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Tyson Cooley
Syncing Animation to Music (workflow question)
on Apr 29, 2020 at 6:46:03 pm

Hey, all. Loooong-time lurker, first-time poster.

I'm currently working on a series of music tutorial videos in which an instructor plays through a song with accompanying visuals for the score / notes / chords / etc. I need to animate those accompanying visuals, preferably in a way that's more aesthetically appealing than just cutting between still PNGs.

The director of the series gave me this video clip as a reference for the kind of effect that he's looking for:





I am capable of reproducing a similar effect, but only by painstakingly manually animating every chord.

The problem is that this doesn't scale well -- there are almost a hundred videos planned (tens of thousands of chord changes altogether).

So I'm trying to figure out a workflow to make things smoother.

Maybe there's something I could do with scripts to create a procedural animation? Maybe there's some kind of drag-and-drop solution that I could develop?

Ideally, I would like to be able to define a list of chords for a song (each one associated with its own image asset) and have the list generate an animation that's locked to a certain BPM, but that might just be a total pie-in-the-sky fantasy.

I'm very new to AE and haven't yet figured out the order of operations for tackling something like this, so any and all advice would be greatly appreciated!


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Eric Santiago
Re: Syncing Animation to Music (workflow question)
on Apr 29, 2020 at 8:27:51 pm

There are plug-ins like the Trapcode one that will take audio cues but that's a bit much.
You will still need to layout the chord progressions to your liking.
Create chord combos using preComps.
I would use Timewarp to stretch them to specific BPMs.


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