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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

Recording narrations


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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

with Jeff Sengstack

Video: Recording narrations

There are two basic approaches to narrating a video and then editing in that narration. Most producers will write a script, have someone narrate it, and then edit in narration segments, one little segment at a time. People who are newer to video producing will typically lay down their entire project with transitions and effects, and then watch the project play and narrate in real-time, something like, oh and here we are, going down the road in our camping trip, something like that. Well, for the first approach you can use, let's say a camcorder with its built-in microphone and record it that way and then take that Audio/Video file and bring it into Premiere Elements.
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  1. 7m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      1m 19s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 18s
  2. 16m 52s
    1. What is Premiere Elements 9?
      6m 16s
    2. Touring the interface
      6m 28s
    3. Clarifying differences between the Mac and Windows versions
      4m 8s
  3. 44m 16s
    1. Creating a new project
      7m 18s
    2. Getting media
      2m 0s
    3. Capturing video from a cassette or a webcam
      7m 14s
    4. Downloading assets from external devices and storage media
      8m 53s
    5. Importing media from a hard drive
      3m 32s
    6. Managing media in the Project workspace
      7m 3s
    7. Using the Organizer
      8m 16s
  4. 30m 57s
    1. Using the Sceneline and the Timeline
      3m 45s
    2. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      6m 20s
    3. Adding and deleting clips in the Timeline
      9m 51s
    4. Adding and rearranging clips in the Timeline using modifier keys
      11m 1s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      7m 56s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      8m 44s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      6m 4s
    4. Creating freeze frames and changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      9m 24s
  6. 25m 4s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 49s
    2. Applying transitions
      9m 37s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      10m 38s
  7. 41m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 25s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 46s
    3. Repositioning, scaling, and rotating clips with the Motion effect
      6m 50s
    4. Working with the Motion Tracker
      10m 1s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      6m 51s
  8. 52m 31s
    1. Understanding animation
      7m 48s
    2. Animating video effects
      13m 52s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      11m 43s
    4. Working with effects presets
      9m 55s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      9m 13s
  9. 32m 44s
    1. Recording narrations
      3m 12s
    2. Making music soundtracks with SmartSound (Windows only)
      5m 38s
    3. Advanced audio editing with J-cuts and L-cuts
      6m 31s
    4. Applying audio effects
      11m 41s
    5. Mixing audio tracks manually and with the SmartMixer
      5m 42s
  10. 25m 38s
    1. Creating text and geometric shapes
      7m 1s
    2. Editing and formatting text and shapes
      5m 10s
    3. Using styles and templates with text and shapes
      6m 40s
    4. Animating titles
      6m 47s
  11. 25m 46s
    1. Understanding compositing
      5m 23s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      8m 46s
    3. Making portions of clips transparent using Green Screen, Videomerge, and other techniques
      11m 37s
  12. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding Auto-Analyzer and Smart Tags
      4m 11s
    2. Using InstantMovie and themes
      6m 4s
    3. Trying out Smart Fix and Smart Trim
      6m 39s
  13. 13m 43s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      2m 12s
    2. Adding DVD markers to the Timeline
      4m 47s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      6m 44s
  14. 20m 7s
    1. Understanding project exporting
      3m 15s
    2. Exporting to standard file types
      5m 54s
    3. Creating files for online and mobile phone use
      3m 39s
    4. Creating DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs
      7m 19s
  15. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training
6h 26m Beginner Nov 04, 2010

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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Touring the interface
  • Creating a new project
  • Capturing video
  • Downloading assets and importing media
  • Arranging, rearranging, and deleting clips
  • Adjusting clip lengths
  • Applying video transitions
  • Working with video effects
  • Animating effects
  • Recording, editing, and mixing audio
  • Titling
  • Automating edits
  • DVD authoring
  • Saving and sharing movies
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Jeff Sengstack

Recording narrations

There are two basic approaches to narrating a video and then editing in that narration. Most producers will write a script, have someone narrate it, and then edit in narration segments, one little segment at a time. People who are newer to video producing will typically lay down their entire project with transitions and effects, and then watch the project play and narrate in real-time, something like, oh and here we are, going down the road in our camping trip, something like that. Well, for the first approach you can use, let's say a camcorder with its built-in microphone and record it that way and then take that Audio/Video file and bring it into Premiere Elements.

You don't have to use Premier Elements for that. But for the second approach, you've got to watch the video as it plays so you do need Premiere Elements for that. So use its Add Narration tool. Now typically, you can use your cam, your PC's onboard microphone, but I recommend you use a headset, something like this. Because that little microphone is pretty far away and it's best to have your microphone up close. The audio quality will be better. But in any event whichever approach you use, let me show you how to use Premiere Elements to record a narration. So you can track down that Narration tool here in this little Audio menu here, right above the Timeline or the Sceneline, and there is Add Narration. That opens up this Record Voice Narration dialog box.

Let's look, first of all over here on the right-hand side, this little microphone, you click the Down Arrow, there you can select your microphone if you have more than one source. Over here you can see your VU meter, stands your Volume Unit. If it gets up into, right about here or so - right now we're seeing a little bit of red at the top bars, bars are digital, but right up here, if yours gets up to the yellow or red, right along there you probably want to drop it down a little bit. If it's too low you can raise it up a bit, but our level right here will work just fine. We are going to uncheck this Mute audio while recording.

You can use a headphone and uncheck mute, which we have. We have a headphone here so we don't have our speakers to worry about so we're going to listen to ourselves in our headphone, which works for me. And then I am going to record a little narration. I'll record the narration as this little video goes by. So I am going to move this guy over a little bit so I can see the video and say a few words about that, so here we go, three, two, one. So here we are at the local grocery store, and my good friend and neighbor Richard is going to help us out today with our video production. We are going to go stroll past my daughter, who's also acting on our behalf. Richard is going to head on down to the produce section.

Thanks much Richard. [00:02:15.9 5] I'll call it a wrap here. Click Stop and that automatically adds that clip down into the timeline in the Narration track. I'll drag this out of the way. Also adds it over here. And now, we can just wrap it up by closing this guy down and we can listen to ourselves here in the Timeline. Let's see how that sounded. (Video playing) So what happens is that you can hear it's a little bit low but then you can always raise the volume. Now let's say that you want to record the narration for another part of this piece, you just move you Current Time Indicator over to that place, and go through to the narration process again and keep in mind these are clips, you can move them around as you see fit.

You can change the Volume level. If you maybe paused in the middle of your narration, such that that's not going to time up properly, just split it and get rid of that part where you pause. So these are clips that you can edit. So, I think you can see that adding a narration, recording while you view your video is fairly easy in Premiere Elements.

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