47. Audio to Animation
• Convert music amplitude to drive particle animation
• Use particular to generate custom "waveform"
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777 Responses to "Audio to Animation"
Lacour Lavante
09/15/2014
Brilliant. Merci.
Sebastián Marcelo Sánchez
09/05/2014
Is it possible to make this like a heartbeat pulse animation?
Ravi Punia
08/03/2014
Man you really changed my life ......you made me stand out in my eyes infront of others...Thanks to you from the bottom of my heart
Chris
07/28/2014
Love it :)
gkanz
03/16/2014
I can watch your tutes all day long, you do a great job. And by putting your time and effort to put them together for all to see without any strings attached is a wonderful thing. You keep building good karma and that will always lead to good fortune. You're a good man Charlie Brown.
Rishabh
03/12/2014
Dude you are really awesome. Thanks for sharing your tutorials. They are really awesome
David McBride
01/25/2014
Great tutorial, thanks for sharing! I used it already to create something amazing. Much love!
Meg
01/16/2014
So much of love for this website ^^ !!
ramzes
12/19/2013
hi.... very nice tutorial... just one question... how can i make those that effect but on a text.. (my name animating like this, to the beats of a song)????
Kiran
10/16/2013
Dude ur Cool.. thanks for the tutorial..

hoo yea even ur story was also coool.. ;)
divolino
09/14/2013
Many thanks for the tutorial, even an armature like me can follow it step by step. Very thorough in deed. At the end, when all the effects are working perfectly, unfortunately there is no sound of my song. Since i am really a very new beginner, i wonder would you be so kind as to tell me why. i saw that you used a wav. format song and i used a m4a. Do you think that is the reason ? Thanks in advance for your help.
Shaurya
11/09/2013
Hi! Did you check the sound options when you go to render...or in the AE file make sure your Audio is on...
Graham`
06/11/2013
M8, do you even compress?
Chuck Norris
05/14/2013
I got the plug-in for free! Thank you Andrew!
Jerry Springer
05/13/2013
Your tutorials are very helpful for my video editors on my show
James Balazs
04/18/2013
project file is useful, I can has outro for youtube!
mark
04/18/2013
gah. dont have particular :(
Jack
02/05/2014
Tell me about it!!!!
sam
03/08/2013
very new to ae
i cant get it to show both layers together only one or the other
also the unified camera tool is now greyed out
and also is it possible to put this effect over video and if so how
thanks
mare
01/27/2013
nice story, and nice tutorial :) tnx
anjo
01/11/2013
thank you very very much!!!!!
Jerome
01/05/2013
Great Tutorial, thank you!
Majeed
01/04/2013
Hi Andrew.
Thanks for such a wonderful tutorial, so kind of you, you are s great designer, your tutorials are best I have learned a lot After Effects with them.
Regards.
Majeed.
amirul jazli
12/21/2012
hey andrew..im using adobe ae cs 5, when im dowloaded the project file..there is some files missing..u r using cs?is it cs 4 or 6?thanks
Clifton Moorhead
12/20/2012
Wow. Thank you very much. Your the best!
A. Randall
12/11/2012
i have been a huge fan of Video co-pilot and have learned much but i can no longer view the tutorials because i have old technology (Power PC mac running Tiger) and cannot use the latest adobe flash. Is there a work around?
Stephen
12/05/2012
is there a way to do this without Trapcode???
Andi
03/12/2013
Yes, to some extent. You can use CC Particle Systems II or CC Particle World. It's not as versatile but you can do similar animations with sound. If you are simply looking to animate a line you can do that easily with Audio Waveform and just for fun throw in Turbulent Displace...
Mike
01/05/2013
No.
Giangio
07/25/2012
Hello Man,

ure tutorial is pretty cool, i'm trying to do that with an effect
like this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYZS3NqUocg

how can i do that! youre request would be really appreciated...

