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After Effects Featured Tutorial

Welcome to After Effects: Animation, Pre-Compositing, and Nesting

“This 10-part series has been designed to help anyone starting out in the world of After Effects. In this episode, we’ll take a look at the various animation tools and how to activate animation for layer and effects properties. We’ll check out the Puppet Pin Tool and explore how it can be used to bring a still asset to life. Then we will take a look at Pre-composing layers and why this is important in After Effects. Finally, we’ll cover nested compositions and how to use them for more efficient workflows. enjoy…” – Dave Scotland

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After Effects CINEMA 4D Editing Tutorial

Cineware Extravaganza!

What is CINEMA 4D Lite and CINEWARE?

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“MAXON CINEMA 4D is one of the leading 3D software packages used today to create stunning 3D motion graphics, product visualizations, video game assets, and much more. It provides an intuitive, user-friendly interface and set of tools for 3D modeling, texturing, lighting, animation, and rendering. After Effects CC now includes a Lite version of CINEMA 4D that can advance your skill sets in motion graphics and visual effects in a new dimension.

How can CINEMA 4D do this? After Effects provides limited 3D capabilities. In fact, After Effects has supported 2.5D in several versions. This acts as a hybrid between the 2D and 3D worlds. In After Effects you place a 2D object in 3D space by turning on its layer’s 3D switch. Even though the layer can now be positioned and rotated in 3D space, it still remains a flat 2D object (below).” – MasteringFilm

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Modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite

“The first step in a 3D modeling workflow is the creation of a model. Basically, a model is a collection of 3D objects arranged together in a scene. CINEMA 4D provides a set of objects to start the 3D modeling process. In this exercise you will build 3D text using a spline object and a NURB generator.

Splines are vertices (dots) connected by lines in 3D space. A spline has no three-dimensional depth, but with the combination of NURBS you can create complex 3D objects. NURBS are generators. Common types of NURBS are extrude, lathe, loft, and sweep. For this exercise, you will use an extruded NURB. An extruded NURB takes a two-dimensional spline – a letter form – and extends the shape along a path creating a solid object.” – MasteringFilm

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Cinema 4D and After Effects Interaction: Exploring Cineware

“My name is Dorian Heller and I’m Seattle-based motion designer and visual fx artist. I’ve done work for Microsoft and several other companies with deadline driven deliverables. Therefore, it’s imperative for my work to look professional and also be efficient. This can mean looking at tools in my freetime that speed up my workflow and give me more creative choices. In this series of articles, I’ll talk more about the interaction of Cinema 4D and After Effects, and also industry news related to both softwares.

Learning 3D is an intriguing prospect, but it can sometimes be hard to implement and can be difficult to use in a modern workflow. Cinema 4D and After Effects are two great applications that recently became the best pipeline of getting 3D assets into After Effects.

Cineware is an effect in After Effects that imports Cinema 4D files (.c4d) directly into After Effects. This means that you can get real 3D objects into After Effects. 3D can be a grueling (if not daunting) to use; especially with all of its technological intricacies. Prior to Cineware, rendering images out of Cinema 4D was not just a pain with tons of files, if there were any changes that needed to be made, you had to go back and re-render everything. Cineware takes this process, and not only converts it to two files, a .aep, and .c4d, but also helps us make our creative decisions faster. You no longer have to render out many passes and then manually insert them into your timeline. Cineware makes 3D inside of After Effects a lot easier.

Cineware comes free with a subscription to the Creative Cloud from Adobe. When you download After Effects, you will also be downloading Cinema 4D Lite and Cineware. With Cinema 4D Lite, the only way to launch the software is through After Effects. If you have a premade Cinema 4D file, you can load that directly into After Effects, like you would any footage, photoshop files, or any other asset you may have. Once it’s loaded in, and you put it into it’s own composition, it will automatically have the Cineware effect placed on it. Cineware is actually using the Cinema 4D renderer inside of After Effects to show you real 3D depth.

In addition to Cineware, Maxon also released Cinema 4D Lite, (which is included with a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud). Cinema 4D Lite, has everything the full versions have with the exception of a few more advanced features. This integration between Cinema 4D and After Effects saves you time and creates an easier bridge from the 3D world and After Effects.

Cineware 2.0 just dropped in the latest version of After Effects, 13.1. It has some great new features. John Dickinson from Motionworks has a great video showing what’s new in Cineware 2.0. For very in depth tutorials on Cineware and Cinema 4D, check out Cineversity and Greyscale Gorilla.

Now I’d like to show you Cineware 2.0 in a real world project. I have an example logo in a Photoshop file I created and I’m going to incorporate them into a 3D stylized logo, and then bring those assets into After Effects for compositing.” – Dorian Heller

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Getting Started Creating 2D Style 3D Animations With After Effects and Cineware

“Mt. Mograph’s Matt Jylkka gets you started creating 3D object animations that look like 2D artwork in After Effects.” – Lester Banks

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After Effects Featured Preset

Ouroboros: Free After Effects Presets for Infographics

“I just found this crazy free After Effects preset called Ouroboros. It’s incredibly useful for infographics, which I’ve been doing a lot of lately. It’s based on shape layers and has a ton of sliders you can modify to come up with really creative and easy animations. Just do yourself a favor and watch their demo video, then go grab this tool for your arsenal.” – Joren Kandel | The Pixel Lab

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Editing Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro Keyboard Shortcuts: The Ultimate Layout

“Keyboard shortcuts allow the film editor to cut faster and more efficiently. By mapping the most frequently used commands to specific keystrokes…the editor can focus on the storytelling and not waste time mousing all over the screen.

Editing requires repeating actions thousands of times a day so why not make it as easy as possible for yourself? All NLEs come with built in keyboard layouts but each one is different and none of them include ALL the possible commands. Thankfully, my good friend and Emmy-winning editor Dylan Osborn has created two FREE custom Premiere Pro layouts that cover all the bases!” – Vashi Nedomansky 

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