CINEMA 4D + After Effects Integration - Overview

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Learn how to move 3D worlds from Maxon CINEMA 4D into Adobe After Effects and add additional 3D elements that blend together perfectly. Chris Meyer - a long-time user of both programs - shows how to transfer 3D cameras, lights, and position data from C4D to AE, 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 those new to this process, Chris 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 already-rendered 3D elements from CINEMA 4D. Comes with CINEMA 4D and After Effects project files, which can be found in the installation movie - number 2 in the series.

CINEMA 4D + After Effects Integration:

18 movies + Exercise Files:

Overview 3:19
Installing the Plug-in 1:43

1. Out of CINEMA 4D
Object Locations 5:58
Object Mattes 2:58
Save+Render 6:01

2. Into After Effects
Preparing the Project 7:02
Adding Layers 5:37
Refining the Composite 6:21
Rendering for Video 4:06

3. Multi-Pass Renders
Multi-Pass in C4D 3:51
Blending the Passes in AE 7:01

4. Remixing Lights
Separating Lights in C4D 3:45
Remixing Lights in AE 5:05

5. Shadow Catchers
Shadow Problem 2:25
Catcher Locations in C4D 7:23
Catching Shadows in AE 8:09
Refining the Shadows 5:50

Wrap-Up & Credits 0:57