Everything Cineware: Object Buffers, Camera Settings, Render Settings, And More.

June 16, 2013


In this video, we will go though all the settings in Cineware including how to change cameras, bring in object buffers, use an after effects camera, and speed up render times.


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  • Hi, just wondering, how come you cinema 4D is named “Cinema 4D LITE”? Did your license expire or something? Anyway, great vid.

  • Ohhh, never mind. Read what C4D lite was on your other video.

  • Jasper Hesseling June 18, 2013 at 3:09 am

    Hey nick,

    Any idea how to link AE CC with cinema4d studio? When I do cmd-e it always opens lite.

  • seamless floor won’t render like it should in Cineware

  • Why did the sphere lose its Texture when you merged the AfterFX Camera to the C4D-File?

  • Texture map not showing in After Effects, what do you have to do to make the texture seen in Cineware?

  • Nick Awesome job on the Walkthough, the only thing I think it was lacking is for those of us with render farms, what is the best way to replace all this stuff with the actual renders?

  • I am a newbie and also seeing that many of my textures (from your texture pack) don’t show up in AE. I see that Ryan has a solution above but I am too dumb to know what he means…Would appreciate any help.

    • Hi Lance,

      We have an update to Texture Kit and Light Kit Pro that will be out in the next day or two that will fix this. It will include a video to show you how to install it properly. Look for an announcement very soon.


    • Had the same problem as Lance, and solved it by re-saving the project by “save project with assets”… It seems as though cineware needs the textures in a subfolder of the project file

  • Hey, i just wanted to know,… In the cinema 4D lite version i couldnt find the sub-surface scattering option, is there a way to fake the effect with lighting or something like that?

  • Thanks Nick! Good overview, i really highly appreciate all the time and work you put into the tutorials.


  • Hi

    I can’t seem to get the Multi-pass to detect there are passes, the options in AE Cineware are all greyed out, yet in C4D (R12) I’ve enabled an object buffer on a cube and also have a specular and AO pass… Any thoughts?


  • Eduardo Narciso Fossá July 7, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Hello! I would like to congratulate the tutorials as live in Brazil and these video lessons are helping me a lot to learn about CD4 and AfterEfects. Congratulations and keep it up. Sorry for bad English further’m not expert!

  • Newbie question.

    Hi, I am using Light Kit Pro for lighting (awesome) and hope you guys can tell me why renders look so differently in AE. I have the Cineware render setting at Standard (final). See the huge difference, AE and C4D side by side render.

    I did your mograph bouncy text tutorial and the render is taking about 3 hours. Is that normal? Seems awfully long. I have a fully loaded new iMac.

    Thanks for any suggestions!

  • Nick,

    I’ve done limited web searching but I’m working on a large project with around 50 cineware layers all separated into different comps. While I’m in the drafting stage I’ve been working with the Renderer set to “Standard (Draft)” to save on time. Any idea how I could globally update all Cineware layers to “Standard (Final)” When it comes time for a final render? I could just one by one go through all layers and adjust them but that would be super tedious and not very time efficient. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


  • Wayne Wrzesinski August 21, 2013 at 9:01 pm


    I’m just getting started with After Effects and am excited about some of the Cinema 4D Lite stuff. Thanks for these great tutorials man, they are very well done and helpful. Smile face.

  • Okay so a question and maybe I missing something here… How do we import the rendered multipass files with this new cineware in a stacked workflow like the old plugin would do? For a heavy job I don’t want to work with the cineware version I want the renders I did to show up in ae. When I hit extract it only gives me the camera data and lights/obj buffers. Then I have to manually import all the renders put them in the right order etc. There has to be a way to just use the old way right?

    I looked for an updated plugin for AE cc on the maxon site with no luck. So in the mean time I’m using the one for cs6 which works but i get 3 error messages every time I launch AE. So just curious if I’m missing some trick with AE cc to basically do what the old plugin would do import all the scene data and renders? Any one having this issue too?

  • Hello everyone, recently I’ve finished a project in Cinema 4D, and wanted to import to After Effects CC to polish it up. However, I’m not able to see tracer object in After Effects, although I tried all the settings in Cineware. I’d appreciate your help if any of you knows the solution. Thanks in advance…

    P.S. I posted this question on GSG facebook page as well. Some friend asked me if I used sweep nurbs, yes, I did…so I’ll really appreciate your help on this.

  • Excellent tutorial! Thank you very much – feel like a Cineware master now, what a great new feature

  • I’m not seeing the tracer object either although I see all my clones. I’m using a sweep object to create a pipe between clones.

  • Hi thank you for your work 🙂 I’m a new big Fan
    but this time it is quite difficult to set-up this scene…. for newbie.
    I will not give up 😉
    and i will make it.. in the end, but maybe for other’s like me – if you could just open all parent-child in object window ;p

    and explain a tiny bit more about the scene.
    I’m trying figure out this set-up for a 30minutes, like a “blind men”
    an I would like to start doing this tutorial all ready.. but scene is still not the same :/

  • Hi,

    The tutorial was very nice. But I’m facing problem with importing solids and also making track mattes with cineware.


