So im a student working on some AE projects in class as a hobby. For one project i recorded me walking through a section of my school and tracked it with the 3D camera tracker. I want to create an effect like cubes or text are floating in the air, and I eventually did do that, however its all flat. No depth. I've seen Cinema4D lite, but that's CC not CS6. I've seen Element3D, but I don't have any money to spend on this and also its just a hobby, so theres no point.
The interface is a little wacky but it is incredibly powerful and you can export camera moves from blender to AE and end up with amazing integration. The workflow is definitely different than C4D but the results are amazing. I use a Blender all the time.