Jazz Music Video
You are going to create a jazz music video that will help you learn some basic tools and features.
Listen to the jazz music and take notice of the constant beat. You will have a new jazz image appear at each one of these music beats. Editing video to the beat of music is a basic skill that is used in all levels of video production.
When you are finished with the jazz project, turn in on Teams.
A quick way to tell if a video production is of professional quality or done by an amateur is the use of proper shot composition and camera movement techniques. In this project, you will learn about each type of shot and get practice collecting each one.
In groups of 4, collect an example of each technique we learned in class. The shot compositions can be either a still image or a moving video. Every group member must be in a minimum of ONE picture.
Place the example and add the corresponding title that describes each one. Finally, add a background song to make your video more interesting to the audience.
After you have finished your project, save it and export the file. Don't forget to review the rubric to make sure you are meeting all of the project requirements.
Techniques to include:
Sometimes it is easy to forget that audio production is not only recording and editing music tracks, but also includes editing spoken word. This type of skill is used to create audio books, recording voice-overs for commercials and movies, and especially to produce radio broadcasts and advertisements.
In this project, you will edit a raw voice recording to match a script. Your client is Billy Bob's Auto Warehouse. You have his original recording (as you will see, Mr. Billy Bob is not so good at recording a commercial) and the written script of what the radio commercial should say exactly. As you learn how to cut and splice clips, arrange Billy Bob's recording in the correct order.
When you have matched the script, add sound effects and background music to make the production appealing and persuasive. Remember to match the script exactly!
In this project, you will learn how to add special effects to the tracks of audio, as well as further incorporate sound effects and background music to help your radio advertisements sound appealing and persuasive.
Your client is Dorton Arena in Raleigh, NC. They are hosting a monster truck rally and Sesame Street wrestling match (fun for adults and children!). You have been given a raw recording of the commercial, a voice-over from Elmo talking trash to Big Bird, and a sound effect or two. You have also been provided with the final script of the commercial.
Your job is to cut and splice the original audio recording to match the script, then add in some excerpts from Elmo's voice-over. This time, every individual clip that you splice needs to be on its own track. You will use the software to add special effects like track panning, echo, reverb, and others. Finally, you will incorporate sound effects and background music to help persuade your audience to attend the monster truck rally and Sesame Street wrestling tournament.
Advanced Animation Projects
Create & Animate Text - 4 Part Project
Add text to compositions
What you learned: Add text layers to a composition
- To place text, select the Type tool in the Tools panel, click in the Composition panel, and type. Use the Selection tool to set the text layer.
- Choose fonts, size, color, justification, and other text properties in the Character and Paragraph panels.
- Preview fonts by clicking a text layer in the timeline, then scroll through the font family drop-down menu in the Character panel.
- Text layers are generated within After Effects and have their own parameters in addition to the normal transform properties associated with every layer.
Animate efficiently with text presets
What you learned: Apply text presets
- Find and search for text presets in the Effects & Presets panel.
- Browse animation presets using Adobe Bridge CC.
- Drag and drop a preset from the Effects and Presets panel directly on a text layer to apply. The first keyframe of the preset will be placed at the location of the Current Time Indicator (CTI).
- Slide keyframes to change the timing of the animation. Stretch or squash multiple keyframes by holding Alt and dragging the first or last keyframe with all keyframes selected.
Animate text letter by letter
What you learned: Animate type letter by letter
- In the timeline, open the layer parameters by clicking the triangle to the left of the layer number. Text layers have their own set of parameters in addition to the normal transform options for the layer.
- To the right of the text layer parameters (Text) look for the word Animate. Click the button to the right of the word Animate and choose a parameter to animate. Once a parameter has been chosen, a Text Animator will be applied to the text.
- Scrub Range Selector parameters to preview possible parameters to animate. Animate type by adding keyframes to different range selector parameters.
- To remove an applied parameter, range selector, or animator, click directly on the words in the timeline and press Delete.
Make type pop with graphic elements
What you learned: Create and animate a Shape layer
- Make sure no layer is selected in the timeline, then choose a Shape tool from the Tools panel. Click and hold on any Shape tool to see other Shape tools. In the Tools panel, choose Fill and Stroke colors for the shape. Click and drag in the Composition panel to add a Shape layer into the composition.
- Drag a Shape layer up and down vertically in the timeline to position the object above or below any other objects in the composition.
- Shape layers, like text layers, have their own parameters in addition to the normal layer transform properties.
- Any property that displays a stopwatch can record keyframes for animating.