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Mograph Techniques: Mixing 2D and 3D with After Effects and Cinema 4D

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Create 3D objects in CINEMA 4D and seamlessly composite them inside a 2D project in After Effects, using the CINEWARE plugin.

Mixing 2D and 3D elements from CINEMA 4D and After Effects is a snap with CINEWARE. In this installment of Mograph Techniques, EJ Hassenfratz shows you a workflow for creating 3D objects in C4D and seamlessly compositing them inside a 2D project in After Effects, while using the CINEWARE plugin. He starts off in C4D, preparing the 3D objects and materials and giving them a basic "2D" look, before showing off more creative techniques for emulating a 2D style with bend deformers and Spline Wraps. Then he explores how to use the Dynamics and MoGraph modules to add real-world physics and animation to your objects. Finally, EJ shows you how to composite everything, 3D and 2D elements alike, in After Effects using CINEWARE.


  • Welcome
  • Choosing the right version of CINEMA 4D
  • Using the exercise files
1. 2D/3D Workflow Setup
  • Looking at the animation goal
  • Adding materials, cameras, and lights to the scene
2. Bending Objects with Spline Wrap
  • Creating a ribbon animation as a transition
  • Using Bend deformers
  • Using the Spline shader to add text to the ribbon texture
3. Using Dynamics and MoGraph
  • Applying dynamics to text
  • Creating a cube transition with MoGraph
  • Making a 3D globe animation
4. Using CINEWARE to Work with C4D Projects in After Effects
  • Preparing to import into After Effects using CINEWARE
  • Importing CINEWARE layers into After Effects
  • Using multipasses
  • Extracting 3D scene data
  • Next steps

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EJ Hassenfratz

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