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Narration can be a very powerful way to enhance your movies. Narration helps tell the story, or it can fill in gaps and help clarify what your movie is showing. We've got a practice movie here called LIFE ON MILL'S FARMS. Let's take a look at it. To get my playhead back to the beginning of the movie, rather than dragging it back there, I can always just click to select the Timeline panel. Click anywhere on there and use the Home button on your keyboard. It will jump back to the beginning. And to play it, rather then using the playback controls that are underneath the monitor panel, I'm just going to press the spacebar; it's a little shortcut to play your movie.
(video playing) Now this is the kind of movie that could certainly benefit from some narration, and fortunately, Premiere Elements has a narration tool built right into the program. Because it's built right in the program, you can record on the fly, which means you can record your narration as the movie is playing. We access the Narration tool on the Action bar. That's that bar of tools and buttons that runs along the bottom of the program.
Click on the Tools button and scroll about halfway down. There is our Narration tool. We open it up. It's pretty intuitive. If you're not seeing your Mic Sensitivity displaying on your VU meter as you talk--see that little thing bouncing back and forth in the center of the panel? If you're not seeing it, go to this little button in the upper-right corner where you see a microphone, click on that, and make sure that it's selected. Now this could be very important if you are using USB microphone, because your program may not default to the USB. But you can select it right under there.
Once it's all working, I'm going to move my Narration panel off to the side here just by dragging on the top of it. We are set to record. Move my CTI into the position where I'd like my narration to start. (video playing) Then I simply click the Record button. When you press the Record button there will be a three-two-one countdown. You'll see it at the top of the panel. See where it says Press record to start recording now, and then you just speak. Click Record. Three, two. A day at Mill's Farms begins at the crack of dawn and sometimes lasts until long after sunset.
Stop to stop, and we're all set. Our narration appears on the timeline right where we positioned the CTI playhead. To reposition my CTI playhead I just drag it into position right before our narration. (video playing) And I'm going to just turn down the volume on the music a little bit so you can hear the narration better. Ultimately, we will mix this; we will set the music to fall back behind the narration. (Narration: A day at Mill's Farms begins at the crack of dawn and sometimes lasts until long after sunset.) Now that doesn't sound too bad, but if I want to get rid of it, all I need to do is click on the little trashcan icon on the Narration panel and it's history.
I can reset the CTI and record it again. If you've got several narration clips on your timeline, you can jump from clip to clip by just clicking on the Previous and Next button. Narration is a great way to enhance your movies and to help tell your story, and with the Narration tool in Premiere Elements, recording narration isn't a separate process, but rather, it's integrated right into your editing workflow.
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