I’m new to After Effects. I understand that you can create 3D objects in Cinema 4D Lite then import them into After Effects, right? I thought that you could do the same with Photoshop 3D layers, but after having spent an hour creating a 3D layer in Photoshop with the right objects I then found out that I could not bring it into After Effects as anything other than a flattened 2D image. So, just wondering if you can indeed grab stuff from Cinema 4D Lite.
My question, though, is this: can I create a 3D object in Cinema 4D Lite, bring it into an After Effects composition, import a movie into the same composition and then "play" the movie on the 3D Object? For example, can I create a TV in Cinema 4D lite, bring it into After Effects, then import a movie and make the movie "play" on the TV?
If I've got it all backwards, what would be a better way to go about it?
Thanks a million.
I would put your video in the same spot as the TV screen. I'm pretty sure the external compositing tag works with Cineware to do that. I don't have CC at work yet to test this out (if I remember to check it tonight when I get home, I will).
Before you jump into C4D too much, I would highly recommend going through some of these resources first: details of CINEMA 4D integration with After Effects
No, you cannot funnel an AE comp as a texture onto ther C4D file. You will have to generate a UV pass and use it to apply your movie. old but still valid:
Or you could put your video file in a material in Cinema 4D as an animated texture. (I'd suggest the Luminance channel since a screen is a source of light.)