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Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, 5th Edition by Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer

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36 Working with Audio

An overview of handling audio in After Effects, including how to “read” audio as clues for editing and animation

After Effects has never made audio one of its strong points. If you need to seriously rework a soundtrack, do it in a dedicated audio program. But if you just need to edit, mix, and do some basic improvement or “sweetening” to your soundtrack, After Effects already has the tools you need.

Audio is also an important guide for making animation decisions, plus it can drive some effects. But first, we need to get a handle on how sound itself works – after that, everything else makes a lot more sense.

Seeing Sound

The eyeball (Video switch) and speaker (Audio switch) icons in the Timeline panel indicate whether a ...

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