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Artbeats Timelapse

New Grow! footage saves time PART 2 By Ko Maruyama
As you know, Artbeats has archived hours of beautiful nature footage.  What you might not know is that in addition to the footage showing real time playback of things that happen quickly (like lightning, fire and explosions), they also have some wonderful timelapse photography of things that happen very slowly.  The new Grow! collection can help you with composites - or just use the footage by itself.

While reviewing this footage, I heard my kids and their friends running around the yard - summertime.  The small radish sprouts reminded me of them - wrigglin' about, and growin' fast.

The radish sprouts from Artbeats is just a portion of the timelapse footage which captures the growth of different plants.  There are many flowers blossoming, and even a weed or two - but the radish clips (GRW121 - GRW124, NTSC) and (GRW121H2 -GRW124H2, HD) kinda look like little kids: chaotic growth, moving all over the place, growing, stretching and "in the dirt".

To put together a small bumper element only required a little editorial of the Artbeats stock footage, and some music.



TwistedTracks.com is a website which has an extensive library of royalty free music.  What's great about the website is that it's easy to use, and allows members the ability to listen to the tracks without any voice pattern on it.    I'm including a track which does use the audio watermark on it, but if you want to hear it cleanly - just head over to the website.  There are over 5800 tracks online now.  With multi-volume collections, and many pieces scored to :60, :30, :10, :05, the site makes scoring your animations a piece of cake.






A quick search of some light, happy, friendly, uplifting theme songs delivered "Whistling Kisses" - which the kids now whistle around the house.  (Although "Syrup Rush" came in a close second, it's easy to lose hours listening to samples at twistedtracks.com).

You can sample it here: Whistling Kisses at TwistedTracks.com

To cut the elements together in After Effects, I needed to import the three video clips from Artbeats (source material to follow) and the audio clip from TwistedTracks. (source material to follow).


Here are the steps after importing the sources:

1. Create a new comp and place the audio on the timeline.


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2. While using RAM Preview with the audio layer selected, press the asterisk key (on the number pad) to create markers on that layer.  You can use these as visual cues for music changes.  (note: you'll need to use a function key if you don't have an extended keyboard).

3. Place the three video clips from Artbeats (GRW121_L, 123_L, 125_L) onto your timeline.



4. Trim the layers to match the music cues by dragging the layers' in/out points.  You can also trim layers by navigating to any point in the timeline and, with the desired layer selected, use Opt/Alt+[ to trim the in-point, or use Opt/Alt+] to trim the out-point.

It ALMOST is enough as is, but you can play with it a little further if you want to.  In the next installment, I'll change some of the time stretch on the video clips, and add a graphic and a little more audio.



Make a movie by using CMD-M, or selecting "Make Movie" from the Composition pulldown menu.  Then, be sure to change the Output Module by clicking on the word "Lossless" to bring up the dialogue box.  At the very bottom, check the AUDIO box so that your rendered movie will have audio embedded.


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Ko Maruyama is a freelance animator in Los Angeles.  In addition to working on film and broadcast animations, Ko teaches at Pasadena's Art Center College of Design - focusing on motion design.  When working, writing or testing software allows, you can find him lending a hand in the After Effects board and lurking among the Cinema4D, Visual Effects and Photoshop posts within the DMNForums.
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