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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.
Alright folks, before we leave this chapter on audio effects we're going to bump things up a notch. I am going to show you about Audio Effects in Premiere Elements. Audio effects are just another one of the areas in Premiere Elements that really demonstrates how professional this application can get sometimes. So I have here this audio clip, sounds like this (Sitar music plays) and so forth. We looked at this a little bit earlier in this chapter I realize, but now we're going to spice things up a little bit by playing with effects. Now what we're going to do is go here in the Tasks panel in the Edit workspace and click on the Effects button.
Now we have talked about Effects in the last chapter I realize, we have dozen and dozens of these effects that we can apply, but if we go over to where Video Effects is, this dropdown and change this, we can actually look at Audio Effects and there are loads of audio effects that we can apply to audio clips as well. Now if you're into audio and you have VST plug-ins, they will also show up here. So for example, I have this GT Guitar Player Express VST. This is an effect that I have on my system that you'll probably not have on yours and so it shows up in my audio effects.
So I can use other effects on my computer not just from Adobe but other audio effects as well here in Premiere Elements. Now we're not going to cover all of these or even most of these, but if you want to add a certain effect to your audio this is where to come to do it. For example I can add Reverb to make this audio sound like it was recorded in a big hall. So may be, if you have some video and people are talking and a conversation, it just sounds kind of flat and dead, you can add some Reverb to add some character to the environment.
So I'm just going to click Reverb and if I want like to just select the audio clip and select Reverb here and hit Apply or I could drag-and-drop; put Apply, it works just fine. And then if I hit the Home key and preview this now with Reverb, we'll notice the slight difference in the way that this audio clip sounds (Music plays). So it just sounds a little bit more spacious and full, almost like a very slight echo.
But it gets even cooler, select the clip and click on Edit Effects and you'll notice that when clips have audio applied, whether they are video clips with audio or whether they are just straight audio clips, they have volume and balance applied as well. Now we have already talked about mixing audio in this chapter but if you open up Volume, you can adjust the volume here. The difference is this little blue stopwatch here and that basically allows us to animate this clip volume.
So that way if we want a certain part of the volume to be loud and then get quiet or whatever we can change this overtime. We'll talk about animation more in the next chapter. If you want to do a simple and common audio trick just like fade in and fade out, you can just simply click Fade In and Fade Out. That's really all it takes to add a fade in or a fade out to your audio; just as easy as you could possibly make it. There is also Balance as we've talked about earlier which basically controls this from being left or right and then also we applied Reverb so here are the Reverb settings.
I can click this button and I have several sorts of presets to choose from. So right now the Reverb setting by default is in a Small Room but I could say I'll make this to sound like it's in a large hall. So I click the Large Hall preset, hit the Home key and Preview this again, you should notice a little bit of a difference here (Music plays). So when I play this back it really does sound like a bunch of people jamming in a very large hall.
I can also open up the Custom Setup here and I have some really advanced Reverb parameters to play with, it's kind of beyond the scope of what we're talking about here but if you're an audio guru there is Pre Delay, Absorption, Size, Density, Lo damp, Hi Damp, Mix and a bunch of stuff to adjust. You could even come in here in this graphic interface and adjust the Reverb graphically. So again this is some really high-end stuff here. So that's just a brief tour through effects. By the way one of the last tip; if you're working on a video clip that has audio, you can still apply these audio effects and volume and balance will still be there as well.
And if you want to playback your video without having to render all the video and stuff you just click this button right here and that will just play the audio only for that particular clip. So you don't have to worry about rendering the video and having things go a little slower that way. So again, as you can see here there is just a world of power here, I mean, so much this stuff is coming from Premiere Pro, which is Adobe's professional level video application. They basically just copied and pasted the code, I mean, a lot of this stuff again is exactly the same thing as you would find in their professional application.
But again, at the same time, it's so easy just to come in here and adjust the clip volume, to animate the clip volume, to fade in, fade out. So you have all the benefits of a professional application with all the ease of use of a much more simple application as well. And thus concludes our chapter on Audio. Next, we're going to be looking at how to animate, how to bring objects to life with animation.
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