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How to Create a Doodle Video Inspired by "Where Are Ü Now"

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What You'll Be Creating

In this tutorial we'll take a video clip from Envato Market and transform it into a doodle-filled video inspired by Skrillex and Diplo's Where Are Ü Now with Justin Bieber. We'll extract frames from a video clip, purchased from VideoHive, in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, draw over them in Adobe Photoshop CC, and compile the images into a finished video in Adobe After Effects CC. Let's have fun and get doodling!

1. Extract Video Frames

Step 1

First things first, you need to select a video. For this tutorial, I'll be using stock footage from Envato Market entitled "Break Dancer Isolated On White BG". There are so many fantastic video clips that I encourage you to shop around and have fun. Download your purchased stock footage, and let's open Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Purchase and download your stock footage

Step 2

Create a New Project and give it whatever unique name you want. Go to File > Import and select your downloaded video clip file. I've dragged mine from the Project panel to the Source panel. This way I can quickly and easily grab the frames I want for my project.

import your video file into adobe premiere pro cc

Step 3

In the Source panel, drag the blue arrow to where you'd like your video clip to begin. Hit the Mark In (I) icon below. Repeat with the Mark Out (O) icon to define the end of your video clip. I've opted for a 10 second clip.

Define your video clip length

Step 4

In order to Export your clip as a series of frames, go to File > Export and use the following settings:

  • Source Range: Clip In/Out
  • Format: JPEG
  • Export As Sequence: Yes
  • Frame Rate: 10

The rest of my settings were default. You can choose to export smaller images or adjust other settings if you wish. Hit Queue when you're done.

Export your video clip into a series of frames

Step 5

You'll find your images in the same folder (unless you specified a different output) as your source video. I specified a frame rate of 10 frames per second simply so this project would be smaller. If you want a smoother video with a longer run time, opt for a longer clip with a larger frame rate of 24 or 30.

locate your exported frames

2. Draw on Your Video Frames

Step 1

Open one of your video frame JPGs in Adobe Photoshop CC. Create a New Layer in the Layers panel. Use the drawing tool of your choice to start drawing whatever you want on your image. Every time you complete an image, Save AsJPG, keeping the file name so it's easy to compile them into a video later.

Open your images in photoshop

Step 2

Draw colorful designs around your dancer. Below I used the Brush Tool (B) to draw in the negative space of my image. Fill up your entire image or simply draw a small amount around the dancer.

Draw around your dancer

Step 3

Another option for your project is to incorporate your dancer's position into a small and simple scene. 

Create a scene around your dancer

Step 4

Or create a whole scene that includes creating a new outfit for your dancer friend. I've never seen Mario go down a pipe like this, but I thought it was time he boogied on down.

Create a scene over your design

Step 5

Because I had 100 frames to fill with doodles, I got some help from my fellow Envato Tuts+ instructors and editors. Our editor in the Design & Illustration section, Sharon Milne, filled up the space around the dancer with colorful scribbles.

Fill the background up with colorful designs

Step 6

Kirk Nelson, fellow Envato Tuts+ instructor, got humorous with his design, allowing it to interact with the pose of the dancer.

Have fun and interact with your frames

Step 7

Melody Nieves, another fantastic instructor here on Envato Tuts+, focused her entire design on the dancer himself versus the rest of the space. The goal of drawing over these frames is just to have fun. Create silly designs with whatever sort of brushes or tools you want. 

Focus your design work entirely on your videos figure

3. Compile Your Frames Into a Video

Step 1

Let's compile our doodle frames into the final video. Create a New Project in Adobe After Effects CCImport (File > Import > File) all of your doodled frames into the project.

Import your design files

Step 2

You'll find your newly imported images in the Project panel. Select All (Control-A) of the images in the panel.

Select All Control - A of the images in the panel

Step 3

Right-Click and select New Comp from Selection. This will sequence your images in the order they appear in the Project panel (this is why their file names should not have been changed). 

Sequence your image files into a composition

Step 4

Because we used a low frame rate, the Still Duration will have to be longer than a standard video. If you want it to be very smooth and quick, go to 0:00:00:01. This would render our video at 3 seconds long.

For the purposes of this tutorial, however, I want to get close to the frame rate that we had exported the images. I opted for 0:00:00:04. Make sure Sequence Layers is selected.

Create your composition from your selected images

Step 5

You'll find your new composition sequenced and ready to go in your Timeline.

Youll find your new composition sequenced and ready to go in your Timeline

Step 6

Select your composition in the Project panel and Add to Render Queue (Control-M). Let's make sure our settings are just right in the Render Queue panel.

Select your composition in the Project panel and Add to Render Queue Control-M

Step 7

Click on Output Module and change the following settings:

  • Format: AVI
  • Resize to: 1280 x 720

You can opt for a different video format or size if you wish, but these were my settings for the final video.

Change the size of your video

Step 8

Click on Render Settings and choose your video QualityFrame Rate, and Resolution. I kept my settings at their default. Hit OK and then hit Render on the right side of the Render Queue panel.

Click on Render Settings and choose your video Quality Frame Rate and Resolution

Great Job, You're Done!

Wait for your video to render and play your final video file when it's complete. What sort of other fantastic videos can you create fun, animated doodles over? Share your result in the comment section below!

Many thanks to those below from the Envato Tuts+ team involved in creating an assortment of doodle frames for this project:

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