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Showing off vacation highlights or making a music video with a professional touch is just a few keystrokes away with Premiere Elements 7. In Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, Jeff Sengstack, Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro, breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, about everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. In between, Jeff covers the basics of editing as well as advanced features like picture–in–picture overlays and dazzling visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Premiere Elements has a number of audio effects that you can apply to clips, much of the same way you apply video effects. There aren't anywhere near as many audio effects as there are video effects, but there is still plenty of them to have some fun with them. So if you want to play along with this project, open up the 09_audio_effects project. When you do that, you will see there are two clips on the timeline. There is this video clip that has some audio associated with it and there is an audio clip. There is no video associated with that. We are going to start by working on this clip because we want to use the two fixed audio effects and then we will go to some special effects down here.
So I'll click on this guy to select it. We will go over to Edit > Effects, Edit Effects and there are the five fixed effects associated with video, these three and these two with audio. And the audio fixed effects always have keyframes on by default. So we will open up both of those guys. The Volume and the Balance. Volume is obviously how loud it is and Balance is whether it pans left or right or center. So let's start with the Volume. This particular clip is of a horse jumping over this rail. So let's take a listen of that. (Hoofbeats) What we want to do here is enhance that audio a little bit. We want it to be loud when it gets right there. So let's just make a keyframe right there by going, I'm increasing it all the way up to six, really loud. Zero decibels is the volume level of the clip itself and then six is more than that and a negative number would be less.
Let's go back to the beginning now and we will set the audio level down, something below zero. So that actually sounds like it's coming from farther away. Let me go the end, let's decrease the Volume to even less again, so it's sort of like it's fading off into the distance. So let's just listen to that a little briefly. (Hoofbeats) It's a little more dramatic as it goes over the jump, which is pretty cool. But we can further dramatize the audio as it goes over the jump by adjusting the Balance. As it comes in from the left in this particular picture, we can have balance off to the left. So we will slide balance way left there. And then when it gets to the center, right there, we have the balance be in the center, where it's zero. Close enough. Then when it gets to the right, we have the balance go way off to the right. That way if you have a stereo speaker system, right now you will hear this guy coming in from the left and then jumping off to the right.
(Hoofbeats) So those are the two fixed effects, Volume and Balance. Let's move on to this clip. This is a little narration I did just to give you a sense of how narrations might sound and we recorded it to only one channel. We are going to show you how you going to put that in two channels, so a little narration here. (Male 1: So this is how a narration might sound and you can apply audio effects to the narration to enhance it.) So we will apply some audio effects to enhance this particular piece of audio. To do that we select it, go to Effects > Edit Effects and it has the two fixed effects: Volume and Balance. But we want to add some special effects to that.
So we go back to Effects and we go here. Look at these. These are the Video Effects but if you click this down arrow, there are the Audio Effects. Obviously there aren't as many but there they are. Oh, what is that? 17 or so effects? So we are going to select something called Fill Left because if you look at this particular clip you will see that this track up here has some waveforms on it, but the bottom one doesn't. So we can see that even more by looking at the Mixer and we are going to talk about Mixer in another tutorial but I'll show you the mixer now. I will click on this and those are the Mixer and those are the Narration track and if we play this now. You will see only the left channel has audio in it and really the right one just has residual audio. So we want to take that left audio and put it in the right. Sort of duplicate that, so to do that it seems kind of counterintuitive, but do Fill Left and that takes the Left channel and puts it in the Right. So we drop it to the clip and now if we open up the Mixer and play it, you will see that it's both channels equally.
(Male 1: ...audio effects to the narration to enhance it.) Here you go. I'll show that to you. There it is, Fill Left. We will just keep that in there while we put some other effects on that. You want to try to do something called the pitch change. So let me just go over there and select this guy and something here called PitchShifter. If I drag PitchShifter to that particular clip and go over to Edit Effects, there is the PitchShifter and you see something that you have never seen before, this little icon here. That means that the particular effect, this audio effect has some presets. You can select from some presets rather than go through the trouble of dealing with these things called custom setups where you are going to adjust things with these knobs. So we will just work with the preset right now. I'll click that guy.
What do you want to do? I can make it a quint up or a quint down. Or I can make my voice sound much higher than normal. So we will try that and see how weird that sounds. (Male 1: So this is how a narration might sound and you can apply audio effects to...) We can do a quint down and let's see how that sounds. (Male 1: ...how a narration might sound and you can apply audio effects...) As you can tell it's not going to sound like a perfect voice. It really kind of messes with it, but that's the PitchShifter. And I want to get rid of that guy by clicking on it and clicking the Garbage Can. We will try some Treble first, so I can show you how the Treble effect is actually better than the PitchShifter. So go back to that guy, we will drag the Treble down there to it.
This just enhances the Treble rather than tries to shift the pitch. So we will go back to Edit Effects, here is the Treble. And we will boost the Treble a little bit and that will just kind of make it sound a little thinner. (Male 1: So this is how a narration might sound and you can apply audio...) Now this takes away some of the base and boosts the treble. Now I want to do one more little thing and show you how you can make it echoing. Add some Reverb to it, which is really kind of fun. So that will be the last effect that we will show here. There is Reverb. Drag it down to the clip. Now Reverb has all sorts of presets. If I click this guy, the Custom Setup, it has this huge VST, it's called, Controller and you can mess with that to your heart's content. But we will just mess with this guy, the preset, because that's a lot easier for now and I just urge you to kind of play around with some of these audio effects later.
So let's just try Church, see how that sounds. (Male 1: ...you can apply audio effects to a narration to enhance it. Effects like...) It really is pretty amazing all the cool things that you can do with the audio effects in Premiere Elements, so I just suggest you go out there and apply a few and mess around with it and see which ones work for you.
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