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Brecht Debackere
Analog Optical Sound visualization effect
on Dec 1, 2014 at 3:53:49 pm

Hi all,

I'm looking for a way to create the effect of optical sound on film.
While after effects has its built-in plug-in to visualize a sound layer, the effect is far from what I'm looking for...
Does anyone know of a way to do this...?

thanks

Brecht.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Analog Optical Sound visualization effect
on Dec 1, 2014 at 6:01:56 pm

It SOUNDS like you want to create the illusion of seeing the optical sound track from a piece of film in an AE comp. Is that correct?

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Ken Teutsch
Re: Analog Optical Sound visualization effect
on Dec 1, 2014 at 10:13:27 pm

Search effects for "Audio Waveform." It creates a visual waveform based on a layer's audio track. It doesn't look exactly like an optical sound track, but if you tweak the parameters right it might give you what you need.


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Brecht Debackere
Re: Analog Optical Sound visualization effect
on Dec 1, 2014 at 10:41:09 pm

Hi Dave, Ken,

Yes Dave, that's exatctly what I'm looking for!
Hey Ken, yes, I know the standard visualization plug-in in After Effects but I can't seem to get it quite the way I want it and how I know analog optical sound looks...


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Dave LaRonde
Re: Analog Optical Sound visualization effect
on Dec 1, 2014 at 11:39:04 pm

You see, the reason we're asking about this is because if you were to move the optical sound track of a movie to the center of the screen, you wouldn't see it move up or down... you'd see it change as the sound changes.

Hence the previous suggestion of using AE's built-in effects, Audio Waveform and Audio Spectrum... both of which can be positioned wherever you want on the screen. You just have to play with them.

And a big admonition -- don't use mp3 audio, use wav or aiff audio... AE likes them better. It doesn't like compressed audio.

Dave LaRonde
Promotion Producer
KGAN (CBS) & KFXA (Fox) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Brecht Debackere
Re: Analog Optical Sound visualization effect
on Dec 2, 2014 at 10:27:27 am

Hi Dave.

I was messing around with the waveform plug-in, which did not give me the desired result.
The audio spectrum effect does get the job done though. I should've tried that one before posting.

Thanks!


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