Join Chris Meyer for an in-depth discussion in this video The timing and feel of transitions, part of Editing and Animating to Sound with Adobe After Effects.
Now, that we have our video nicely cut and timed to the music. …Let's play around with timing transitions. …I'm going to play with just simple crossfades here, but the same principles …will apply to fancier animated transitions. …If you've been following along, you can use the comp you've created or open up …2.4 Transitions Starter. Let's start at the beginning. …We have this establishing shot of lights from cars in the night. …We could come in hot to this immediately, or we could use transition at the …beginning to echo the feeling of the music.…
Now remember, our music was building an intensity all the time. …(MUSIC) So, it might be appropriate to build the intensity of the video as well, …rather than coming in hot on this initial shot. …To do that, I'll make a simple fade-up. I'll press T to reveal opacity in After …Effects, and pick some duration, such as maybe one beat for my fade up. …I'll say reach 100% by then, and press Home, and you might normally think enter …zero for the start of the fade-up at the beginning of the clip.…
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