Posts Tagged ‘Animation’

Editing and animating to sound

Published by | Friday, August 23rd, 2013
Editing and Animating to Sound in After Effects

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Although I’m primarily known as an Adobe After Effects user and motion graphics artist, my background is in the music industry. Over the years I’ve found a sympathy for sound to be a big benefit to video professionals: timing animations to your project’s sound increases the impact of your visuals. Inversely, strictly focusing on the visual elements of your edits without serving the sound can distract the viewer, and dilute the overall impact.

I’ve recently distilled years of experience creating visuals to sound into a two-and-a-half-hour video course of exercises and real-world examples, Editing and Animating to Sound in Adobe After Effects. I start with the basics of learning how to “read” an audio waveform to spot the timing of beats in music, and then cut video, build animations, and even drive effects using the audio in your project. I also include a list of “magic tempos” you can hand to musicians so they can create a soundtrack at a speed that makes editing and animating easier.

Create a bobblehead effect: InDesign FX

Published by | Thursday, August 1st, 2013

This week marks the release of the final two videos in the InDesign FX series. And to say au revoir, I have an especially fun free video to share on creating a bobblehead effect. In the video, I show how to use Adobe InDesign animation tools to make the heads of an adorable pair of furry animals gently rock back and forth, just like a real bobblehead doll.

I know it’s very unlikely that you ever wished you knew how to create this effect in InDesign. But I hope you’ll watch the video and try it out—for two reasons. First, it’s pure fun and I’m sure you can get a laugh from your friends or coworkers by turning them into bobbleheads (or try some celebrity photos as source material). Second, this silly little project serves as a reminder of the main ideas I hoped to get across in the InDesign FX series: namely, to let your imagination run free, to push your tools to make them do the unexpected, and to create memorable visuals that are easy and fun to make.

InDesign FX: Revolving an item around an object

Published by | Thursday, June 6th, 2013

When it comes to graphic effects, sometimes your most impressive creative work isn’t visible on the page—it’s in the technique that made what’s on the page possible. That’s the case with this week’s FX video on using the Adobe InDesign animation tools.

In the video, I show how to make it look like one object is revolving around another. It’s a simple example with a red circle that crosses in front of a black rectangle, then reverses direction and goes behind the rectangle.

Deke’s Techniques: Create an animated movie in Photoshop

Published by | Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

If you’ve been following along with the last few installments of Deke’s Techniques, you’ll have all the raw material you need to create an animated movie in Photoshop. Watch this free movie from Adobe guru Deke McClelland to learn how to transform the falcon image and text into a frame-by-frame animation, using the Timeline panel in Photoshop.

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Deke’s Techniques: Animate wings with the Puppet Warp Tool

Published by | Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Are you ready for another Deke’s Techniques? This week Deke McClelland takes a still photograph of a majestic falcon and creates the appearance of motion by superimposing multiple copies of the wings and adjusting their positions with the Puppet Warp tool in Adobe Photoshop. Get started by watching the free video below and using the companion text to help you along.

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After Effects and CINEMA 4D: Styling animation to communicate emotion

Published by | Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Animation has a way of connecting with a viewer that is very different than a still image. The power of a still image or illustration lies in its composition and content. Animation on the other hand, adds timing and movement into the mix, and these elements are an important tool you can use to communicate with your audience.

The speed and direction that your graphic elements move in tell your viewer information that adds to the overall content and composition of your piece. If your object moves quickly and comes to a sudden stop, then, that could be combined with a dark, intense composition to communicate a sense of drama and action. Smooth, fluid movements could work well for romance, or even a somber mood. Sharp, punchy moves are great for comedy.

This kind of subtle animation is all about control. Both After Effects and CINEMA 4D have excellent graph editors that will allow you to really express emotion through your animation. If you’re interested in learning more about this topic, check out this week’s Design in Motion tutorial titled Styling animation to communicate emotion (embedded up top), then check out my CINEMA 4D R12 Essential Training course, or After Effects Apprentice 03 by Chris and Trish Meyer. Both courses have chapters that go into detail about controlling your animation with curves.

 

Interested in more?
• The complete Design in Motion weekly series on lynda.com
• All video courses on lynda.com
• All courses on After Effects and CINEMA 4D on lynda.com
• Courses by Rob Garrott on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:
After Effects Apprentice 12: Tracking and Keying
After Effects CS5.5 New Features

After Effects CS5 Essential Training
CINEMA 4D: Rendering Motion Graphics for After Effects

Meet the Content Manager for 3D, animation, and video: George Maestri

Published by | Friday, February 12th, 2010

George Maestri, content manager for 3D, animation, and video for lynda.com.

Allow me to introduce myself: My name is George Maestri, and I’m the content manager for 3D, animation, and video for lynda.com. My job is to find great authors in these areas and have them produce and teach courses that our members need.

My background is in animation, and I started my animation career 20 years ago. Back then, learning animation was not an easy task. There were very few books, and only a handful of colleges in the country taught the subject. The technology was primitive, as well. Even the best computers struggled with something as simple as a pencil test, and computers that could do 3D animation cost as much as a house.

Back then, we resorted to pencil, paper, videotape, and film to learn how to animate. I was fortunate to live close to a college which had a good animation program and a giant Oxberry camera stand. While there, I made enough films to get my foot in the door and start my career. Others were not as fortunate, and many had to literally move across the country to learn the craft.

In the intervening years, a technology revolution has made animation much easier, not only in the way it is made, but also the way it is taught. Almost all animation today is created digitally, and just about any modern computer is powerful enough to create high quality animation. The only barrier these days is some talent and the willingness to learn.

This is where technology comes to the rescue again. Instead of having to move across the country to learn animation, the power of the internet allows lynda.com to bring some of the best teachers of animation to you. I’m a total animation geek, and I’m very happy to bring my laser geek focus to bear on creating great animation courses for both 3D and 2D character animation, as well as special effects, motion graphics, and anywhere else animation is used. Look forward to a lot of great new courses in the coming year, and let me know what kinds of courses you’d like to see.