Wait, how are you "importing" it into AE? AE doesn't really import C4D files. What you do is render them with the Cineware effect on a layer.
More tutorials linked here that might help explain it: details of CINEMA 4D integration with After Effects CC
Hi Szalam - also having trouble importing c4d file into AE. The c4d shows up as black. Another forum (Troubleshoot Cinema 4D layer is black) says that it's a firewall issue, but none of those applications listed even show up in my firewall settings. I'm trying to animate a 3D model from Rhino. If there's an easier method to doing this, I'd be happy to know. From what I've read, photoshop 3D files were once able to be imported into AE as 3D objects, but that feature has since been removed with Adobe CC.
Cineware is the best way to work with 3d models in After Effects. To get a handle on using Cineware, go through the resources I linked in my previous post and/or go through this new tutorial series: Cinema 4D Lite Reference [Video Tutorial Playlist] - Cineversity Training and Tools for Cinema 4D
And do you know WHY it's gone? Because it was lousy. It rarely worked well. It frequently worked badly. It was really stinky. And Adobe couldn't get it to work right because it was such a bad idea in the first place. You should be glad it's gone.
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Hopefully by now you have found your answer... However, I have recently had this same issue, and came accross something that worked for me. So if any other wayward traveler finds themselves here, this is how I fixed the problem... The original post I found here: CreativeCOW
Go to the Effects Control panel and click on Cineware Options
Under CINEWARE TCP PORT mine was set to 5030 and I changed it to 5027, and now I can see my CD4 layer in AE
I had the same problem and I finally deducted that the issue was in my C4D file, not my AE, thanks to a previous C4D project I tested with. I noticed that not all of my "X","Y", &"Z" buttons were lite. I turned my "X" button on, and once I saved the file, my project showed up in my AE composition. Odd solution I thought.
Under CINEWARE TCP PORT mine was set to 5030 and I changed it to 5027
Worked for me.