In this two part tutorial, I explore the interface of Cinema 4D Lite. Cinema 4D Lite is made up of panels, similar to Adobe After Effects, but each panel or manager also has its own menu system. We will explore how to access commands via menus, panels, and shortcuts. You will learn that there is more than one way to do a specific action, mostly through keyboard shortcuts.
Time will be spent going over Project Settings, Preferences, and Managers. The Object Manager, for example is where you build your scene hieracrchy, and also where you will set selections, materials, and tags, therefore more time is used to explore that manager. Comparing your settings in Cinema 4D Lite to your project settings in After Effects will also set you up for a successful transition to using the program.
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CINEMA 4D LITE
- Cineware translates the 3D scene into a 2D layer. It’s still a plane in space.
- In order to edit a Cinema 4D Lite file, use Edit Original in After Effects.
- Max render size in Render Preview is 800x600 pixels and you cannot save. But there is no limitation when rendering through After Effects
- 3rd Party Plugins are to supported. Sorry, X-Particles won’t work on the free version.
- No Polygonal Modeling Tools.
We will cover the different modeling modes available in Cinema 4D Lite along with the limitations of the program compared to the full Studio version. Note, that most of the polygonal modeling tools are not available. However, Cinema 4D Lite does allow for spline and primitive based modeling.
Watching this two part tutorial will give you the basic framework for navigating the Cinema 4D Lite interface before you dive into animating your next motion graphics piece.
INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA 4D LITE - THE INTERFACE PART 1
INTRODUCTION TO CINEMA 4D LITE - THE INTERFACE PART 2
Want to learn more about Cinema 4D Lite? Check out this previously produced Cinema 4D Lite Quick Start video I made for Maxon's WinC4D Contest.
Go beyond Cinema 4D Lite and learn what modeling tools Cinema 4D Studio has to offer. Check out my post about the Top Cinema 4D Modeling Tips for Beginners.