Adobe After Effects CC

How to insert 3D objects

Learn how to create photorealistic visual content by inserting 3D objects directly into After Effects compositions using the Live 3D Pipeline with the included Maxon Cinema 4D Lite. (Try it, 8 min)

FromMaxim Jago

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Adobe After Effects CC includes a fully integrated 3D pipeline between After Effects and Maxon Cinema 4D Lite that motion graphic artists and animators can use to insert 3D objects directly into an After Effects scene without pre-rendering passes or complicated file exchanges.

Learn how easy it is to import a 3D object created in Cinema 4D Lite into a composition in After Effects. Any adjustments made to the object in Cinema 4D appear automatically in the After Effects composition.

Download the sample files and try it out for yourself.

Get tracking points (1:10); Set ground and solid (1:55); Open Cinema 4D Lite (3:05); Load C4D file (6:30)

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Maxim Jago

Maxim is a media trainer, presenter, award-winning writer, film director, and Adobe Master Trainer who has trained a variety of audiences around the world. Visit his website at maximjago.com.


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