Best regards,
A.
Lenny Belton
06/02/2013
You can separate the bass and treble as Andrew did in the video. Then pick whip the opacity of a blurred layer to the bass or treble. Or something like that.
wilber pichinte
07/25/2012
cool tutorial than
XTheHybridX
06/28/2012
So I did everything that was stated in the video, but when I rendered it out, all I got was the animation without any audio at all. What am I doing wrong? My audio is in .wav format and is roughly 4 minutes 30 seconds long.
FermataFilms
07/23/2012
Make sure you select (by clicking the check box) Audio Settings in your Output Module Settings (OMS). This is found in your Render Queue, when you add a comp to render. It's the bottom left option in the queue. Select the name of the type of file you are creating, and the bottom option of the OMS is your audio option.
Jose
07/05/2012
put the animation in premiere or final cut and add your audio to the timeline, should sync perfectly. Then export it in the format you prefer.
mony
06/18/2012
good
nik lopes
04/18/2012
Hi,Nice one!
is there any possibility to connect layer's sub controller for ex...colour,trans......
fransurea19
02/24/2012
este tutorial es magnifico sin palabras tu andreuw eres un maquina y un gran profesor
spliteris
06/05/2012
Perfect. my favorite page that i love.
durwoodghib
02/23/2012
Is there any way to link these "wave" forms to a mask so that they can be manipulated into a shape then reveal an item (ie a logo)?
slerbo
05/10/2012
I'm no Andrew Kramer but I believe that the only way to do something similar to what you're saying is using a similar plug in; Trapcode: Form.
Kiana Beuler
02/15/2012
Will CC Particle Systems II work the same way?
slerbo
05/10/2012
No it will not, Trapcode: Particular is much more advanced then the default After Effects particle systems.
VRAsociation
02/02/2012
Everytime I try to orbit camera. It wont work. With Andrew, you can see the particle in Z space but with me it wont work!!
Help anyone
erik
01/25/2012
as soon as I turn the velocity off it fails to work just turns into a straight line.
Erik
01/25/2012
doesnt work. I try to use the orbit camera tool to see the particles but its still just one dot.
kenneth
01/20/2012
I can`t key anything longer than 30 sec.
What may be the reason?
dmajor
01/24/2012
go to Composition/ composition settings/ then make your comp longer by changing the time in the duration box.
Andy
01/13/2012
I have done everything, but in the end when i play the file the song doesn't come out. When i press (period) button i only could hear the song and when i press (space) i only could see the animation, how can i get both of them playing at the same time? btw my audio file is mp3
Robert
02/03/2012
Use the keypad zero key to RAM preview. That will give you both video and audio simultaneously. The space-bar will only play your video, and the period will only play your audio.
hosen
01/04/2012
hi andrew u are amirical
Logan
12/27/2011
Is there anyway possible to spell out words etc. with audio waves??
jobeth
12/20/2011
good
Ian
11/18/2011
just watch the last 50 secs of video but if u want to learn math watch the whole thing
Alan
11/18/2011
Sorry you apply that Audio waveform effect to a SOLID LAYER not the song itself.
emily
11/01/2011
I'm using CS4 on my macbook and the layout is different . I can't seem to find effect>trapcode>particular . HELP !
Ethan Archer
01/01/2012
You do need to buy Particular, but I wouldn't worry, most of the time you can do the same thing in CC Particle World.
sulayman
11/09/2011
hey you have to buy Particular, it wont be there if you didnt buy it, come on
Håvard Modalen
11/08/2011
you need to buy it, u can find it her on VideoCoPilot
The Don Dada from SA
09/12/2011
YA YA YA YA!
ITS GREAT
DamienWalters
09/09/2011
WOOOOW way to tell me i needed trapcode ahead of time. Just wasted 45minutes of my life and now i cant even finish it........DANGIT
Nic
11/15/2011
This tutorial isn't even 45 minutes long -.-

Also it says you need it before you watch the tutorial video.

"3rd Party Tools: Particular"
AENOOB
10/25/2011
Hate to agree with him but, being a noob in AE, I worked on this for like nearly an hour and then found out trapecode did not come with AE itself. I was really disappointed. Andrew, can you mention it at the beginning of the vid next time? Thanks :)
anoynomous coward
09/22/2011
Why wouldn't you help him? I'm tired of fake "knowledge hogs" that turn everything into a BS hustle. Video people around my way don't want others to know this tutorial site exists. But there videos has every effect in it this site teaches for free.
The Don Dada from SA.
09/12/2011
Its just that the one I GOT is 46MB, i was gonna help you
amess
09/03/2011
great totorial :) tnk's
Vcortez
08/04/2011
How do you use that panel in which you put the code manually , mine doesnt have that.
"TREBLE= effect("Both Channels")....etc

can you help me
Ballard
08/16/2011
Alt+click on the stopwatch next to it.
vinz
07/20/2011
i put mp3 sound in AE5 but not here sound please.
Monaco89
08/05/2011
press NUM 0
Kyle
07/26/2011
Thankyou so much! I love this effect, here's my final outcome>

