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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.
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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