Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Spotting beats in music, part of Editing and Animating to Sound with Adobe After Effects.
Now that we know how to read this very simple waveform, let's read something …more complex. Namely, a piece of music. …I'm going to open up my comp, 1.2 spotting music starter. …I see the speaker icon, so that means there's audio attached to this layer. …I'm going to select the layer and press LL to reveal it's audio waveform. …Drag the wave form a bit taller, and I could optionally change the label color …for this layer, if I had trouble reading it, but this color is okay. …Even fully zoomed out like this, you can see, loud areas, and relatively quiet …areas in the outer wave form. Tall is loud, not as tall is quieter.…
If I press the semi colon key to zoom in on the frame by frame level now you can …see these individual waves fluctuating back and forth as our speaker phone …pushes towards our ear drums and away. Press the minus key to back up a little …but I can see what maybe a lower pitched sound here compared to these very closely …spaced squiggles which must be a higher pitch sound. …
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