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Using SmartSound for great music soundtracks

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So we just finished our narration track, and to be quite honest with you, it's a little bit boring when I hear just myself speaking and no other sounds or anything. (David Basulto: Hello and welcome to Santa Barbara.) Maybe if I was giving a lecture on Santa Barbara, but this is not going to work for me, so I want to add some music or a score. So first thing I am going to do is make a little note of how long my clip is, these two clips together. So, I am going to go out to the end, and we are looking at like 56 seconds and 17 frames.

Using SmartSound for great music soundtracks

So we just finished our narration track, and to be quite honest with you, it's a little bit boring when I hear just myself speaking and no other sounds or anything. (David Basulto: Hello and welcome to Santa Barbara.) Maybe if I was giving a lecture on Santa Barbara, but this is not going to work for me, so I want to add some music or a score. So first thing I am going to do is make a little note of how long my clip is, these two clips together. So, I am going to go out to the end, and we are looking at like 56 seconds and 17 frames.

And that's the number right here. So we will just make a note of that. Now I want to move my Current Time Indicator all the way back to 1, because I want my music to start here. I could move it in the middle and it will start there, but on this particular take, we want it to be right there. And now, the magic is going to happen. We just need to click on our Audio tools and select SmartSound. And that's going to launch Sonicfire Pro 5 and open your SmartSound Express Track.

What we are going to do here is make some music. And the highlighted blue areas here are the ones that you own that are on your computer, so if I uncheck all of these, you'll see we just have these music pieces. If I click on SmartSound Store, we have the entire store, which is 3,542 songs, so that's quite a bit. It also has a searchable menu here. So if I am looking for cartoon sounds because they are all sound effects as well, some disco, Studio 54, I know what that is. Let's listen to that.

(music playing) So if I was making that a Saturday Night Fever movie, that would be the exact way to go, I would think. But that's not going to work for us. But if I wanted to do that, I would have to go into this Buy button, because once again, we don't own it. It's not highlighted, and I would click Buy. This launches the Purchase area and yes, it's going to cost me $29.95 to use that song. Now I do own it forever, so if you plan on making a lot of disco movies, this is a great buy.

There's also you can download the entire album, so there is a Classic Rock album is what it's called. And you would go to the SmartSound web site and make sure that those are all the songs you wanted. So to buy this one, I would click OK and it would automatically take me to pay and download it. And it would be downloaded onto my hard drive. Fortunately, I don't have a budget for this, so I am not going to buy this song. So we are going to cancel out of it. And we're going to go back and find something that we own, so I am going to scroll back in Style here and just choose All-60 Styles once again, and we are going to scroll back up to the top. And here are the options I have.

I can also turn this off, like I said, so I don't have to entice myself by trying to find other songs, and there we go. So this shows you, it's a core foundation that ships with this particular product, and the Intensity, whether fast or slow on a tempo, so you can really get into all of that. And then I am going to search around, so let's try Julie's Place. (music playing) That's it. Groovy! Not only can I change the Variation, so let's say right now we are in Meanwhile, but it also has another couple of Variations, (music playing) And we will stop there, and here is Bud.

(music playing) So you can tell there is a couple of different ways I can go. I particularly like the Meanwhile, so I am going to stick with that. And Mood here tells me, do I want a Full, do I want it to be Background. Let's listen to that. (music playing) It's a little more muted. Dialog. (music playing) So if you can hear me, that means that this Dialog might work for my dialog right, my narration.

And then you can really get into it if you just want to hear drums, bass or drums and piano. And right next to it is the mixer so I can actually click on this and create my own mix, so I have my Drums, Bass, Piano, Vibes and Trumpet, so I can move this around and create my own mixer, and if that's something you want to do to be really micromanaging it all, then that's the way to go, so take a look at that.

So I am going to stick with my Dialog because I am talking there. Now remember that number we had, Length? So I am going to change the Length right here. So we had 56:17, so we got 56 and 17 frames. I have to press Send. It's rendering out a little audio file for us and placed it right into the soundtrack area of the timeline. It's going exactly to the length that I wanted it to, and let's press play.

(music playing) (David: Hello and welcome to Santa Barbara, where today we're going to see some amazing dancing) (from the Santa Barbara Dance Company, so let's get back in our seats and get ready to go.) So as you can see, Elements and SmartSound make a terrific pair when adding music or creating a soundtrack for your movies.

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Premiere Elements 10 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 1s
    1. Welcome
      52s
    2. How to use the exercise files
      2m 9s
  2. 11m 10s
    1. Understanding the interface
      6m 45s
    2. An overview of the editing workflow
      4m 25s
  3. 14m 29s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 14s
    2. Importing media
      2m 9s
    3. Capturing media
      4m 24s
    4. Managing media
      2m 44s
    5. Missing media and correctly saving projects
      2m 58s
  4. 15m 35s
    1. Sceneline or Timeline?
      2m 25s
    2. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      2m 2s
    3. Adding, arranging, and deleting clips in the Timeline
      3m 16s
    4. Modifying clips with the context menu
      4m 57s
    5. Rendering: What is the red bar?
      2m 55s
  5. 23m 18s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      2m 4s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      2m 43s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      4m 40s
    4. Playing with time: Freeze, change speed, and duration
      6m 31s
    5. Splitting and moving clips
      2m 10s
    6. Applying transitions: Getting from scene to scene
      5m 10s
  6. 30m 17s
    1. Applying effects to clips
      3m 29s
    2. The new Pan and Zoom tool
      1m 42s
    3. Adjusting the position, scale, and rotation of clips, and creating picture-in-picture effects
      3m 35s
    4. Using the Tracker
      5m 26s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      3m 1s
    6. Videomerge and Green Screen
      3m 38s
    7. Creating and using effect presets
      4m 12s
    8. Making color adjustments using effects
      5m 14s
  7. 16m 38s
    1. Understanding animation
      5m 57s
    2. Animating video effects
      3m 30s
    3. Using keyframes with motion effects
      3m 4s
    4. Working with keyframes directly in the Timeline
      4m 7s
  8. 18m 44s
    1. Recording voiceovers and narration
      3m 25s
    2. Using SmartSound for great music soundtracks
      5m 39s
    3. Applying audio effects
      2m 48s
    4. Mixing audio with SmartMixer
      6m 52s
  9. 17m 50s
    1. Creating and animating text
      9m 24s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      5m 31s
    3. Using style presets and templates
      2m 55s
  10. 9m 40s
    1. The Auto-Analyzer
      2m 36s
    2. InstantMovie and themes
      4m 5s
    3. Smart Trim
      2m 59s
  11. 10m 7s
    1. Creating your first DVD
      4m 17s
    2. Creating Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, and web DVDs
      5m 50s
  12. 8m 58s
    1. Sharing your project to YouTube
      2m 36s
    2. Sharing your project to a video file
      4m 42s
    3. Sharing your project to a mobile device
      1m 40s
  13. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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