Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video Record player speed, part of Motion Graphics Loops: 3 Analog Techniques, the Phonotrope.
- [Voiceover] Let's begin by going over some of the ideal frame and speed settings you'll want to use to achieve the best visual motion on your Phonotrope, starting with your record player speed. You might wanna grab a pencil and paper, or pull up the notes feature near this video player to jot a few things down. Alright, typical turntables play records at 33 and one third rotations per minute, or RPM. Most record players have a second speed, which is 45 RPM. This faster speed is meant to play singles and shorter records with higher audio quality.
You'll wanna use this second, faster speed of 45 RPM because this will result in smoother animation playback than the 33 and one third speed that looks kind of flickery, and bad, and headachey, sort of like this example of a bouncy blob test animation. Yeah, I know, headache still. 33 and one third just moves a little too slow to give us good looking motion, regardless of what we do with our camera settings. Your player might also have an even faster setting of 78 RPM.
This is meant to play record singles and yes, you can create Phonotropes at this speed but the faster your turntable goes, the shorter your animation loop can be and that just gives you less animation time to work with. It can be lost of fun experimenting with Phonotropes at different record speeds, but for this course, we'll stick with the beautiful 45 RPM just to keep things a little consistent and a touch less confusing.
You'll get hands on and color, cut, paste, and draw and, along the way, learn about the logistics of player speeds, frames, video capture, and lighting. In the final chapter, you'll get tips and inspiration for taking your Phonotrope to the next level with transparency and mixed media.
- Introducing the Phonotrope
- Understanding frame and speed settings
- Experimenting with drawing and play dough
- Using Illustrator and Photoshop to plan a Phonotrope guide
- Preparing After Effects for a Phonotrope animation
- Shooting, lighting, and editing animation footage