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Making music soundtracks with SmartSound (Windows only)

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Video: Making music soundtracks with SmartSound (Windows only)

I want to talk to you about adding music to your project. Creating music from scratch can be daunting. Few of us have the time, talent, or money to create music from scratch. Using commercially available music, might violate a copyright law or two, purchasing so-called royalty free music can be a hassle and expensive. Well, all is not lost. There is a feature in the Windows version of Premiere Elements that allows you to create customized music, more or less from scratch, that matches the length of your piece and the emotional content. That feature is called SmartSound.

Making music soundtracks with SmartSound (Windows only)

I want to talk to you about adding music to your project. Creating music from scratch can be daunting. Few of us have the time, talent, or money to create music from scratch. Using commercially available music, might violate a copyright law or two, purchasing so-called royalty free music can be a hassle and expensive. Well, all is not lost. There is a feature in the Windows version of Premiere Elements that allows you to create customized music, more or less from scratch, that matches the length of your piece and the emotional content. That feature is called SmartSound.

Let me show you how it works. I created this little video for this demonstration, it's about a minute long and it involves going grocery shopping at our local grocery store. Let me just check the exact length of it, here inside the timeline I press the End key on my keyboard and it will take me to the end of the project and you can look over here and it says it's one minute, six seconds and seven frames. So what I need to do, my challenge here is to find music that matches that length and matches the emotional content of our little video.

Not sure exactly how we can match emotional content of grocery shopping, but we are going to do our best here and we're going to have SmartSound help us out. So to find SmartSound there is a little audio icon here, and a drop-down menu, and in that drop-down menu is SmartSound. Now if you've got the Mac version you won't see this, as I mentioned before, but we'll play with it here on the Windows version. Click SmartSound. That opens up this little dialog box, and your first order of business is to select the music that you want to use. Now there are 26 different music tracks that come for free with Premiere Elements, from this company SmartSound, and if I click on all, you're going to see a bunch of additional stuff that you can buy.

So that's kind of the gimmick here. You get 26 for free but if you listen to these guys, you might go - whoa, that's much better, and then you go over here and you go, oops. I got to purchase that one. Well, that's okay. That's not a bad thing necessarily, but let's stick to the ones that are free. And here are the 26. Now you could listen to all 26, so you can kind of narrow it down with these Styles over here. I'm going to narrow it down to let's say, oh, New Age/Easy, I am hoping that New Age/Easy will have something to do with shopping, and I am going to try Innocence here. Let's see how that sounds. I can select that and once I select that I get this preview view.

I will click over here and see what it sounds like - (Music playing) Well, okay, that's shopping, isn't it? Right? Let's just all agree that that's shopping music and I'll click Select. Once you click Select then you're back here and you get more options. First of all you have the Length. I'm going to change the Length so that it's a minute six or a minute seven, I'll try that with one minute so I'll go 01, automatically jumps to the next spot, go 06, and there we are, a minute six. Then what are called Variations. You can do a Loop where it plays a clip that you can play one after the other, after the other, but I'd much rather have it have a beginning and an end, so I am going to turn of Loop.

So we've got a minute six and twelve frames. It's going to make something here pretty darn close to the length of our piece, right there. You don't really get it nailed to the frame necessarily but we're going to end up with something very close to the length of our piece here. That's called Easy. If I play Easy you get a sense of what that sounds like. (Music playing) If I drag to the end you get a sense of what it sounds like at the end - (Music playing) Oops! I was so close to the end, all I hear is the last - (Music playing) What's cool about this is that it has a beginning and a middle and an end, it doesn't sort of end abruptly.

It actually ends appropriately. But there is more than just the Easy option. There are multiple options here. The way that SmartSound works is that that there are a bunch of little mini clips that are kind of rearranged and adjusted to suit these various different names here, these customized names. So I am going to pick a different one besides Crystallize. I'm going to go to Tenderness, hopefully that will start a little quieter, let's see - (Music playing) A little less emphatic. Let's see how it ends here, I'll go to 59 seconds and see - (Music playing) All right, well I'm happy with that.

