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In Premiere Pro CS4 Beyond the Basics, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explains how to take video editing from simple nuts and bolts to an art form. He shares tips for shooting video in the field to get the most from a subject and get the best footage for a project. He demonstrates how to build a project through the careful use of cutaways, pacing, and suggestive edits. He covers special effects, color correction, and keying and compositing, integrating all these concepts as he builds a music video project from scratch. Exercise files are included with this course.
This movie is going to be more of a demo than a hands-on tutorial. Basically, I want to show you here that you can record audio into Premiere. A lot of people aren't aware of this, but Premiere is actually a recording studio, just like an audio recording studio. If we go to the Audio Mixer panel, which by default is grouped with the Effect Controls panel on the Source Monitor up here on the left-hand side, we have a little mixer here, and we're going to be looking at this mixer a little bit later on in this chapter. But this is also where we go to record audio, as well. Now, you need to have a correct and good connection from some digital audio recording source to your computer.
And that's actually what makes this more of a demo than a tutorial, because of the complicated setup that I'm using for recording my screen right now. It's not allowing me to record my audio. So it's only a demo over in the tutorial, but here's how this works. We first need to pick a track, one of these audio tracks down here that we want record to. And we come over here to the corresponding track in the Audio Mixer and click this button, the little microphone that's Enable track for recording that says that this is audio track that we want to record to. Once you enable a track for recording, then you'll get this little drop down here.
This is basically going to allow you to choose from where on your computer you're going to get the data, where the audio is going to be coming from. Once you do that, then you come down here to the Record button at the bottom of the Audio Mixer panel and click Record. Once you are done recording, then go ahead and click the Record button again to stop the recording, and your audio will show up here in the Timeline panel. Not only will the new clip be added to the Timeline panel, it'll also be added to the Project panel. And also, if you need to adjust the monitoring while you're recording, you could use the faders, here in the Audio Mixer panel, to change the monitor levels.
Now, this is one of those features that a lot of editors probably will never use. But if you are involved at all in the production work, this can be a great lifesaver, and even if you're not involved in production, often times, there are might be a little line of dialog or just some piece of folly maybe there is like a footstep that you need to record or some other type of like paper shuffling that during production just wasn't recorded right, or something like that. You could do that from right here as an editor, or if you have Premiere with you on a laptop in the field, and you just need to do some extra dialog or replacement or whatever, you can record straight here using this feature in Premiere as a recording studio.
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