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Product and Packaging Visualization in CINEMA 4D and After Effects
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Released May 8, 2014
Laura Hawk

Pluralsight

Laura Hawk
In this series of tutorials, we will go through the process of creating a product visualization animation complete with text explaining the benefits of the product. This product also includes its packaging which can create some unique challenges when trying to show off the product itself.

We'll learn how to make this work for us and then how to bring this inanimate object to life. We'll use Cloners and our own personal hierarchy controls to create lots of fun and interesting arrangements of the product.

After we finish animating, we learn how we can set up lights and cameras to use as placeholders. We use these with the "extract" function in the CINEWARE effect in After Effects. They will keep position and rotation keys for us to use with the text that we later want to add to the composition. After all the text and icons have been added to the comp, we finish off with a few realistic lens effects.

This training is for you if you want to create product visualizations with text interactions and learn more about the powerful CINEWARE bridge between After Effects and CINEMA 4D.
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Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:12
Checking out the script and setting up the first camera
2

Checking out the script and setting up the first camera

 
07:52
Easing the first camera and creating a second camera
3

Easing the first camera and creating a second camera

 
04:11
Using a Morph Camera
4

Using a Morph Camera

 
07:50
Creating the light bulb Cloner
5

Creating the light bulb Cloner

 
06:11
Setting up interesting camera moves with camera 2
6

Setting up interesting camera moves with camera 2

 
04:50
Adding a few display tags
7

Adding a few display tags

 
04:04
Zooming the camera through the bulbs with quick cuts
8

Zooming the camera through the bulbs with quick cuts

 
09:31
Setting up the light bulb carousel comp
9

Setting up the light bulb carousel comp

 
09:16
Finishing the carousel animation
10

Finishing the carousel animation

 
09:59
Placing the camera above the bulbs
11

Placing the camera above the bulbs

 
05:15
Rotating the bulbs to form a new shape
12

Rotating the bulbs to form a new shape

 
08:17
Creating camera 3 with a time saving trick
13

Creating camera 3 with a time saving trick

 
07:39
Replacing the packaging
14

Replacing the packaging

 
08:25
Adding lights as placeholders for text
15

Adding lights as placeholders for text

 
08:31
Adding a camera as a rotation placeholder
16

Adding a camera as a rotation placeholder

 
03:40
Setting the render settings
17

Setting the render settings

 
07:08
Bringing the render into After Effects
18

Bringing the render into After Effects

 
05:21
Using CINEWARE to extract data
19

Using CINEWARE to extract data

 
07:03
Baking the Morph Camera animation in CINEMA 4D
20

Baking the Morph Camera animation in CINEMA 4D

 
03:56
Using the placeholder animations
21

Using the placeholder animations

 
10:22
Adding more text using the placeholder data
22

Adding more text using the placeholder data

 
07:33
Placing the two final statements
23

Placing the two final statements

 
07:20
Creating the icons and text compositions for the carousel
24

Creating the icons and text compositions for the carousel

 
07:01
Placing the carousel text
25

Placing the carousel text

 
09:19
Using the rotation placeholder with the carousel comps
26

Using the rotation placeholder with the carousel comps

 
08:24
Cutting out the bad frames
27

Cutting out the bad frames

 
07:55
Tracking for a lens flare
28

Tracking for a lens flare

 
05:00
Applying the tracking data and tying to a light
29

Applying the tracking data and tying to a light

 
04:15
Creating the flare with an Adjustment layer and Knoll Light Factory
30

Creating the flare with an Adjustment layer and Knoll Light Factory

 
04:54
Adding final lens effects
31

Adding final lens effects

 
06:12