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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Premiere Elements has a number of audio effects that you can apply to clips much the same way you apply video effects. There aren't anywhere near as many audio effects as there are video effects, but there are still plenty of them to have some fun with, so let's try out a few. First of all I need to track down the audio effects go to Edit > Effects and then select Audio Effects. Here they are and the number of effects are slightly different, slightly fewer effects than the Mac version. Now, first of all let's start off with the Fixed Effects, the ones that are applied to all audio portions of clips or audio only clips.
So let me go to this agility clip here and go to Edit Effects. Now that this clip is select that I can click on Edit Effects. You see there is Volume and Balance and Balance is available. Here it's a fixed Effects in Windows and you can also find Balance as a separate standard effect in case you don't see it there. Now, what I want to do first is just listen to this. (Audio playing) The audio is relatively quiet and we could probably ramp up the audio if we wanted to. But let me take a look at the audio waveform here, down in this little view of the clip.
To see the waveform better, right now it just looks like two straight lines, I am going to roll this thing up. You can drag between the headers like that to increase the view. Increase the magnification, you see one little blip there, one little blip, where Janine says go. Expand the view of the timeline a bit to show it to you a little bit better. One little bitty blip, go. And notice that there's nothing over here. The upper track is the left track, the lower track is the right track, that's kind of standard for audio. And there's nothing on the right track, that's because the right track was silent.
When I recorded this I just had one microphone on the camera, I did not have let's say a wireless microphone on Janine, so this is the camera onboard microphone. What I'd like to do first of all is increase the Volume of the whole clip. Now, you can increase the Volume over here, but you can't get any farther than additional 6 dB, which, that's as far as you can go if you change the volume, let's say, within a clip like this. But if you want to change the volume of the whole clip there is another way to go about doing that, and that's called Gain. So let me show you that first. Right-click on any audio clip and down here at the bottom.
Let me make sure I select the clip, there we go. It says Audio Gain. That will raise the volume beyond that 6dB limit that you have inside the little volume effect here. So let me click on dB here and make it 10 dB louder. That way it will make the whole clip louder. Now, notice what happens to the waveform, it suddenly got larger. And then her voice is now much more emphatic. Now, let's do one other thing. Since the right track is empty I want to fill that with the left track, so we can have what will sound like a monaural sound instead of, if I have stereo, having her voice come only out of the left-hand side.
So I want to change this so I can fill both sides and I can use an effect to do that. Let me go to Effects > Audio Effects. I am going to go what's called Fill Left. What seems counter intuitive but Fill Left fills the right channel with what's in the left channels. So I'll drag that over to the clip. You won't see anything show up here, we are not changing the original clip but we are going to fill it. Now, if I go take a look at the Edit Effects, there is Fill Left and the only option is the Bypass it, meaning you either do it or you don't do it, so we're doing it. Now if I listen to this in stereo, it will sound like she is speaking in the middle of the two speakers.
Which is really where I want it to be, I want it to be more in the middle like that. Okay, let's go over to the Fixed Effects here, we've got Volume and Balance. I am going to mess with this now, I want to have her loud here at the beginning and have the sound fade away, which it does naturally, but I want it to fade away more even as she goes off in the distance. I will start here with a loud volume, so I go to Volume and I am going to increase the volume at the very beginning here to, let's say 6, it'll be much louder. By that point I want the volume to fade, so I am going to open the keyframe view here.
Go back to the beginning, and it's going to be loud, turn on keyframes, go in a little ways. By that point I want it to be quieter, so I want the sense even more dramatically than it is now that it's getting quieter as she goes off in the distance. You notice what happens when you add keyframes over here. Your keyframe show up inside the audio view of the clip here in your timeline. You can actually apply keyframes here using what's called the volume, graph this little yellow line here.
So as you add keyframes over here on the right inside the Edit Effects view you are actually adding little keyframes here in the volume graph and you can see the volume dip there. That's one little cool thing. The other little cool thing I want to do is - heck, the sound is kind of going from right to left. So I am going actually use Balance on here to have the sound - now that I've filled both channels I can have them move from right to left on the screen. So open up balance, and I want to start off on the right hand side here, so I need to turn on keyframes, get over here to the right, way to the right.
I am going to go into the clip a little ways to where she is right here, have it go way left. That way the audio will go from left to right. Let's try that out. (Video Playing) And go off to the left. If your stereo speakers then you'll note that, but if you don't hear it in stereo, trust me, it does go from right to left. All right, Let me move on to another effect that's kind of a standard effect that people use a lot, and that's treble or bass. I am going to select this clip of me reading a famous document called the Declaration of Independence.
