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Sonicfire Pro 5 with After Effects CS5 Workflow Video Tutorials

Learn how to use Sonicfire Pro 5 to create and edit music scoring for your motion graphics projects in After Effects CS5

I’ve broken these tutorials down into three videos, using some real-world examples of how I work using SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 with Adobe After Effects CS5 projects, creating short production videos and motion graphics for broadcast. Whether I’m creating/editing a short video with layers of motion graphics or building a motion graphics animated opener/bumper, I can use the soundtrack creation and editing capabilities in Sonicfire Pro 5 to produce a quick, interactive workflow with After Effects CS5.

Sonicfire Pro 5 – Soundtrack Workflow with After Effects CS5

In this tutorial, I show how quick and easy it is to select a soundtrack library in Sonicfire Pro 5 and adapt it to my short project I’ve created in After Effects CS5. By rendering out a low-res version of my project Comp from After Effects, I can import it into Sonicfire Pro 5 and do all of my soundtrack editing to match the video ques without having to go back and forth between the two apps or wait for long RAM previews to test the edits. Sonicfire Pro 5 also uses smart “Mood Mapping” technology that adjusts not only the volume of tracks along the timeline, but also drops out instrumentation as needed for sections of dialog or voice over. Any updates to an AIF file that is created by Sonicfire Pro 5 that you import into your After Effects project, can be re-edited again in Sonicfire Pro 5 with all the track editing data retained. This is truly a smart and efficient workflow!

Watch this video tutorial below:

*Note that selecting 720p on the video gives you a higher quality video/audio playback – or choose “Watch on YouTube” for a larger version of the video!

Sonicfire Pro 5 – Roundtrip Soundtrack Editing with After Effects CS5

I cover editing the soundtrack in this video, by using the “Edit Original” option in After Effects, which launches Sonicfire Pro 5 and a new project file is created with all of the original track data still intact from the AIF file. Inside Soncifire Pro 5, I can now split the soundtrack into two sections and it will automatically recreate the end point of the first track while I add a new track that will give the second half of the video a different feel. Since it also recalled the low-res video I used to create the original soundtrack with, it’s easy to see the edit points. All of the editing is done in Sonicfire Pro 5 and the finished AIF is then saved-over the original file so it’s automatically linked back into the After Effects project.

Watch this video tutorial below:


*Note that selecting 720p on the video gives you a higher quality video/audio playback – or choose “Watch on YouTube” for a larger version of the video!

Sonicfire Pro 5 – Matching the Soundtrack to Motion Graphics Elements with After Effects CS5

In this tutorial, I show how I use Sonicfire Pro 5 to create an energetic soundtrack for this reality TV show opener/bumper that I created in After Effects CS5. All of my animation sequences are done but I need to set them to the timing of the music soundtrack I create. Using Sonicfire Pro 5 I can not only get the exact soundtrack I need to fit the 13 second long project, but I can customize it to contain exactly what sections of the soundtrack elements I want along the timeline and show you how to use the blocks from the bin to work in a “Garage Band” style of production – though it’s not necessary if you’re not musically-inclined. I also include hit files to enhance my production and it all comes together quickly and efficiently in this workflow.

Watch this video tutorial below:


*Note that selecting 720p on the video gives you a higher quality video/audio playback – or choose “Watch on YouTube” for a larger version of the video!

I hope these tutorials help you understand the different workflows between these two programs and encourage you to experiment with what works best for you.
I’m open to any questions you might have by contacting me through my web site: PixelPainter.com

Cheers, Jeff


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Jeff Foster has written and contributed to several books and magazines, and has been producing motion graphics, photography and creative design for major corporations, television and film for more than 25 years. See his full…

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