Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Remixing lights in After Effects, part of Cinema 4D and After Effects: Integration.
Once the render is done in Cinema 4D, you can to return to After…Effects and in this case, we're not going to bother with the video, so just…start with the blank project.…Again, do Command+I on Mac or Ctrl+I on Windows to Import your Cinema render.…Let's go to the Project we just created.…It's in Chapter 4/Cinema/separate light renders and there is our .aec, which…Cinema created for us.…So I'll select that and do Open.…Take a second to think about it, because it's a more complex project. Twirl it down.…
Now we see not only do we have our Ambient and Reflection passes, and Special…Passes of our normal background and our object buffer,…we now have folders for each of our lights that were rendered in Cinema, and…inside each of those folders is a pre- composition for that light, I'll open this…up a little bit more.…And then the separate Diffuse, Shadow and the Specular highlights, which you can't…see in this render, for each of the lights.…
Let's go ahead and open up our big composite.…Again, on this project, I just use a null object instead of the solid for where…
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