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CINEMA 4D: Designing a Promo

Course Summary

  Shows how to create a 15-second promotional video that looks and feels like a professional advertisement.   


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    Course Syllabus

     

     
    Introduction
    Welcome
    Using the exercise files
    Overview of the project template
    1. Planning a Project
    Creative brief
    Sketches and script
    Understanding the graphic animation process
    2. Animatics: Timing Out an Animation
    Understanding the animatic process
    Importing sketches into After Effects
    Timing out the animation
    Adding onscreen timecode for reference
    3. Creating Cameramatic Elements for Rough Placement
    Creating text and logo elements in Adobe Illustrator
    Importing Illustrator elements into Cinema 4D
    Creating guide planes for modeling a rough shark
    Creating a rough shark model
    Preparing a dummy rig using a Spline Wrap object
    4. Cameramatics: Blocking in Rough Animation
    Setting up a project file for the cameramatic
    Animating the rough shark using the Spline Wrap object
    Animating the camera
    Duplicating an animated rough model to create a school of sharks
    Creating a preview movie and importing it into After Effects
    Assembling the cameramatic
    Fine-tuning the cameramatic timing
    5. Modeling a Shark
    Preparing for the modeling process
    Outlining the shapes using the Knife tool
    Creating the mouth using the Extrude tool
    Adding eyes using the Symmetry object
    Creating fins using the Extrude tool
    Creating the tail and dorsal fins using the Extrude tool
    Creating gums using the Symmetry object
    Creating teeth and finalizing the model
    6. Rigging the Model for Animation
    Understanding the rigging process
    Opening the shark mouth using the Morph tag
    Using XPresso to link the jaw to the Morph animation
    7. Texturing the Model
    Using BodyPaint to prepare the model for texturing
    Applying color to the shark using BodyPaint
    Giving the shark character by painting in the diffusion channel
    Roughing the surface using the bump channel
    Texturing the eyes
    Texturing the teeth and gums
    8. Creating the Final Animation
    Replacing the rough shark model in the intro shot with the finished model
    Replacing the rough shark model in the transition shot
    Replacing the rough shark model in the hero shot
    Replacing the rough shark model in the end page shot
    Updating the cameramatic with the final animation
    9. Lighting and Shading
    Creating an underwater look using Global Illumination and atmosphere
    Lighting the objects and creating shadows
    Shading the text using materials
    Creating a reflective floor for the underwater scene
    Lighting shot 1: Copying and pasting a lighting setup from another project
    Lighting shot 2: Pasting a lighting setup and making adjustments
    Lighting shot 4: Separate elements in a shot (the shark)
    Lighting shot 4: Separate elements in a shot (the text)
    10. Rendering for After Effects
    Preparing shot 1 for rendering to After Effects
    Preparing shot 2 for rendering by saving and using render presets
    Preparing shot 3 for rendering
    Setting up shot 4 to render in two passes
    Performing a preflight check to ensure clips are ready to render
    Batch-rendering
    11. Compositing in After Effects
    Importing assets and setting up the After Effects project for final compositing
    The intro shot: Using Photoshop elements and noise effects to add atmosphere
    The intro shot: Compositing in stock video footage to add character
    The intro shot: Adding text elements to the composite
    The hero shot: Controlling the look using precomps
    The hero shot: Using stock video footage to add character
    The end page shot: Combining multiple passes to form a final composite shot
    The end page shot: Adding text elements to the composite
    Compositing the transition shots
    Assembling the final composition
    Adding the final audio to the composition and rendering
    Conclusion
    Goodbye
     


Course Fee:
USD 25

Course Type:

Self-Study

Course Status:

Active

Workload:

7 - 8 hours / week

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