Creating custom music tracks with Quicktracks
Video: Creating custom music tracks with QuicktracksPremiere Elements comes bundled with remarkable piece of software called SmartSound Express Tracks. Express Tracks will create custom music tracks to your exact specifications, right down to creating a musical clip at the exact length you designate. Here we've got a clip on our timeline-- not very interesting clip; it's 13 seconds long--just simply of a truck arriving, so I'm going to play it back by clicking on the timeline and then pressing the spacebar. (video playing) Stop playback by pressing the spacebar again.
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Whether you're new to the program altogether or a pro who needs a refresher on the latest features, author Steve Grisetti gets you up and running quickly with Premiere Elements 11, the affordable and intuitive video-editing program from Adobe.
The course walks through the entire editing workflow, from importing and organizing your raw assets, to timeline editing in Quick view and Expert view, to sharing your work on DVD, Blu-ray, or on the web. Along the way, you'll discover how to enhance your basic videos with voiceover, slow motion, transitions, titles, and a solid soundtrack. In less than three hours, this course will show you what you need to know to create polished gems from almost any kind of raw footage, from tape-based DV, to AVCHD, to smartphone and iPad video footage.
- Capturing video from a camcorder
- Importing media on your computer
- Managing media with the Organizer
- Adding clips, slice, trim, and ripple edits
- Creating a motion path with the Pan & Zoom tool
- Speeding up or slowing down video segments with Time Remapping
- Color-correcting video
- Building custom music tracks with Quicktracks
- Creating fade-ins and fade-outs
- Adding text animation
- Keyframing video effects
- Burning a DVD or Blu-ray disc
- Uploading your video to Facebook or YouTube
Creating custom music tracks with Quicktracks
Premiere Elements comes bundled with remarkable piece of software called SmartSound Express Tracks. Express Tracks will create custom music tracks to your exact specifications, right down to creating a musical clip at the exact length you designate. Here we've got a clip on our timeline-- not very interesting clip; it's 13 seconds long--just simply of a truck arriving, so I'm going to play it back by clicking on the timeline and then pressing the spacebar. (video playing) Stop playback by pressing the spacebar again.
You can see it's not terribly interesting, simply a truck arriving outside of a context of whatever else is going on in the movie. We're going to enhance it a bit, maybe make it even suspenseful by adding a music track behind it. And one thing I want to do before I launch Express Tracks is I want to just mute the audio that's on the clip. And I can do that by just dragging this yellow line that runs through the audio track just by clicking on it and dragging down. Now my clip is silent. I am going to press play again by pressing the spacebar.
Now, the only sound we will have is the music track we're going to add. I am going to move the CTI playhead back to the beginning, just by dragging it, and we'll launch SmartSound quick tracks. Now when you click on the Music button on the action bar that runs along the bottom of the program, you'll about 12 music clips in the panel. You can use those as is, but then you're missing out on the real benefits of SmartSound Express Tracks. To use the SmartSound Express Tracks tool we simply click on the Use SmartSound button in the lower-left of the panel, right here.
Now, the very first time you use this you're going to see some screens pop up. You may even be asked to register SmartSound quick tracks. It will ask for a serial number. All of that is free. Just put in your email address, click Yes, it will send you a serial number so you can just cut and paste right into it. Now one of the things that comes loaded with SmartSound Express Track is Sonicfire Pro 5, and you can see it in the background here. You don't really need Sonicfire Pro 5 to run SmartSound Express Track. It's there to further enhance it.
You can buy it for $99.95. There is a 30-day free trial, but it's not a necessary component of what we're going to do today in SmartSound Express Tracks. Now on the SmartSound Express Track panel you'll notice that we have those 12 clips there listed at the top, those 12 audio clips and music clips that we saw when we clicked on the Music button on the action bar, and then you'll see there are additional clips listed below that. The ones that don't have that little blue indicator on the left are not yet on your computer, so if you don't want to see those, just grab to the top-left to the panel and uncheck SmartSound Store.
Now you're only looking at the music that is already owned by you and is already on your computer. Now these 10 clips that you see are not actually clips so much as they are themes and they have variations in them. So for instance, if I select future progress I can play it as is, just a clicking on these little Play button in the lower-right of the panel. (music playing) But there are a number of variations on that theme, and I can get to those by just clicking on this dropdown menu listed next to Variations.
And you could see I have a number of variations to that particular theme. Let's try another one. (music playing) See, it's in the same category but a little bit different. I'll try one down here, Antimatter. (music playing) So it's still got the kind of synthesizer sound, but it's a completely different variation of it. And so you could build your entire movie around variations of one particular theme. (music playing) And some of these are slow and jazzy and some of these are more upbeat. Some are more production values for an adventure movie, and some are more kind of suspenseful. Some are very quiet.
In this particular case for this theme, I want to use Run Down. Here's how Run Down sounds at its default variation. (music playing) So it's good adventure theme music, right? And we can choose a number of variations. We can choose Crevice, like he's dangling on the edge of a crevice here. (music playing) We can choose Situation. We've got a suspenseful situation. (music playing) So these are pretty cool. These are Hollywood-style music themes.
In this particular case I would like to choose, we've got just our truck arriving. Let's choose In between. Let's hear that. (music playing) That should make the scene just a little more suspenseful. Now, we can also change the mood of it, so you can change variations on your variation. So the mood can, for instance, you can make the drums and the base dominate, so it sounds like this. (music playing) Or if we want, we could make it very sparse.
(music playing) Or we could make it very brassy. (music playing) And if you really want to customize it, there is a Mix button here so you can actually choose how the various instruments are mixed together, so putting emphasis on Strings for instance, on Brass or on you Trumpets, on your Percussion, and create your own mix. But I would like to use it with the Leads. (music playing) That's good and suspenseful music for my truck arriving, right? It's arriving from a farm, so we've got to make it as interesting as possible.
Once we've done that then comes the really cool part. Remember my clip on my timeline was 13 seconds long. I can create this music clip at exactly 13 seconds. And this time clock here, this represents hours, minutes, seconds, and the last part represents frames. So if all we want to change if we want to change our duration in seconds is to change these two numbers right here. I am going to change them to 12. Then I just select Send and it's off. It's there on my movie.
Let's give it a test drive here and see our scene looks now with that much more suspenseful music, pressing Play. (music playing) Do you see how nicely that synced up with the scene? And that's because we could designate an exact time, and you can designate as little as a second or two or as long as 20 minutes if you'd like, or even an hour I suppose. But every single clip that it creates has a natural beginning, middle, and end, so it ended exactly where you wanted it to.
And one of the best things about the music clips created by SmartSound Express Tracks is that these clips are royalty- free. That means you have full rights to use this music in any video production, even professional works for hire; they're yours to use as you'd like in your movies. Now the program comes with about 10 free music bundles here, but there are hundreds more available on the SmartSound site. Many are offered at a discount. They have sales on a regular basis, but you can purchase them right here in SmartSound. I will just re-launch the program again by clicking on Music panel Use SmartSound.
And when we click on the option to look at the store, you can again choose any style, Disco for instance, and you can see the options that are available for disco, and you can buy the tracks individually or they have packed sets available on the SmartSound website. But you can do an awful lot just with the free titles they have included with the program here. It's a great little extra feature Adobe has included with this program. I really like it a lot.
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