MamoWorld Releases BeatEdit for After Effects

BeatEdit will change the way you animate to music in After Effects.

The latest offering from Mamoworld is a tool for After Effects that might change the way that you animate to music. BeatEdit will auto-detect beats in a music file and let you apply wiggle motion to the beats, or write out markers, repeat keyframes, stagger layers and more. Mamoworld is known for making powerful tools that are simple to use, and BeatEdit follows that mantra.

The Ae plugin will automatically detect beats in a music track. One this happens, then you can do pretty much anything you want with it, like create beat markers, animate sliders, animated layers, repeat keyframes, and much more. There are other beat-detection tools out there for After Effects. Most notably Ebberts + Zucker’s Beatnik which allows users to build time effects for beat-driven edits quickly.

MamoWorld says that BeatEdit relies on highly robust beat tracking technologies developed by music research groups around the globe. The beat tracker used (IBT) is produced by the Sound and Music Computing Group at the INESC University of Porto. BeatEdit also relies on the MARSYAS (Music Analysis, Retrieval, and Synthesis for Audio Signals) framework developed under the direction of George Tzanetakis, Associate Professor at the University of Victoria.

BeatEdit Features:

  • Beat Detection: BeatEdit features a highly accurate Beat Detector developed by universities in Porto (Portugal) and Victoria (Canada). This beat tracker goes way beyond simple peak detection, combining several methods and a great deal of expert knowledge to get accurate results, even with songs where the beat is not apparent.
  • Markers: Visualize beats as markers in your composition. You can also easily copy, paste, and move markers.
  • Beat Wiggle: Whether you want to animate sliders, 2D or 3D layers or time-remap your footage – the beat wiggle does it all. Endless possibilities, full control, and lots of presets. It even supports beat patterns, so the animation behaves differently for each beat.
  • Repeat Keyframes: BeatEdit can, of course, repeat your keyframed animations in sync with the beat, but it also comes with a powerful continuous mode which offsets each repetition, so that it starts exactly where the previous one ends.
  • Stagger Layers & Keyframes: Want your text to appear step by step with the beat, or sync your keyframes up to the music? Our stagger features are your best friends!
  • Beat Selection: BeatEdit gives you full control over which beats your animations react to – you can choose to select only every fourth beat, select beats randomly, or subdivide the beats. BeatEdit can even react to other rhythmically relevant points of your music to create even more variation.

Check out the page for BeatEdit to learn more.