Join Owen Lowery for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know, part of Motion Graphics Loops 03: Analog Techniques - The Phonotrope.
- [Voiceover] The main three things you need for this course are a record player, a bright light, and a video camera, or even a cellphone that lets you adjust some of its exposure settings. There are plenty of free apps that you can download for that. If you're new to animation or motion graphics and know almost nothing about traditional techniques, then this just might be the course for you. It's a fun little way to create with your hands and have some fun figuring out how frame animation works and isn't all that hard, once you get the hang of it. If you're a tied and true animator and are looking to escape the computer screen for a little bit, this also might be a pretty good course for you.
I like to think of phonotropes as a great equalizer, which is more about creative moxie than traditional skills. This course does jump around a little bit. Some chapters have us in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and After Effects, but you don't have to use any of those programs to be able to build a phonotrope. So, don't let that dissuade you. We do use Adobe software to create some phonotrope guides, but those same guides are available with the exercise files in several different file formats for print and use. Any section that has us using any Adobe software is clearly labeled and you don't need Adobe Creative Cloud to use this course and make your phonotrope.
You can skip those sections or you can just watch and follow along.
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