After Effects Cinema 4D

Rendering Cinema 4d Lite in After Effects for Mac

Below is a Mac workflow to prep a file for rendering your Cinema 4D Lite project in After Effects. We will cover how to import your Cinema 4D file into After Effects and provide the essential render settings. The final product is a quicktime file.


Open After Effects


Main nav bar> File> Import> File > then select your Cinema 4D Lite project.


New Comp


Locate your imported file in the left Project panel, right click on the filename and select “New Comp from Selection”.


Adjust Settings


Change Cineware Render Settings from Software to Standard (Final). Hit caps lock at any time to keep your computer from kicking into overdrive.


Add to Render Queue


Main nav bar> Composition> Add to Render Queue.




In the bottom Render Queue window, click on the blue text to the right of Output Module that says ‘Lossless’. Click on the Video Output Format Options button.




Select H.264 from the Video Codec drop down menu. Decrease the Basic Video Settings quality to 75 and check box to Keyframe every 24 frames. Hit Okay twice.




In Render Queue window, click on the blue text to the right of Output to, prompting you to choose a location to save your file. Finally, click the Render button in the top right corner of the render queue window! You may want to start your render at the end of the workday or over the weekend. Turn off your computer’s sleep settings or use the Jiggler app on Mac. Alternatively, you may choose to use a render farm like


That’s it!
I hope this information makes it easier to render your Cinema 4D creations. One of the goals of is to help designers learn and work faster, giving them more time to create and more easily share their ideas with the world!
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