I am getting into the tendency of posting these guys later and later. It is not a healthy tendency. It’s mainly because I am having some free time for the first time in a long time and I have been spending it with my wife and daughter, mostly. It’s only until late in the evening that I’ve been deciding what to do.
Last night I decided to take it easy and I just did a little After Effects tutorial. If you are interested in After Effects there’s this guy named Andrew Kramer who has reached the level of hero to me. For years, I bought book after book on After Effects and they would only break the surface. Andrew Kramer and his website of tutorials called Video Co-Pilot completely blew all my prior training out of the water. He reveals actual industry tricks for creating motion graphics. I, Myself with 8 or 9 odd years of real world experience, could watch one of his most basic tutorials and still learn something. Also I believe through his tutorials that absolutely ANYONE can learn to use After Effects.
In this graphic that I did last night the tutorial is called “Audio to Animation”. Using a plugin called Particular I control the various parameters of the particle system with the Bass and treble of the audio signal. On this the bass controls the position in z-space and the treble controls the particle size.