Sunday, July 27, 2014

How to Use Cinema 4D Lite in After Effects CC


  • Maxon Cinema 4D Lite is an industry standard 3D and Animation Creation Software.
  • Comes free with Adobe After Effects CC.
  • Can only be activated from within After Effects.
  • (Note: After Effects is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription)
  • One heck of a learning curve for a newbie.
  • Maxon has 4 Cinema 4D products: http://www.maxon.net/products.html
    • Cinema 4D Studio (about US$3,700)
    • Cinema 4D Broadcast  (about US$1,700)
    • Cinema 4D Prime  (about US$1,000)
    • Cinema 4D Visualize  (about US$2,300) - for Architects
  • Cinema 4D Lite is very similar to Cinema 4D Prime, but with some features missing and 2 features extra:
    • Fracture - break objects into parts.
    • Effectors - add effects to the above broken parts.
    • (Note: Must register online to get the 2 extra features)l
  • HoEw to add and edit an existing Cinema 4D file?
    • Import a Cinema 4D file.
    • Make a comp with the file.
    • Use Effects Control panel to tweak effects.
    • Note: On the timeline, the Cinema 4D file is not a 3D file, but a 2D file.
    • To edit the Cinema 4D file, go to main menu > Edit > Edit Original.
    • Whatever changes you make in Cinema 4D Lite will show up in After Effects.
  • How to create a new Cinema 4D file from scratch?
    • Go to main menu > File > New > MAXON CINEMA 4D File...
    • Name your file and select folder to save in.
    • The Cinema 4D edit panel will open up.
    • Try to add a shape, reposition it, colour it...
    • Click Save.
    • Go back to After Effects and find the 3D file in the Project panel.
  • Projects are saved as .c4d files.