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Maxon releases free After Effects to Cinema 4D plug-in

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 | Posted by Jim Thacker

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Cinema 4D and After Effects workflow in action, with an earlier release of Maxon’s exchange plug-in.

Maxon has released a free plug-in enabling After Effects users to import projects directly into Cinema 4D R13.

The tool works with After Effects CS3 and above.

Updated: Previous versions of the plug-in offer support for earlier releases of the two applications, but only permit export from Cinema 4D to After Effects, not vice versa.

PRESS RELEASE (Excerpts)
MAXON, the leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, today announced immediate availability of a new plug-in for Adobe® After Effects® CS5 and CS5.5 that allows motion graphics artists to export projects directly into CINEMA 4D R13. This new capability broadens CINEMA 4D’s domination as the industry-leading 3D motion graphics toolkit, known for its seamless connectivity to popular 2D motion graphics and compositing tools. This new plug-in is the perfect companion to the CINEMA 4D composition import already widely used by broadcast designers worldwide. With the combination of these two plugins, motion graphics artists working on Windows and Mac OS X will enjoy easy data exchange to and from both applications.

The CINEMA 4D export appears directly in the After Effects export menu and generates a .c4d file containing 3D layers, cameras, lights, solids, nulls and footage. Even nested compositions are supported. All major layer attributes including animations (rotation, position, parameter, anchor points, POI, etc.), expressions, layer parenting, layer locking and layer visibility are retained. Render and document settings in CINEMA 4D are adapted accordingly to the After Effects’ project settings.

Pricing and Availability
The new CINEMA 4D R13 exchange plug-in compatible with Adobe After Effects CS3, CS4, CS5 and CS5.5 is immediately available as a free download from the MAXON website.

Download the exchange plug-in
(Includes download links for previous versions.)

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  • Joe

    Note: The previous versions (for C4D < R13) are still just 'one-way'. There's no possibility to export .c4d files from After Effects.

  • http://www.cgchannel.com Jim Thacker

    That’s worth noting: I’ll update the story. Thanks.

  • Alex

    Thats actually interesting news, though I’m not quite sure yet how I’ll use it.

    One can see that you are a big C4D Fan, but next time please try to stay a little bit objective about it. This article reads like some fan-advertising, rather than a professional news article. “CINEMA 4D’s domination…”, “industry-leading”, “seamless connectivity”, “perfect companion” etc etc.
    Dude, it’s Cinema, not HEROINE.

  • http://www.cgchannel.com Jim Thacker

    Anything below the words ‘PRESS RELEASE’ is from Maxon’s press release, not me. ;-)

  • Alex

    Oh my god, I totally missed that. I’m really sorry about that.
    You did a good job then. I’ll be more careful next time.

    Anyway, the feature seems to be nice, but I have no idea how to use it yet.
    I export AEC to after effects like every day, but I never wanted to go back so far.
    Well, there’s always a first time, I guess.

  • http://www.webdeon.be/ Jimmy Johns

    I’ve poured through the 80 million after effects posts and still have
    not found my answer, and I feel that the question is relatively
    straight forward. Here is the situation:

    I currently am editing a project using media composer 6. All footage
    has been transcoded to DNxHD 115. The project is finished. I simply
    want to add some lower thirds using after effects. My question is what
    is the best export format for me to send to after effects. Essentially, I
    dont want to lose quality after compressing and sending to After Effects Projects.

    After I add the lower thirds in after effects the project is
    finished, and I will be converting it to a quicktime h264 for vimeo.

    Now I am aware of Boris Transfer AE and Automatic duck, however I
    feel those are for much more involved projects. I simply have two
    instances in my sequence where I want to add a lower third. I feel like
    there must just be an easy way to export and finish in AE.

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