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Exploring audio refinements

From: After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music

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The last thing I am going to do is just tweak this dialogue track to make it sound a little bit better. It's a big thin, a bit tinny. I can give it a little bit more gravitas just using a simple effect like Audio > Bass & Treble. The first thing I will do is just crank up the bass all the way. This is a fairly subtle effect, but let's go ahead and preview that. (music playing) And without. (music playing) Yeah, it's a little less edgy with that bass in.

Exploring audio refinements

The last thing I am going to do is just tweak this dialogue track to make it sound a little bit better. It's a big thin, a bit tinny. I can give it a little bit more gravitas just using a simple effect like Audio > Bass & Treble. The first thing I will do is just crank up the bass all the way. This is a fairly subtle effect, but let's go ahead and preview that. (music playing) And without. (music playing) Yeah, it's a little less edgy with that bass in.

Let's cut the treble back a small amount, like maybe only -25%, just to get rid of some of the scratchiness. Now oddly enough, this is almost the opposite of what I normally do with dialogue. Yes I might add some bass, add some gravitas to the voice. But if I need more intelligibility, I'll actually add a little bit of treble to the voice just to give those higher frequencies and higher harmonics to help something cut through that makes them more intelligible. But since this is already very trebly, very scratchy, I am cutting it a little bit.

(music playing) Yeah, that's a little bit better quality. It's still obviously a radio transmission from a faraway place, but it's no longer quite as annoying to listen to. It's got more body. It's got less scratch to it. Again, After Effect's own audio effects are pretty weak. If you want to do some heavy-duty processing, I would recommend using an application such as Adobe Audition, which is part of the Production Premium Bundle as of CS5.5.

As a matter of fact, in the course we did on the new features in After Effects CS5.5, we included a couple of movies on how you can just get started using Adobe Audition. But if you are stuck with just After Effects, a little bit of bass and treble can really help just add a little bit of polish to your final mix. Now we have been focusing on just the audio mix during the last few movies, but if you are curious though, in the Comps_Finished folder, we did create a final version of this comp which includes lots of video layers as well, and you will see that we ended up fading up the video layers in time with the music just like we faded the music down in time with the dialogue.

We also did some more refined editing where instead of just cutting into the dialogue, we faded into the dialog. So the radio noise fades in rather than starts abruptly, and the radio noise fades out rather than ends abruptly. And we have some other opacity fades going on with these video tracks. Let's preview that quickly just so you can see and hear the final mix. (music playing) So you can see, we timed the fade up and fade downs of the video to match the music and dialogue fades, and we even timed an event in the video, this little emerging pattern to go ahead and match the hits happening in the music.

Once you get more sensitive to mixing audio and timing audio and video to each other, you will really raise your production value of your jobs above other people who just slap these things together.

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After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music

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Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer
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  1. 3m 35s
    1. Overview
      1m 35s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 0s
  2. 14m 51s
    1. Setting up
      2m 20s
    2. Entering, editing, and styling type
      5m 49s
    3. Using strokes
      3m 6s
    4. Working with paragraph text
      3m 36s
  3. 23m 21s
    1. Setting a title
      2m 31s
    2. Creating a text animator
      6m 54s
    3. Selecting by character vs. percent
      3m 0s
    4. Animating position
      2m 4s
    5. Animating more properties
      3m 31s
    6. Exploring text transitions
      2m 47s
    7. Randomizing order
      2m 34s
  4. 22m 49s
    1. The Cascade recipe
      2m 15s
    2. Exploring offset plus selection shapes
      4m 16s
    3. Working with ramp selection shapes
      4m 26s
    4. Using character anchor points
      4m 40s
    5. Further refinements
      7m 12s
  5. 9m 0s
    1. Working with selections based on words
      4m 16s
    2. Anchor point grouping
      4m 44s
  6. 15m 46s
    1. Using a vertical blur treatment
      3m 58s
    2. Animated tracking
      5m 46s
    3. Working with text on a path
      6m 2s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Per-character 3D overview
      5m 45s
    2. Enabling per-character 3D
      4m 4s
    3. Exploring per-character 3D rotation
      5m 7s
  8. 18m 37s
    1. Separating fields
      3m 48s
    2. Exploring wiggly options
      4m 28s
    3. Animating wiggles
      3m 18s
    4. Rendering with alpha channels
      7m 3s
  9. 45m 29s
    1. Adding audio
      4m 8s
    2. Audio levels
      4m 27s
    3. Spotting hit points
      5m 33s
    4. Timing to audio
      5m 25s
    5. Spotting dialogue
      7m 32s
    6. Timing dialogue to music
      6m 45s
    7. Mixing audio
      7m 53s
    8. Exploring audio refinements
      3m 46s
  10. 23m 9s
    1. Applying text presets
      5m 50s
    2. Browsing presets in Bridge
      4m 35s
    3. Editing presets
      6m 49s
    4. Saving presets
      5m 55s
  11. 16m 27s
    1. Working with Photoshop text
      4m 58s
    2. Keyframing source text
      4m 21s
    3. The Buzz Words preset
      7m 8s
  12. 20m 43s
    1. Exploring faux styling options
      7m 42s
    2. Tracking and kerning
      4m 56s
    3. Using smart quotes
      4m 8s
    4. Using hyphens and dashes
      3m 57s

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