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We all have different skills and time constraints for creating a live-action video music video. Apart from that, not everyone makes the same live-action music videos. What’s the point? This article will show you how to make a cool animated video music video in less than 15 minutes.
Yes! Yes! You can create animated music videos in 15 minutes.
Here’s how I make animated music videos.
Looks exciting?! Let’s go! Let’s get started!
These are the 11 steps to make your animated music video.
Step 1: Upload the songStep 2: Adjust Scene durationStep 3 : Create a custom characterStep 4 : Add text to sceneStep 6 : Add camera effectsStep 7 : Add a new sceneStep 8 : Animate your characterStep 9 : Add properties to the sceneStep 10 : Animate themStep 11 : Download the video
You can watch the video below to see the steps in action.
If you’re a reader, like me, then please continue reading the steps below.
Animaker is an award-winning animation platform that we will use to create our music video. The Animaker Animation platform is loaded with all you need to make a music video.
Logging into your Animaker account is easy if you’re already a member. You can sign up for a brand new Animaker account by visiting the Music video maker page.
To create a blank project, click the following buttons once you have logged in.
Create > Create Video > Blank Page
This is the Animaker interface.
The workspace is located in the middle. The scenes section is located on the right-hand side. Scenes can be compared to slides in a presentation. Many scenes can be combined to create a video, similar to how slides are combined to make a presentation.
There are three timelines at the bottom. The animation timeline is the first, while the video and audio timelines are the second and third, respectively, and the camera timeline is the last.
We are now familiar with the Animaker app’s sections, so it is time for step 1: creating your music video.
Step 1: Upload the song
Let’s first upload the song we wish to use in the animated video. Upload the music track to the upload section at the bottom.
Click on the track you want to add to your project.
Make sure you save the lyrics to the song in a separate document. This can be used later to add lyrics to the music video.
We will now break down the song into smaller pieces and create the video. To illustrate, in the first scene I would like to create visuals of the words “If It Was My Last Day on Earth.” In the second scene we will create the visual until the words ‘it is my’.
Step 2: Adjust Scene duration
Animaker defaults to a 10 second scene. As I mentioned earlier, visuals will be created until the word “earth” appears in the first scene. Let’s listen to the music and shorten the scene.
Use the Scene Preview option to see a preview of a particular scene.
You can increase or decrease the length of a scene by using the + and – options at the bottom. Our first scene should be four seconds long, as the phrase “last day on Earth” is only 4 seconds. Let’s cut the scene down to four seconds by pressing the “-” button four times.
You can reduce the length of a scene by opening the video and audio timeline. Select the scene’s edges and drag them to the desired duration.
Step 3: Create your Custom Character
Next, add a character. You can find the characters section of the library. There are two ways to add a character. You can either use a character already in the library, or create a new character.
Open the “My Characters” section and click on the “Create Your Own” option to create a custom character.
You will see the character builder tool in a new window.
Choose a type from the options.
After selecting one, you can begin building. Every part of your body can be customized. There are billions of characters you can make.
Save the character once you are done. Then, go back to your project and use the save option.
The new character can be found under the “My characters” section. To add the character to the video, click on it. The actions tab is located on the right-hand side. There are more than 500 actions you can apply to this character.
To match the lyrics, I want him to appear as if he is in a hospital bed and afraid for his life. I searched for the word “Sick” and selected this scene where he lies on a hospital bed.
Step 4: Create a Background
Next, I will add a background. You can either add a background to the scene from the Backgrounds Section of the library or from the Images Section. One of these images will be used as our background. Let’s move on to the images section.
I would like to see a background that resembles a tile floor. Also, I’m looking for the same words. Click on the image to add it to your workspace.
You can also see the options below the image. This is the item menu. Each element in the workspace will be given an item menu. To apply the image as the background to the scene, let’s use the “Set as Background” option under the item menu.
Step 5: Add text to the scene
Click on the text to add text. Now, type the text. Now, I will copy the lyrics and paste them into the text box.