(Audio Playing) Now, my voice just is not deep enough, I think. I need to make that guy deeper. So I am going to go over here and look for Bass, and there's Bass, drag Bass down here, open up the Edit Effects view, and here's our Bass value. And I want to boost the Bass. Let me go over there and listen to it again. (Audio Playing) At one point it starts getting kind of muffled, so you can listen to it in real time and adjust the level in real time. That's kind of a cool thing as you go through it, so let me try that again. Unknown Speaker: (Audio Playing) So basically I've now made it a little bassy-er.
You can use the Bass to do that. You can also make things little trebly-er if you want to. There is a Treble effect as well. There are number of effects, I am just going to show you a few of them here. You go over to the right here. Narrow the view by pressing that Minus key. I have this studio session here of have some instrumentals that I mixed together. Actually these were originally like eight different instrumental tracks, which I have now mixed together, I'll show you that. (Music playing) You can here there's a xylophone, and a couple of, like a symbol, and a drum, and a bass, and, you'll have a piano there as well, and that kind of stuff.
Over to the right here we have a vocalist this is the separate track for the vocalist. You can see that she is not singing here but she'll start singing there. (Audio Playing) Well a couple of things are going on there that I think need to be fixed. First of al' you can't quite hear her that well, the instrumental is a little too loud. So I want to knock the instrument down at that point, expand the view a bit so I can see things better. And you can see where the audio changes, and that's a good thing, to see the audio. So right about there is where I want the instrumental to start changing. So I am going to select the instrumental track, go to Edit Effects, clip Volume, put in a keyframe right there, that's basically our starting point.
Now we go little bit farther into the clip, I am going to lower the volume down, maybe down 3 decibels or so, and we should be able to hear her better now. Let's get over there again. (Music Playing) That's better. If it's not quite to your liking you can lower it even more, just navigate back to the keyframe, knock it down a bit little more, you can always make some adjustments like that. Let's try that again. (Music Playing) Yeah, it seems like an appropriate amount. Now what I want to do is give her a little Reverb, a little thickness to the voice, to have that bounce off the walls a little bit, like she's singing in some kind of a large hall.
So, to do that we go to the Reverb effect. If you don't have the Reverb effect on the Mac version, there's some reverb built into these new blue effects that were added for both Windows and Mac, and you'll find reverb in one of those. So, now I am going to drag Reverb down to the voice track and open up reverb in Edit Effects to kind of show you that it's a unique looking effect. It's what call it a VST effect that has a little graphic look to it, and there it is. This allows you to adjust things like the room size and other little characteristics.
You really have to kind of experiment with it. I am going to, first of all, give a listen to it right now. (Music playing) Already has that kind of reverb to it. I can expand things a bit, move this over to the right. This adjusts the overall sound quality. (Music playing) All right, this is a reverb to give it that kind of like I'm doing it live, I'm in some kind of large auditorium or in a church or something like that to give it a different kind of I think a warmer sound to it that makes it just a little less dry, that you kind of get inside a studio.
Just while listening you need to fine tune to your own ears to see what you like. Let's move on down the line here. I have this bit of audio that I made with noises in it on purpose. The beginning here is a hum. (Audio playing) That hum is what's called a 60Hz hum and it happens a lot when you're in a room with fluorescent lights, because 60Hz is the frequency of electricity in North America, 50 Hz can be found elsewhere. So, we are going to put a hum reducer on here, a new thing with Premiere Elements 9. Let's go over to Effects and there are these NewBlue audio effects that were added this time, and this thing called NewBlue Hum Remover and drag that down there.
We are going to find out that it's not a perfect world. It tries to remove the 60 Hz hum but in doing so it also kind of removes a bit of my voice. (Audio Playing) So the hum is gone, right, but so is the lot of the voice. I can open this guy up, I can adjust the parameters a little bit so we don't reduce it quite with such strength. To reduce the Strength a little bit, have it not be so much reduction, but it still says 60Hz, that's the standard hum removal. Then you can see it's kind of this fine-tuned tight-rope walk that you are going here, how much do you remove and how much do you leave in, so there is still some hum left.
So, that's kind of the thing about tools that clean things up, they're not necessarily perfect. The rest of this clip has a little bit of noise on it. So, I am going to take the hum off so we can work on the hiss part just to show you how that works. Delete that, go back to Effects, and NewBlue has another cool little effect we'll try out called noise reducer. Drag that down to the clip. What Noise Reducer does, it looks for noise, not hum, but noise, like hissing noises. Let's see how that sounds.
(Audio playing) So, the hissing is gone, right, but the voice quality clearly changes. Let's just take a look at the Edit there and look at the parameters there. Again it's similar to the other one that you can adjust the strength of what you're removing. Basically, how much do you want to remove relative to the quality of the other audio? (Audio playing) So, it does affect the quality of the audio but it does remove the sound. So there's this little, again this tight rope act that you've got to work with as you try to deal with these effects. But they can help sweeten your audio, they can give you a little bit of polish, and you can also use them to emphasize moving audio through your images.
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