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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.
There is a feature inside Premiere Elements that allows you to create music, more or less from scratch, and have it pretty closely match the length of your piece. That feature is called SmartSound. If you want to follow along with this project, open up 09-smartsound. When you do that you will see there are ten clips here in the Timeline that I arranged for this piece. It's a nice little piece with the tight, wide, tight and wide, it's about two minutes long. Let's see how long it is exactly. There you go. It's 2:01:19. So about two minutes and two seconds. I want to have a piece of music that matches that length and I want it to be music that fits the style of the piece, this kind of quiet, soothing sort of style.
Well, I could go out and rip music off a CD, and it would maybe be more or less as long as this piece, but I would probably have to shorten it or put a fade at the end or something like that. Plus, I'll be using music that people recogniz, and I would rather have something unique to my piece, something that I created, or something that no one else would have. Or I could buy some royalty free music that might meet those qualifications, but that costs money. So I would like to create something for free. So I'm going to click on this SmartSound link. It opens up this dialog box. There is only one option. That is to click here to select music. That opens up this little dialog box with about two dozen pieces of music.
Now, these things are not necessarily unique because everybody who has Premiere Elements 7 has these couple of dozen pieces of music. But you can make them yours by customizing each individual piece. So we want to find a piece first of all that seems to fit our project. So let's just kind of double click on something and see if it works for us. How about Boulevard Funk? We know it's not going to, but let's try it. Double click. (Music playing) Not really underwater music. How about Hot and Spicy? No, but you know I have got something going on here, because at the bottom here, there is Underwater, and that really actually does fit.
So I'm going to double click that and see how that sounds. (Music playing) Lovely. That will work nicely. So, I'll select that, and now I have two options. First of all, I want to set the Length. So I click over here and say I want 2 minutes, tab over a little bit. I get 02. That's the length. Now I want to create something that's unique. Well, SmartSound Quicktracks lets me have one of six different approaches to this piece. Each one has a different intro, a different close, and the middle parts are arranged uniquely for each one of these six choices. So at least it's sort of unique relative to what other people might hear from other projects from Premiere Elements.
So we will pick one that works for us. If I select Currents, preview it. Something we already heard with that little keyboard entry. I could click this guy, Watery, see what that sounds like. (Music playing) Starts with a Congo drum. If I go to the end... All these pieces actually finish. They don't just fade, which is nice. So real, clear finish. Let me try to find something that works for me. (Music playing) Make that little guitar start there. So I'm going to pick Ripples. If I click OK, I immediately get this dialog box saying SmartSound - Underwater - Ripples 02:01:18. That's pretty darn close to the exact length that I wanted.
I'm going to change the name though to suit my purposes. I'm going to say example. I'm going to save it here on my Desktop. When I do that, it saves it and adds it to the project. I'll show you where it adds it. There it is added. It also adds it to the project wherever the Current Time Indicator is located into the soundtrack track. Right down there. Not exactly where I wanted it to go. I wanted it to go at the beginning, but I had the Current Time Indicator over here, so let me fix that. I'll just grab this guy, slide it over to the beginning. I don't have to put it way down there in the sound track where I can't see it. I'll just drag it up couple of notches and now it's right there, butted up next to my piece.
There is the start, there is the end, and exactly, pretty close, couple of frames, fits the length of my piece. Let's just take a look at the beginning. (Music playing) Nice! Let's go to the end and see how it finishes. (Music playing) So it really it does finish; it just doesn't fade away. Really nice feature. It's called SmartSound and I think it works well for projects that just need some kind of a little extra musical punch to it.
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