Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Registering and updating C4D Lite, part of After Effects Apprentice 17: Video Walls in CINEMA 4D Lite.
- Maxon Cinema 4d Lite is launched from inside After Effects. You need to create a composition, and then use Layer, New, Maxon Cinema 4d File. This will launch Cinema 4d Lite, asking you to give a name to your brand new file. I'll just call this Temp for temporary. I'll be deleting it when I'm done. And I'd like to show you some things you need to do the first time you run Cinema 4d. I'll save this, and Cinema 4d will launch. If this is indeed the first time you've used Cinema 4d Lite, you'll get a screen asking you to register the program.
Definitely do that. By registering, you will activate some MoGraph plugins Those come in very handy, especially in our next course on animating 3d text inside Cinema 4d Lite. If you do not get an online updater display like this, you can access it by going to the Help menu inside of Cinema 4d and choosing Check For Updates. Make sure you always install the latest version of Cinema 4d Lite. You can optionally install the QuickStart for your particular language, and most important of all you really want to install the documentation for your language.
Once you do this, you can right-click on almost any parameter inside of Cinema 4d and go directly to that page in the documentation to understand what it does. I happen to be using Cinema 4d Lite Release 16 for this course. This should work fine in later releases, like Release 17. There will be some minor UI differences, but nothing that'll hold you up from executing this course. So, I'm going to go take a break while these install. I'll accept the User License Agreement, of course, and when we're done, I'll come back and give you an overview of the Cinema 4d Lite User Interface.
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