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Editing with music

From: Creating a Mini Documentary with Premiere Elements

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During this refining process, I usually like to add some music. This is not just an aesthetic matter of putting down something in the background. It actually helps the rhythm, pacing, and flow of the piece. Let me show you what I mean. For starters, we need to import the music that's in the exercise files. Of course, you'll pick your own music for your projects, and I encourage you to experiment. It's not always the obvious choice that wins the day. And the only way to figure out what works is to try lots of different things until you find something that you like.

Editing with music

During this refining process, I usually like to add some music. This is not just an aesthetic matter of putting down something in the background. It actually helps the rhythm, pacing, and flow of the piece. Let me show you what I mean. For starters, we need to import the music that's in the exercise files. Of course, you'll pick your own music for your projects, and I encourage you to experiment. It's not always the obvious choice that wins the day. And the only way to figure out what works is to try lots of different things until you find something that you like.

Great! We've got our music track. I want to adjust my timeline a little bit, so I can focus on the parts that I want to edit. I want to make it taller, so I can just see more. And I want to be able to see these thumbnails of the B-roll. The thumbnails of the interview, not so important to me at the moment. Now I am going to add my music down onto the soundtrack line. I want to expand this track, so I can get a really good look at the waveform.

I'd like to see even more actually. There we go! Now I want to focus on this part of the timeline that has a lot of B-roll shots with no interview. I think we can improve this a lot just by editing to the beat. Let's play it through once, and I want you to both listen and watch and see how the cut points are not on the beats. Some of them are close, but they're not perfect. (video playing) Okay, let's take them one at a time.

Did you notice how the cut on this one was just after the heartbeat? (video playing) I am going to zoom in just using Plus, so I can get a close look at this. And I want to find where is that heartbeat in my waveform. Watch and listen. (video playing) It looks like right about there. Now I just want to extend this clip to the beat.

You've got to play an edit like this back to see if you got it. (video playing) Close, but I think it needs to be trimmed a little further. I think I'll zoom in even more. There we go! That looks like the beat. And play it through again. (video playing) Yeah, you see how that advantage of being right on the beat really makes this work? Let's check the next one.

(video playing) That one is actually pretty good already. You want to see again? (video playing) Yeah, that cut point is pretty much on the beat. Let's check one more. (video playing) Close, but I think I would like to have it hit that gong sound better. (video playing) Yeah, just a tiny bit earlier. Let's see.

(video playing) And so on. We check each one of our cut points and get it to work with the beat of the music. It's not always every beat. Sometimes we go a few beats on the same clip, and it's not even always the main beat. Did you notice how I used that gong sound to make this edit? That's the whole idea. And I encourage you to have fun with this. In a lot of ways, the editing process is like music.

It's very rhythmic. And working with music can really improve your edits. I do want to mention one more thing to be careful of. I decided to work here in this section to show you how to really edit to the beat where you have a lot of B-roll and no interviews. But you probably do want to start earlier making these changes so you don't affect what's later in the timeline. If I get this part perfect, and then I start to mess too much with these, I'll probably throw off what's later in the timeline.

So I just wanted to mention that for you.

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