Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Blending the passes in After Effects, part of Cinema 4D and After Effects: Integration.
I'm back here in After Effects.…If you've downloaded the project files that came with this training, go ahead…and do Command+O or Ctrl+O to open.…Go up to Chapter 3 folder/After Effects/videowall composite3_starter.…Open up and that brings in the same two video sources we had earlier to play with.…Now, I want to import my multi- pass render and again, it's important.…You don't do O to Open, but you do Command+I or Ctrl+I to Import a Cinema .aec file.…
Command+I, I'm going to go to my multipass renders folder. There is my .aec file.…You see all of these other layers.…Videowall.mov is my normal render but there is the ambient, diffuse,…object buffer, reflection, rgb, which is redundant to the whole render,…shadow and specular.…So, I'm going to go ahead and import just the aec and it will bring in all of…those other special passes for me.…Here is my videowall object.…There is my normal render.…Here is the RGB render, but also inside the videowall folder, I have my ambient,…diffuse, reflection, shadow and specular properties.…
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