Skill Level Intermediate
- [EJ] Welcome to Motion Graphics Weekly, where you up your Mo-Graph knowledge, one week at a time. I'm EJ Hassnfratz, let's get our learn on! Did you know that there was actually a free version of Cinema 4D included in After Effects as part of your Creative Cloud subscription? Well if you didn't, it's completely understandable as it's not really marketed all that well, and it's a bit of a buried feature to access inside of After Effects. Well in this week's video, I'm gonna show you how you can access this version of Cinema 4D included in After Effects, called Cinema 4D Lite, and how you can begin using Cinema 4D even if you don't have the paid version.
Now, it's a little bit convoluted for how you actually open up Cinema 4D, because you have to do it inside of After Effects. So to open up Cinema 4D Lite we're gonna go to File, New, Maxon Cinema 4D File, and this will prompt you to save a file somewhere, and you can name it whatever you want. I'll name it test, and I'm just gonna write over the file I already created, and this will then launch Cinema 4D. I'm just gonna close this dialog. So this is pretty awesome. So this is a free version, included in your Creative Cloud subscription and it's a perfect way to introduce yourself to the world of 3D if you're not familiar with it yet.
And the great thing about this is I can make a little figure person here, and save this out, and I can jump back into After Effects, and you can see there is my file that I just created. Now I can import this into a Comp just like any other kind of asset. There we go! We have our little figure person inside of After Effects. And the greatest part about this is, I can go ahead and change the render to the Standard Final version, final high quality render version and use a After Effects Camera, so I can just choose a Centered Comp Camera here.
Create a New Camera, there we go, and just make sure that the type is a Two-Node Camera, and I'll hit OK. And the coolest part about this is, is you can use your camera manipulation tools or camera move tools like your orbit by hitting C, so I'm just toggling through all the different camera move tools using the C button. So I can zoom in here, I can pan, and I can orbit. And you can see that we're actually hovering and orbiting around that 3D geometry.
Our little figure, okay, which is really, really cool. So what I could be doin' this whole time is, key framing these camera moves and have a full blown 3D camera move, goin' around our little figure, all inside of After Effects. So if you're more comfortable in After Effects and animating in After Effects, you can easily integrate 3D assets into your After Effects workflow using Cineware and Cinema 4D Lite. So the greatest thing about this is, if I go ahead and jump back into Cinema 4D Lite, is I can go ahead and lets add a sphere, so our little figure's hoppin' on a sphere.
Why not? And I'm just gonna go ahead and save that. And then jump back into After Effects, and viola, you'll see there is our little figure person on a ball. That's probably the best thing I've ever made in 3D right there. But this is just really cool that it just updates automatically using the Cineware plug-in here, and this just opens up this whole new world of possibilities. So that's pretty cool, right? Now again, this is a lite version, meaning it only has a fraction of the functionality included in the full paid version of Cinema 4D, because you do get what you pay for, right? But for those of you who want to get your feet wet learning 3D, getting used to navigating in 3D space and learning the basics of 3D, it's really a perfect way to remove all the excuses and just enter the world of 3D.
And one other thing I wanna point out is to check out my website eyedesyn.com/cinema4d-lite and you'll see I have three series on here, all about what you can actually create using the Cinema 4D Lite version of Cinema 4D, and there is actually quite a lot of functionality to be able to allow you to create some pretty nice looking things. So, I cover how to use Cinema 4D Lite as well as the Cineware plug in that is also included in After Effects.
So have fun and I'll see you next week. Don't want to wait until next week to learn something new? No problem! Here are other ways to feed your creative brain to keep you busy in the meantime. You can check out my other courses in the library, visit my website, eyedesyn.com for more tutorials, subscribe to my YouTube channel to be alerted when I post a new video. Join my Facebook page for daily Mo-Graph inspiration, and keep up to date on all my latest Mo-Graph creations on Instagram.
Thanks for watching! And I'll see you here again next week.
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