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Adding video and audio tracks

From: Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

Video: Adding video and audio tracks

Now if you use the default settings, Premiere Pro will give you three video tracks and three audio tracks to add it within, and a lot of times that's perfect, that's all the tracks you need. But there's times when you want maybe a fourth or fifth video track, if you're doing some sort of complex layers, or you are doing pictures in pictures, or maybe you are doing a complex audio mix where you have lots of voiceovers and sound effects and narration and music, and you need to be able to easily add and remove track and even rename them. And that's what we are going to quickly look at in this movie.

Adding video and audio tracks

Now if you use the default settings, Premiere Pro will give you three video tracks and three audio tracks to add it within, and a lot of times that's perfect, that's all the tracks you need. But there's times when you want maybe a fourth or fifth video track, if you're doing some sort of complex layers, or you are doing pictures in pictures, or maybe you are doing a complex audio mix where you have lots of voiceovers and sound effects and narration and music, and you need to be able to easily add and remove track and even rename them. And that's what we are going to quickly look at in this movie.

To give us a little more real estate, I am going to go ahead and I am going to change my layout, because what's important to me is the sequence area, and I want to be able to grab some video from my project pane. So I've resized my Window so it's a little easier for you to see, and there we go, we have our three video and our three audio tracks, and we've learned in previous movies that I can open and close these tracks, but how do I add tracks? And there's lots of different ways to do it, depending on where you are in the editing process. One of the easiest ways to add a track if you're dragging and dropping--and I am going to just do it from the project pane, but you're aware that you can also do this from source monitor--is I can just grab any clip, and let's go ahead and grab the microwave clip, and we are going to be doing a quad split or something.

And I can just throw it onto 3, and now I filled up all my space, what do I do when I need track 4? Well, I am going to go ahead and I'll grab the smartphone shot, and when I drag that onto where the fourth track would be, as you see, Adobe Premiere Pro is smart enough when I let go of my mouse to actually create that fourth track. So I can keep dragging things on and create tracks that way or if I want I can go ahead and add tracks before I even bring clips in if I need to do track targeting.

And we learned about track targeting a little bit in an earlier movie. So let me go ahead and delete or undo this. I am going to hit Command Z and not only does it remove the clip, it removes the track that it created. If I want to very quickly create a track while I'm editing, I can simply right-click on my timeline, and look at that, I can add and delete tracks right here. So I am going to go ahead and click Add Track, and I get a dialog box, and I don't have to add just one track, I can actually add Multiple Video Tracks, Multiple Audio Tracks and then there is something called Sub Mix Tracks, and that really takes us to another level of editing, and we are not going to get there in this Essential Training Course.

But the choices I have when I add the new tracks is I can add them After the top track, which is the default, or I can actually add them in between tracks or if I need to put something in on the bottom layer, perhaps I am doing a Chroma Key, and I forgot to put in a track in for the background, I can sneak a track in underneath the existing track that's already there. And I can do the same thing with audio. Now in the audio section, there are different Track Types, and we're going to address that in the audio section of this training, so for now just leave that at standard.

So we are going to go ahead Add say two video tracks, and I can simply type in 2 there, and we'll Add in two more Audio Tracks and press OK, and there we go. We have plenty of tracks to work with and we can easily add more if necessary. By the way, you can also add tracks at the very bottom of the Sequence dropdown menu. There you go, Add and Delete Tracks. Another thing you can do is Rename your Track and that's very easy to do, I can rename my track by right-clicking on it and click Rename, and this becomes instead of Video 5, you can actually see the 5, I could it a name that's more appropriate.

So perhaps I'm am going to call that Bug. Now why would I call a track Bug? Well, perhaps I am going to put the logo of my company in the bottom right-hand corner on that track as a transparent layer, and I always want to know where it is. Audio is more critical to label, so I can go ahead and I can Rename say Audio 1 as narration, and then I can go down and say Audio 2 could be background sound. We'll call that ambience, AMB. It's pretty quick I can see that that's Ambience and finally we'll Rename Track 3 to be Music.

So instead of referring to these as Track 1, 2, and 3, I can quickly look and say, ah, my Narration Track, my Ambient Track, my Music Track, and so on. Now to clean house, when you're all done editing or if you've just created too many tracks, you can simply right-click and one of the options is Delete Tracks and Delete Track. The difference here is if I hit Delete Track I can isolate and just delete 1 track, where if I choose Delete Tracks, I get another dialog box, and this is kind of like the reverse of what we saw earlier with Adding Tracks, and I can just choose Delete Video Tracks and Audio Tracks and any track that might be Empty.

I can also specify a track that I might want to remove, and you can actually remove a track that has video attached to it, so be careful when making the selection. I am going to simply hit OK, all those extra tracks are gone, my timeline is nice and neat, and I'm good to continue editing. So as you see, Adding Tracks, Removing Tracks and Renaming Tracks, very easy, but a very important skill to have.

