Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video Spotting a soundtrack, part of Editing and Animating to Sound with Adobe After Effects.
In the next few movies, we'll be putting to work some of the skills you learned in …the previous chapter. Namely, we're going to start with a piece …of music and use it as a basis to create the opening to a television show. …I'm going to open up my composition 2.1, music section starter. …If the WAV form is not already revealed, select the Layer and type LL to reveal it. …And I'll place my cursor underneath the wave and drag it a bit taller, so I can …see it in more detail. The first thing I always do is listen to …the music, so I can start to pick up a general idea of how it's constructed, and …what are some of the major sections or events in it.…
So, I'm going to press the Decimal Point key on my numeric keypad again Mac users …can press Ctrl + Period, and let's listen to it a couple times through to get a …feel for it. …(MUSIC) …So, I'm noticing a few things about the way it's constructed.…
One, there is a basic repeating rhythm or feel that goes throughout the whole piece. …A dum, dum, bop, dum, dum, bop, dum, dum, bop. …
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