Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Reading an audio waveform, part of Editing and Animating to Sound with Adobe After Effects.
Let's start by getting comfortable with reading an audio waveform. …Now, if you're already comfortable with working with sound on a computer, you can …skip this movie. But if a waveform looks like just a …random set of squiggles to you, well, here's where you're going to learn how to …decode it. I'm going to open up my comp, 1.1 Reading …a waveform. The little speaker icon in After Effects …tells me that this track indeed has audio attached to it. …To reveal a waveform, there's a couple of things I can do. …One, I can just troll down the layer until I see a parameter called Waveform.…
Click on that arrow, and there's my waveform. …However, I like to use the shortcut, which is to press L L, two L's in quick succession. …And that will reveal the waveform. Initially, it may seem like just a solid …of bit of graphic along your timeline in After Effects. …It helps to zoom in to be able to see it in more detail. …Because audio waves happen much faster than video frames do. …So I'm going to press Plus on the normal portion of the keyboard and zoom in until …
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