Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing a 3D model, part of After Effects Apprentice: 19 Motion Tracking with Cinema 4D Lite.
- [Voiceover] I've created a new, Cinema 4D layer,…that I've named, crown, but I don't have a crown yet.…So, let's command, or alt tab,…back into Cinema 4D.…And I'm going to import a model.…The subject of making complex models in Cinema 4D,…is a whole other course,…or several courses, all on it's own.…So, in the name of expediency, I went out to Pond5,…and licensed a model for us to use.…When someone else, such as another freelancer,…hands you a Cinema 4D model, you can merge that,…into the new project you've started, from After Effects.…
You can either click on merge,…from above the object manager,…or click on merge, from the main file menu.…Dive into my exercise files, into the crown model folder.…Select the crown, and open that up.…And there is our rather large crown.…To view this a little bit better,…I'm gonna press one, and click and drag in view port,…so I can see it there.…Then press two, click and drag,…to pull back a little bit on it.…There we go.…If I want to render it, see what it looks like,…I'll type command, r, on Mac, control, r, on Windows,…
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