The closest I've gotten is by highlighting all the things on Cinema 4D then clicking file>save selected objects.
It saves as a c4d and when I insert it into After Effects its just a blank composition. I want the MODEL ONLY. NO FOOTAGE PLEASE.
I have the plugins.
Using After Effects cs6 and Cinema 4D R16,
You are fundamentally not understanding how this works! The AEC import/ export does not deal with geometry, it merely deals with lights and Nulls because those have matching equivalents in AE. Geometry import only comes with Cineware in AE CC. As an alternative you can also use Element 3D. It supports Cinema 4D files.