Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video The problem with shadows, part of Cinema 4D and After Effects: Integration.
So after you've learned all of these techniques, the day will come when you are…going to create a nice room in Cinema, you are going to export everything…correctly into After Effects,…you are going to add a 3D layer in After Effects and you are going to go,…"Something is wrong, something is missing."…Well namely, there's no shadows in this scene.…This text is not casting any shadows on this floor or back wall.…Before you panic, there are a few things you should check out first in After…Effects, because shadows are a little bit tricky.…First off, you need to make sure that your lights have been set to Casts Shadows,…that this little check mark is on, but as I go through my lights, I am finding…that Cast Shadows is turned on for all my lights. Okay.…
Ah! Well the second problem is is that layers themselves default to not casting shadows.…So I will select my 3D layer, type AA and look at Casts Shadows, oh, I have set…that On and I am still not getting shadows.…Hm. Let's twirl that up.…Okay, well the third possible problem, it's rare but it can happen, is that the…
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