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Learning Cinema 4D Lite for After Effects

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Overview

Build a complete 3D motion graphics sequence in CINEMA 4D Lite, the introductory version of CINEMA 4D included with After Effects CC.

Intimidated by 3D modeling packages? Dip a toe in the water with CINEMA 4D (C4D) Lite, a slimmed down version of CINEMA 4D included with After Effects CC. Motion graphics designer Angie Taylor shows you how to build a complete sequence in C4D Lite, progressing from initial object modeling, to animation, lighting, camera rigging, texturing, and final render. Plus, learn to animate text, create random movement with wiggle expressions, track cameras in live-action footage to add new 3D elements, and light your scene. Angie also round-trips the project files to After Effects for visual effects and color correction. With over 100 videos, this course allows you to explore almost every aspect of 3D motion graphics creation, within this accessible introductory tool.

Syllabus

Introduction
  • Welcome
1. What Is CINEMA 4D Lite?
  • What is CINEMA 4D Lite?
  • What CINEMA 4D Lite can't do
  • Opening CINEMA 4D Lite in After Effects
  • Quick interface tour
  • Navigation tips for CINEMA 4D Lite
  • CINEMA 4D Lite preferences and settings
  • Checking out the new CINEWARE features with After Effects CC 2014.1
2. CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects CC Workflow
  • Importing CINEMA 4D files in After Effects
  • The CINEWARE plugin settings
  • CINEMA 4D Lite render settings
  • After Effects project settings
  • After Effects previewing tips
  • Using the Picture Viewer in CINEMA 4D
3. Modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Editing primitive objects
  • The Move and Scale tools
  • The Rotate tool
  • Axis limitations
  • Working cylinders
  • Linking body parts using object hierarchy
  • Spline modeling with Sweep NURBS
  • Adjusting NURBS settings
  • Using nulls as controllers
  • Creating copies with the Instance array
  • Carving shapes with the Boole array
  • Reshaping objects with deformers
  • Adding surface detail with a Relief object
4. Animating in CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Understanding coordinates
  • Understanding rotation
  • Timeline shortcuts
  • Basic keyframing of properties
  • Copying keyframes
  • Keyframe interpolation
  • Adjusting F-Curves
  • Holding values
  • Using XPresso to link properties: Part one
  • Using XPresso to link properties: Part two
  • Importing existing animations into CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Animating cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Animating using presets
5. Working with Cameras in After Effects CC and CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Importing music and soundtracks
  • Customizing commands and shortcuts
  • Adding markers
  • Creating multiple cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Cutting between CINEMA 4D cameras with CINEWARE
  • Creating cameras in After Effects
  • Merging 3D camera data into CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Animating cameras with Stage objects
  • Extracting cameras from CINEMA 4D files
6. Working with Text in After Effects CC and CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Adding CINEMA 4D text to After Effects comps
  • Formatting text in CINEMA 4D
  • Creating CINEMA 4D text or logos in Illustrator
  • Importing Illustrator text into CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Applying material presets to text
  • Merging CINEMA 4D files
  • Registering CINEMA 4D Lite for MoGraph features
  • Using MoGraph Fracture on text
  • The MoGraph Random Effector
7. Scripting and Expressions in CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Creating a wiggle expression
  • The Reset Position script
8. Materials and Textures in CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Introduction to materials
  • Custom materials
  • Metallic material
  • Environment channel
  • Adding texture with shaders
  • Built-in material presets
  • Combining materials
  • Using selection sets to isolate surfaces
9. Creating Environments in After Effects CC
  • 3D camera tracking in After Effects
  • Creating nulls from tracking points
  • Adjusting the Shadow Catcher for CINEMA 4D
  • Importing a CINEMA 4D file into a scene
  • Exporting CINEMA 4D files from After Effects comps
  • Merging objects from CINEMA 4D files
  • Manually adjusting scenes between apps
10. Layer-Based Compositing with CINEWARE
  • Setting up layers in CINEMA 4D
  • Compositing CINEMA 4D layers in After Effects
  • Casting shadows on layers in CINEWARE
  • Adding reflections in CINEMA 4D
11. Lighting Your Scene with CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Using preset lighting setups
  • Light types in CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Creating visible lights
  • Adding ambient occlusion effects
  • Optimizing your CINEMA 4D scenes
12. Multipass Compositing with CINEWARE
  • Multipass compositing explained
  • Adding passes to render settings
  • Viewing passes in the Picture Viewer
  • Adding object buffers
  • External compositing tags in CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Previewing and experimenting with passes
  • CINEWARE multipass options
  • Adjusting reflections
  • Isolating elements with object buffers
13. Visual Effects with After Effects CC
  • Extracting 3D scene data
  • Adding video elements to a CINEMA 4D scene
  • Working with proxies
  • Color correction of shadows
  • Layer styles
  • Adjustment layers
  • Setting up depth of field in CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Adding depth of field with camera lens blur
  • Speed ramps with time remapping
  • Motion blur with the Pixel Motion Blur effect
14. Rendering in After Effects CC and Media Encoder
  • Rendering with the After Effects Render Queue
  • Background rendering with Adobe Media Encoder
  • The BG Renderer script

Taught by

Angie Taylor

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