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Advanced Multi-pass Compositing with Cinema 4D and Fusion

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Advanced Multi-pass Compositing with Cinema 4D and Fusion

This is a feature length tutorial on Advanced Multi-pass Compositing with Cinema 4D and Fusion. There’s a ton of material covering how to set up your render passes in Cinema 4D to working with them in Fusion 5.

Advanced techniques | Taken to the next level | Your skills will increase!

Here’s a quick overview of a few of the topics that are covered:

Cinema 4D:

  • • Working with 32bit floating point textures as materials
  • • Overview of Ambient Occlusion and Global Illumination settings
  • • Overview of the Fresnel falloff shader
  • • Dealing with blurry reflections
  • • Setting up your Z-depth pass for post depth of field effects
  • • Setting up your bit depth based on your composite
  • • Straight vs. Post-multiplied Alpha channels
  • Adobe After Effects:

  • • Importing the multi-pass comp from Cinema 4D into After Effects
  • Eyeon Fusion:

  • • Fusion Compositing Basics
  • • How to use the merge tool
  • • Working with Deep Pixel information
  • • In-depth re-texturing with a UV pass
  • • In-depth re-lighting with a Normal pass
  • • Using Colour Curves
  • • Using passes as masks to tweak effects
  • • Working with Masks
  • • Adding depth of field (DOF) in 2D with a Z-Depth pass
  • • In-depth with the soft glow tool
  • • In-depth with the Colour Correction tool
  • • Using the hilight tool to create anamorphic looking lens flares
  • • Createing Chromatic Aberrations
  • • Adding realistic grain
  • • Using passes in unexpected and unintended ways
  • Adobe Photoshop:

  • • Dealing with Gamma shifts when working with files in different applications
  • • Using Looks and Actions to finesse your image
  • • Adding final touches and colour adjustments
  • What’s included in the Download?

  • • High quality quicktime movies of the tutorial (1GB) Part 1 is Cinema 4D, Part 2 is Fusion and Photoshop
  • • Full 1920X1080 render passes to play with
  • • Cinema 4D scene source file
  • • Fusion comp file
  • • Final layered PSD file
  • I really hope that you enjoy this tutorial. I put a lot of work into making everything as simple and easy to understand, so it should get you really rocking with multi-pass renders. Even though I do the final comp inside of Fusion instead of After Effects, ALL of the concepts can be applied to After Effects as well. Fusion is my compositing tool of choice, and once you see how easy it is to manipulate and play with different passes in Fusion, you might be a convert to the node based workflow!

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    25 Responses to “Advanced Multi-pass Compositing with Cinema 4D and Fusion”

    1. russiaman Says:

      hello Kert! i wanna to buy your classroomboom ) but no have pyPal at this moment..
      but on days i try to ask my friends who have Card.. thank you for funny , pleasant, poetically haiku :)
      have a power! stay ON! :)

    2. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

      Hi There, you don’t need a paypal account in order to register. There’s a link in the paypal page to pay via credit card as well. Thanks!

    3. TheSnake Says:

      Hello Kert, i want to buy the multipass tutorial, i from Chile, so, how it works when i pay? you give me a link to download?, if its that way, whats the size of?, thank, and grat site!!

    4. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

      If you can not purchase the tutorial through pay pal, just send me an email to and we’ll work out a different payment method.


    5. z9r Says:

      hello am new to fusion and i like your tuts a lot. Unfortunatly, for this one i can’t buy it becouse from my country (morocco) i can’t buy things via paypal or visa card, from other countries : so good look

    6. z9r Says:

      sorry good luck

    7. D.S.W. Says:

      This is a very informative tutorial and goes a LONG way to explaining how the various render passes in 3D software (we use Lightwave) can be used. I have plugged this over at the Newtek forum as I think a great many of us have access to these various render layers/buffers, but don’t know HOW they can be used. This has been very helpful and I could not recommend this higher. Thanks Kert for taking the time to make this. Looking forward to more tutes on compositing within Fusion!

    8. rj0 Says:

      Very interesting. Seriously considering.

      One question though, as my version of C4D is rather old, what version did you use?

    9. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

      Hi Rj0,

      I used C4D R11.5, but it doesn’t really matter what version of C4D, or any 3D app you use for that matter. As long as you’re able to output most of the passes, the bulk of this tutorial is spent showing you how to use the passes in 2D, rather than how to get them out of 3D.

    10. rj0 Says:

      Thanks Kert,

      I’m back on 8.5, which I don’t believe has ambient occlusion (it may be well hidden, but I really don’t think it’s there). Still, the theory is useful.

      Thanks for the quick reply.

    11. rj0 Says:

      and keep up the great work!

    12. Steve Says:

      I’m on a mac using c4d & After effects (not fusion) – just starting switching to linear workflow.

      Will this be of use to me?

    13. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

      Hi Steve, I dont specifically deal with working in a linear workflow in this tutorial, so if that’s something you were hoping to get out of it, the’s not much info about it. All the major topic points are listed above. Thanks!

    14. Raimy Says:

      The videos on this are lengthy, no fluff, and extremely informative for whatever 3d and comp package you choose to use.

      I bought this set this morning and can’t wait to watch them!

      Great work Kert! Looking forward to future videos!

    15. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

      Glad you’re enjoying the tutorials! Let me know if you have any comments or questions! :)

    16. TheSnake Says:

      Kert, hi, along time my friend. So, i wondering, when you came with another but/training tutorial like this!!!, please make some!, maybe for color grading?, maybe for 3d in deep?, maybe stereo production?, cheers my friend, hope you are ok!

    17. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

      Hi Christobal! I’m doing well, I’ve just been super busy and haven’t had time to make any new tutorials lately. Hopefully i’ll have some time over the winter!


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    19. kamorra Says:

      Hello !
      I’m interesting in buying this video ..just wanna ask you talk about composing passes in eyeon fusion , from a animation schene or rather like photo? From cinema it’s an animated schene ?

      thank you.

    20. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

      Hey Kamorra, everything that I cover in the tutorial applies to moving images as well as stills. The techniques are universal.

    21. Daniel Says:

      I am new to Fusion and i have baught your tutoral and it is realy great.
      The problem is, that i can´t find these Awake plugins,
      that you use.
      I also cannot find this Vlam plugin from your other tutorial.
      Do you know, wher i can find these things out there?
      Thanks in advance.

    22. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

      The awake plugins are super old and don’t exist anymore :( them but they dont’ sell them anymore for some reason. You can get Vlam here:

    23. Daniel Says:

      Oh, OK,
      Thats sad.
      Thanks for the quck answer.

    24. Greg Says:

      Do you have any Paypal option. I’ve had far too many issues with every credit card and have quit using them for these purposes.

    25. Kert Gartner (VFX Haiku Admin) Says:

      Yeah, shoot me an email through my contact form on this site, and i’ll give you my paypal info and I’ll send you a download link.

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