Music to Keyframes

I’m working on a new tutorial where I’ll be using a music track to generate animation. Its pretty straight forward but I’ll be covering some fancy expressions too.

This is going to be a good month for tutorials. So don’t feel bad about buying a couple of our DVDs from the online store.

9 years ago
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That's a very cool look you've created.
9 years ago
In response to Chava Gallegos' posting about logo usage. First of all, the Mexican Bus company logo is a direct rip-off from of the Texaco logo and second Andrew is in the USA and the logo is not trademarked in the country.

In fact the logo in question is not unique enough earn a trademark in most countries as there is volumes of prior art that proves this.
9 years ago
hello, I have a question that I hope can respond to me: What computer and accessories use at the time of working? congratulations by their Web, are of the best ones!
9 years ago
aww sweet new stuffs going on, just got back to school camp. this tut looks sweet
9 years ago
@ Marian STACH

I believe that font is Aurora cn bt.
Marian STACH
9 years ago
Thank you for another great tutorial. I like to ask a question, which is partially out of this topic: I wonder, if you can tell me, what font you use at your page header, as well as at image for this tutorial. They both look nice and are greatly contrasted for this kinds of promos. Thank in advance. Let at least 3/4 of your plans comes true.
9 years ago
Hahaha You are God to me! Thanks for taking your time to teach and selling those amazing products! Congrats
Andre Prior
9 years ago
Andrew, please show us a version without trapcode, iam totally broke atm and I would love to create such a nice music animation :-(
Helge Kallevik
9 years ago
I didn't get an answer to my question, so I'll ask again :)

I can't get after effects' audio to work. My speakers are working! I've tried to convert mp3 files to wav, but i still can't hear anything. Please help!
9 years ago
Hey Andrew great tutorial as always, thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge!...hey about tutorial sugestions i support the idea from marcelo from brazil of making a tutorial about the bullet time effect of matrix, i know its really hard to shoot something like that cos i saw how they did it on matrix with lots of cameras recording at the same time... but i saw this tutorial on the internet

where the effects of bullet time is faked using just adobe premiere a panorama picture of the background and a free plugin to morph within adobe premiere called
WinMorph . the result is pretty cool... i ´m sure there´s must be some way of faking that effect in AE.

Here is the result movie from the tutorial
Chava Gallegos
9 years ago
hey andrew excellent tutorial!!
ur totorials have been a lot of help for me and my work as an independent film maker, im part of a filmakers organization at Mexico and i just wont to warn u aboutthe logo at that awesome basic training tutorials, cuz actually thats a logo used by a buses company here in mexico
here the link of that company

actually i was suprise to watch that logo on ur new web page
9 years ago
hey, i just wanted to let you know that you are very well known among the youtube community (well duhh) but i do after effects tutorials as well, and people always ask me for the download link etc to your products. Needless to say I do not reveal any information, but just wanted to let you know that a lot of ppl are pirating it...

On the other hand, thanks for all the hard work on the new site to help us AE noobs lol.

And this new tut is amazing!
9 years ago
i like your "music to keyframes"tut. a while ago i tried to recreate the Justin clip by the methode you explained at the end. then trapcode echospace to fill the 3D space like a boiling blanket. never finished the project because my playtime was over. if i just waited for your tutorial. very nice clip, very usefull. thanx from holland
9 years ago
Hi Andrew, just on suggestion:Why don't you sell T-shirt with VIDEOCOPILOT logo? Do you?.I will buy one...or two.....or.....
Thanks for all your hard work!!!!!
9 years ago
hey andrew, thanks so much for everything! ive learnt so much

just because im curious and im about to buy a new computer, what computer do you use (specs) ?? any preference to the mac/pc?
Helge Kallevik
9 years ago
Hey guys, I got a problem with my After Effects. I can listen to audio! I’ve tried to convert mp3 to wav and YES my speakers are on. HELP!
9 years ago
Great new site!

You are the one, andrew!
9 years ago
Congrats on increasing your brood.
As great as your AE knowledge is, you should think about doing a set
at the comedy store, you've got pretty good timing. Think about open
mic night! Just imagine, you could create some stuff using After Effects
project it on a screen, then do funny voice over! it would be killer! and you'd get standing O's just for using mulitmedia (drunk people are easy to impress)! LOL you'll never do it and I realize this, but hey thought I'd suggest anyway. thanks for everything
9 years ago
I like this site better than the one two days ago...great Tutorial.
9 years ago
Wow. Just. Wow.

9 years ago
AK: great new site!!, love the presets!!
Regarding this tutorial, did you use Trapcode Soundkeys? its amazing to track audio data like this one.
Amazing stuff,
From argentina.
Yoav Shaked
9 years ago
Thank you all so very much for the great upgrade.

