After Effects CC Animating with Music

After Effects CC is an industry leading motion graphics application. In this course, you'll learn how to incorporate music into any video project using visual effects, motion graphics, animated text, and basic audio reaction effects. Software required: After Effects CC.
Course info
Rating
(12)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jul 20, 2017
Duration
2h 20m
Table of contents
Course Overview
The Fundamentals of Using Music with Video
Animating and Fine Tuning Text Layers to the Beat of the Music
Editing to Music with Masks, Track Mattes, and Animation Presets
Adding Music to Shapes and Layers
Create a Basic Audio Reaction Spectrum
Exporting Your Project and Final Audio Tips
Description
Course info
Rating
(12)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Jul 20, 2017
Duration
2h 20m
Description

Music often goes overlooked by animators, but the truth is music can make or break a video. When you learn to effectively animate to music, your videos will be more captivating, more shareable, and more engaging for viewers. In this course, After Effects CC Animating with Music, you'll learn step by step how to animate to the beat of music to captivate your audience and drive home key points. First, you'll discover how to choose the best music for your video. Next, you'll explore how to edit the music to better tell a story. Finally, you'll learn how to animate text and shapes to the beat of music, and create visual effects using audio reaction spectrums. By the end this course, you’ll know how to efficiently animate a video with music from start to finish, how to edit more intentionally, and learn tips and tricks to to keep your audience engaged. Software required: After Effects CC.

About the author
About the author

Eric Harris is an adventure filmmaker, travel photographer, and award-winning motion graphics designer. He specializes in video marketing content, and works with inspiring brands to tell genuine stories. Eric also develops training for UAV pilots and creative professionals.

Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hey everyone. My name is Eric Harris, and I'd like to welcome you to my course, Animating with Music in After Effects. I'm the Executive Creative Director at Six Four North, and over the years I've become closely familiar with the storytelling power of music. Music often goes overlooked by animators, but the truth is music can make or break a video. When you learn to effectively animate to music, your videos will be more captivating, more shareable, and way more engaging for viewers. In this course, we're going to use music as a storytelling tool. You'll learn step by step how to animate to the beat of music to captivate your audience and drive home key points. Some of the major topics we're going to cover include how to choose the best music for your video, how to edit music to enhance your video and tell a story, we'll cover animating text and shapes to the beat of music, and we'll use audio reaction spectrums to create really cool visual effects. By the end of this course, you'll know how to animate a video with music from start to finish. You'll be able to edit more intentionally and learn tips and tricks to hook your audience and keep them engaged. This course is designed for all skill levels, but some general video editing knowledge and a basic understanding of After Effects will be helpful in the learning process. Animating to music is so much fun, and I think you're really going to like what we create together. I hope you'll join me as we dive in to After Effects Animating with Music, right here on Pluralsight.

The Fundamentals of Using Music with Video
Hey, my name is Eric Harris, and I'd like to welcome you to my course, Animating with Music in Adobe After Effects. Music is a really powerful catalyst for creating an emotional connection with your audience. When it's done right, music can be the difference between a good video and a great video, and adding music to your animations is an easy way to make them a lot more fun to watch. Inside Adobe After Effects, I'll show you how to create an animation that's purposefully synced with music. Adding music will move your viewer to watch your video again and again and also inspire them to share it. In this course, we'll work together to sync the transitions and movement of a text animation with the timing and beat of music. We'll also use the power of music to enhance an animation composed of shape layers. Then, I'll walk you through the steps to create a highly engaging audio reaction spectrum to showcase your music and captivate your audience. You've probably seen these on YouTube before. They're really cool, and they're a lot easier to make than you might think. This course is for beginners, but some general video editing knowledge and a basic understanding of Adobe After Effects would be helpful in the learning process. Before we jump right into our projects, we'll talk about why adding music is an essential step in the creation of your video and how to choose the music that will evoke the emotional connection you're trying to convey with your viewers. We'll also touch on where to find good music and how to obtain it. I'll show you the tools you'll need inside Adobe Audition to cut the audio you choose for your video. You'll learn about timing, assembly, transitions, and markers as you prepare your music to sync with your animations. This foundation will prepare you for the rest of the course, and it's the first step in creating your own animations that are skillfully timed to music, so let's get started.