Focal Press Book: After Effects and Cinema 4D Lite: 3D Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Using CINEWARE

Focal Press Book: After Effects and Cinema 4D Lite: 3D Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Using CINEWARE

Focal Press Book: After Effects and Cinema 4D Lite: 3D Motion Graphics and Visual Effects Using CINEWARE

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  • Author: Chris Jackson
  • Paperback: 302 Pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Publication Date: September 9, 2014
  • Integrating CINEMA 4D & After Effects
  • Modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite
  • Importing 3D Models in After Effects
  • Tracking 3D Motion in After Effects
  • Compositing with CINEWARE
  • Companion Website with Project Files
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After Effects and Cinema 4D Lite from Focal Press covers the integration of CINEMA 4D within Adobe After Effects using the CINEWARE plug-in and free CINEMA 4D Lite. The CINEMA 4D plug-in offers a wide assortment of new 3D tools and options that were previously difficult or nearly impossible to achieve in After Effects alone. In this book author Chris Jackson demonstrates how the new 3D workflow bridges the two application together to take your designs and motion graphics to the next level. Hands-on exercises teach you essential production skills including modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite, importing 3D models and motion tracking them within After Effects, and compositing with the CINEWARE plug-in. Additionally, it covers using MoGraph features in CINEMA 4D and techniques for rendering and optimizing your graphics. A companion website features project files and videos showcasing the techniques covered in the book.

Author Bio
Chris Jackson is an author, designer, and professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He lectures and conducts workshops relating to interaction design and motion graphics, and his professional work has received over 25 distinguished national and international awards for online communication. He continues to publish and present his research and professional work at Adobe MAX Creativity Conference, ACM SIGGRAPH, and the Society for Technical Communication (STC). Chris is also the author of Flash + After Effects, Second Edition (Focal Press, 2010), Flash Cinematic Techniques (Focal Press, 2010), and co-author of Flash 3D: Animation, Interactivity, and Games (Focal Press 2006).

Chapter 1: Getting Started in CINEMA 4D
What is CINEMA 4D Lite and CINEWARE?
Creating a CINEMA 4D File
Modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite
Applying Materials in CINEMA 4D Lite
Moving Around in CINEMA 4D Lite
Adding Lights in CINEMA 4D Lite
Animating in CINEMA 4D Lite
Rendering in After Effects

Chapter 2: Modeling in CINEMA 4D
The CINEMA 4D Workflow
Modeling with Primitives
Generating Objects with NURBS
Defining Surface Properties
Lighting a Scene
Working with Cameras
Adding Visual Effects and Rendering

Chapter 3: 3D Camera Tracking and Compositing with CINEWARE
CINEWARE Render Settings
Using the 3D Camera Tracker in After Effects
Compositing a 3D Object with CINEWARE
Exporting a CINEMA 4D file from After Effects
Using a Null and Camera Objects in CINEMA 4D

Chapter 4: Casting Shadows Using Layers with CINEWARE
Lights and Shadows in CINEMA 4D
Creating a Shadow Catcher in After Effects
Adding Shadows in CINEMA 4D
Setting Up Layers and Compositing Tags
Compositing Layers with CINEWARE

Chapter 5: Lighting Effects
Seeing the Light
Adding Volumetric Lighting
Mixing Color with Lights
Combining 2D and 3D Effects

Chapter 6: Materials and Shaders in Motion
What are Shaders?
Using Volumetric Shaders
Product Placement with Alpha Channels
Animating Materials with Noise Shaders
Optimizing a CINEMA 4D Scene

Chapter 7: Working with Cameras in CINEMA 4D and CINEWARE
Cameras in CINEMA 4D and CINEWARE
Using Camera Layers in After Effects
Attaching a Target Camera to a Spline
Controlling Multiple Cameras in CINEWARE
Adding a Stage Object to Change Cameras

Chapter 8: Multi-Pass Rendering with CINEWARE
Rendering in CINEMA 4D Lite
Creating Shadows with Ambient Occlusion
Setting Up Multi-Pass Rendering
Adding an Object Buffer
Combining Multi-Pass Layers in CINEWARE

Chapter 9: Beyond CINEMA 4D Lite
Upgrading from CINEMA 4D Lite
Modeling with Points. Edges, and Polygons
Exploring MoGraph Objects in CINEMA 4D
Animating with Sound Effectors
Adding Dynamics to a Scene

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Author Chris Jackson
Format Paperback
Pages 302
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published September 9, 2014
ISBN-13 9781138777934
Packaging Infoxqxrtfaqtrxdcyxbbceedbfedzwttvdyaadx
Package Weight 1.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.8"

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