/watch?v=zmUCIewpBgM

Took ages to upload though, and render :(
Moysa
07/12/2011
yea thanks man. its very cool
Grady
07/06/2011
"Now some of you have seen the great Justin Timberlake video where everything looks like an audio waveform and he's dancing and it all goes to the music, really cool effect. Well, in this tutorial we're not doing ANYTHING like that so... I just wanted to get that out of the way."

That is hilarious. Thanks for everything Andrew...
fabri
07/05/2011
man ur good, how u get so good with this? Did they teach you? or u learned by urself?
Jared
07/04/2011
Hey Andrew, bro, how much RAM do you have, and whats the capacity of your video card, cause mine lags,
Mind helping me out?
iourzzz
06/28/2011
great tutorial!

thanks!
help me
06/22/2011
I still cannot get my audio (wav) to work on my intro!!!! pls anyone who reads this could u pls reply with helping comments
Charles
06/22/2011
try with an mp3 file, it works to me ;)
annmarie
06/21/2011
what is the period key to hear the audio pls?
fabri
07/05/2011
the one to the right of the letter "M" this one-----> ,
Rebel28
06/22/2011
It's on the numpad, mine also says "Del" under that.
walk by
06/22/2011
number board "0" or "del/."
hadi
06/21/2011
tanxxxxxxx andrew
Ed
06/20/2011
mines says that there are no TREBLE commands. 7:35
negar
06/02/2011
qqq
Jordan
05/25/2011
you my friend are a genius
seriously all these tutorials are so helpful
akito
05/23/2011
nice job andrew
solaria
05/19/2011
HI,
MAN YOU ARE FANTASTIC AND YOU TUTS ARE REALLY HELPFUL
CAN I ASK YO PLEASE TO GIVE ME THE SETTINGS TO MAKE THE PARTICALS LOOK LIKE THIS:
http://portfolio.estebandiacono.tv/#265046/-lafur-Arnalds-Lj-si
IT WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU HELP ME ... THANK YOU
roojyn
05/11/2011
hii i don't seem to be able to find "particular" under effect>trapcode>particular :S
armz
06/03/2011
Its a plugin, you have to pay for it :P
problemchild
05/04/2011
I can not play or hear my song in playback or RAM-preview. What can I do to fix this??
I tested .wav .mp3 .mp4 .aiff but it seems like that's not the problem.
Jtizzle
05/04/2011
hahaha! almost there! make sure to render the audio in your render cue.
Diegos
05/03/2011
How would i use this to maybe, say. Make a light flash around to the beat of a song? get brighter and Dimmer along with the music?
The Lex
04/25/2011
Great tutorial Ak! For anyone who is trying to do this with a longer exert (or an entire song) you may run into an issue where when you create the keyframes from the audio, and you click on the Null it immediately gets deleted. I struggled with this 10 different ways and then just gave up. I created the null and went to get a donut. When i came back and clicked on it, it was still there :D Moral of the story, if your Null with Audio keyframes gets deleted, just let it sit for a couple of seconds before clicking :) Great tutorial again!
James
11/29/2011
Dude thx for posting that, like John I too was losing my mind... Did you know you are the only person on the internet that refers to this problem... the only person I could find at least... and boy did I look...
John
08/15/2011
good god, thank you so much haha. I was going crazy over this!
jack
04/14/2011
how do you get rid of the red lines on the particle efects ?
Mr. Help
07/07/2011
You have to register the product.
megamilk
04/13/2011
Which thing do I buy to get trapcode particular??
sk
04/12/2011
You do great tutorials!
ZAMY KHAN
04/07/2011
HI ANDREW BROTHER......I AM REALLY THANKFUL TO U FOR THESE ALL STUFF U GAVE US...U MADE ME UR FAN.....LUV U........HAVE ANICE DAY..TATA
snakers
03/24/2011
thx very much mr andrew
Jean
03/17/2011
I like how you give in depth explanations. Great tutorial
Naveen Sabesan
03/15/2011
You're THE best AE Tutor in the world !! And thanks a million for the pain and effort you take to teach us Andrew !!

