Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding layers, part of Cinema 4D and After Effects: Integration.
Okay. Here is the solid that was created for the box group and notice that Cinema…even gave the solid the same name as that group that I applied the Compositing tag too, very handy.…Now to place this footage exactly where this solid is, I will select both my…target and the footage I want to swap in.…I can do one of two things.…I can hold down Option on Mac, or Alt on Windows, drag down in my timeline…panel and it will automatically swap in for me, or the other shortcut is to…have these two footage item selected, hold down Command+Option on Mac,…Ctrl+Alt on Windows and hit the Forward Slash and that will also do the…replacement for me, very cool.…
There is something else very important to note here.…Note that this layer that I have added in After Effects needs to have its 3D…layer switch enabled.…That way, it will capture any effects of the cameras and lights, which have been…brought into this new project.…However, notice that any renders that came out of Cinema 4D do not have the…3D layer switch set.…
Chris Meyer—a long-time user of both programs—explains how to move 3D worlds from Maxon's CINEMA 4D into Adobe's After Effects and add additional 3D elements that blend perfectly. Chris shows how to transfer 3D cameras, lights, and position data from CINEMA 4D to After Effects; create track mattes to composite new elements into the middle of a scene; and take advantage of multi-pass rendering to quickly remix and even recolor lights, shadows, reflections, and more. Paced comfortably for beginners, this course also reveals numerous advanced tricks and techniques, such as the use of blending modes and how to cast shadows from new 3D layers in After Effects onto rendered 3D elements from CINEMA 4D. Exercise files accompany this course.
- Locating objects for export from CINEMA 4D
- Adding layers to a composition after importing into After Effects
- Separating lights in CINEMA 4D and remixing in After Effects
- Understanding the problems with shadows during integration
- Refining 3D shadows in After Effects