Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the plain effector to offset the text, part of After Effects Apprentice: 18 3D Text Cinema 4D Lite.
- [Voiceover] We have our text extruded as a model…and broken into individual characters.…Now I need to push these characters around…to create my animation, and the object that pushes…things around in Cinema 4D is known as an effector.…The full version of MoGraph that comes…with the full version of Cinema 4D has lots of effectors,…but even in Cinema 4D Lite, you get a couple good ones.…I'll click on MoGraph and choose Effector, Plain.…You'll see we also have a Random choice.…Plain is kind of misnamed…because it's actually very powerful.…
It's just not tricky like something…that randomizes characters.…So, with my Fracture Object selected,…I'll add MoGraph, Effector, Plain,…and you'll see that the text immediately jumped up,…indicating it's being pushed around by this plain effector.…If your text did not jump up,…you might have forgotten to select Fracture…when you added the plain effector.…That's easy enough to fix. You just select Fracture,…go underneath its Effectors tab,…and add Plain underneath here just by…
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.
- Extruding 3D text and Illustrator artwork
- Beveling letters
- Creating animations using the Fracture object and plain effector
- Texturing and lighting
- Adding a camera move in After Effects
- Using multipass renders
- Simulating glass-like effect distortions
- Improving render quality