Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of After Effects Apprentice 17: Video Walls in CINEMA 4D Lite.
- If you have access to the Exercise Files that came with this course, from inside After Effects, go to File, Open Project, Command or Control O. Navigate to the Exercise Files folder that you downloaded and double click the file AEA17_VideowallC4DLite.aep. It contains a starter composition that already has a simple background layer in place. Some finished copies of our work, if you want to compare your results to ours, and also the sources used by this project.
Inside After Effects, use the Workspace Standard. It's a good idea to Reset "Standard," so you have the same starting point of panels that we do. This course can be executed in After Effects CC 2014, 2015 or later. I happen to be using CC 2015 here. If you don't have access to these Exercise Files, it should be pretty easy to follow along. You'll want a piece of high resolution footage to map to the face of your video wall, but other than that, we're going to be creating almost everything you need inside Cinema 4D Light.
The only other bit of advice is that we suggest you save your project at the end of each movie, so you can jump back in at any time exactly where you left off.
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