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Digital video is a medium that is now available to almost everyone. It can be captured on anything from a mobile phone to a high-definition camera, and published anywhere from YouTube to Blu-ray discs. In Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explores all the video editing capabilities of Premiere Elements 4. Chad starts with a real-world sample project, then covers techniques for importing and editing video; and adding effects, transitions, and animation. He concludes with a final project incorporating all the steps, including exporting and posting. Exercise files accompany the course.
For this movie we're going to be using the Audio and Markers project in the Chapter 13 folder or you can just basically continue where we left off at the end of the last movie. What we're going to be doing here is adding the all important audio track. Now audio is going to be an extremely big part of this particular video project that we're doing, it's all about rock and roll, the kid's rocking out. So we want to sync it to music and we want the cool elements of the music to be reflected or be accentuated by what we're doing with our Video Editing. In a lot of clips you're going to be doing video, it will just kind of be like a nice background. It will kind of add a mood and a theme, but in this particular project it will be an integral part of the entire project.
So I'm going to go over to my Project View, and let's first add the audio track to our project. We could do that here just by clicking the wedgekase clip, down here at the bottom of the Project View. Drag an drop into that first little area here and it'll get a little blue marker line indicating where we're going to put that. I am just going to drag that all the way to the left and let go there. Now what we're going to do next is add some markers to this clip. Now we could use the Detect Beats feature and that does a pretty good job as we saw earlier on in this training series. However I have some specific places where I want markers to be, that Detect Beats is not going to pick up on.
So what I'm going to do is actually hop on over the Timeline so we could see what's going on, and here's our clip, it's in the narration track but that's really OK. I am going to hit the Backslash key and we could see our audio a little bit better here. We know that if I hit the Asterisk key on the numeric keypad, the little star there, if we hit that it will automatically create a marker. We could use these markers as guides for where to place our edits when we get to editing in the next movie. Before I go through and place these little markers here, I just want you to be aware of this audio track and I apologize if you're not a fan of the rock and roll. It's kind of loud and obnoxious, it goes with our theme here in our video, so it's the only reason that I'm bringing it in here.
But I want you to just be familiar with what we're doing here. So I'm going to preview this very briefly. (Rock music plays.) OK, that's good enough. Basically it starts out with a synthesizer and then there are some guitars and bass kind of come in like all Who-style, basically like da... da... da... na... And then it kicks into what's going on and just everyone's going full steam there at that point. But I really want to accentuate all that's going on with the guitars and the bass and the drums and everything with the video edit.
So what I'm going to do is, I'm going to hit the Home key and I'm going to Preview that again. It's like at this time that I'm going to hit the Asterisk key at those particular points in the audio. (Rock music plays.) OK, so we could stop there and if I go over here to my little zoom area and click and drag this to the right little bit, I could see a little bit more of what's going on here.
So here's the da... da... da.. na... and then the little two snare hits pa... pa... and then, da... ne... no... ne... ne... ne... ne... ne... ne..., pa... no... ne... no... ne... no... ne... pa... and so on so forth. I can't believe I'm just sang that. I just hummed that song; that was really humiliating and embarrassing, regardless I did it and I can't take it back. So basically we're going to use these markers again as guides for where to place our different edits and cuts. This is going to make the editing process so much easier. Now there is an extra marker here, I don't like that one a lot.
So what I'm going to do, I'm going to right-click on that one, I am just going to select Clear Timeline Marker just so that one goes away. I think that was the right one to delete there. And now with this we're ready to jump into the real crux of the project and that is Editing, so we'll look at that in the next movie.
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