Cinema 4D files imported into After Effects CC 2014 are not timed properly


When working with Cinema 4D files that use the external compositing tag within After Effects CC 2014, non-linear animation created with Spline type keyframes does not match the timing displayed inside Cinema 4D.

Solution - Update to Adobe After Effects 13.1 or later

If you are still having difficulties, you can try these two workarounds.  If these workarounds do not help, please contact support for further troubleshooting.

First Workaround: Edit compositing information in After Effects

Use After Effects 12.2 (CC) to extract the compositing information from
the C4D file, then open that saved project file inside of After Effects
CC 2014.

Second Workaround: Use C4DImporter plugin within retail version of Cinema 4D


This solution requires that you have a full retail version of Cinema 4D r14 or r15.

To prepare, you must install the C4DImporter plugin available from Maxon. To get this plugin, go to this page On that page, click on the link that reads “Plugins for After Effects CC <> CINEMA 4D R14/R15 connection."

The plugin should be installed in the main After Effects plugin directory or under plugins/Maxon Cineware AE

  • (Windows) Program Files\Adobe\Adobe After Effects CC 2014\Support Files\Plug-ins
  • (Mac OS) Applications/Adobe After Effects CC 2014\Plug-ins

To use the plugin

  1. Inside Cinema 4D, click on Render Settings

  2. In Render Settings, click the Output subgroup.

  3. Make sure Frame Range is set to All Frames.

  4. Make sure Save is checked and click the Save subgroup.

  5. Under Regular Images, make sure Save is checked

  6. Click File… and put in a filename and location to store a workaround file

  7. Under Compositing Project File, make sure Save is checked.

  8. Make sure Target Application is set to After Effects

  9. Check Include 3D Data

  10. Click Save Project File...

  11. Save the AEC project file

  12. Inside After Effects, Import the AEC project file.

    This will create two folders, a Solids folder and a Folder named for the File name you selected in step 6.

  13. Open the Folder name you chose in Step 6, and open the composition.

  14. Copy any Solids or Nulls from this composition into your main composition.


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