see this from a few different perspectives,…I'm going to click on the Quick View switch…in the upper right corner of the viewport,…and now we see it from a Camera Perspective…
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