Working with Trapcode Soundkeys

Learn how I used Trapcode Soundkeys to control the look and feel of a boxing promo. Other topics include a technique for using Trapcode Shine along with CC Glass to create a stylistic impact effect, and various real-world workflow techniques.

https://vimeo.com/88965822

https://vimeo.com/88965819

Discuss
  1. Ethan Asad
    Reply

    John, Is it possible to drive the speed of the video with Trapcode Soundkeys?

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Ethan. Yes definitely, you can change the playback, fast forward, reverse etc using soundkeys linked to Time Remapping. Best, John.

      • Ethan Asad
        Reply

        Thanks, John. I would love to try that. =]

    • Loay Emad
      Reply

      Actually there is two tutorial on Red Giant TV shows you how to do that It’s called : Controlling time with audio (Epsd. 5 & 6

      & for you John I love your E-seminar because it’s motivated from real projects…Thank you very much for your great tutorials

      • John Dickinson
        Reply

        Thanks Loay, that tutorial on Red Giant TV by Aharon Rabinowitz is very useful

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      You’re welcome Guilherme. Regards, John.

  2. Brett Perry
    Reply

    Hi John,
    I noticed that when you first applied fast blur and linked it to soundkeys that the fast blur check box for wrap edges wasn’t checked. Was this something you meant to do or was it that you already knew the various vingettes would hide the edge? Great real world example of using soundkeys. You gotta love Peter Norby!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Brett, generally I do activate Wrap Edge Pixels. I probably forgot in this case but given the grungy look it probably didn’t matter. Best wishes, John.

  3. Dan
    Reply

    Thank you so much. Real world projects for me are always the best learning tutorials.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Thank Dan, I’m glad you appreciate them. Best, John.

  4. Stunt
    Reply

    this is amazing work with Shine!

    so I like your screencast tutorials because, you save time and avoid repetition and basics in your tutorials.

    I think usually in screencasts much time is wasted for basics and repetitive process that previously taught.
    maybe there is need some tutorials about making tutorials usefull. because I think, Working and Training are two separate things and if someone have both he is complete in the world of sharing.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Sounds like I’m getting it right hey Stunt! Thanks for the feedback and best wishes, John.

  5. A3
    Reply

    Great video john! Makes me want to experiment with audio and AE! I ´ll do that right now!

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi A3, I’ve always considered linking audio to AE parameters a secret weapon and one that everyone should understand. Best, John.

      • A3
        Reply

        Thanks for sharing all those after effects secrets you know!

        • John Dickinson
          Reply

          You’re welcome A3, sharing knowledge is a joy. Best, John.

          • John Dickinson

            Hi Andres, Cool, I immediately thought of Blue Man Group! Best wishes, John.

          • A3

            hehe, glad you liked it!

  6. galen
    Reply

    I just found the site after searching for a few days on how to achieve that “bass thumping” effect. Awesome work. I can’t wait to explore the rest of the tutorials.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Galen, that’s good to know! Welcome to Motionworks! Best, John.

  7. Moshe Zahavi
    Reply

    It wasn’t, until it was thought and it had no form til it was expressed.
    It wasn’t heard til spoken and not realized til created.
    It is merely a sum without an understanding of the parts and it remains a mystery til shared and that not comprehended til explained.

    We are so unique, to have all these processes with which to express our uniqueness and we are all in training to become better at it because of the joy it brings.

    A Line Of Thinking
    Those who have understanding and know the joy that is found in sharing it are rich. Those who benefit from the sharing consummate and perpetuate the gift by sharing it again and become rich as well. The gift will always return to the giver greater than it’s original intent, multiplied by the joy of all it’s recipients.

    This is a universal law with the same characterics and physics as gravity with one important exception. Gravity has bounderies but giving has none. Once set in motion and sustained by the joy that was proferred with it, giving will continually procreate itself through being given again.

    John
    You are a giver without measure. You and others like you that understand and operate in this manner will never lack for reward. It’s no wonder you always have a joyful countenance.

    Thank you for all that you do and are.

    Moshe

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Wow Moshe, so I guess that means you like me! ;) Thank you for the inspiring comment. Best wishes, John.

  8. Josh
    Reply

    Hey John,

    I always love watching your tutorials, and I was very excited to watch this one, but when I clicked on watch tutorial it gave me a prompt to download an flv file, which I did. I tried opening it with my flash player and the flash application, but neither worked. Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

    Best,
    Josh

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Josh, the javascript on the site is messing with the links. Refresh the page and wait a moment until it’s fully loaded. Then click the link again. Best, John.

