Exercise 02.02: Color and Audio


The goal of the exer­cise is to develop a nuanced aware­ness of the con­nec­tion between motion and audio.


The objec­tive of the exer­cise is to cre­ate a syn­chro­nous visual, motional, tem­po­ral and audi­ble composition.



Using an infi­nite range of col­ors, cre­ate a 15 sec­ond ani­mated visual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of a por­tion of an audio clip. The focus of the exer­cise should inte­grate color prop­er­ties to the time related aspects of motion and the visual results. Pay care­ful atten­tion to sequence, tim­ing, nuance of details and synchronization.

Part One

Review sev­eral audio tracks for options. Ulti­mately, select 15 secs audio, any choice, but the clip must be instru­men­tal or vocal­iz­ing (scat­ting in jazz) only. Lim­ited or no lyrics please. Ana­lyze audio and per­son­ify it with an emo­tional adjec­tive (angry, happy, etc). The clip may be the same from pre­vi­ous exer­cises, but may also be another one. 

Now cre­ate a com­po­si­tion that coor­di­nates the color, motion, prin­ci­ples and ele­ments (visual, audi­ble, motion). Divide a 1920 x 1080 px com­po­si­tion into three 640 x 1080 pixel recan­gles. The entire frame of a 1920 x 1080 px com­po­si­tion should be used. Mul­ti­ple lay­ers,  trans­paren­cies and layer effects are per­mis­si­ble, but should remain seam­less with the over­all com­po­si­tion. Explore the pri­mary func­tions and ele­ments of motion, but this time uti­lize color as a sup­ple­ment to the motion and audio. Cre­ate a sim­ple sto­ry­board rep­re­sent­ing the basic move­ments that illus­trate and notate a plan for future animation. 

Part Two

Cre­ate an ani­ma­tion using the above specs. Pay care­ful atten­tion to the syn­chro­niza­tion with audio wave­length graph in the Layer reveals of the Time­line panel.

Technical Specifications

Cre­ate the ani­ma­tions at the fol­low­ing settings:

  • File Size/Export Set­tings: HDTV 1080, 29.97fps
  • Ren­der Set­tings: Best and Out­put Mod­ule: H.264
  • 44.1kHz, 16 bit, 2 chan­nel audio
  • File name: xyz_art378_exer00_part00.mp4


  • The fol­low­ing rubric posted on D2L will deter­mine exer­cise score: Exer­cise Grading


Import audio, plan­ning, assem­bly, gra­di­ents, color, emo­tion, audio inter­pre­ta­tion, wave­form, exporting


Source clips, com­posit­ing or edit­ing software


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