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ART 325-Digital Multimedia

Week 9

Audio Syncing in After Effects

Having an [audio file] and [a great idea] are just the beginning of a great project. To actually execute the idea, you'll need to start getting technical. Technique is what today's lesson is all about! We're going to bring our audio file into After Effects and laying down markers where ever we need to record a beat, word, phrase, sound, or any specific moment that we later want to sync motion to. Below you will also find a screen-cast of this lesson:  

Updating and Prepping the Style-Frame for AFX

In addition to this, I think I also need to make an updated style-frame, one that more closely matches the movement suggested by my storyboard. For reference, here is my original style-frame:



And here is my story-board, riffing off of the above style-frame:





There are some movements in the story-board that aren't captured in my style-frame, which is fine: style-frames aren't designed to suggest motion. However, I want to use my style-frame, or something very similar to it, in my After Effects project. This composition will have the text and images all laid out the way I want them to be, as suggested by the story-board. Here is what I have:

updated style-frame

It looks a lot different, and not as nice, as the original style-frame. Therefore, rather than call it 'style-frame', we should probably call this the composition frame, or staging composition, because we can now bring it into our AFX project and animate it.  We'll pick this up again in [Week 12].

In-class Work Day

After we have completed the above lesson, I want to go around and look at all your projects to check your progress ahead of next week's (Nov. 1st) midterm presentations. Have questions ready for me. Here is a quick rundown of what you'll need for a successful midterm presentation:

  1. Your actual body in the room at or before 9:30am on November 1, 2012! An easy one, but totes crucial...
  2. A body that isn't in a vegetative state (Stay awake! Involve yourself in other peoples' projects!). Unclear about this? See Item 1.
  3. A cohesive– and brief! – statement of your project concept. Use this formula:
    • My project is a __ minute animation that (  involves/ is based on/ features/ combines/etc) _______ and _______.  |  (Or something to this effect)
    • Try to keep it to one or two sentences that roll off your tongue in under 10 or 11 seconds.  
  4. Scanned Sketches, diagrams, thumbnails, and/or notes that you used while brainstorming ideas for your project.
  5. Style-frame: this one is (sort of) optional, depending on your project. However, most of you definitely need one.
  6. Story Board: Definitely not optional, a storyboard let's us know that you have a cohesive narrative arc (story) in mind for your final product.
  7. Any Rendered composition you might have at this time. Some of you are farther along than others...and that's fine. If you have some execution of your idea that you have experimented with in After Effects – even if you don't like the results – we need to see it. It will help us help you
  8. few good questions for those watching your presentation.
  9. OPP: OMG, remember that jam?! No? Well, no matter: this OPP stands for Other People's Projects, which you must definitely be down with. Show your fellow students support by taking interest in their projects, offering solutions to problems they might have, and giving constructive criticism. You get graded on this as much as you get graded on anything else.   
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