Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing the CINEMA 4D plug-in into After Effects, part of Cinema 4D and After Effects: Integration.
Cinema 4D can export a special format After Effects project, which you can then…import into After Effects. For that to happen, you need to install a plug-in.…To find that plug-in, when you installed in Cinema 4D, you'll find a folder…called Exchange Plugins.…Go underneath the aftereffects folder, choose the one appropriate for your…operating system, for example, I am on OS X. CS3-CS4 is the version of After…Effects I am using, and then I have a zip archive that I can double-click and decompress.…
Next, I need to install that plug-in into After Effects.…So I go to my After Effects folder, open up Plug-ins, go to Format and drag the…C4D.plugin into my After Effects Plug-ins Format folder.…Next time I start After Effects, I can now import those special projects that…Cinema 4D can export.…Now if you have an older version of Cinema 4D or After Effects, or you just want…to make sure you have the latest version of the plug-in,…you can also download it online.…
Go to the maxon.net website, click on Downloads, go to Updates, click on Plugins…
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