Intro

In this tutorial, you’ll composite a 3D object created in Cinema 4D into an After Effects composition using the included CineWare plugin.

After Effects CC comes with a ‘lite’ version of Cinema 4D, so if you don’t have a full version installed, it makes it easy to model and edit 3D objects to add to your scene.

This tutorial is part of Angie’s series looking at intermediate to advanced After Effects techniques. They’re based around a music-led advertising project inspired by an old trick her Grandad used to do with a five-pound note. He would fold the paper in such a way that when titled it would make the Queen’s face happy or sad. You can see how the trick appears here.

For this tutorial, you’re using this idea in After Effects to create an ad for a hair product. The idea is to create a Sad Hair/Happy Hair scenario where magical – and unfortunately fictitious – hair product Happy Hair cheers up your drab barnet.

In the first part, Angie created the concertina effect on our 3D layers using a combination of parenting and expressions. In the second part, she sequenced a series of comps using markers and clever scripts.

This project is based around the audio track Pages, by up-and-coming electronic act Lifecycle (which features the bass skills of Digital Arts’ own Letitia Austin).

Software needed

Adobe After Effects CC; Maxon Cinema 4D Lite

Time taken

2 hours

Project Files

(it’s free!)