Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Improving the composite, part of After Effects Apprentice 19: Motion Tracking with CINEMA 4D Lite.
- [Voiceover] I've come to the point where it's time…to render a preview to see just how well…the scene is working, and make those final…tweaks to hopefully integrate this crown…better into this original footage.…Originally the camera is looking up at the trees,…so I really don't need to start my preview,…or, for that matter, start my Cinema 4D layers…until the very top of that crown starts to appear.…Where is that?…Ah, there is the very top of the crown starting to appear.…So let's back up until it's safely no longer visible…in the scene, and I'll do two things.…
One, I'm going to trim my Cinema 4D layers…to not even start to render until we get to this point.…So with the layer selected, I'll hold Option on Mac,…Alt on Windows, and press the left square bracket…to trim the layer to start here.…I'll do the same for the shadow layer.…And the next thing I'll do is I'll start my preview here.…I'll press B to begin my work area.…I'll press 0 on the numeric keypad.…You can also press space bar to start calculating…
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