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Up and Running with CINEMA 4D Lite for After Effects

Course Summary

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

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    Course Syllabus

    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
    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
    Applying a custom material
    Making a metallic material
    Adding an 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

Course Fee:
USD 25

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9 - 10 hours / week

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