To complement the sounds embedded in video clips and any narration you record, add audio clips to the Soundtrack track visible in Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline. At times, you must scroll down the audio portion of the Expert view timeline to see the Soundtrack. These clips typically contain background music or recordings of environmental sound.
Add an audio soundtrack
- Drag an audio clip from the Music panel into the Soundtrack track of the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline where you want the audio clip to begin.
You can also drag audio clips to the Expert view timeline through the Project Assets panel.Adding an audio clip to the Soundtrack track of the Expert view timeline
Preview a soundtrack
Create beat markers for a soundtrack
You can create snap-to markers where the beat is strongest in your soundtrack. Use the Beat Detect option in the context menu that appears when you right-click/ctrl-click the audio clip in the Expert view timeline. You can trim or add clips to the markers. As you drag or trim a clip in the Expert view timeline, the clip’s In point or Out point snaps to the nearest beat marker.
Beat markers appear as blue lines in a separate area called the Beat Track. There must be at least one beat marker in the movie for the beat track to appear. You cannot add media to the beat track.
Ensure that you are connected to the Internet if you are using SmartSound for the first time. When you choose the SmartSound option, the audio files from SmartSound are downloaded to your computer in the background. This process can take a few minutes.
If you are not connected to the Internet, installation fails. However, you can retry later when you have an Internet connection available.
The Sonicfire Pro plug-in dialog appears. It might take a minute for the dialog to appear on first launch. Do not click the Cancel button.
In the SmartSound Express Track dialog, the files with a blue icon are the files you can use for free. You can view them by unchecking SmartSound Store on the top left of the application.SmartSound Express Track dialog
If you are using SmartSound any time after the first installation, an update dialog appears asking you to install any latest updates. Click Update Now to update the plug-in, or click Update Later if you want to postpone installing the update. These updates are not necessary for using SmartSound with Premiere Elements.