Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Refining the composite, part of Cinema 4D and After Effects: Integration.
The first thing I notice is that this video is looking a bit underlit.…It could be brighter.…Well, there's a few different ways of improving this.…First off, I could go to my main key light, press T reveal its intensity and…crank it up until it illuminates the video more to my liking, because after all,…this video is now a 3D layer in After Effects.…It's affected by these 3D lights and these lights are a copy of the lights that…existed inside Cinema.…So, that's one way.…Another approach is to select the video itself and change how it reacts to lights.…
I will press AA to reveal its 3D specific parameters, namely it's Material Options.…I will scroll down so I get to see them all.…The default settings for Diffuse and Specular are 50%, which is frankly a bit underlit.…So, they're doing this so you don't over- light a scene, but it's underlit in most cases.…So, if you like, you can increase the Diffuse reaction and Specular reaction…to get the brightness back up to where you want it to be so the video looks…
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