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A typical workflow for people who are relatively new to video editing is to create their video by laying down their clips, trimming them up, adding the effects, putting in transition, and then narrating it. Now you can write a script and do a narration that way, but a cool little thing that you can do in Premiere Elements is narrate as you view your video and it works fairly simply. So here in project 09-narration, you see we have several clips already lined up, a brief little day at the barn kind of a thing, and we are going to try to show you how to narrate as you watch something. The way you do that is by putting your current time indicator where you want the narration to begin and when you do start narrating, it will add an audio track down here below your clips in the narration line.
So to get started you click this button Add Narration. That opens up this Record Voice Narration dialog box. Now as I'm talking you can see that I make this VU Meter move and you want to make sure that does move for you and you want to adjust the level accordingly. Now I can't even talk loud enough to make it red. Look at that. So you don't want it go red up here or yellow; you want to just make it that kind of nice green color, but that's bouncing along nicely and then when you click this button, Mute Audio While Recording, then you wouldn't hear your voice coming back at you, which is probably a pretty good thing, whether you've got your headset on or your speakers. But if you have speakers, you probably want to plug into headset.
And then you just click this Record button and when you click that, it will give you a little countdown 3, 2, 1 and then you start recording. So let's just see how that works. Click that button 3, 2, 1 and now I'm recording and you will notice that the current time indicator is moving along here and I can watch the video play along behind me and I can say, oh! Yes, here is my daughter arriving at the stable, getting ready for her riding lesson. She is going to groom and tack up her favorite horse and then eventually she is going to head-on out of the stable and go off and do some jumps. Then when you are done with that, you just click Stop and you notice that the audio just appears right there on the screen. I can close this down. It appears here in the Organize view. I go over to the Edit > Project > View and there is it down there and if I go back and listen to it down here. Let's see how that works.
(Male 1: ... play along behind me and I can say, oh! Yes, here is my daughter...") It's kind of low. Let me just adjust that by clicking the Mixer and increasing the level of the narration and we will how that works this time. (Male 1: ... arriving at the stable,getting ready for her riding lesson and she's going to groom and tack...") So there you go. It's fairly easy to add a narration and you can narrate on the fly if you cared to and if you say that didn't just quite work there, you can always start over again and you will create a brand new audio clip. You don't need to worry about covering up the other one. This clip right there on the timeline exists. That's full length and you could always put it back and use the full length if you want to. But if you do a new clip, you can just record where you left off or you can start where you made a mistake or where you rethink something.
So it's a fairly straightforward process to just create a series of audio clips that you can edit together later. And that's how you do a narration inside Premiere Elements.
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