We are trying to create 3D text in C4D. Then in mocha we are tracking footage we have shot, export tracking data to AE. Can anyone out there help with the workflow of compositing the 3D text into the tracked footage in After effects? Similar to Fincher's open for "Panic Room". Thanks.
I would use C4D to model the text (if you want some fancy modeling- otherwise just create that and texture in Zaxwerks invigorator). Then I would use Zaxwerks Invigorator to bring in (or create) the text to AE.
Use Boujou/SynthEyes or any other 3D tracker to match the camera move from the footage. Apply that data to a camera in AE. Position the 3d text to match the perspective in your footage - make sure you check the "use AE camera" option.
If you're creating your text in Cinema 4d you can actually export an After Effects project from C4d. It will include the camera, lights, solids, etc. You can also have certain layers set to produce alpha mattes so you can easily composite AE layers into the space.
There are several tutorials out there on this, but one should have been included on your C4d extras disc.
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