What about the feature you all ready wrote about - letting us download the tutorials?
Marcelo from Brazil
9 years ago
Hi Andrew. I would like to make you a suggestion for future tutorials. Could you make a tut learning how we can do the fast run presented in the Smallville serie?? Another suggestion is about the bullet time of Matrix. I saw some tuts but none was satisfatory!
9 years ago
Nice Andrew, i wish you could make a forum or something it would be great. I have alot og question about AE
9 years ago
Hey Andrew What is this new product you spoke about a while back and when can we expect it? Keep up the awesome tutorials Thanks
9 years ago

thanks Andrew for all your tricks.
I have do this animation one years ago. Maybe that could interest some.

A big thanks for all your works !

P.S Let show us some of your movies
9 years ago
exactly why i want a tutorial on how to do stuff like that. there arent many tutorials on the web on how to create sound waves visually in a cool way and when i saw that video for the first time i knew what i wanted to do in my head was possible
9 years ago
that Justin Timb. video is awsome
9 years ago
sweet, that looks so awsome
Just Amit
9 years ago
when i first saw this, i was impressed by the cool streaks. but now, I'm getting even more excited about the ability to use music to control my GFX and in some cases VFX. this sounds like defiant favorite and i i can't wait to use this tutorial for some of my personal videos. thanks for the awesome show, im looking for to the tutorial as well as the twitch launch.
9 years ago
is this in anyway like the tutorial i suggest on the justin timberlake video love stoned?
video seen here
9 years ago
I've seen a couple of tuts on this subject, but what I'm excited about is that AK always shows how to actually make it Look Good!

Great technique and great aesthetic, lovin' it.

9 years ago
oops...I can really see myself using this in the future. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!!!!

Just Amit
9 years ago
wow, the preview looks great. can't wait, and i do happen to plan buy 3 of your products in the near future.

P.S. waiting to see who one the hinze video contest soon.
9 years ago
yeah! please please!
9 years ago
uooo please please!
9 years ago
I've been waiting for something like this! You're really friggishly fast at making these things and tutorials, Andrew! I can't wait to see it when it's done. I've already bought the DVDs. I will keep purchasing your products in support. *roots*
Also, hope the baby's doing fine ^^
9 years ago
Thats a good idea for a tutorial, and it only confirms, that we tend to think the same way, because I'm planning to do the same tutorial. The only difference is that this time I'll be using Trapcode's SoundKeys, since I've already covered some aspects of creating animation based on music in my previous tutorials.

And I have to say that I admire that you are taking care of your wife and Katie, doing all the things that you do to make a living, and you still find time to record those tutorials.

Take care!
9 years ago
@whoever just posted the link to the MGS fan film- it looks gorgeous. excellent work with the sound design, the colors, and the VFX. looks VERY impressive. i'm looking forward to info on the final film.

it's nice seeing what people come up with when inspired/empowered by vcp.
9 years ago
i can finally admit that i've been anxiously awaiting the great AK 47! the answer to life, the universe, and everything was in tutorial 42. i know the next tut will be an invaluable weapon.
9 years ago
Andrew, Andrew, Andrew. Don't waste your time posting about how you will put up a new tutorial... Just put up the new tutorial! :p
Looks good though! Nice advertisement for the dvd's anyways
9 years ago
Looks like a great tutorial coming up, cant wait
9 years ago
hey andrew, if more companys took your approach im sure people obtaining programs illegally would drop dramiticaly. You provide a excellent service, and ill keep on purchasing from you.
9 years ago
Really cool :)
9 years ago
Hi Andrew,

lucky us you can't sleep as it sounds) I did not expect you to be back to programming a plugin plus recording tutorials)


9 years ago
CoPilot = Best tutorials on the net!
Andrew you are great! Thanks a lot!

Cheers from Italy!

P.S.: check my website, it's about a fanmovie with CGI and Sfx ;)
9 years ago
you rock balls, my friend (as opposed to having rock balls...but i'm sure you have those too...hahaha)!!
Mathieu / al2cl3
9 years ago
I saw a comment that say: "release some more and we will!!". Ok everybody can have his opinion but I think you've anough to give us the tast to buy all of your DVDs. I'm a Canadien (French Canadien) and I will buy all of your DVDs! ;) Wow Andrew, your are a master of After FX! Anyway, keep up good work I can't wait to see more of your fabulous DVD!
9 years ago
Need more stuff to buy. Must have more stuff, Andrew you have a family to support (congratulations). How about templates or more clouds or more cool water tank stuff or................. oh crap, just build it and we will buy it. Thank you for your tutorials. They have taught me that hard work is good, smart work is better.
9 years ago
The music tutorial will be awesome. I shoot and edit a lot of music videos and I think that will tie in nicely to some of my projects. I didn't reply to the Twitch thread, but that is what I am really excited about. I have been looking for a way around having to achieve that effect manually. Can't Wait! Thanks
9 years ago
Well for you guys that have already bought stuff. I thank you and I hope you will enjoy.
9 years ago
9 years ago
.mov ? :p
9 years ago
Looks really nice, the idea is superb.

