I’m still pretty new to C4D, but I’ve composited a few test renders into After Effects and most of them have been pretty successful. Now that I’m actually working on a real project, I’m getting strange results from the renders and the AEC compositions..
1. The whole 24P thing. I’ve set up my C4D Document settings to be 24, I then set my render settings to the preset for DVCPRO HD 23.976. When I import the resulting comp into AE, all the renders come in at 23.98, while any pre-comps come in at 24. Technically AE comps should be 23.976, so I’m not sure if I should change the frame rates of the imported comps or not. Either way, it seems like I’m having a sync issue between the renders, the imported comps and the pre-comp, named “Camera+Light”, which brings me to my second issue…
2. “Camera+Light” – Sometimes I get this pre-comp in my main comp from C4D, and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I can just copy the layers from this comp and paste them into the main comp with no trouble. Apparently that’s not the case now. Can anyone shed some light on anything about this comp?
3. Frame size. I’m having trouble understanding how these comp sizes are calculated. My main comp comes in at 960×720, with PAR “Non-square” (1.33:75). Although this should technically be correct, I wonder why it comes in as a custom size, instead of the preset for DVCPROHD, like I set it up in C4D.
Also, the “Camera+Light” pre-comp comes in at 960×540, square pixels, and is scaled up 133% in my main comp. I have a null inside this pre-comp which should correspond to where I want to put footage. I’ve set it up so this footage should be full screen, but I have to scale it to 73%, which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me..
4. Project and comp organization: This has been a problem with almost every test render I’ve brought into AE. For instance, in my main comp there will be a reflection and ambient pass, but no main pass. Then in the asset browser, the main comp folder contains some of the multi-pass files, while the Special Passes folder contains the original full render file. This is not a huge deal since I can just reorganize the browser, but I’m more wanting to know if I’m doing something wrong or if its just a glitch in the conversion process.
5. Orientation – sometimes I will include nulls in the render so I can attach footage in AE. Sometimes this null comes in correctly, while other times it is rotated 90 or 180 degrees. Again, not a huge problem, but its been inconsistent and I’m just trying to figure this stuff out. Is there any reason this happens sometimes?
I’ve been learning C4D on my own for a few months now. There may be important steps I’m missing when rendering for the purpose of compositing in After Effects. I’ve watched tons of tutorials and I’ve even taken some classes at FXPHD, so I felt like I was getting a pretty good grasp of the C4D to AE workflow. But the inconsistencies make me wonder if I’m doing something wrong, or if its just a quirky process prone to glitches in the conversion.
Right now I’m working with AE CS3, but I wonder if any of these problems would be resolved with an upgrade to CS4? Also, I’m using C4D 11.5, and I’m pretty sure I installed the correct AE import plug-in for the version I’m using.
Any help on ANY of these issues would be greatly appreciated.. Thanks in Advance.
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