I'm an old school 3d animator coming from the TDI / Wavefront / Alias era coming back into the industry with the Adobe Cloud suite.
What I'm struggling with right now is working with After Effects and Cinema 4d LITE regarding AE shadow layers.
IT'S COMPLICATED -- due to the OBJ file (of the logo) I'm having render issues from Cineme 3d into AE where I need to render to JPG/PNG sequence to get it completed (render queue keeps crashing). Basically having to BAKE the 3d logo immediately.
Don't have full Cinema 4d -- only the LITE. So I appear to be castrated to rendering completely through AE for resolutions above 800x600.
Simple fly through camera LOGO that I'm wanting to create an alpha or luma shadow in AE.
Not understanding the "process," OBVIOUSLY!
Rendered Cinema 4d logo AND "object ID layer" for alpha channel.
In AE used that alpha channel to punch out the 3d logo from whatever background layer I put in. Get this part!
** I'm wanting to get a "shadow layer" above this to create an AE drop shadow for the flying 3d logo layer against whatever background layer that (CLIENT) choose(s). **