Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing the project, part of Cinema 4D and After Effects: Integration.
Okay, now that we have rendered our project from Cinema, including all that…extra data such as the cameras, the lights and on solids showing where the…face video wall is,…let's go ahead and work on those layers inside After Effects.…First off, make sure you install the Cinema 4D plug-in, like we discussed back in introduction.…If you've downloaded the files that along with this training, go ahead and open…Chapter 2 > After Effects > videowall composite_starter.…The reason to start with that is we already have a couple pieces of video for…you, courtesy of iStock, which we will be including on our video wall.…
Next, to add your Cinema 4D project, you don't use Open, you use Import.…You need to import the special .aec file that Cinema 4D creates.…So I will do Command+I in Mac, Ctrl+I in Windows, select the videowall renders…folder that we created and inside you'll see created a videowall.aec project for…us, along with these different layers that it rendered.…So, I will select that project and click Open.…
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