Cinema 4D Lite Tutorial: Lesson 3 – The Cineware Plugin, Pt 1


By Kevin P. McAuliffe (doddleNEWS)

In our last lesson, in our look at Cinema 4D Lite, we talked about the easiest way to create .C4D files to work with inside of After Effects (click here for the lesson). In the next few lessons, I want to talk about the “bridge effect,” which will let you add Cinema 4D files to your After Effects compositions, and that is the Cineware plugin.

Cineware is what makes the link between Cinema 4D and After Effects possible. What you might not be aware of is the fact that you can, now, actually import any .C4D file into After Effects, to use directly in your compositions. Simply import, drop into your composition, and you’re all set to go.

Once the .C4D file has been dropped into your composition, a new effect is immediately applied to your clip, and that is the Cineware effect. This is letting your 3D model be not only visible, but able to be manipulated by After Effects 3D tools, like the AE Camera. If you press F3 on your keyboard on both Mac and Windows with the .C4D file selected, you’ll now see the Cineware effect in the effects palette.


One thing I think was a very smart move by Cinema 4D developer Maxon was the very first option in the Effects Window, is to view the Cineware Help file, which is the easiest way to get up and running with it as quickly as possible.

Be sure to check out our growing list of Cinema 4D Lite tutorials here.

Kevin P. McAuliffe is one of the Senior Editors at Extreme Reach in Toronto, Canada. His current clients include Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, and E1 Entertainment, to name a few. You can follow him on Twitter @kpmcauliffe.


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