After Effects CS6 Tutorial: Exporting 3D Camera Tracker Data to Cinema 4D

You can export the results of the new 3D Camera Tracker to any application that has a way to accept AE keyframe data.
Chris and Trish Meyer
By Chris and Trish Meyer 04.27.12

One of the major new features in After Effect CS6 (which we previously previewed here) is a built-in 3D Camera Tracker. Rather than track a specific object or point, the 3DCT automatically tracks hundreds of points in a clip, and uses that information to reverse engineer where the camera was during the scene. This opens up all sorts of interesting workflows.

For example, you can track a piece of footage, export the camera data as well as the location of objects in the scene to a 3D program, add new geometry such as a facade, aircraft, or (please don't) a dinosaur, render the new 3D objects, and then bring those back into After Effects to composite into the scene. In this free video on, we show how to get this data out of After Effects into Cinema 4D using a free export plug-in that Maxon provides. (This video is an excerpt from a 2+ hour video course we created for AE CS6, available currently from and soon from Class On Demand.) This is a workflow we intend to pursue in greater depth in the future, but in the meantime we wanted to share with you the bones of how you'd pull off the interchange.

FTC Disclosure: Adobe gave us access to pre-release versions of the software in exchange for testing and feedback. They also paid us to create a few documents for this release, although - as you can probably tell by the mix of pros and cons we've shared in our review - these articles on PVC were not subsidized by Adobe. We also make a bit every time you buy one of our courses from Class on Demand or watch it with a subscription; we make no money from or Adobe when you view the free movie above. We just wanted to make sure you knew it was available.