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As you may know, Adobe is has just brought out the Creative Cloud.

Not only does this mean changes to the actual software, but also the way you have access to it.

Instead of paying a one off fee for a specific piece of software – you now pay a monthly fee and get all software and all updates.

Meaning that you’ll never be playing ‘software catch-up’ with your colleagues again.

As far as collaborative projects are concerned – this is definitely a change in the right direction.

What’s even better is that the licence is per user – not machine.

So if you’re in the studio, home office or on the laptop whilst waiting for the train – you can always access your software.

Anyway, all this is great – but the real star of the show is the software updates

Cinema 4D now available within after effects

So the very clever and generous people over at Maxon and Adobe have got together and decided to give their audiences exactly what they want – Cinema 4D and After Effects integration.

That’s right, true 3D is now available within After Effects!

When you become a member of Adobe CC and download the many pieces of software that are available, you’ll notice that you also have ‘Cinema 4D lite’ in your download list.

Now, don’t get worried by the word ‘lite’ in that title – a surprising amount of features from the premium Cinema 4D products have made it over into the lite version.

In fact, unless you are solely a 3D designer – you’ll find that the lite version has everything you will need for day to day use.

Let’s take a look at how this partnership works.

How it works – the Cineware Layer

To bridge the 2 platforms, Adobe and Maxon came up with a tool called Cineware

Cineware sits inside After Effects as a layer.

This means that when you are in Cinema 4D creating your models, applying textures, etc – all you need to do is a quick save, move over to After Effects and there’s your 3D scene – right in After Effects as a layer!!

The Cineware layer also has a few tools of it’s own that make this whole integration even more seamless.

Probably the most noticeable of these is the ability to select you After Effects comp camera.

With this function selected, you can rotate around your 3D object within After Effects instead of having to jump between the 2 programs.

In effect – once you are done with your models and textures, you are done with Cinema 4D and back into the more familiar world of After Effects.

What it means for explainer animations

In a sentence, this integration of Cinema 4D and After Effects will help you to add an extra level of clarity to your next explainer video.

When that 2D image just doesn’t quite explain the concept that you are trying to tell the world about, you can now jump straight into Cinema 4D and create the image that does tell your story.

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