Making great animations and motion graphics pieces is a lot of fun. I am always harping on about how great it is to bring your artwork to life and to see the results of your work dancing on the screen, but one thing i almost always overlook, is sound.
‘Sound?’ I hear you say, yes music and more importantly sound effects. Someone (I forget who) once said that a film is 30% visual and 70% audio. Well, I don’t know about that split but I would say its at least 50/50.
Now if you are like me, I tend to work on my own and I am not fortunate enough to have a wicked skilled sound designer on staff (something for the future). So recently I have really been making an effort to try and get better versed with sound design… and just a little playing about can produce some really nice effects. In fact a couple of hours spent at the end of a project working on sound effects can really turn a good piece of work into a great one.
There are loads of great resources online for sound effects for free such as soundogs.com and if you have a little spare cash, you can get some really reasonably priced libraries like Motion Pulse from Video Copilot.
The above video is a quick example I put together to illustrate what sound can do for your projects.