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Adding a soundtrack and balancing the audio levels

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 06 Creating Slideshows and Web Galleries

Video: Adding a soundtrack and balancing the audio levels

In this movie I want to talk a little bit about how we can add a soundtrack to our slideshow, and also how we can balance out the soundtrack in the video clip where the audio track that's part of the video clip. So before you begin to add music to your slideshow what you'll want to do is preview the portion of the slideshow where you have a video clip. Here I'll click on this image before the video clip. We'll go ahead and press Play which will allow us to preview the slideshow. Here, we can view the image and then listen and watch the clip. (INAUDIBLE).

Adding a soundtrack and balancing the audio levels

In this movie I want to talk a little bit about how we can add a soundtrack to our slideshow, and also how we can balance out the soundtrack in the video clip where the audio track that's part of the video clip. So before you begin to add music to your slideshow what you'll want to do is preview the portion of the slideshow where you have a video clip. Here I'll click on this image before the video clip. We'll go ahead and press Play which will allow us to preview the slideshow. Here, we can view the image and then listen and watch the clip. (INAUDIBLE).

One of the things that you'll hear there as part of that clip is that my middle daughter Sophie is talking in the background. Well, that isn't very interesting, so I'm going to have to keep that in mind, 'cause most likely what we'll want to do is mute that portion or that audio track which is part of the video file. Click on the Audio button in the Play Back panel. Then click on Select music and here we can navigate to the Exercise files folder. Then open up the slideshow folder. Here I've included a mp3 file that we can use for demo purposes, and then go ahead and click Choose in order to select them.

Now once you've selected the audio file, you can change your audio balance. You see how we have this slider right here, let's go ahead and drag this to the left just so I can demonstrate how we can work with this. Next we'll click on our first image over here in this slide show, then I'll press the Preview button, or the Play button, either button does the same thing, so that we can watch this. (MUSIC) (MUSIC) (INAUDIBLE) (MUSIC) All right.

So as you can see, this was really exaggerated. But I wanted to do this to kind of make a point. What happened was is when it got to a video file, it completely prioritized that. And it completely muted out the soundtrack or the music. Now, if we change this balance something where we're favoring the music, but where we're going to leave a little bit over here of the video file. We can then play this once again, and this time what you'll here is we'll here the main soundtrack, but then it will dip down a little bit so we can hear just a touch of the video trap. And sometimes that's helpful to make the video feel a little bit more alive. Let's go ahead and click the Preview button here again. I'll go ahead and navigate back to the first image in the slideshow, and then click Preview so that we can then watch and listen to the slideshow. Here goes.

(MUSIC). Alright, well in this case as you can see or as you can hear, I should say, with the audio balance leaning towards the music we didn't really hear much of the video at all. You may have heard a little bit of ambient noise, and so as you seek to try to dial in how you want to balance out the audio with your video clips. Just keep in mind that you can use the slider to do so.

If you have this right in the middle, well then you'll hear a little bit of both. But typically with an mp3 file, the audio levels will be a lot higher than a video clip, especially if you're shooting it with an iPhone or a smaller device. So in this case you may need to change this a little bit more. Lean this over this way. Alright, well after you've dialed in your audio balance, the next thing that you may want to do, is click on this button which is Fit to Music. What that will do is it will change your slides and your fades, so that those will then match the length of the song.

Now in this case, that would then mean that this slide show would last for approximately 40 seconds, and each slide would last about three and a half seconds. After you've dialed in those settings, next you want to consider if you want to use random order. Typically, you wont want to use this unless you have a really high volume of photographs, and if it's a slideshow which is going to repeat, again and again. With this little slideshow here there's no need to do that. So go ahead and turn that repeat option off. And then last but not least what you want to do is navigate to the first image, and then click Play so that you can view your slideshow in full screen.

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  1. 1m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 36s
  2. 20m 52s
    1. Introducing web galleries
      3m 13s
    2. Overview of domain names and hosting
      3m 56s
    3. Using collections to group images
      3m 13s
    4. Renaming and reordering images
      4m 57s
    5. Creating collections of virtual copies
      5m 33s
  3. 30m 42s
    1. Using web gallery templates
      6m 17s
    2. Selecting images with flags
      5m 27s
    3. Creating web gallery collections
      3m 49s
    4. Customizing web gallery site info
      5m 46s
    5. Changing the gallery's color and appearance
      4m 1s
    6. Adding captions and titles
      2m 35s
    7. Saving custom templates
      2m 47s
  4. 19m 14s
    1. Working with JPEG compression and using the Quality slider
      1m 37s
    2. Adding watermarks and sharpening photos
      5m 40s
    3. Uploading HTML galleries
      3m 50s
    4. Uploading Flash galleries
      5m 44s
    5. Exploring online web gallery resources
      2m 23s
  5. 39m 28s
    1. Creating an impromptu slideshow
      2m 56s
    2. Slideshow and collections
      3m 31s
    3. Using slideshow templates and customizing the layout
      5m 27s
    4. Adding slideshow overlays
      6m 39s
    5. Fine-tuning the slideshow and creating custom templates
      2m 40s
    6. Customizing the background
      4m 56s
    7. Adding beginning and ending title slides
      2m 26s
    8. Working with a soundtrack and playback options
      4m 31s
    9. Slideshow playback options
      1m 30s
    10. Exporting slideshows as JPEG, PDF, or video
      4m 52s
  6. 9m 58s
    1. Selecting the video files
      2m 28s
    2. Changing image order and customizing the layout
      3m 27s
    3. Adding a soundtrack and balancing the audio levels
      4m 3s
  7. 49s
    1. Next steps
      49s

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