  9. Klas
    Reply

    Thanks for the tutorial.
    Really generous to share “real-world” projects.

    //Klas

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Klas, good to hear you are finding these useful. Best, John.

  10. Anders Hattne
    Reply

    Excellent!! Nice to see a pro’s workflow. Usually when people say “you gotta love this” I’m cautious thinking – ‘yeah right’..
    But that was damn sweet!! But how do you come to that conclusion – do you randomly apply effects until you find CC glass or …
    Nice!

  11. Snake Plissken
    Reply

    Hi John,
    I found out your site because of your Andrew Karmer’s wonderful interview. And i’m pretty of that because it’s a new kind of tutorial for me. I really appreciate to understand workflows, very very interesting. And how impressive to see you take time to answer all comments : so nice !
    I’m not a video professionnal, in fact i’m a french doctor, but very interested into video.

    So the question. Your video boxing sequence is a suite of tga files. Did you get the video as it, or did you rendered it into this format on your own before starting the work ? If so, why ?

    Kepp going on this way, I keep tuned on MW (sorry for the english anyway).

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Snake (Escape from New York is my all-time favourite sci-fi flick). The client supplied the edited promo as a TGA sequence. All the best, John.

  12. AlexKl
    Reply

    Hey, John!
    Could you tell me, please, what is the layer “Impact”? You use it like Adjustment Layer, but it is not the same.
    Thanks!

  13. Nathan
    Reply

    Great tutorial John,
    Nice work with using the CC glass effect, thats a great combo
    Good to see us aussie After Effectings it up.
    Cheers

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi Nathan, always good to see a fellow Aussie joining the discussion. I love how the glass effect makes the shockwave wrap around the background! After Effects surprises me every day :) Best, John.

  14. Robert Coppa
    Reply

    John
    Excellent tute, thank you!!
    This will come in very handy on our next music video project. Just downloaded your roto with fields and will be checking that out soon.

    Cheers buddy
    Robert

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      No worries Robert, glad it’s coming in handy.

  15. Nobru
    Reply

    Awesome Tuts… thanks. I learned a lot…

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      You’re welcome Nobru. Best, John.

  16. Nenad Zivanovic
    Reply

    Really nice one. Especially like the idea how you used shine for that force field man…cool ;)

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      That’s what I love about After Effects, Nenad, there is always something cool to create with just a little experimentation.

      • Nenad Zivanovic
        Reply

        Yep man for sure, I’m in all this stuff for around 10 years now, started on a local TV station as a linear video editor(yes with tapes and stuff). Now I’m a freelancer about for a year and after 10 years still learning stuff every day, at least how to make stuff faster and looking better.

        BTW: With no school what so ever, just me and my computer and in the last few years web of course.

        Keep it up man ;)

  17. Chek78
    Reply

    Hi,

    I have a question please: for the video editing, you did it on After Effects or another software? If yes, how ?

    Thx ;)

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      This spot was edited in Avid. Generally one wouldn’t edit in After Effects. Personally, I use Premiere Pro. Best, John.

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Thanks Naveed.

  18. Kobi
    Reply

    Great tutorial!
    I especially loved the use of the cc glass effect.
    It reminded me of the bullet-time motion effect in “Smallville”..
    Very cool!

  19. Saul
    Reply

    hi John!!!, thanks for sharing this great tut…really an awesome work.
    i just have a little problem with the scale expression, can you help me with that??? it has a little variation isn’t true?
    thanks for your time

  20. Joe
    Reply

    Hi John, I think this is the first time I’ve seen anyone share a real life business project in such detail. Your absolutely fantastic for being so informative.

    I found your site and this tutorial in particular as I’m using (or attempting to use) Genarts Monsters Audio Extract, which is very similar to Soundkeys.

    The problem is, I want to twitch the scale to the base, beat. But I don’t want the scale to range from 100% to 140%, in line with the amplitude.

    I tried so hard to peek at your scale expressions, but couldn’t quite get my head far enough to the left.

    Q. How do I change the temp,temp to effect the scale by >100% but <105% so the scale twitching is kept within a 5% range.

    Many Thanks
    Joe

    • Joe
      Reply

      Found my own answer.

      temp =linear( thisComp.layer(“Black Solid 1″).effect(“M_AudioExtract”)(“Amplitude 3″), 40, 50, 100, 105);
      [temp, temp]

      So now my scale is only reaching 105% if the amplitude is greater than 40 but < 50 and < 40 it remains at 100%

  21. med
    Reply

    thanks 4 tut

Leave a Comment

  • (will not be published)

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Heads up! You are attempting to upload an invalid image. If saved, this image will not display with your comment.