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Premiere Pro CS6 Essential Training

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  1. 56s
    1. What is Premiere Pro?
      56s
  2. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 42s
  3. 27m 52s
    1. Launching the application for the first time
      3m 27s
    2. A tour of the interface
      4m 55s
    3. Customizing the window layout and the interface
      7m 0s
    4. Exploring the different ways to drive Premiere Pro CS6
      4m 33s
    5. Understanding system configuration and the Mercury Playback Engine
      3m 17s
    6. Adjusting essential preferences
      4m 40s
  4. 40m 7s
    1. Importing files and folders
      11m 2s
    2. Importing card-based media
      6m 1s
    3. Capturing from tape
      4m 10s
    4. Organizing media
      12m 3s
    5. Reconnecting offline media
      6m 51s
  5. 21m 0s
    1. Basic editing overview
      4m 44s
    2. Previewing and marking media in the Project panel
      7m 11s
    3. Previewing and marking clips in the Source panel
      9m 5s
  6. 33m 37s
    1. Editing clips into the Timeline
      7m 56s
    2. Marking and targeting destinations in the Timeline
      2m 53s
    3. Moving clips in the Timeline and performing a swap edit
      4m 11s
    4. Adjusting edit points in the Timeline
      2m 6s
    5. Splitting clips using the Razor tool
      2m 16s
    6. Deleting clips
      2m 38s
    7. Performing an insert edit
      4m 14s
    8. Performing an overwrite edit
      3m 9s
    9. Dragging to a second layer to edit cutaways
      4m 14s
  7. 43m 16s
    1. Performing a three-point edit
      7m 23s
    2. Performing a replace edit
      3m 48s
    3. Targeting specific tracks in the Timeline
      3m 1s
    4. Linking and unlinking audio and video tracks
      3m 51s
    5. Performing roll and ripple edits
      6m 51s
    6. Performing slip and slide edits
      6m 42s
    7. Creating subclips
      4m 29s
    8. Locating and working with different versions of a clip using Match Frame
      7m 11s
  8. 42m 51s
    1. Taking control of your Timeline
      7m 57s
    2. Adding video and audio tracks
      5m 32s
    3. Performing audio-only and video-only edits
      4m 49s
    4. Changing track visibility and locking tracks
      5m 41s
    5. Rendering
      7m 43s
    6. Using the History panel to undo multiple actions
      2m 31s
    7. Creating keyboard shortcuts
      5m 35s
    8. Creating buttons
      3m 3s
  9. 23m 28s
    1. Working with audio
      5m 22s
    2. Adjusting audio levels in the Source Monitor
      3m 0s
    3. Adjusting audio levels in the Timeline
      10m 10s
    4. Adjusting the audio mix on the fly
      4m 56s
  10. 9m 4s
    1. Inserting markers
      4m 8s
    2. Snapping markers to each other
      4m 56s
  11. 29m 52s
    1. Working with stills
      10m 57s
    2. Moving on stills
      5m 54s
    3. Exporting and re-importing stills
      3m 47s
    4. Working with still and animated graphics with transparency
      2m 39s
    5. Working with layered Photoshop files
      6m 35s
  12. 20m 58s
    1. Changing speed and reversing a clip
      6m 22s
    2. Changing speed at a variable rate
      9m 10s
    3. Creating and using freeze frames
      5m 26s
  13. 28m 21s
    1. Using transitions
      9m 36s
    2. Understanding the nuances of transitions
      6m 23s
    3. Modifying transitions
      8m 37s
    4. Setting default transitions and applying multiple transitions
      3m 45s
  14. 36m 36s
    1. Applying and modifying effects
      4m 51s
    2. Applying presets and motion effects
      5m 42s
    3. Saving favorites
      3m 50s
    4. Understanding color correction
      4m 4s
    5. Using adjustment layers
      3m 23s
    6. Working with green screen and chroma key footage
      6m 36s
    7. Using the Warp Stabilizer to stabilize clips
      6m 27s
    8. Applying filters to audio
      1m 43s
  15. 27m 45s
    1. Creating static titles
      7m 8s
    2. Creating lower thirds
      10m 2s
    3. Creating a credit roll and crawls
      6m 41s
    4. Using Photoshop for titles
      3m 54s
  16. 20m 0s
    1. Introducing multicam editing
      1m 46s
    2. Creating a multicam clip with timecode
      3m 25s
    3. Creating a multicam clip using sync points
      4m 1s
    4. Editing a multicam clip in a Timeline
      4m 26s
    5. Refining a multicam edit
      6m 22s
  17. 9m 51s
    1. Exporting a movie
      4m 12s
    2. Sending to Adobe Media Encoder
      3m 44s
    3. Printing to video
      1m 55s
  18. 1m 22s
    1. Next steps
      1m 22s

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