Create a Sports Bumper in Cinema 4D and After Effects

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How do motion graphics artists create those polished animated graphics for channels like ESPN on such short deadlines? They turn to the high-powered toolset in CINEMA 4D. In Mograph Techniques: Creating a Sports Bumper, EJ Hassenfratz (@eyedesyn) shows you how to use those same tools to create your own dynamic, high-energy sports bumper. Learn how to model the basic elements in C4D and add robotic-style movement with the Mograph module, and take a logo from Adobe Illustrator and turn it into a smart, beveled 3D project. Then EJ shows how to combine it all in After Effects, along with a few special effects. This workflow mimics a real post-production environment and allows a more intermediate look at the mograph module and an opportunity to take your motion graphics knowledge to the next level.

Topics include:
• Modeling 3D elements with NURBs
• Animating with the Shader Effector
• Importing artwork from Illustrator with ArtSmart2 and Extruding
• Creating and applying textures
• Adding camera movement
• Lighting the scene
• Rendering
• Compositing in After Effects
• Adding optical flares and motion blur

This in-depth tutorial was a huge reason I became a member. EJ goes way in depth and gives detailed insight on the thought processes that go into creating these high-end sports graphics.

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