12 Great Animation Effects Featured in Music Videos

12 Great Animation Effects Featured in Music Videos - FilterGrade

Music videos have pushed the envelope of what can be done in film and video ever since MTV had every young video creator thinking about their next big break. Video creators each year since would find new and exciting ways to add animation and video effects to their production to add to the video’s wow factor. Before going viral was a thing the goal was to have people talk about and stick glued to their TVs watching for the latest cool video from their favorite bands.

There are lots of effects used in music videos that can be done now in programs like Adobe Premier and After Effects. In this post we will take a look at 12 Great Animation Effects that can be seen featured in some of our favorite music videos.

1. SCRIBBLE, DRAW DOODLE EFFECT

The scribble and doodle effect can be seen in various videos. It gives the appearance that someone is drawing over the video. The popular Bruno Mars Video below shows the effect in action.   

If you want to see how to do this effect in After Effects you see this tutorial by Orange83. He walks you through how to create this effect in After Effects. The effect relies on the brush tool to create fun animations.

This effect can also be done in Photoshop. You can find a tutorial below for doing that.

2. TEXT REACTING TO MUSIC BEAT

A lot of music videos have text and objects move and react to the beat. Justin Odisho’s video demonstrates step by step the process to make anything move to the beat. 

3. HOLOGRAM EFFECT

In the music video ‘Panini’ by Lil Nas X you can see a really neat Hologram effect.

Cinecom.net has a tutorial on how to do something similar here.

4. TRIPPY MUSIC VIDEO EFFECTS

Sometimes music videos just have odd trippy effects. Jordy from Cinecom shows how to create some of those fun effects.

5. SPEED EFFECTS

Speed ramps and slow down effects help make otherwise boring looking shots look more cool. Seamus Ohara’s tutorial simplifies the process step by step.

6. FREEZE FRAME MORPH EFFECT

Adding layered elements and freeze frame effects to your videos can add a whole new feel that many other effects won’t be able to replicate. Check out this tutorial from Max Novak on how to create a freeze frame animation for your videos.

7. ECHO MASK EFFECT

In this tutorial by Olufemi Tutorial, they demonstrate a cool effect by legendary music video director Colin Jeffs. They call the effects Mask Shift and Echo Glitch. Great if you want a grungy almost scary effect.

8. ZOOM THROUGH EFFECTS

This effect makes it look like the camera is zooming into the video into another video. You can create an almost and endless loop with this effect.

9. STROBE EFFECT

Strobe effect with footage or with blacks can create an interesting effect in music videos. In this tutorial, Austin shows how to do this in Adobe Premiere.

10. BOX IN BOX COLOR EFFECT

A video box in a box color effect is easy to do but a great effect Especially for HipHop Style videos. The Buff Nerds show how to do it.

11. CAMERA PUMP AND SHAKE EFFECT TO AUDIO

One of the more heart pumping and dynamic effects in music videos is when the camera shakes and pumps to music. The effect can be done in the camera but it’s much easier to do in post. This tutorial by Zerkxius shows how to animate your camera in After Effects using the keyframe assistant to set keyframes by audio amplitude.

12. GIANT EFFECT

The effect as seen in Lana Del Rey or Coldplay (UP&UP) isn’t really an animation though some key-framing and masking may be involved, but it is a cool effect you can do in Premiere Pro or After Effects using keyframes.

The folks at Cinecom.net show a full production on how to make someone look like a giant.

Hopefully, all these effects will give you some ideas on how to take your videos to the next level. Especially if your video is based around music. If you are looking for some effects that you can purchase to take your work to the next level consider some of these from FilterGrade.

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