Maxon on Wednesday announced the release of Cinema 4D Exchange for After Effects CS3, a free file exchange plug-in for users who depend on both software applications. It's available for both Mac and Windows.

Cinema 4D is Maxon's 3D animation software that provides modelling, texturizing, animating and rendering capabilities. The plug-in enables file exchange between Cinema 4D and After Effects CS3, for users who want to do 2D and 3D element combination in post production.

The plug-in merges individually rendered passes made in Cinema 4D, such as shadows, reflections and highlights. It also imports camera and light information, along with object position data.

The plug-in is a Universal binary.