Join Jeff Foster for an in-depth discussion in this video Premiere Pro and After Effects CS6 SmartSound plugins, part of SmartSound Sonicfire Pro 5 Workshop.
SmartSound has created a plugin that streamlines the round-trip process of taking a project that you're working on in either Premiere or After Effects, or older versions of Final Cut Pro, and a couple others. And it let's you create the soundtrack and bring it right back in and it streamlines it a little bit. I will show you how this work in Premiere Pro CS6. I've got a sequence here that I've already edited. I've got my text in there, my titling, I've got some voice over in there, and then I've got a lot of dead space here, that we want to add some music. So I've already rendered out this portion of my clip without any sound track. It just has the voice over.
So I can use that in Sonicfire Pro. So now, I just go up to File > New, and then down to SmartSound and that launches the plugin which will then launch Sonicfire Pro, and that starts the process. I'm going to choose the video that I rendered out already. So I'll go down to Choose Video. And then I'm going to grab the actual video that has the elements for the soundtrack. I want to make sure my volume is up here on that video clip, so I can hear it back. And I always make sure that my playback head is back here at frame 0.
I'm going to zoom in just a little bit more, so I see more of my timeline here, it gives me a little more room to work. Okay, so I'm ready to pick some music, I already know what I want in this. I'm going to go down to our Core Foundations Library and I'm going to pick Feature Presentation. Well, I want to make sure that I've got the right length here and my default is 30 seconds. So I'm going to put in, we'll say 49 seconds, so it gives me a couple extra. And I know that I want to use the variation of Majesty. So, I can go right now and click Send, and that would send it right back to Premiere Pro unaltered, and then, I could just mess with it from there if I wanted to, but there's a option here.
I can click this little arrow, and click Insert At Timeline Locator, which is why I set it to frame 0, so I click that and here we are on the Timeline. I want to come down to where the voice over starts and set a Mood marker. So I'm just going to play back some of this (music playing) (NOISE) So right about in here. I'm going to add a Mood marker.
So I select the actual layer there, click Add Mood, and then I want to come down to where it ends. Or, (music playing) okay, Add Mood, and then it picks up again here. (NOISE) (music playing) There we go, and then, one more before it goes out. (music playing) There we go. Okay, so I want nice full sound when there is no voice over. So I'm just going to select the elements that I want to change.
And I'll come in here to my full, to Dialog. And then, down here, I know I have more voice over. I'm going to click that and select dialog. Now, I can hear the whole thing back (music playing) >> Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls. But within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much, much, more. (music playing) So make your plan to visit the Yosimite National Park today.
(music playing) >> Okay, so, I could do some further tweaking with that. But for the sake of this demo, I'm going to say I'm pretty happy with that. I'm ready to go right back to Premiere Pro, so I come up here to File, and then Send To Plug-In Host, and then, Adobe Premiere. That's the one I have open and that's what sent it. So now, it's going to export that. It's going to bring it right back into my project, and we'll see here it is, Feature Presentation, that's all ready to go.
I just drag it down here to the timeline (music playing) >> Yosemite National Park. >> Okay, so there's one more really cool feature here. I can either double-click this right on the timeline or over here in my Project panel. I can just double-click this file and it's going to open it right back into Sonicfire Pro 5. I can do some further editing and tweaking, and then again, go right back to Send To Plug-In Host replace the existing file. So, it's just a really clean and quick way of getting in and out of Sonicfire Pro 5 while you're working on a project.
And the plugin is a little more additional money than the Sonicfire Pro 5 software itself, but you can get a bundle deal on their website if you buy them at the same time. So it's a really cool workflow and if you find it of value, then definitely check it out.
- Browsing the SmartSound website for custom music libraries
- Using Quicktracks to custom-build your track
- Adding a track to a video
- Exporting your edited soundtrack
- Using SmartSound tracks with vocals
- Building songs and soundtracks with blocks from the bin
- Round-trip editing workflows with nonlinear editing software
- Creating loopable music tracks
- Mixing tracks with live instrumentation and vocals