Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Loading a lighting preset, part of After Effects Apprentice 17: Video Walls in CINEMA 4D Lite.
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- As we noted in the previous movie,…our video wall is looking rather dull,…even when I type command or control r…to render what it would look like.…The reason is that we don't have any…really nice lighting or texturing on this yet.…We just have basic grey surface…with no directional lighting and no interesting…surface treatments or colors.…So that's what we're going to address in this chapter.…First, let's improve the lighting on this wall.…Learning how to light is a skill all by itself.…If you have experience lighting scenes in the real world,…it will come in very handy when you start…lighting scenes in 3D.…
Your typical two or three light setup…is just as valid in 3D,…and if you don't have this experience,…you might consider getting some basic lighting books,…just to give you an idea of how real scenes are lit.…But, you're probably impatient and saying,…"I don't have time to read a book,…"let's just get this model lit!"…Well, fortunately, CINEMA 4D also comes…with some very nice lighting presets.…To access these presets, you go into the Objects Manager.…
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