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Mixing audio with SmartMixer

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Video: Mixing audio with SmartMixer

So before you let the world check out your awesome new video, you're going to want to do a little bit of mixing, cleaning up the audio a little bit and making the sounds all kind of melt together in a big pot. So let's take a look at how we would do that. Elements ships with two great audio tools, and one is called the Smart Mixer and the other one is just the Audio Mixer. The Smart Mixer is going to go in and say okay, we've got narration here and we've got dialogue here and we've got music here, and I'm going to go in there and fix this all for this guy and make sure that he's got keyframes, and it's going to sound great.

Mixing audio with SmartMixer

So before you let the world check out your awesome new video, you're going to want to do a little bit of mixing, cleaning up the audio a little bit and making the sounds all kind of melt together in a big pot. So let's take a look at how we would do that. Elements ships with two great audio tools, and one is called the Smart Mixer and the other one is just the Audio Mixer. The Smart Mixer is going to go in and say okay, we've got narration here and we've got dialogue here and we've got music here, and I'm going to go in there and fix this all for this guy and make sure that he's got keyframes, and it's going to sound great.

So let's take a look at how that works. I'm going to click on Smart Mix and I'm going to choose Apply. But before I choose Apply, let's try Options first. And it's going to open up my Smart Mixer here and within this, it's telling me I've got Audio 1, which is this file right here; the interview, Narration, which is my narration track I recorded; the Soundtrack, which is back here; and then if I had anything on Audio 2 or 3, it would be here as well. And it gives me some options here. Do I want Audio 1 to be in the foreground, to be in the background, or disabled? So Foreground meaning it's prominent in our video, so we want to really hear that.

The Narration track as well, we want to hear that, so we're going to keep that there. The Soundtrack is just kind of moving the video along for us, so we're going to keep that in the background. We don't want it to overpower these two. And now you just click Apply, and it's going to smart mix for you and there, it did it. So we've got two keyframes here and remember, we talked about keyframes. Two keyframes here. So basically it's going to go loud, lower, loud again, and then lower is here for the dialogue. So let's listen.

(music playing) (David: Hello and welcome to Santa Barbara, where today we're going to see some amazing dancing) (from the Santa Barbara Dance Company, so let's get back in our seats and get ready to go.) (music playing) (Female speaker: What I think is great about EDN is that we're providing the students with an opportunity.) (It's not something that's, like, tangible, like food or toys; it's something that they can really use to empower themselves.) And that's it. If you're happy with that, you're done.

You just pressed one button, made sure some settings were correct, and you can kind of go on your way and share this with the world. Me, I kind of want some things to be different. I want to be more hands-on. And actually underneath the Smart Mixer-- you can just down arrow it back up--is the Audio Mixer, which was right there. It's going to look like this. Now what does this do? Now this looks a little frightening, yeah, but no, it's not. You basically can use these levers here to go up and down and change the volume levels, so if you want something higher or lower. Why would I want to use this on this particular video that we're making? It's because I think the narration could be a little louder, and I think her audio could be a little bit louder.

And so I'm going to do that manually, because we saw the Smart Mixer just took into account that there was audio on narration and on the interview tracks and that we wanted it in the foreground and it just made sure that that was at its normal levels and that the music in the background went to a lower level. So yes, I want the music to be a lower level, but I also wanted these to be a little bit louder, so it didn't do anything like that. So I'm going to go in here and choose File > Revert to go back to square one, and there we go.

And now I'm going to use my mixer, move it over a little bit. And all I need to do is press play and start to move my levels around. So the first thing I'm going to do is my Soundtrack. So let's go to Soundtrack right here. Press play. (music playing) (David: Hello and welcome to Santa Barbara, where today we're going to see some amazing dancing) (from the Santa Barbara Dance Company, so let's get back in our seats and get ready to go.) I'll stop it right there.

And you can see the mixer went in and made all of these keyframes. So anytime I just even gently moved it, it made keyframes. Not a big deal. They're all there and you don't have to do anything. Let's listen to that. (David: Hello and welcome to Santa Barbara, where today we're going to see--) So perfect! Now I just want to go in and fix my audio, which is on the narration track. So I'm going to start out with it being a little louder and we'll go press play. (David: Hello and welcome to Santa Barbara, where today we're going to see some amazing dancing) (from the Santa Barbara Dance Company, so let's get back in our seats and get ready to go.) So you can see I went from my normal volume, I raised it, and there we go.

