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Finding a good excuse to play with a cool piece of software is something we all experience in our field. C4D Lite has been bundled with Adobe After Effects for a while, and I had been itching for a reason to use the two together. So I decided to expand my video and 3D knowledge, surely I could find a reason to use it during my workday.

A while back I had stumbled on an excellent motion graphics trainer named Sean Frangella, I knew he would have some great tutorials to help boost my know-how. Sean Frangella has a popular YouTube channel in addition to adding his tutorials to a good motion graphics site. Below are links to the YouTube Channel and the training site.

After watching a great set of C4D and After Effects compositing tutorials on Sean Frangella's YouTube channel, I hit on an idea. An unofficial trailer for Adobe Muse, perfect, now a storyboard that would make use my new found knowledge. A monolithic Adobe Logo showing up at different places all over the earth was just the story I needed to motion track a bunch of video clips and composite a 3D object made in C4D onto those videos. After a little practice, the process becomes very straight forward.

Demystifying compositing and making it an understandable and viable addition to freelance media creators is now a reality. And believe me, once you get the hang of this you will start imagining all manner of amazing videos you could create. So get comfortable in your director's chair and check out these great tutorials.

The following tutorials from Sean Frangella show you how to take a video clip into After Effects, track the footage, add a 3D object, add some slick shadows and even match the color of the 3D object to the video. Here are the tutorials I used to make our unofficial Muse trailer. The tutorials are in two parts:

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