Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Placing markers, part of Editing and Animating to Sound with Adobe After Effects.
Drum hits like these make excellent points in time to have something happen …in our video. These are good points for cuts in the …video, for keyframes, to start or end and effect, et cetera. …So I'm usually very interested in spotting stand out beats, things that …really stick out in my mind and maybe would motivate a change in the video. …I'm going to zoom out a little bit and place some markers to indicate where …these beats are. Now in After Effects, as long as I have …the layer selected, pressing the asterisk key on the numeric keypad will place a …layer marker. I press it once, and there's my little …marker right there. If you're on a Mac without the extended …keypad, you hold Control and press 8, you'll get another marker.…
So let's go ahead and move our current time indicator to the very sort of that beat. …And on my Mac, I'm going to press Control+8. …And there's my second marker. Here's our third stand out beat. …And you'll see a little bit of an issue here. …Audio waveforms have changes that occur much faster than individual video frames. …
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.
This course was created and produced by Chris and Trish Meyer. We are honored to host this content in our library.
- 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