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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 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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