Adobe Creative Cloud, Adobe After Effects CC Initial Review


I recently joined Adobe’s new subscription based Creative Cloud. Being a faculty at De La Salle School for Design and Arts Philippines, the education plan only costs 815 philippine pesos/month around $19-20/month . Not bad, and you get all the Adobe Apps if you choose to download all of them if you have the space on your Macbook.For individuals it goes from $19/month per individual app to $49/month for all of the Adobe Softwares.(See the Plans at

For me I just downloaded the CS6 Production Premium equivalent of Adobe CC. So thats; Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Illustrator CC,Adobe Premiere CC, Adobe Bridge CC, Adobe Sound Booth CC and Adobe After Effects CC which comes with Cinema 4D Lite for free.

Installing it only took around 20-30 minutes, depending on your internet connection. Adobe Installs the CC apps separately from your Adobe CS6 apps.

You can find your old AE CS6 on Applications in the Finder window.

You will have to re-install your plugins fro AE CS6 to AE CC if you wish to use them still. (I wonder if Element 3D still works)

I thought to try first the Cinema 4D and After Effects integration. Its very exciting to see these two great programs talk to each other and speed up the workflow.

So I started up After Effects CC, create a new comp and created a new Cinema 4D Lite from the Layers Menu.

Adobe After Effects CC

Then from there, Cinema 4D lite booted up. Inside it, features very basic tools in cinema 4d. The Menu contains only 3D Modeling & Texturing commands.

Mograph is limited to only Fracture command and two effectors (Plain and Random).Screen Shot 2013-06-20 at 12.06.01 PM

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If you plan to do heavy effects, it will be a bit of a challenge recreating them with Cinema 4D Lite, so I recommend holding on to your old C4D

softwares, it can be opened inside AE the same anyway.C4d lite also comes with presets from the content browser for lighting studios and backgrounds

same with those in greyscalegorilla which I think is pretty awesome.

Screen Shot 2013-06-20 at 12.32.43 PM

Next, I want to find out how good does the two softwares talk. Does it update fast into After Effects from Cinema 4D once you save your animation or

is there a lag.

The first experiment I did for today is a simple 180 text rotation for 2 seconds from Cinema 4D lite. I also created a light studio from the content browser, one point light and turned on ambient occlusion.

Once you scrub your C4d layer in your timeline, it is very slow to update. Its great if you would just check your lighting and camera animation, but using it to sync with your AE elements would be a challenge. There is an option to lower the resolution for better performance, but on my Macbook(which is just the stock 4gig ram,  500 gb HD, 2.53 Ghtz Intel Core i5) it will be hard to do.You can also add Levels and curves on your C4d layer but that would really slow down the

project file in After Effects CC.

Screen Shot 2013-06-20 at 12.14.28 PM

I just did a two second animation from cinema 4D lite and its already a bit slow. I hope this would improve in the future.

I tried rendering the 2 second clip in After Effects.

I was curious about the render time, would it be the same as the time rendered from c4D+ the time rendered from AE combined, or will

it be 50% faster.

Turns out, its my first prediction. The two second clip is estimated by After Effects to be done in 17-15 Mins.

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So for workflow, I recommend

1. do your Animations in Cinema 4D first

2.get the timing and lighting right there

3. Render your Animation if you plan to sync some elements from AE (It really helps if the footage or layer is scrubbable)

4. And then for revision purposes, when your done with syncing your animations; just replace the rendered layer of your 3D to your c4D file.

I may be wrong but for those of you with slow laptops like mine, it would really be difficult to attempt syncing animation  directly from C4d lite.

As for the quality of the render if you would use your Cinema 4D file directly as your layers in After Effects CC.

It looks great!


I hope this review helps anyone who is thinking about upgrading or sticking with Adobe After Effects CS6.


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