So that's one minute and 6 seconds so that should fit our project virtually perfectly. So I am going to click OK, and what happens is, that says Okay, you want to name this file. Okay, that's fine. You want to put it some place? I am going to put it some place so it doesn't get mixed up with your Exercise Files. I am going to stick it over in a little temporary holding place that I've got for it. You can put it anywhere you want. And here is the whole name that's given, but you can change the name to whatever you want. So I am just going to go Shopping, call it Shopping music, Shopping music and it's a WAV file, Windows Audio Video, but in this case just audio, click Save.

And that creates that file on your hard drive. If you go over to the Project view, Organize > Project view, lo and behold, there it is. And now you can add it to your Project. So I am going to scroll down a little bit here so you can see the soundtrack line. It's added it to the project, right where the current time indicator was located. I am going to drag this guy to the left. Because I really want it be at the beginning, so I'll go over there. And now we've got music with our shopping, let's see how that works. (Music playing) Pretty well, huh? And you can adjust the volume of that clip if you want to, you can always click on this.

Go to Edit > Effects > Edit Effects and here is the Volume level for that clip. If you want it to be a little bit quieter you can knock it down, you can use keyframes to make the audio start quiet and come up, come down, whatever you want, but this is basically how it works. Let's see how it finishes off at the end here where Richard checks out. (Music Playing) All right, so that's how you use SmartSound to create a soundtrack for your video.

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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

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  1. 7m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      1m 19s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 18s
  2. 16m 52s
    1. What is Premiere Elements 9?
      6m 16s
    2. Touring the interface
      6m 28s
    3. Clarifying differences between the Mac and Windows versions
      4m 8s
  3. 44m 16s
    1. Creating a new project
      7m 18s
    2. Getting media
      2m 0s
    3. Capturing video from a cassette or a webcam
      7m 14s
    4. Downloading assets from external devices and storage media
      8m 53s
    5. Importing media from a hard drive
      3m 32s
    6. Managing media in the Project workspace
      7m 3s
    7. Using the Organizer
      8m 16s
  4. 30m 57s
    1. Using the Sceneline and the Timeline
      3m 45s
    2. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      6m 20s
    3. Adding and deleting clips in the Timeline
      9m 51s
    4. Adding and rearranging clips in the Timeline using modifier keys
      11m 1s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      7m 56s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      8m 44s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      6m 4s
    4. Creating freeze frames and changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      9m 24s
  6. 25m 4s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 49s
    2. Applying transitions
      9m 37s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      10m 38s
  7. 41m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 25s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 46s
    3. Repositioning, scaling, and rotating clips with the Motion effect
      6m 50s
    4. Working with the Motion Tracker
      10m 1s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      6m 51s
  8. 52m 31s
    1. Understanding animation
      7m 48s
    2. Animating video effects
      13m 52s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      11m 43s
    4. Working with effects presets
      9m 55s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      9m 13s
  9. 32m 44s
    1. Recording narrations
      3m 12s
    2. Making music soundtracks with SmartSound (Windows only)
      5m 38s
    3. Advanced audio editing with J-cuts and L-cuts
      6m 31s
    4. Applying audio effects
      11m 41s
    5. Mixing audio tracks manually and with the SmartMixer
      5m 42s
  10. 25m 38s
    1. Creating text and geometric shapes
      7m 1s
    2. Editing and formatting text and shapes
      5m 10s
    3. Using styles and templates with text and shapes
      6m 40s
    4. Animating titles
      6m 47s
  11. 25m 46s
    1. Understanding compositing
      5m 23s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      8m 46s
    3. Making portions of clips transparent using Green Screen, Videomerge, and other techniques
      11m 37s
  12. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding Auto-Analyzer and Smart Tags
      4m 11s
    2. Using InstantMovie and themes
      6m 4s
    3. Trying out Smart Fix and Smart Trim
      6m 39s
  13. 13m 43s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      2m 12s
    2. Adding DVD markers to the Timeline
      4m 47s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      6m 44s
  14. 20m 7s
    1. Understanding project exporting
      3m 15s
    2. Exporting to standard file types
      5m 54s
    3. Creating files for online and mobile phone use
      3m 39s
    4. Creating DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs
      7m 19s
  15. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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