The Technical Part
Oh boy, it wasn’t easy! The recording itself was doable. Set up tripod, figure out the best angle, connect the MIDI output of the piano to the laptop, record etc.
But when it came to the editing, oh boy, what a mess haha I really have to thank Astep and MusiMasta. I wouldn’t be able to do this it wasn’t for their tutorials. Even with those, the amount of “why is this not working?” moments you have when first dealing with a tool like After Effects is a real test to your patience if you want to learn the main steps on how to make the particle effects, I have a post on that.
The total rendering time was about 200h (ouch), but I’m confident I can bring that down. From this first experience, I already gathered a list of about 20 points of improvement, so there’s lots to be done at least that’s the plan, I didn’t implement all of these ideas in the first try already.