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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 video, we're going to be using the Unlinking project from the Chapter 7 folder and we're going to be talking a little more about unlinking audio and video and really the power there. I have this clip that I have added, this video clip of my daughter on this little playground thing at the park. But she starts rocking on it and then she starts freaking out and I start laughing and my laugh, in case, you couldn't tell from watching this training series, it's quite annoying. I don't try to be annoying, it just kind of naturally happens that way. So I start laughing at this and so here is this clip.
Actually let me select it and hit the Spacebar. (Audio clip plays.) OK, now I just want point out really quickly here that at this point, everything is fine. I am not laughing, she is not spazzing but then things start going little haywire. (Audio clip plays- a man laughs.) And there is the notorious Chad Perkins, annoying, girly laugh for which I have been mocked so often. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to jump over to the Timeline.
I really prefer to do my video editing in the Timeline because we actually see the audio track here. So I can actually visually see where my annoying laugh starts. I can scroll backwards see here and by the way, if you zoomed in, in such a way that you can't really all of this, remember that you can just hit the Backslash key to be able to maximize this audio and audio. So this is all stretched out, across your screen here. Now again by default, when you have a video and a audio clip and you move them, you click and drag and move them, they both come along for the ride because they are linked together by default.
Well in this case, I actually want to unlink them. I want to get rid of me laughing, I love the video. I want to keep the video. I just want to get rid of me laughing. Now a couple of different things we can do. I can right-click on my clip and I can select Delete Audio and that will just remove, just the audio track, I'm going to hit Control+Z to undo that. I can also right-click and delete just the video, actually I have to select the video first, select the audio/video clip first then right click and I can select Delete Video which will leave just the audio.
Now that may sound weird to you to come and bring in a video clip just to delete the video. But we'll talk in the next movie about some advance tricks and editing tricks that are used very commonly, and why you want to do that. For now though, I want to unlink the audio and video right here. So again, you got to select the clip in the Timeline, right-click on it and select Unlink Audio and Video. Once you do that and then click away to deselect these. I can click on the audio clip and actually move it around. Now you want be careful with this because obviously now our audio and video are out of sync.
So if you do this while someone is talking, their will lips won't match with their saying anymore and unless you're making Kung-fu movies, that's not a good time. So I'm going to hit Control+Z to undo that, and because I can actually see visually, these little marks are where I start laughing. So what I'm going to do is come here to this audio clip and now is I edit them again, I can trim them independently. So what I can do is click and trim, and get rid of all that junk. Right before, I start laughing and now all of our audio will be just ambient noise and you might say, well that's not any good because they will have ambient noise and then nothing for a while and that's true, watch this.
(Audio clip plays.) The audio just cuts out, that's not cool. But you see what we can do is repeat this process again to fill in the gap. So I can drag another clip or another instance of this same clip from the Project View into my Timeline and do the same thing again, right-click and go into, lets choose Delete Video, here and then I can drag this audio underneath this video and again scroll out, trim out my laughter and then go back, and then we have two consecutive clips of ambient noise.
Let's play this back from right before the transition to the new instance of audio, (Audio clip plays.) And I notice that there is a little pop here. That's because again this right here, this junction represents the beginning of the next clip and the beginning of the clip for whatever reason, there is a little bit of a pop. So what I'm going to do is I'm just going to click on the beginning of this clip, until I get this icon OK, there it is here and I'm going to click on it and trim the end point of this audio track just a little bit, just a hair until these both sync up there, and that way when we will play this back, (Audio clip plays.) we have a seamless stream of non-annoying audio.
Of course we could repeat this again and complete this clip, so we don't have any blank space here. But you get the idea. Again this brings to mind, the great concept of video editing. It's not about what actually happened in the video, it's about what you can make them think actually happened. Sometimes you got a cheat and do a little bit finagling here and there in order to paint a more beautiful picture. We will talk about this a little bit more detail and I'll give you another practical example of this when we talk in the next movie about using a consistent audio source.
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