  • So… i’ve been taught over the years to put a Camera in a null and animate the Null instead of the Camera…

    The camera’s Null in Cinema (i’m actually using a Camera Rig setup) won’t translate into After Effects using Cineware. is there a workaround or something i’m missing?

  • Hello,
    I just installed After Effects CC and wanted to try cineware. I import a really simple c4d file made in c4d lite ( it’s just a cube), but i can’t read more than 5-10 frames.
    I tried to clear my preferences, to stop my firewall, reboot my computer, clear the cache… but nothing happens, i can’t preview it. I got the last update of After Effects.
    Could you please help me ????

    Thank you.

    windows 7 64bits
    Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2@2.6 GHz ( 2 processors )
    64 GBram
    GTX 780 Ti AMP Edition

  • Hi Nick,
    Love everything the Gorilla puts out. I’m having an issue where I have Sketch n Toon creating arrow lines through a thinking particle system and I see them through the software renderer in AECC but when I go to final they disappear. I’ve tried object buffers, and other Multi-pass presets but I can’t seem to get them to show up. Any thoughts?

  • I have a small problem to set for specular whereas all shadow, AO etc. are perfectly brought from ae cc to c4d and I m already set to multipass for specular but in ae cc there is no any specular are shown to my object.. plz someone help me out..

  • Hi Nick,

    I have a problem when open a C4D file in after effects, I’m using a SkyLight (Light Kit Pro) as a BG and it is the only thing that doesn’t appear within AE, my scene is black! someone knows how can i fix this?

    Thanks in advance

  • I’m having the same issues as everyone above me. Using any HDRI as luminance environment doesn’t transfer over with Cineware… Is there a workaround?

  • Thank you Nick and team. without you I would be swimming in a world of ignorance…. You make it easy and fun to learn my favorite software. Keep it up!

  • Nick, love the tutorials but have a slightly different need. How do I pull a short animation in C4D into an existing comp. whenever I pull it in all I get is a single frame. (I want the C4D file to composite in AE, not a rendered anim)
    Any ideas?

  • Hi Nick, thanks for sharing. Is it possible to use the c4d cam as 3D cam for the AE Comp without extracting it? When the 3D elements of the comp should follow the c4d Cam, it has to be extracted – which is fine. Based on this Workflow, if the c4d Cam is changed in the c4d Scene, it is not automatically updated in the comp and has to be extracted again. This adds all c4d 3D layers one more time instead of updating them and involves deleting the previous bake of the cam. Is there a workaround, am i missing something? I want the c4d cam to be the comp cam without extracting and therefore automatically updating the AE comp. Thanks in advance, Pjot

  • Wojciech Swiatkiewicz January 5, 2015 at 8:57 am


    Don’t know if someone already wrote about this, but I found use for Cinema 4d Layers in Cineware. Quite simply.. In Cinema we assign object 1 to the layer, for example “1-layer” and object 2 to the layer “2-layer” (ctrl+s). In cienware we then select that layer can be visualized. We duplicate the layer and uncheck sync cineware. Pretty useful, especially if you want to “disable” layer in time in the composition of AE.
    Correct me if i wrong, but i think this is a good tip 🙂

  • I’m not sure if that’s just me, but cineware doesn’t render the bump maps I have on my materials, even though it’s perfectly fine in C4D… Any ideas?

  • Hey Nick or Anyone. I and trying to drive Particular from a null or light that I attached to a logo that flies in and out of my camera view (everything was built via Cinema and brought into After effects via Cineware) when I extract the data in AE the null object keyframes are way off and dont line up like they do in Cinema. Does anyone know a solution to this?

  • Guillaume ROBERT-FAMY March 18, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Hi Nick,

    Thanks for this great tut as usual.

    Cineware workflow is great but I have a problem with getting in AE an animation using cloner object with random effector, like bubbles flying around. When I import the file, all I have is one bubble, not moving.

    I can press C to the cloner object and then I have all the bubbles, but they stand still,
    I’m losing the random mouvement.

    I’ve tried the compositing tag, no results.
    The Mocache tag either.

    Would you have an idea of how to keeping the mograph and random datas working in AE as they do in C4D ?

    Thanks anyway !!!!

  • Problem with architectural Gras and cineware render, the form and color’s grass its missing. Can you help me. Thanks.

  • You leave me with a boner in my pants at the possibilities i can now achieve.

  • Hey,

    I cant add a Shadow from cinema 4D lite R16 without showing the floor in Ae. What I want is just the shadow on my footage in Ae with the shadow I cast in Cinema 4D lite. I tried Object buffer but I can not render a single psd file from cinema 4D lite. The Window just shows me under the settings Save Regular Image and Multi Pass Image.

    Hope you answer.

    Best greetings Mischel

  • yaser kheradmand July 3, 2019 at 7:50 am

    thanks a lot gorilla …

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