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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
Skill Level Intermediate
And now you should have a good grasp of the core concepts you need to master to integrate a 3D world from Cinema 4D into the world of After Effects. Not only does it make it easy for you to set up things like Camera data, null objects or solids for where you want to place new objects in After Effects, create mattes to mask out those objects, do multi-pass renders and a few other tricks like setting up the shadow catchers I just showed you. It makes really easy in that it puts it all into an After Effects project for you with the layers already in place.
It makes it much faster to get going and start adding any elements that you need. As part of this, I do want to thank Adobe for After Effects, Maxon for lending Cinema 4D and also for iStockphoto who also gave us the textures and videos that you are using in this tutorial. Hope you find it useful. Look forward to creating some more tutorials for you in the future. Have fun!
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