How to Make an Animated Music Video

Filming a music video is amazing and all, but there’s something special about animated music videos. The creative visuals and transitions just get to you on a different level.

Everyone loves watching animated music videos as they are aesthetically pleasing and can sometimes seem more relatable than their realistic counterpart. So we can say, animated music videos have a great demand.

Say you want to make an animated music video yourself, but don’t know how to create one? If you have a rough idea about what you want the music video to look like, we can help you figure out the rest.

In this article, we will show you ways of creating an animated music video. So if you want to know more about this topic, continue reading this article.

Making an Animated Music Video

The first thing you need to decide is what your video is going to be about. What kind of animation you want in it and what music you will add to it. And then you have to figure out what style of animation you want to go for.

There are certain steps you need to follow, in the right order, to get the best results for your animated music video.

Different types of Animation Video Styles

There are many different styles of animation. For an animated music video, 3 different types of animation are the best: 2D animation, 3D animation and Stop Motion. Let’s see what they are like.

2D animation

Remember the cartoons you used to watch as kids such as Tom and Jerry, Kids Next Door, PowerPuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory and others of this sort? Well the animation used in those cartoons was 2D animation.

Also Read: How to Make 2D Animations: Beginner to Expert

The images used in this type of animation are usually completely flat and have no depth. You can go for such as style for your music video for a cartoonish effect.

3D animation

3D animation can be of a number of variations. Some 2D animations can be transformed to 3D by adding depth and shadows. Then there are more realistic forms of 3D animation.

The kind of animation used in Pixar movies are generally considered 3D animation. Going for such an animation in your videos will make them look more professional and higher value.

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Stop Motion

This type of animation may be 2D or 3D. It is generally 2D and has a much shorter frame rate. You can see each frame for longer than in regular 2D or 3D animation.

Stop motion is what was used to create cartoon back in the early days of the invention of cartoons. Recently it has become highly popular and is being created digitally with better quality and higher resolution images.


Just having a rough idea of what you want the video to look like won’t cut it. You need to script every single detail and form a sequence of scenes in the form of a script.

Create a story-board of your video and plan each and every scene so you can animate them later. This is a very important step that will decide how the overall quality of the video will be.

Also Read: How to Make Whiteboard Videos

Sketching and Digital Drawing

Now that you have scripted the story-line, it is time to sketch out the characters and backgrounds. First form a rough sketch and then digitally draw and color them. Or if you are good at it, do it all digitally from the start.Make sure you design the elements of your video properly to later animate them.

Ways of Getting the Video Animated

Now that you are done with the scripting and designing, it is time to animate it. You can do it in 2 ways. You can either do it yourself, or hire a professional animator.

If you go for the first option, you need to know how to animate using various animation tools and software. The most popular (and powerful) animation software is Adobe After Effects.

To use this software you will need a high performance computer and great animation skills. So if you meet these two requirements, you can start animating your video yourself.

But we are going to assume, you don’t know how to use these tools. So, we suggest hiring a professional to do it for you. Here you have two options as well. You can either hire someone you know in person, or you can outsource the animation.

Either way, just make sure to convey your ideas properly so you get the best results from the video. Explain to them how you want the animation to look and leave the rest to them.

After all that is done, add the music you want to insert in the video. Synchronize the music with the animation. And voila! You’re done with making an animated music video.

Tips for Making a Great Animated Music Video

To make a great animated music video that stands out, we have some tips for you.

Provoke Emotionin your audience. Go for a theme that is heart touching and relatable. People love this kind of videos and the demand of it is high.

Go for an aesthetic lookfor the animation. 2020 is all about aesthetics. Stick to a niche and target your audience. The most popular and aesthetic niches in 2020 are grunge and indie, vintage, and futuristic or cyberpunk.

Bottom Line

So that’s all there is to know about making an animated music video. Do you think you are ready to start making your own animated video? We hope the steps we have mentioned and the tips we provided you help you create your own video. We hope you enjoyed reading this article and learned something new today. Follow the steps correctly and make the best quality animated music video you can!