Cinema 4D / BodyPaint 3D Program Documentation Tutorials
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Cinema 4D - After Effects Integration Tutorial

by Robert Hranitzky

If you create projects that will be edited further in compositing programs where special effects or other source files will be added, Adobe’s After Effects is an excellent choice for adding post-production elements. In this tutorial we will show you how some of these effects can be added.

This tutorial is designed to show you how you can prepare your Cinema 4D file to make post-production/compositing easier. In the latter half of the tutorial you will learn how to modify your composition in After Effects. Although you don’t have to be a professional user to work through this tutorial you should already be familiar with the interface and workflow of After Effects.

Exchange Plugin

In order to open an After Effects Compositing Project File that was created in Cinema 4D you must first copy the corresponding plugin (located in the Cinema 4D program directory’s "Exchange Plugins/After Effects/Importer" folder) into the After Effects’ plugin folder. After Effects must be restarted for the plugin to work. For Mac OS: the "C4DImporter.plugin" archive must first be unzipped.

For Windows: "C4DImporter.aex"