I already bought some of your dvd's :P
9 years ago
Awsome, just like that Justin Timberlake video ? I posted a request in some long forgotten thread, and voila!
9 years ago
this looks amazing, any idea when it will be available?
9 years ago
NICE...really looking foreward to Twitch by the way
9 years ago
Andrew thanks for the tutorials!! They`re very good! great work!
Orc Master
9 years ago
Looks awesome man! Nice idea, perfect for a music video. I bet the solution's been under everybody's nose and none's seen it :P

I'd also like to see, and I bet it uses the same concept, some stereo-like sound-synchronized bars -I hope you know what I mean.

Great stuff man, keep up the great work!
Morten Enoksen
9 years ago
:D nice. I will use it to get a good grade at my school!
9 years ago
This sounds sweet. I hope that it will adress some some of the issues that After Effects 5.5's Motion Math, in which you could isolate both the Treble and the Bass to have each animate whatever needs to be animated.

I have not found anything with AE 7 that allows this.

Keep up the Good work!!
9 years ago
Do you still have plans for a new Product DVD this month?
Christopher Carlsson
9 years ago
now thats cool :D cant wait :D
9 years ago
Sounds great Andrew!
9 years ago
Great news! That's something that i will really appréciate!
9 years ago
Sweet!!! I've got a job I need this for and I'm trying my own method using audio keyframes so please hurry I'm sure yours will look better hehehe.
9 years ago
More Products Here = More Products For Me To Buy! I can't wait for the new stuff!!
9 years ago
cool!, i can't wait for the tutorial
9 years ago
i'm in the same boat as superbad i cant wait to spend more money on ur stuff. well worth it
9 years ago
The teaser for this looks really cool Andrew. Cant wait to see it.

Should be awesome as usual.
Thomas Lees
9 years ago
SWEET! I was thinking the other day we REALLY need a tutorial about this! Thanks man! I'll be using this one a lot.
9 years ago
Sounds great, will you be using the trapcode soundkeys plugin?
9 years ago
Hmmm, so would I be right in saying that you're using some numerical values obtained from a waveform and applied to a null object whose xyz coordinates are mapped to the squiggly lines? If that's the case then I'd be really interested in how you can extract the data from the waveform.
William Townsend
9 years ago

Great news, i like animating with music ,could make some great effects.

All the way from New Zealand


PS. Any 3d program like Maya or 3DS MAX coming up, i thought you talked about it eirlier this year.
9 years ago
looks like great video .i'am waiting for ...
thanks andrew your are the best
9 years ago
One question i would like to ask you: could you tell us something about the next dvd or what is it going to be about? I think you said something about having the 50 free tutorials all together, but maybe you have another thing in mind, or different proyects, I don't know.
9 years ago
Wow sweet, its always something different!
And yep ill be doing some purchasing this month
9 years ago
Im always looking for your latest work, can't wait to start the tutorial...

Thnx Andrew!
Cee Double U El Pee
9 years ago
Well, I;m glad you're taking advantage of the "EXTRA" time awake. :)
9 years ago
hello Andrew, oh course of instruction it for the music? because I am deaf :s

I am Belgium :)
9 years ago
Pretty nice screen ;)And all these linked to an audio layer would be awesome.

Convert audio to keyframes is one of my favourite options in AE.
9 years ago
You have boosted my interest in AE yet again...
9 years ago
Tight! I have been waiting for something like this. Thanks Andrew for everything! I will be purchasing products as soon as I get my left over money from financial aid....I pretty sure AK and counts as education right?

Will we need any trapcode plugins for it ?
9 years ago
release some more and we will!!
9 years ago
I'm sure,
Andrew will strike again !
the best i've ever seen
incredible and amazing is not enough to describe what you offer to everybody, and free,
just the best, i say
thanks a lot
Gianni (ITALY)
9 years ago
Hi Andrew, I've buyed enough products and...I'm very happy...
9 years ago
this looks interesting. i look forward to seeing it. a good month for tutorials eh, sounds great, i nearly died fromt the lack of tutorials, i felt like i couldnt go on, but was saved by 3d photos :) keep upthe good work dude
9 years ago
Cool! Cant wait, I have all your products already though. Are you going to put up any new products with the new site? I hope so..
9 years ago
sounds cool. i'm looking forward to it!
9 years ago
Wow. I was just randomly checking in on (because my OCD kicks in every five minutes and I involuntarily visit this site ALL THE TIME) and low and behold, TWO POSTINGS in one day! I'm getting excited! AK is BACK ladies and gentlemen!

Sounds like that little bundle of joy is giving you some energy, huh? We're all stoked on all you have to offer, sir!
9 years ago
always having suprise here~~~
thanx Andrew~~
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