It sounds a lot better. Let's listen. (David: Hello and welcome to Santa Barbara, where today we're going to see some amazing dancing) (from the Santa Barbara Dance Company, so let's get back in our seats and get ready to go.) So I'm happy with that, and I'm going to move on to the last one. I'm going to go right about here and I'm going to bring this volume down because if I didn't, it would sound like this. (video playing) So now I'm thinking, do I want to hear the great music or hear her talk? So we've got to fix that.

So I'm going to go over here and get ready with my soundtrack and press play. (Female speaker: What I think is great about EDN is that we're providing the students with an opportunity.) (It's not something that's, like, tangible, like food or toys; it's something that they really use to empower themselves.) And there it made all these different keyframes for me. Now if I listen-- (Female speaker: What I think is great about EDN is that we're providing the students with an opportunity.) (It's not something that's, like, tangible, like food or--) And now I'm going to back and just bring her volume just up a tad, which is going to be in Audio 1, and let's do that.

(Female speaker: What I think is great about EDN is that we're providing the students with an opportunity.) (It's not something that's, like, tangible, like food or toys; it's something that they really use to empower themselves.) And that's it. I'm done. I like it. I can now export this and make my movie. I made the audio sound a lot better by mixing the volumes using the mixer. So to mix audio quickly, let's try out the Smart Mixer. But if you want to be precise, try the Audio Mixer.

It's a lot of fun.

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  1. 3m 1s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. How to use the exercise files
      2m 9s
  2. 11m 10s
    1. Understanding the interface
      6m 45s
    2. An overview of the editing workflow
      4m 25s
  3. 14m 29s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 14s
    2. Importing media
      2m 9s
    3. Capturing media
      4m 24s
    4. Managing media
      2m 44s
    5. Missing media and correctly saving projects
      2m 58s
  4. 15m 35s
    1. Sceneline or Timeline?
      2m 25s
    2. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      2m 2s
    3. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Timeline
      3m 16s
    4. Modifying clips with the context menu
      4m 57s
    5. Rendering: What is the red bar?
      2m 55s
  5. 23m 18s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      2m 4s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      2m 43s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      4m 40s
    4. Playing with time: Freeze, change speed, and duration
      6m 31s
    5. Splitting and moving clips
      2m 10s
    6. Applying transitions: Getting from scene to scene
      5m 10s
  6. 30m 17s
    1. Applying effects to clips
      3m 29s
    2. The new Pan and Zoom tool
      1m 42s
    3. Adjusting the position, scale, and rotation of clips, and creating picture-in-picture effects
      3m 35s
    4. Using the Tracker
      5m 26s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      3m 1s
    6. Videomerge and Green Screen
      3m 38s
    7. Creating and using effect presets
      4m 12s
    8. Making color adjustments using effects
      5m 14s
  7. 16m 38s
    1. Understanding animation
      5m 57s
    2. Animating video effects
      3m 30s
    3. Using keyframes with motion effects
      3m 4s
    4. Working with keyframes directly in the Timeline
      4m 7s
  8. 18m 44s
    1. Recording voiceovers and narration
      3m 25s
    2. Using SmartSound for great music soundtracks
      5m 39s
    3. Applying audio effects
      2m 48s
    4. Mixing audio with SmartMixer
      6m 52s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Creating and animating text
      9m 24s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      5m 31s
    3. Using style presets and templates
      2m 55s
  10. 9m 40s
    1. The Auto-Analyzer
      2m 36s
    2. InstantMovie and themes
      4m 5s
    3. Smart Trim
      2m 59s
  11. 10m 7s
    1. Creating your first DVD
      4m 17s
    2. Creating Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, and web DVDs
      5m 50s
  12. 8m 58s
    1. Sharing your project to YouTube
      2m 36s
    2. Sharing your project to a video file
      4m 42s
    3. Sharing your project to a mobile device
      1m 40s
  13. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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