You can edit text by clicking on the settings tab. Let’s modify the font style, font size and font color.
You will notice a purple-colored bar on the timeline. This bar indicates the time that this text will be visible. This bar allows you to control the length of the text. This bar can be seen for any element that is added to the workspace.
This text should be visible for a certain duration, for example. To do this, I need to drag the edges of the bar and ensure it remains between that duration.
You can also add exit and enter animation effects to your text. Select the enter effect option at the bottom to add an enter animation effect. Select the effect that you wish.
You will notice a pink part of the timeline. This pink section of the timeline can be used to control the animation effect’s duration.
Let’s add the second sentence to the scene. The second text will be added to the scene in the same manner.
Step 6: Add Camera effects
Let’s add a camera effect as the final step in this scene. Go to the camera timeline. Click on the yellow-colored icon that is located above the purple bar in your timeline to open two options: ‘Static Camera’ and ‘Dynamic Camera’.
Select the “Dynamic camera” option to apply effects. You will see a pink part of the timeline. This indicates the duration of any camera effects used. This effect will be applied throughout the scene. I will extend the pink portion of the timline. Adjust the camera’s location in the workspace. Keep it focusing where you want.
Let’s take a look at the work we’ve done so far.
Step 7: Create a new scene
Click on the Add Scene option to add a scene.
To match the lyrics, I will reduce the length of the scene.
Let’s create the background. We will be using the Backgrounds section to add a background. I need a background that resembles a church. I’m using the search function to find the background. The background you choose from the backgrounds section will be automatically applied to the scene as background, unlike the images. To apply the background, you don’t need to use the BG (Set as Background) option in the Item menu.
To add text to the scene and create the camera effect, I’m using the same technique as in the previous scene.
Let’s add the character as the final step in this scene. The character I’m creating in this scene should be animated and can run between the two ends of the workspace.
Let’s find out how.
Step 8: Animation of the Character
I will add the character to the characters section. Then, select the running action. The character is currently moving in the same spot. The ‘Smart move” option allows a character to move between points. The smart move option can be found under the item menu.
The character should enter the scene from the left, and leave the scene on the right-hand side. The first position of my character will be on the left, and the second one on the right-hand. The character will move from position 1 to 2.
Two thumbs can be seen on the timeline. These thumbs represent the time it will take for the character to travel between the two points. To make the movement appear natural, adjust its position on your timeline.
Let’s take a look at the scene.
Let’s now move onto the next scene. This scene is very similar to those in the previous scenes. This scene will be completed if I follow the same steps.
Step 9: Add properties to the scene
This is the scene as it stands today.
The character should look like someone is meditating while sitting high above the earth. We would need a property that looks similar to earth. To add the object to your workspace, go to the properties section of the library. Reduce its size and place the object at the bottom end of the character.
This is how to use the various objects in the properties section of the scene to enhance it.
Let’s finish by adding the text and camera effects.
The next scene is my creation. This scene is identical to scene number 2. Create a new scene. Reduce the scene’s duration to match the lyrics. Add background, text, camera effect, and add a character. Then, use the Smart-move option to animate it.
Step 10: Animate The Properties
This is how the scene appears right now.
In this scene, I want the character look like he’s chasing a bee. I’m going to the properties section looking for a bee.
This bee should fly. Let’s make this happen by using the smart move. The bee is on a straight track right now.
It would be more efficient if the path it follows was curved. Keep your pointer on the dotted line to make this happen. The color will change from white to orange. Click and drag the path until you wish the bees to move. Give apply
This is how an object can move in a curved direction. Let’s take a look at the scene.
The last scene is created in a very similar way to the other scenes. Therefore, I will repeat the steps to complete the scene.
All the details have been completed.
Use the preview option to see all scenes in one place.
Step 11: Download the video
Go to the top and click on the publish option. Next, click the download option to download.
The page will redirect you to a new download site where you can save the video to your computer/laptop. This is how easy it can be to create animated music videos with Animaker.
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