The Dancing Can

Learn various After Effects techniques for creating a dancing can animation. In Part one learn Puppet Pin tool basics and how to use the motion sketch feature to animate to music.

https://vimeo.com/88960011

Part two demonstrates After Effects Shape Layers, Fractal Noise and Grid effects to create background elements, and animating them using the Convert Audio to Keyframes feature.

https://vimeo.com/88960022

Part three continues with using Layers to add organic, auto-animating elements to the background.

https://vimeo.com/88960027

In Part four, learn how to use the After Effects’ Color Link effect to integrate the can into the background, work with various Layer Styles, create a 3D text animation and add other finishing touches.

Discuss
  1. tAlpA
    Reply

    Thank you!!! This was something really new for me to learn, and I appreciate very much!

  2. Loay
    Reply

    I think this series will be extremely awesome !
    Thanks & can’t wait to see the next one.

  3. Ben Hood
    Reply

    Hi John,

    Top job on this first part of the tutorial… clear, concise and very informative! Loved the video in video of you talking too, felt like a one on one lesson which is pretty cool!

    Looking forward to the next installment.

    Cheers
    Ben

  4. pixelos
    Reply

    Nice John! I liked the live video of yourself in the beginning. Adds a nice touch to the tutorial.

  5. William
    Reply

    John, I enjoyed this tutorial and look forward to more. Now I know how to properly use the starch tool. I also got a kick out of seeing the little inset box with your countenance!

  6. John Dickinson
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    Glad you like it, and didn’t run away screaming when you saw me ;) Also, Todd from Adobe reminded me of a better way to reset puppet pins, I’ll add this to Lesson 2.

  7. Jonathan Clegg
    Reply

    This has been a favorite tute of mine for a while, there have been a couple of times when I could have done with a better explanation of the puppet tool. This offers a great explanation. Worth checking out.

  8. kamal98
    Reply

    hey this is great should coming handy thanks allot

  9. Spiro
    Reply

    Fantastic. Looking forward to Pt. 2!

    I’m also looking forward to the next MILG! Any word on that? :)

  10. Brett Perry
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    Hi John,
    Thanks for the tutorial. I hadn’t really gotten around to playing with the “puppet” tool until you inspired me. I made myself a dancing Guinness can (at least I think it was dancing – ha). Maybe I just drank the Guinness and imagined it dancing. I’m already thinking of new ways to use it. I saw a tutorial where it was used to create smoke streaming over the outline of a car to show aerodynamics. The layer used a directional particular effect and then was precomped. The puppet tool was used on the precomp to “mold” the directional particles over the top of the car. Thanks for all the help you give. It is greatly appreciated.
    Brett

  11. John Dickinson
    Reply

    No word on MILG 6 yet but stay tuned. Brett, I know that tutorial by my buddy Jim, a creative use of the Puppet Pin tool to be sure.

  12. Dave
    Reply

    Hi John, Thanks heaps for sharing these tuts.
    Luv your work. D

  13. Spiro
    Reply

    Regarding MILG 6 … please, please, pleeeeease cover AE + C4D. I’m tellin’ you + John Dickerson + AE + C4D would make a killer combination! :)

  14. erickson
    Reply

    great tutorial, i wish it could be more often.

  15. Boreale
    Reply

    It’s just a great PLEASURE to look to this tutorial !

    I can’t tell you how greatful I am for your blog, which joyfully feeds my passion for AE.

    :-)

  16. viktor
    Reply

    i love this tutorial… quiet funny and fantastic
    thanks!!

  17. Matt
    Reply

    Fot some reason the pop-up won’t play on my mac. Any thoughts?

  18. John Dickinson
    Reply

    Matt try right clicking on the link and saving the movie to your desktop.

  19. julhas
    Reply

    Imagine this tutorial.i like it very much.

  20. morsiiii
    Reply

    Thanks much John, Amazing tutorial btw Please how I can find the source file of the can, thanks again.

  21. John Dickinson
    Reply

    Hi Morsiii, that file is copyright but you could do a Google search for Red Bull perhaps and find a can?

  22. George Andreoni
    Reply

    Hey,
    Ball’s Show Man
    When you want to come to Brazil for one of these wonderful workshops?
    Abrasive

  23. Aebeginner
    Reply

    Hey John,

    Sorry for asking but where did you get this awesome music you used? Hope your still reading here. Greets from a true fan! :D

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Hi there, that track came with the Adobe Soundbooth install :) Best, John.

  24. chris
    Reply

    awesome tutorial. I’m always watching video tutorials and I truly appreciate this one for its clarity, resolution, and directness. You waste no time on irrelevant topics. Definitely the best tutorial I’ve ever watched.

  25. Anes
    Reply

    how to record can dance???

    • John Dickinson
      Reply

      Move your cursor over a pin point and hold down the Command (Control key), the click to start recording. Best wishes, John.

  26. Anes
    Reply

    That Works…Thank you,and sorry for my bad English..

  27. Jose
    Reply

    Hi, could you please tell me where to get this music? i mean, i cant seem to find one… Please reply

  28. Cec82
    Reply

    Great tutorial! It’s exactly what I was looking for :)

  29. Cátia
    Reply

    Really great Tutorial, a just have a question … Where can i find the part 2 of this tuturial?

    Thank you!

  30. Noe
    Reply

    How can I watch this in fullscreen, I only get partial

  31. pooja
    Reply

    hey i lke ts 1 animation… whr can is dancng wth d music.. n hw its work lke step by step wth d music…
    m gonna make tht…. pls tel me d latest techniques.. n which software r cmng…

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