- Naveen Sabesan (Chennai, India)
Hassan
03/04/2011
Awesome andrew u R my Guru..............fan from
PAKISTAN
RahLeeCoh J. Ishakarah
03/03/2011
how do i get the particular plug in
DragonRider65
03/25/2011
Go to www.redgiant.com and buy Trapcode Particular.
Aamir Wali
03/02/2011
hi
dear sir

help me plz i like ur work,
XxposinxX
03/02/2011
the tut is working fine untill i could not find those particuls*. could you creat a tut on how you could make one from scratch
rycycles
03/01/2011
Spot on... I've been wondering whether something like those linear expressions existed and now I know they do! Thanks aplenty
jeronimo
02/27/2011
god bless your parents `))
Cenz
02/24/2011
thanks alot, great help! :D i dunno where i'd be without u :]
nono
02/24/2011
Great tutorial, cant wait to finish my project. But i have a problem. Somehow, when i try to orbit around the particle, it remains as a dot. So that was the part where i couldnt go on with the tutorial. Thank you for your help, anyone.
chris
06/21/2012
Had the same problem, I figured out that if you open your cameras settings and click "reset" to revert the cameras point of interest back to default, you can now correctly orbit around the particles.
sprock
02/28/2011
I had the same problem. Couldn't orbit around the particles.
Justin
02/18/2011
You have some great tutorials and I hope to be sending you a final in the next week or 2!
TYTY
Rave
02/18/2011
YOUR LESSONS ARE REALLY GREAT, I AM SHINING IN MY AREA BECAUSE OF YOUR IDEAS.

THANKS
RK
(ONE OF YOUR FAN)
D
02/15/2011
YOU ARE MY GOD!!!
Sunny
02/12/2011
It's AK-47 :)... I mean Sir Andrew Kramer's 47th exciting tutorial...
THARAK
02/09/2011
i want full part of tutorial make video
uotalama
02/08/2011
thank you
KicE
02/04/2011
Nice Man Tnx :)
Alex
01/30/2011
I can't get my audio to play on AE CS5
I downloaded the demo on my mac and I can't find out why my audio won't play
DragonRider65
03/25/2011
I have the same problem on my CS4 and my CS5 versions. Very discouraging.
David
02/22/2011
try pressing ctrl+0
dan
02/09/2011
try pressing 0 on the numpad to render preview.
Federico
01/28/2011
Thanks a lot, great tutorial ... thanks ..
Erich
01/26/2011
Hello everyone at Video Copilot. I once again would like to extend my most sincere thanks to you all. I feel like I have grown 2 or 3 fold from all that I already knew. Thanks for the inspiration, the guidance, and for the sharing. I'm having loads of fun playing with these audio animations.
Peace
Pavlos
01/15/2011
This tutorial came straight from heaven!

Is was what I needed to synchronize movement with sound on an animation video I am making. Well not exactly, but you give so much info, that I will manage, I believe, to extract from it what I need...

Thanks for your nice tutorials!
Pavlos
Alan
01/12/2011
THX A LOT..................... UR GREAT.....
Flo
01/11/2011
Man! I lOve you!! Thank you very much!
Chrisk
12/30/2010
For some reason the video isnt working, im getting this Video not found: http://video10.videocopilot.net/efc5e19e65fe9ca2cbd9818d45ac92a1/videotutorials/47-Audio_to_Animation/data/tutorial.flv
Angelo
12/30/2010
This is nice. Now i can make a Call Of Duty Modernwarfare 2 Intro :)
VaLoRxDuCk
03/22/2011
same here
rohit
12/26/2010
thanku
mblue
12/25/2010
Dude you crack me up all the time =))

Awesome work btw!
driss ouddiaan
12/24/2010
u are a good persone,thank u my brother
Hollman
12/23/2010
Hello guys (before I´m sorry my english is no well...) I have some problem with adding Trapcode effect.I have Adobe after effects cs4 and this is maybe cs3 so when I open the effects I don´t see there any trapcode->particular pls help... :/
Todd
12/29/2010
trapcode is not included with after effects. it is a separately sold effect.
Yaseen
12/29/2010
it is a third party plug-in you must buy it
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