Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting up CINEMA 4D Lite, part of After Effects Apprentice 19: Motion Tracking with CINEMA 4D Lite.
- [Voiceover] Now that I have done my preparation work…on my original footage, I need to create a CINEMA 4D layer,…and integrate it into this world.…Before I get started, I need to know what are the settings…of my After Effects composition so I can…enter those into CINEMA 4D Lite.…I'll go to Composition, Composition Settings,…I'll note that my size is 960 by 540 pixels,…my Frame Rate is 29.97,…and I have a duration of 18 seconds.…The problem is, After Effects defaults to thinking in terms…of SMPTE timecode, where CINEMA 4D thinks in frame numbers.…
If I Command-click on Mac, Control-click on Windows,…on this main time display in the timeline panel, it will…change to showing the frame number along the top.…I'll press Home, my first frame is zero, I'll press End,…or if necessary, I'll drag my time indicator…to the end, my last frame is 539.…I also need to enter those numbers into CINEMA 4D.…Now hold Command or Control, click on this number…to put it back to normal SMPTE timecode.…Now that I've done that, I can go to Layer,…
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