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5.3 How to Add Audio and Improve the Animation

In this lesson we will learn how to add audio to the animation, such as ambient tones and sound effects. We’ll navigate through Envato Elements and add the files to the video in After Effects. I’ll also teach you how to improve the look of the animation by adjusting some effects.

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5.3 How to Add Audio and Improve the Animation

Hi everyone, and welcome back to the oddly satisfying pendulum animation course. In this lesson will learn how to add sounds to our video and some basic final touches to finish our animation. So if you look back at the videos of unjust ones, that's Instagram, let's click on one of these latest ones, and you'll find that these include some really nice sounds to matches animations. Let's take a look. [MUSIC] Cool, and we'll take a look at one of the other ones with the pendulum and we'll see what this sounds like as well. [MUSIC] So you see he's matched the pendulum swinging with some really nice ambient sounds. So let's add some sounds of our own by going t Envato elements. So head over to envatoelements.envato.com and you'll come to the Envato elements website here you'll find a treasure trove of cool assets that you can use for your own projects. Ranging from stock photos and videos to website templates. If you hover over to the Browse button here, you'll see different categories that are available to browse through. So since we're looking for something in particular. Let's go ahead and use the search bar here, and we want to type in motion whoosh. And then make sure that we set the search item here in the category to sound effects. So let's go from all items, and we want to select Sound Effects here, like that. And now let's look on the search button, cool. Now we have a selection of sound effects that matches our search. So all we have to do here is just click on the play button, and see what sounds that we like. [SOUND] So that doesn't quite match the sound of a pendulum swing, have a look and listen to motion whoosh 8. [SOUND] Cool. That sounds like it could match the pendulum whoosh, so we can go ahead and choose Motion Whoosh 8, and click on the download button here to download that into your computer. Excellent. So we might want to decrease the audio on that but we can do that in After Effects. Next, we need some ambient sound for the background of the animation. Something calming like something in space. So let's go ahead and type in a space ambient so let's type in space ambience. And let's go ahead and search for this. Again, feel free to hear through the search results to find something that's suits your animation. So let's go ahead and listen to Space Ambience. [MUSIC] Cool, so that one sounds pretty cool, nice and calming. So again, we can go ahead and click on the download button here. Now that we have all our assets ready, let's head over to After Effects where we can put everything together. So we're in After Effects, first let's set the workspace so that we're looking at the same thing. To do this, just go to Window > Workspace and select standard. This will hopefully make it so that you're seeing the same options on screen as well I'm showing you in this course. Now let's import our files. Got to File > Imports and File, and we want to navigate to the folder containing the files that we downloaded from Envato elements. So let's select the two things that we downloaded, the two sounds, which is the motion whoosh. And the sci-fi ambiance, as well as the pendulum animation that we rendered in sigma 4D. So select those three files and click import. You can also click and drag the files into the project panel, which might be more convenient if you already have the file location open in Windows Explorer. So once they're in the project, you'll find the files located here, which means that we can now access them to be used for animation. So let's click and drag the pendulum file, the pendulum animation here into this composition down here. And this will make it so that we can now see a timeline down here too, which is what we're going to be using to add the sound effects. So you can see here if I drag backwards and forwards in the timeline, you can see how our animation is working. So let's start with the whoosh sound. Now we want to time the whoosh every time the pendulum sort of swings swings backwards or swings forwards. So let's go ahead and drag the sound effect, so that it starts in the same timeline. So let's go ahead and drag that down here. And now we want to time the whoosh sound. So that it's at the same time as it's moving forwards, like so. So let's go ahead and make it so that it starts at about two seconds. And we want to drag the whoosh sound so it starts that two seconds here, and then let's go ahead and press the preview button to see what that sounds like. [SOUND] Here we go. Cool. So that's working quite well. Now let's go ahead and duplicate the sound by selecting this, and then pressing Control D on the keyboard. And we can now repeat that for the next few wishes. So let's go ahead and time this so that it's at around six seconds now so every two seconds will have a whoosh sound. I just go down the timeline like so. And then over here is the one that's going to be another one. So lets duplicate the whoosh sound again. That's the third whoosh sound. And move it over here. And now lets go ahead and preview. [SOUND] [SOUND] [SOUND] So it's slightly off sync, so I want to make it so that the whoosh sound comes a little bit later. So you can see it, let's preview that again. [SOUND] Preview that one more time [SOUND]. Okay, let's select all three whoosh sounds and maybe let make it so that it comes a little bit earlier. See how what that looks like. Let's preview that one more time. [SOUND] That's got to be later. So let's move that a little bit further down, like so. And now let's preview that one last time. [SOUND] And that's much better. [SOUND] Cool. [SOUND] Excellent. Next let's add the space ambiance, so all you have to do for this is click and drag it into our composition, like so. And make sure that the time of our space ambiance fits the 12 seconds of our animation, which it does. Cool, so let's go ahead and play this and see what it sounds like. [MUSIC] So it's a little bit loud, so what we're gonna have to do with this one is let's open this up, click on audio, and under audio levels let's bring the DB values down to about seven and see what this sounds like. [MUSIC] Maybe just a little bit lower. So let's bring this down to minus ten. [MUSIC] Cool, that's sounding great. So in order to access the volume for the whooshes as well you can just do exactly the same thing. Open them up, go to audio and under audio levels you can adjust the volume here as you see fit. Cool. Let's close these up. Now that we have the sound effects added, let's create some adjustment layers to make animation look just a little bit better. So let's go to Layer > New, and let's go and add an Adjustment Layer here like so, now go to Effects, go to Color Correction. Let's add curves to adjustment layer, so you've seen once we added our effects here it goes to the adjustment layer here, and what to add some more things here as well so go to effect. Let's go back to Color Correction. And we want to go to Hue and Saturation here. And one last one, so you can see here we've got curves, hue and saturation. And let's go back to Color Correction and we want a photo filter here as well. Cool. So we can play that with all of these, so the first one we'll play that with is the curves. So let's go ahead and make this a little bit sharper add a little bit more contrast here. Go into the channel, go to the blue channel here, and just wanna bring the blue up just a little bit like so. Cool, next what we can do is we can go into the Hue and Saturation effect here and we can play about with the colors here as well. So just play around with the color wheel here and change the hue as you see fit. So just going to add a little bit of a rotation there. And add a bit more saturation over here as well. So just give it a value of ten, like so. And then we can now go into the photo filters. Open this up and let's add a cooling filter and see what that looks like. And we can also increase or decrease the density of that as well. So let's give it a density of about 10%. Excellent, so play about with these values here. So you can play about with each of these effects to see what sort of look that you like. And then all that's left to do now is to render the project. So to do this, we have to go to Composition. And then from here we want to Add to Render Queue. Click on Best Settings. And here you can change things like the resolution. So here you can change the resolution here. But we'll keep the size at 1280 by 720 for now. The next thing that you want to do is you want to click on the output module here. So click on this. You can change the formats of your video. So let's go ahead and select AVI, click OK. And lastly you want to choose the place where you want the final file to be saved. So click on the output to, choose a file location and choose a file name. So we can name this pendulum animation two. Click save. And all that's left to do now is click on the render button here and wait for the final render to finish. Cool, so that's it for this tutorial, and the next lesson we'll go through the conclusion of the course. See you all there.

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