Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Spotting hit points in music, part of After Effects Apprentice: 16 Creating a Medical Opening Title.
The next thing to do is to look at the waveform of this audio file, and spot…peaks in that waveform, which indicate beats and place markers along this layer,…so we know where they land.…I'll type LL, two L's in quick succession, which reveal that audio waveform, you…can also twirl it open for the layer and give ourselves some more room so I can see…this audio waveform in more resolution, as tall as possible.…And we can indeed see a series of spikes that indicate loud sections, …in this case, beats in the music.…
I'm going to press the decimal point key on the numeric keypad and audition this…soundtrack, just to get an idea of how those spikes correspond to what I hear.…(music playing)…Okay. I think I've got a feel for how this goes.…
Mainly it starts with that double beat of the heartbeat, the thump, the thump, the thump.…The second beat seems to be stronger than the first beat in those pair of beats,…so I'm going to use that as my main trigger for action in my animation.…I've moved my time indicator to where it appears to line up with one of those beats.…
The After Effects Apprentice series was created by Trish and Chris Meyer. These tutorials are designed for After Effects CS4 through CC, and can be used on their own or as a companion to the Meyer's book, After Effects Apprentice.
- Animating to music
- Arranging layers in 3D space
- Performing time stretches
- Working with 3D camera tracking
- Typesetting and animating text
- Adding effects like drop shadows and motion blur
- Creating and animating shape layers
- Building and delivering a broadcast package
Skill Level Intermediate
After Effects Apprentice: 14 Shape Layerswith Chris Meyer2h 20m Intermediate
Premiere Pro and After Effects: Creating Title Graphicswith Chris Meyer26m 19s Intermediate
The Creative Spark: Title Case, Typographic Artisanswith Jessica Hische28m 31s Appropriate for all
1. Roughing Out the Spot
2. Building the Hero Shot and Title
3. Creating Video Frames Using Shape Layers
4. Dressing Up the Background
5. Finalizing the Proof
6. Delivering the Results
7. Idea Corners
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