After Effects: Working With Sound

This tutorial involved creating an animation with sound. Jay provided a sound file which we imported onto After Effects, he also explained to us that with sound, pressing the space bar to play the animation will not play sound as well, In order to play sound to have to select the preview tool, or shortcut ctrl + . (full stop).  This was useful information to learn.  Jay also explained that when working with sound it is important to place markers on the timeline so it is easier to understand how the animation works with the sound.

Firstly we needed a shape to animate, therefore we went to “new layer” and “solid”, then we changed the shape making it smaller and easier to work with. At different points in the timeline, by pressing shift and moving the layer to a different position it will create straightforward movement using a form of path. From changing this curved path into a straight structured one, we changed its interpolation to “linear”. So creates basic movement so that when the animation is player the shape moves along with the sound. This was very straightforward and comfortable to do.

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Then for something more complex. Creating a new composition and adding the same sound file, we went onto the “effects and presets”, which I have briefly used before. From here we selected the option “bass and treble”. I could see that we were going to create an animation where the shape truly moves to the beat of the sound. We changed the bass to 100 and treble to -100, using the sliders, then converted it to a key frame. With this done, we called the new layer “base”. We then repeated this process but instead had bass at -100 and treble 100, therefore calling this layer “Treble”. This had basically set up the sound to specify whether or not the bass wants to be portrayed or the treble.

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We now needed a shape that the sound could animate with, therefore we created a new solid layer.  Firstly we wanted to animate a path, therefore a path was created using the line tool, this was done simply by selecting the points in which you wish to make up the path. This was intended to drive animation using sound. On the path layer, by selecting the pick whip tool and dragging it to either bass or treble slider channels it allows the path to animate by moving to different aspects of the sound.

This process was then repeated, however with square shapes rather than a path, except the only difference was adding the bass and treble channels to the position so that the squares animate to the sound. By experimenting with different settings, such as: Positions, slides, and channels it will change to animation.

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I found this tutorial quite useful, however I did find it challenging from the second composition because it introduced a lot of new tools which I haven’t used before, and specific layer settings which have a big influence on the animation.