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Adding a piece of audio to your movie is very much a case of dragging and dropping like any other kind of asset, but you put it in a different place. But let's just take a look at either adding audio to the scene line, or adding it to the timeline. So I've got some clips here and they're all lined up and I'm ready to work on the sound on this program, so let's just jump back and I just, there we go, that's fine.
Zoom out a bit and you can see all of the clips here. Now, if I go to my Organize Tab and I'm going to turn off seeing video clips and I'm going to turn off seeing still images. I should just be left with the audio that I've got on my System. This is things that I've previously imported to the Organizer. These aren't in my project yet, they're just all the available media in the Elements Organizer. Now, I've got a piece of music here, and if I double-click on this, it's opens in a preview window, and I can play (music playing), there we are. Sounds good to me, and if I decide I want to use that, well, all I need to do is close that panel, and I'm simply going to drag and drop this into the soundtrack part of my scene line.
Now, you'll notice that the scene line is divided into video clips, narration and sound track, and you don't have to put the sound track into the soundtrack part of the scene line. If you want to, I suppose, you could put it, and let's just put another one down here and put it into the narration track. But it does make it easier for you to organize, see I've got two copies now which isn't very helpful. Does make it easier for you to organize if you stick to the naming conventions inside of Premier Elements. I just control zed or command zed to undo that.
Now, the good thing about using the see line, of course, is that you can just throw everything together and it plays. The bad thing about it, if I just drag along here, is I don't really know how the duration of my music matches up to the duration of my program. I can see here that my finished movie is, there we go, it's about 44 seconds. But I don't think the music was 44 seconds. If I double-click again to bring up the preview window here, yeah, you see actually this is more like a minute, a minute and one second.
So what I'm going to do is jump over to the scene line. Now, I'm just going to select that piece of audio and delete it. I'm hitting the Delete Key on my keyboard, and I'm going to show you bringing the audio into the timeline instead. If I drag and drop here from my Organizer and let go, the total duration of that audio is kept on view. So, I can see here the total duration is about a minute. And I can also tell, therefore, that I've got a fair amount of space left if I want to add some more clips. If I want to as well on the timeline, if I just resize this panel a little bit, I can expand this soundtrack, so that I can see wave forms for the audio. And I can see where the loud parts and the quiet parts are. And if I want to, I can click and trim back the audio to bring it in line with the duration of my program.
So, adding audio clips to the scene line, or to the time line is pretty much the same. Generally speaking, I'd say it's easy to use the time line. If you are in the same line though, if you notice once the audio's in place It's displayed here. If I select a video clip, then I get the video clips in this little timeline under my monitor. But if I select the soundtrack, I see it in relation to the other clips. And you see here, at least I get an indication of where it covers within my movie.
So, again adding audio just a question of dragging and dropping. Doesn't matter if you put in into the duration track or the soundtrack, but it's simpler if you use the soundtrack. It just makes sense as you're completing the edit.
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