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I've quickly tried exporting an animated Camera from AE here and the keyframes are coming through to the Cinema camera. The original AE keyframe curves will not be preserved, but the transform results will be "baked" on every frame of the exported Cinema camera. This is current limitation and expected. Is this what you are seeing?
The CineWare camera Merge button assumes there is a current selected AE camera used by CineWare. If CineWare is currently set to use a Cinema camera, then the button is greyed out. If you go to CineWare "Project Settings" and choose one of the Comp camera options (instead of a C4D camera), then the Merge button will be available.
Hope that helps,
Thanks for the reply!
None of the keyframes are exported to Cinema 4D Lite. The camera in C4D has zero key frames, just a camera in the same starting position as my AE camera, let alone bezier curves.
I fiddled around until I got the 'Camera Merge' button to work, trying what you suggested. The keyframes still do not export to C4D.
Make sure you C4D is properly updated.
Since AE 12.0, AE installs a compatible version of the Maxon export plugin with the AE build (along with Lite). Is it possible that you’ve somehow installed an older Maxon exporter plugin? (Either by transferring plugins from an older AE install that happened to include it or by installing one over your AE 12.0 build?)
I reinstalled, and made sure both programs are up to date. Keyframes still do not export.
Did you ever find a solution? It seems I am having the same issue.
I was emailed by Adobe tech support that a possible solution would be to reset the timecode on the footage I was using. Because my shot was filmed with a DSLR, the timecode recorded to the footage was some wacky number that After Effects had a hard time converting for the C4D plugin. That may not be true of all DSLR footage. It's probably specific to the timecode recorded on this footage only. Still, something to be aware of.
I got swamped with work and never tested this out to see if it worked. Nor will I in the foreseeable future. Maybe someone here could.
I cannot get this to fail. Make sure you have all layers selected before you export.
To clarify I am using the most updated version of r15 not lite. I tried to select all layers same result. Any other suggestions?
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Thank you guys. Efwells you were correct I needed to change the timecode of my footage. For anyone else with the issue select your clip in your project browser, right click, interpret footage select main. Then in your timecode go to overwrite timecode select 0 then ok. You should open your footage into a new comp and be good to go.
Another solution I have found (as the above didn't fix mine) is to
- create a new camera,
- select the old one,
- double tap u to view all changed parameters,
- select all the keyframes by either marque selection or click each parameter name,
- copy into memory with ctrl/cmd-C
- paste onto the new camera
- move keyframes to match old camera as needed - DO NOT MOVE THE TRACK POSITION ITSELF - this is the intrinsic problem that is causing the missing keyframes it would appear in some cases.
- delete the old camera.
- merge camera to c4d file
i'm having the same problem and no propper solution. I did some camera tracking on footage of a parking car. I would like to render new 3d rims to it. So i really need the exact same camera movment in c4d.
But everytime i export via maxon exporter or merge the cam via cineware the camera movement in cinema just won't match the footage. I put the footage as a texture on a background object. I'm really clueless about what i'm doing wrong.
Please help us Obi Wan...
Are you following the workflow demonstrated here:
With the proper workflow and this works every time you have a good camera track.
I wanted to contribute to this old post that I found by searching the forum because I was having the same problem, except that I wasn't trying to do an export to a c4d file, I was trying to use the "Comp camera into Cinema 4D" command in Cineware.
Having a tracked camera, I pressed the button and when I switched to C4D lite I didn't see the AE 3D Tracker Camera I was supposed to, according to what I read in the help. I closed C4D lite, selected the layer in the comp, pressed CTRL+E, went back to the comp, pressed the button again in Cineware, still nothing. However, what worked was to close C4D Lite, and with it closed, pressing the Comp camera etc button again. The next time I pressed CTRL+E it opened C4D Lite with the camera in it.
Had the same problem, and can confirm that resetting the comp time code solved it. In the problem comp, select Composition Settings and reset start timecode to 0:00:00:00. Then export. Worked like a charm for me. (I stayed away from copying and pasting keyframes from original camera to new camera, because if any of the camera settings are off it will ruin the camera solve in C4D.)
make sure that the camera you are using is a two node camera, otherwise it can not be translated to C4D camera.