Join Steve Grisetti for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating custom music tracks with scores, part of Up and Running with Premiere Elements 14.
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- Scores is Premiere Elements built-in tool for creating custom royalty-free music tracks for your movie. Now, royalty-free means that these music tracks are free for you to use in any project, in any situation, even work-for-hire. The coolest thing about these scores is just how easy they are to use and how easy they are to customize to your particular need. Our music scores are found on the Action bar under the Music button, appropriately enough. By the way, if you go to the Menu bar at the top of this panel, you can click on it, you'll see that there is also a category of sound effects.
Inside these fourteen categories, you'll find about 260 sound effects, a real nice bonus added into the program, but we're going to focus on Music Scores. And you can see we have seven genres of musical scores, and about 50 tracks total in there. These tracks are not simply studio tracks that you can use freely in your movie, but they are actually dynamic tracks that will conform to whatever length you tell them to. In other words, once I drag one of these styles down to the timeline, the program is going to automatically conform it and create a beginning, middle, and end at the exact length I require.
By the way, you'll notice that nearly all of these, when you first open the program, have a little blue banner over the upper right-hand corner. That blue banner means that the clip or the audio file has not yet been downloaded to your computer. It's available for free, and the very first time you use it, it's going to download from the Adobe site, which can take just a couple of seconds here. We can preview any one of these musical clips by hovering our mouse over it and then clicking on the Play button. (dramatic orchestral music) That's a pretty ominous one.
You can also go with Drama. (dramatic orchestral music) You can see how music can really set the tone for a scene and the music clip that you use can often determine what the scene is all about, in fact. So, we've got a woman here playing with her dog. I'm going to drag Drama down to the music track, and let go. It's going to download from the Adobe site, which will just take a moment. And when it's done downloading, it's going to generate the music file. Now, once the program has generated the file, it will appear on your timeline, but as you can see on the music track, right now this file is much longer than my movie.
That's because it's not quite done with the process of conforming or generating yet. We can select the option to Fit Entire Movie, Fit Entire Video, we can change that later. There's an intensity slider which I have never found to make any difference whatsoever. So, it's up to you if you want to play with it, and see if it works. Maybe it works with some clips more than others, but for the most part, just leave it as is. I can preview the sound of the music. (dramatic orchestral music) Now when I click Done, it should automatically trim the music clip to the length of my movie, which it's done.
I'm going to scroll down on the timeline. By the way, if you're not seeing the entire clip, your track may be closed or collapsed. You can open it back up by clicking on that little toggle there to the left of the track header. Okay, now we could play this and hear the beginning, middle and end, but just for demonstration purposes, I'm going to trim this music clip to just about nine seconds here. So, we're going to hear a natural beginning, middle, and end in this music clip. So, I'll press Home so that my playhead jumps to the beginning of the movie, and then I'm going to press the Spacebar on my keyboard to play the music.
(dramatic orchestral music) Okay, a couple of glitches or a couple of bumps there in the playback, and I apologize for that, but you did hear that the program automatically created a musical clip here that's about nine seconds long that has a natural beginning, middle, and then it naturally ends. Let's see how much it changes the tone when we swap in another music clip.
I'm just going to delete this from my timeline, go back into Music, and I'm going to select a clip called Afternoon Sun. Once again, we'll drag it to the timeline. This one's already on my computer so it only needs to generate, and once again I'm going to just set it to Fit Entire Video, and click Done, and once again, I'm going to trim it because I don't need all of that, to down to about eight seconds, and it should give us a nice beginning, middle, and end. Once again, press Home on my keyboard so that the playhead jumps to the beginning of the movie.
We'll have to play it and hear the beginning, middle, and end of this very short musical track. (bright music) Isn't that cool? So Adobe has included a very nice audio package with this program, and not only does Scores offer a great selection of royalty-free music, but any one of its songs can be customized for whatever the specific needs of your scene or project are, a very cool bonus feature in Premiere Elements 14.
Join Steve Grisetti as he reviews the basics of editing in Premiere Elements, from adding, splitting, and trimming clips to advanced techniques for color correction, audio, transitions, and text. Plus, learn how to select the best segments from a long clip with the Favorite Moments tool, and use Guided Edit to help speed up your workflow. When the editing is complete, Steve will show how to use the Export and Share workspace to publish your project on DVD or Blu-ray disc or post it online.
- Importing and organizing media
- Adding, slicing, and trimming clips
- Using Guided Edit
- Recording narration
- Creating motion paths
- Changing video speed with Time Remapping
- Adjusting color, lighting, and audio
- Stabilizing shaky video
- Adding transitions, titles, and text
- Creating DVDs and Blu-ray discs
- Uploading videos to Facebook and YouTube