Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Mimicking the original light source, part of After Effects Apprentice: 19 Motion Tracking with Cinema 4D Lite.
- I now have the same camera move,…and therefore the same camera perspective,…in both Cinema 4D and in After Effects.…I have the final quality render on here,…so it is a little bit slow,…but you can see what's going on.…But even though I have the crown…existing inside my video footage,…you can tell that it really wasn't there to begin with.…For one, the crown has a spectre hotspot…right here in the front,…when really the lighting should be…coming off from the side.…Secondly, I don't see any shadow…being cast by this crown,…even though the trees are obviously…casting a shadow.…
So what I need to do is add light in Cinema 4D.…It's roughly the same position as light was…in this original footage,…let me see, maybe about a 60 degree angle,…little bit more than that, from where the camera's looking.…And then we'll work on casting a shadow…away from the crown.…So I'll switch back to Cinema 4D…and I'll add a new light to the scene.…I personally prefer target lights,…I find them easier to aim,…because I can make sure that the light's target…
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