Cinema 4D training

Cinema 4D training near Brighton

All levels of Cinema 4D training courses are taught by C4D expert, Angie Taylor – a motion graphic designer and illustrator with 25 years industry experience.

Angie was employed by Adobe’s as their senior demo artist in the UK for many years and has several tutorials featured on Adobe TV. She is an author with five books published on motion graphic design and several video training courses on

In 2014 Angie moved to the south coast to set up her own private art school – Creative Cabin. Her passion is providing creative training to designers and artists and inspiring them with new ideas and techniques. As well as offering one-to-one bespoke training at the Creative Cabin, she also offers on-site training at your own place of work.

What’s covered in Cinema 4D training

Motion graphics designer Angie Taylor shows you how to build a complete sequence in C4D Lite, progressing from initial object modeling, to animation, lighting, camera rigging, texturing, and final render.

Learn to animate text, create random movement with wiggle expressions, track cameras in live-action footage to add new 3D elements, and light your scene.

We can also customise the course to suit your own specific needs covering other aspects of the Cinema 4D software like character rigging and animation, cloth dynamics, mograph features and more.

Cinema 4D training with After Effects

Angie also round-trips the project files to After Effects for visual effects and color correction. With over 100 videos, this course allows you to explore almost every aspect of 3D motion graphics creation, within this accessible introductory tool.

Topics include:

  • What is CINEMA 4D Lite?
  • Understanding the CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects CC workflow
  • Editing primitive objects
  • Spline modeling with NURBS
  • Animating with keyframes
  • Using Xpresso to link properties
  • Importing music and soundtracks
  • Creating and animating cameras
  • Working with text
  • Scripting
  • Creating and applying materials and textures
  • 3D camera tracking
  • Compositing layers
  • Lighting with visible lights and ambient occlusion
  • Adding visual effects in After Effects
  • Rendering in After Effects and the Adobe Media Encoder

1. What Is CINEMA 4D Lite?

What is CINEMA 4D Lite?

What CINEMA 4D Lite can’t do

Opening CINEMA 4D Lite in After Effects

Quick interface tour

Navigation tips for CINEMA 4D Lite

2. CINEMA 4D Lite preferences and settings

Checking out the new CINEWARE features with After Effects CC

CINEMA 4D Lite and After Effects CC Workflow

 Importing CINEMA 4D files in After Effects

The CINEWARE plugin settings

CINEMA 4D Lite render settings

After Effects project settings

After Effects previewing tips

Using the Picture Viewer in CINEMA 4D

2. Modeling in CINEMA 4D Lite

Editing primitive objects

The Move and Scale tools

The Rotate tool

Axis limitations

Working cylinders

Linking body parts using object hierarchy

Adjusting NURBS settings

Using nulls as controllers

Creating copies with the Instance array

Carving shapes with the Boole array

Reshaping objects with deformers

Adding surface detail with a Relief object

4. Animating in CINEMA 4D Lite

Understanding coordinates

Understanding rotation

Timeline shortcuts

Basic keyframing of properties

Keyframe interpolation

Adjusting F-Curves

Holding values

Using XPresso to link properties: Part one

Using XPresso to link properties: Part two

Importing existing animations into CINEMA 4D Lite

Animating cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite

Animating using presets

5. Working with Cameras in After Effects CC and CINEMA 4D Lite

Importing music and soundtracks

Customizing commands and shortcuts

Adding markers

Creating multiple cameras in CINEMA 4D Lite

Cutting between CINEMA 4D cameras with CINEWARE

Creating cameras in After Effects

Merging 3D camera data into CINEMA 4D Lite

Animating cameras with Stage objects

Extracting cameras from CINEMA 4D files

6. Working with Text in After Effects CC and CINEMA 4D Lite

Adding CINEMA 4D text to After Effects comps

Formatting text in CINEMA 4D

Creating CINEMA 4D text or logos in Illustrator

Importing Illustrator text into CINEMA 4D Lite

Applying material presets to text

Merging CINEMA 4D files

Registering CINEMA 4D Lite for MoGraph features

Using MoGraph Fracture on text

The MoGraph Random Effector

7. Scripting and Expressions in CINEMA 4D Lite

Creating a wiggle expression

The Reset Position script

8. Materials and Textures in CINEMA 4D Lite

Applying a custom material

Making a metallic material

Adding an environment channel

Adding texture with shaders

Built-in material presets

Combining materials

Using selection sets to isolate surfaces

9. Creating Environments in After Effects CC

3D camera tracking in After Effects

Creating nulls from tracking points

Adjusting the Shadow Catcher for CINEMA 4D

Importing a CINEMA 4D file into a scene

Exporting CINEMA 4D files from After Effects comps

Merging objects from CINEMA 4D files

Manually adjusting scenes between apps

10. Layer-Based Compositing with CINEWARE

Setting up layers in CINEMA 4D

Compositing CINEMA 4D layers in After Effects

Casting shadows on layers in CINEWARE

Adding reflections in CINEMA 4D

11. Lighting Your Scene with CINEMA 4D Lite

 Using preset lighting setups
Light types in CINEMA 4D Lite

Creating visible lights

Adding ambient occlusion effects

Optimizing your CINEMA 4D scenes

12. Multipass Compositing with CINEWARE

Multipass compositing explained

Adding passes to render settings

Viewing passes in the Picture Viewer

Adding object buffers

External compositing tags in CINEMA 4D Lite

Previewing and experimenting with passes

CINEWARE multipass options

Adjusting reflections

Isolating elements with object buffers

13. Visual Effects with After Effects CC

Extracting 3D scene data

Adding video elements to a CINEMA 4D scene

Working with proxies

Color correction of shadows

Layer styles

Adjustment layers

Setting up depth of field in CINEMA 4D Lite

Adding depth of field with camera lens blur

Speed ramps with time remapping

Motion blur with the Pixel Motion Blur effect

14. Rendering in After Effects CC and Media Encoder

Rendering with the After Effects Render Queue

Background rendering with Adobe Media Encoder