Join EJ Hassenfratz for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing the project into AE and adjusting multipass composite settings, part of Mograph Techniques: Animating with C4D Effectors.
The integration with After Effects is one of the strengths of CINEMA 4D.…You can quickly and easily import your 3D camera data, lights, and render passes…to add the finishing touches to your animation inside of After Effects.…So I have After Effects open here. I'm going to import our footage in our saved…3D data that we saved out as CINEMA 4D. I'm just going to go to File > Import > File…and navigate to your AEC file that we saved.…This is going to have all of our 3D information from CINEMA 4D.…I'm going to click Open.…
If I go to our Project window, if I twirl down this main pixel folder, you see…that there is a comp in here and all of our render passes.…Now, if I double-click on this comp, you can see that this has all of our…cameras, lights, our 3D null that we had in external compositing tag added to…in CINEMA 4D, all of our individual passes, reflection, ambient occlusion,…shadow, specular, all of this stuff, and you can see that they also have all of…their blending modes added as they should be added to re-create our composition…
- Creating a cube grid with the MoGraph Cloner
- Creating first-, second-, and third-wave animations
- Using a null object to group and keyframe multiple effectors
- Limiting the influence of an effector
- Adding texture
- Using an HDRI map for reflections
- Lighting the scene
- Importing a CINEMA 4D project into After Effects
- Isolating and changing text color with object buffers
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: I rendered a Compositing Project File (AEC) from CINEMA 4D, but I am unable to import that file into After Effects.
A: In order to import an AEC file into After Effects, you will need to have the free Cinema 4D Importer plugin for After Effects installed. The plugin can be downloaded here: http://www.maxon.net/support/updates/plugins.html
For more information on this plugin, including instructions on how to install it, refer to Cinema 4D Essentials 5: Rendering and Compositing with Rob Garrott. The movie titled "Rendering and importing elements into After Effects" explains how to install this plugi