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Mixing audio tracks


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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

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Video: Mixing audio tracks

In this tutorial we're going to look at how to mix audio. There is actually a couple of different ways to do that. Surprise! Surprise! I realize we've been seeing this through our Premiere Elements where we have a bunch of different ways to the same thing, but you know what, whatever way it works for you is good enough to get the job done. So that's all you need to worry about, whichever mix that you prefer. So I have here again continuing from the last movie where we have a video clip with some natural audio. The birds chirp a little bit, and we also have a music track that I've added. So let's hit the Home key to make sure that we're at the beginning of our project and hit the Spacebar to play this back as is.
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  1. 11m 20s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 30s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      2m 0s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 48s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 22s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 24s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 37s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 44s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 41s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 27s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      2m 0s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 40s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 44s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 42s
  4. 53m 52s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 22s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 34s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 41s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 14s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 32s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 35s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 5s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 46s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 29s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 22s
  7. 32m 28s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 10s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 18s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 19m 0s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 24s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 3s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 55s
  9. 28m 53s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 47s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 12s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 42s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 26s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 11s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 14s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 14s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 30s
  12. 11m 40s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 32s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 56s
    1. About the final project
      1m 54s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 16s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 5s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 45s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training
6h 9m Beginner Apr 25, 2008

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Digital video is a medium that is now available to almost everyone. It can be captured on anything from a mobile phone to a high-definition camera, and published anywhere from YouTube to Blu-ray discs. In Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explores all the video editing capabilities of Premiere Elements 4. Chad starts with a real-world sample project, then covers techniques for importing and editing video; and adding effects, transitions, and animation. He concludes with a final project incorporating all the steps, including exporting and posting. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Purchasing a video camera and shooting video Capturing and importing video and audio Editing video in the simplified (Sceneline) and traditional (Timeline) interfaces Making titles and slideshows Mixing audio tracks, recording narration, and applying audio effects Creating animation and applying special effects Sharing videos on YouTube, DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and iPods
Subject:
Video
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Chad Perkins

Mixing audio tracks

In this tutorial we're going to look at how to mix audio. There is actually a couple of different ways to do that. Surprise! Surprise! I realize we've been seeing this through our Premiere Elements where we have a bunch of different ways to the same thing, but you know what, whatever way it works for you is good enough to get the job done. So that's all you need to worry about, whichever mix that you prefer. So I have here again continuing from the last movie where we have a video clip with some natural audio. The birds chirp a little bit, and we also have a music track that I've added. So let's hit the Home key to make sure that we're at the beginning of our project and hit the Spacebar to play this back as is.

(Sitar music with birds chirping.) So we can't really hear the birds chirping too much over the music, by the way the song is something I created in Apple's GarageBand application for a short film I am working on, kind of fun stuff, but basically, let's say for example we want the background music to be a little bit softer. If we go over here to the left side of the interface to the left side of the My Project panel specifically there are actually these little tiny little dropdown arrows next to these icons, and all you have to do is click to get a Volume Slider for that particular track's volume.

So if you want to change the volume of the video track then you'll click here to adjust the video track volume. If you'd like to adjust the volume of the music then click on the speaker to the left side of the music to change its volume. So we could come over here and just make the background music or make the music little bit more than by lowering its volume and come up here to the bird's volume or the video track's volume and bump that up quite a bit. And that way we will have a much different presentation here.

So let's hit the Home key, and preview that now with the bird volume up and the song volume down. (Same audio clip plays.) That's probably little bit too quite, so we can take down the bird volume just a little bit and bring up the song volume just a little bit. Let's try that one more time, I'm going hit the Home key, try one more time. (Same audio clip plays.) So definitely again the sound track kind of recedes into the distance and it kind of just adds a very soft, subtle texture there.

Now we could do the opposite, we could take the volume of the bird's all the way down and the soundtrack back up a little bit so that basically this is just a movie with a soundtrack like a music video and there is no audio from the video whatsoever. So here's what that looks like. (Same audio clip plays.) So again, very different here, so you're probably wondering well, what volume should I keep my stuff at. As long it is not too loud, it's totally up to you, there really aren't any rules other than don't clip your audio or don't make it too loud.

Typically you'd want to have a mixture, maybe a little bit of audio from the video that you took and may be also a soundtrack to kind of tie everything together. But again, that's totally up to you. If we go over to the Timeline you'll see that we have some more looking icons here in the Timeline, however, if I click those you'll see that nothing really happens, they are just kind of decoration I guess to correspond to the Sceneline so you know which track is which, but they don't really do anything. But there is another way to mix audio from either the Timeline or the Sceneline, and that's with the Mix Audio button.

And so we click the Mix Audio button here in the Timeline again or the Sceneline either one and we have kind of a mixture here, just the same way you would, if you're in a recording studio, you have these mixtures with these faders that you can move up and down here. So if I hit the Home key and play this- (Same audio clip plays.) You can see the narration track has some volume to it. So from here we could get a little bit more technical view of lowering the audio and increasing the audio. We could also select Mute to mute certain tracks as well.

Also you can pan your audio tracks. So basically what that means is whether it's going to come out of the left speaker or the right speaker. So may be you want to have the narration, if I click and drag on this wheel, just click and drag down I might want the narration coming out of the last speaker and may be the sound tack coming out of the right speaker, so click and drag upwards to point that to the right. In that way when people are listening to this in stereo, you might have the narration coming out of the left speaker, the sound track coming out of the right speaker and things just sound a little bit more clean.

If you have everything pointing straight up at high noon, then everything is going to be coming out of this center. So basically left and right are going to be equal, and things tend to get muddy when they are all occupying the same space in the stereo mix as we say. So it's a good idea to kind of mix things up a bit. Now at the end of this chapter we're going to be talking about audio effects, and in that movie I'll show how to fade your audio tracks in and out and how to animate their volume and that type of stuff. So that's a little bit later on this chapter. Next we're going to be talking about how to use Premiere Elements to automatically detect the beats in your music so you could sync up video elements to them.

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