Motion Sketch After Effects and Cappucino in Maxon Cinema 4D are similar because they are both methods of capturing motion to speed up animation workflow and add organic movement to your objects. These are both built-in features of their respective hosts, so you don’t need to buy any third party plug-ins to do this. Below is the quick tip/tutorial from Joren at The Pixel Lab that walks users how to use both Cappucino and Motion Sketch.
C4D and AE Tutorial: Cappucino and Motion Sketch for Automated Animation from The Pixel Lab on Vimeo.
After Effects Motion Sketch
Motion Sketch is a cool feature in After Effects that has been there for at least a decade, but some newer users may not even realize that it’s there. With it, users to sketch a motion path in After Effects by recording the movements of the mouse or stylus. Then, this position keyframe data can be applied it to a layer, mask, or other elements. To learn more, check out Sketch a motion path with Motion Sketch from Adobe After Effects Help, which is about 1/6 of the way down the page.
Here are some other tutorials that use Motion Sketch.
Maxon Cinema 4D Cappucino
To capture your animation in Maxon Cinema 4D, you’ll want to use Cappucino, which is under Character > Manager > Cappucino. By the way, if you don’t own Cinema 4D, you can download a free trial here.
Joren at The Pixel Lab has created a cool hydraulic robot arm, which you can download for free. You’ll first need to register for the Pixel Lab newsletter, which always has something new and fun. They always giving something away, so it’s totally worth it to register.
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