Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a click track, part of Editing and Animating to Sound with Adobe After Effects.
In a perfect world, we'll get a chance to custom order music before we've started …the video. We'll receive the music composed to one …of these magic tempos, so we know what the spacing is going to be between the beats. …We'll go ahead then and spot out those individual beats in the music, and then …we can start cutting our video and animating our titles, et cetera. …However, as we know, the world is rarely perfect. …Quite often, because of tight deadlines, you may need to start animating or …editing before the music's done. Well, in that case, there's a trick where …you can make yourself a temporary soundtrack, which musicians call a click …track that has just simple clicks or similar sounds that mark where all the …beats are going to be. You can use this as a simple proxy …stand-in soundtrack. Start cutting and editing, and then when …you get the music back from the composer. It should just plop right into place, and …all the beats should line up. It's very important that that composure …
In this course, Chris Meyer teaches you how to "read" an audio waveform to spot the most interesting points to animate to, and then presents a variety of ideas for cutting video and animating movements to match your soundtrack. This includes timing transitions, making staccato cuts, matching the frame rate to the tempo, wiggling in time, expressing animations to sound, motion sketching to music, and more. Although these tricks will be demonstrated inside Adobe After Effects, the techniques themselves are applicable to virtually any editing or animation package.
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- Reading an audio waveform
- Spotting "hit points" in dialog and music
- Placing markers
- Creating a click track
- Cutting, crossfading, and time-warping video to music
- Timing visual events to music
- Timing animation to music
- Converting audio to keyframes
- Motion sketching to music