Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Recovering the prior presets, part of Creating Flying Logos with After Effects and CINEMA 4D Lite.
- Cinema 4D Lite comes with a number of material presets. It's here underneath Create, Load Material Preset, Lite, Materials, and here is your List. Not a bad set of starting points. However, this list actually changed and in some ways got smaller compared to a prior version of Cinema 4D Lite that's because Cinema 4D changed their model for how reflections are handled inside the program. As a result, some of the old presets that were based on the old model didn't translate directly into the new version.
However, Cinema 4D can still read and use those old presets so what we're going to do is go recover those old presets and add them to these new presets so we have both sets to choose from. I'm going to switch back to my Finder on Mac or Explorer on Windows and you notice that I have a habit of keeping old versions of the software. Part of this is because clients may not have upgraded and sometimes you need to deliver a project in an older version. Therefore, I keep these around in case I need to do a project in an older version or save back from an older version and make sure it will still open.
When we got After Effects CC 2014 it did us the favor of installing alongside the original After Effects CC. It did not override it it kept it around for us that comes in very handy because that old version of After Effects had those old presets we're looking for. So assuming you haven't already deleted that old version go into your Applications folder, look for Adobe After Effects CC, go to Plug-ins, go to MAXXON CINEWARE AE, go to (CINEWARE Support), go to lite, go to library, I know this is a long chain but just one more, then go to browser and inside there you will see a library of presets provided with Cinema 4D Lite and in this case it's the old set it came with After Effects CC the 2013 version.
What you want to do is select that and make a copy of it. I'm going to right click onto the Mac and say Copy "lite.lib4d". Now we need to install that in the newer version of Cinema 4D Lite. There's two ways of doing that. You can follow the same path in After Effects CC 2014 go to its Plug-ins, MAXXON CINEWARE, (CINEWARE Support), lite, library, browser, and you see the old one there you can paste it in the new one and give it a new name or what MAXXON US actually recommends is you go back into Cinema go to its Edit preferences, we were in those earlier in this course and you'll notice in the lower left corner there's this button that says Open Preferences Folder.
They recommend you put your additional libraries there so I'll click that and I'll follow a similar chain. I'll go to library, browser, in this case right click and Paste that set of materials I had in there earlier. I'm going to name it R14 since these are the presets from release 14 not the newer release 16 we're using, go back to Cinema 4D Lite. I can close my Preferences now. And I'll actually need to reboot Cinema 4D Lite so I'll save my project again, quit, go back to After Effects.
Here's my temporary render of where we are so far with the logo. Select my extruded Metro logo, command E, or Ctrl E on Windows to edit the original then I'll reboot Cinema 4D Lite and now we have underneath Load Material Preset two preset libraries. The set that comes with a newer release 16 and our old set that we saved off in our Preferences folder which includes some additional categories like Glossy and also a much longer list of Metal presets.
And indeed I am going to use some of these older presets as we move forward throughout this course. Now if you happen not to have the old version of After Effects CC around I'm sorry you may not have access to these presets but you still have a pretty good set with the new version of Cinema 4D Lite.
- Preparing the logo in Adobe Illustrator
- Importing, extruding, and beveling the logo
- Simple texturing using material presets
- Key and fill lighting
- Keyframing a camera move
- Compositing in After Effects
- Rendering for video or the web