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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.
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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