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Using a consistent audio source

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Video: Using a consistent audio source

In the last movie we looked at unlinking audio and video as kind of like an aid to remove audio abnormalities and eekiness. In this movie we were going to look at maybe a more practical application and that is to have a more consistent feel to your entire project by having a consistent audio source by using this Unlink Audio feature. Now what I have here are these three clips of this beautiful stream area. Now let's watch this real quick, each clip is only a few seconds long.

Using a consistent audio source

In the last movie we looked at unlinking audio and video as kind of like an aid to remove audio abnormalities and eekiness. In this movie we were going to look at maybe a more practical application and that is to have a more consistent feel to your entire project by having a consistent audio source by using this Unlink Audio feature. Now what I have here are these three clips of this beautiful stream area. Now let's watch this real quick, each clip is only a few seconds long.

(Sound of rushing water.) Now you notice that all three of these clips are basically the same thing, they basically sound like running water. If they were going to play any one of them for you, you would instantly say yeah that's sound like running water. But the problem is just because of the angle of the camera, the distance and the proximity to the water, the sound is very inconsistent, it's jarring almost as you go from clip to clip because the audio changes so much. I mean the whole point of shooting this beautiful relaxing stream is to have this really nice soft video with this nice soft running water.

But it does any thing but soothe because of the jarring changes in the bubbling water audio. So what we're going to do is unlink the audio and video of these different clips and use the audio from one of them throughout the entire shot here, throughout entire project to give it some consistency. Again I'm using the Consistent Audio project in the Chapter 7 folder, if you'd like to follow along here. Again for this, I'm going jump over to the Timeline. I am going to hit the Home key here and I'm going to go over to my scroll bar on the right hand side, so I could see what's going on a little bit better.

I am actually going to use audio from the middle clip for the entire project because it has the best kind of stream sound. So if we listen to the first clip (Water rushing), I don't know and that basically sounds like the third clip but the second clip (Water gurgling) and that's a little bit more relaxing and pretty. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to right click on the first and third clips and just delete the audio, we don't need it. Right click on the first clip, delete the audio. Now I'm going to right click on the second clip and not delete the audio, just unlink audio and video.

That way I can expand- actually let me click outside to deselect it first, otherwise when they are both selected, you will still trim them both or extend them both. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to extend the bottom clip all the way and extend the beginning all the way. Now you'll notice that it doesn't quite go out all the way because this is the beginning of the clip. So what we need to do is click and drag on this to move it to the beginning and then click and drag to the right to extend it all the way to the end. Now we have a consistent audio source throughout the entire project.

It's going to give our entire project a more cohesive connected feel. So now let's play this entire video project or about six seconds of it with this consistent audio source and look at the difference that I makes. (Water gurgling.) Isn't that awesome? It allows you to get more involved and emotionally engaged into the viewer presentation because the audio is kind of your tour guide, connecting you through all of the clips.

Often times also where you'll see, along the same lines of what they call J & L edits, where video will be unlinked and may be in a documentary or something they will have somebody's audio playing before they start speaking and that way it kind of leads into what they are talking about. So just be aware that by unliking audio and video and by playing around with different combinations of linked audio and video, you can come up with some very engaging ways to uphold people into your video presentations.

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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 20s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 30s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      2m 0s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 48s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 22s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 24s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 37s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 44s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 41s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 27s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      2m 0s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 40s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 44s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 42s
  4. 53m 52s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 22s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 34s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 41s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 14s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 32s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 35s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 5s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 46s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 29s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 22s
  7. 32m 28s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 10s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 18s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 19m 0s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 24s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 3s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 55s
  9. 28m 53s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 47s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 12s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 42s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 26s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 11s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 14s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 14s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 30s
  12. 11m 40s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 32s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 56s
    1. About the final project
      1m 54s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 16s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 5s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 45s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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