Create a narration

For best results, confirm that your microphone is working correctly with your computer and Premiere Elements before narrating a clip.

Using your computer’s microphone, you can narrate clips while previewing them in the Monitor panel. Your narration is then added to the Narration soundtrack visible in either the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline.

Set up for narration

  1. Plug a microphone into your computer’s microphone port.
  2. (Windows) Test the microphone through the Windows Sound Hardware Test Wizard. Check the Windows documentation for instructions.
  3. In Premiere Elements, choose Edit > Preferences > Audio Hardware / Adobe Premiere Elements 13 > Preferences > Audio Hardware.

  4. From the Default Device menu, select your computer’s sound device; click OK.

Narrate a clip

  1. Do one of the following:
    • In the Expert view timeline, drag the current-time indicator to the point where you want the narration to begin.

    • In the Quick view timeline, select the clip you want to narrate. Then, drag the current-time indicator to the point where you want the narration to begin.

  2. In the Quick view timeline or Expert view timeline, select Narration from the Tools panel .
  3. In the Record Voice Narration window, click the Mic Source button  and select your sound device from the menu.
  4. For best results, turn off your computer speakers to prevent feedback. To monitor sound while you narrate, plug headphones into your computer and deselect Mute Audio While Recording.

    Note:

    If your speakers are turned on, move as close to the microphone as possible, and keep the microphone as far away from the speakers as possible to prevent feedback.

  5. Speak into the microphone at a conversational volume, and raise or lower the Input Volume Level slider until your loudest words light up the orange part of the meters.
  6. Click the Record button.
  7. Near the top of the Record Voice Narration window, a timer appears next to Start Recording In. When Start Recording In changes to Recording, speak your narration as the selected clip plays.
  8. When you finish narrating, click the Stop button.

    An audio clip containing your narration is added to the Project Assets panel and to the Narration track in the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline (below the selected clip).

    Note:

    If you do not click the Stop button, recording automatically stops at the beginning of the next file in the Narration track, or 30 seconds past the end of the last clip in the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline.

  9. To preview your recording, click the Go To Previous button. Then click the Play button.
  10. To continue recording from the point at which you stopped, click the Record button again.

    Clicking Record again overwrites any narrations that are already in the Narration track.

  11. Click the Pause button at any time to stop the preview.

Replace or discard a narration

  1. Do one of the following:
    • In the Expert view timeline, drag the current-time indicator to the location where the old narration begins.

    • In the Quick view timeline, select the clip containing the narration you want to change. Then, in the Monitor panel, drag the current-time indicator to the location where the old narration begins.

  2. Select the Narration option from the Tools panel.
  3. In the Record Voice Narration window, do either of the following:
    • To replace the narration, click the Record button. Clicking Record again overwrites the existing recording with the new one.

    • To discard a narration, click the Delete button.The old narration clip is removed from the Quick view timeline or Expert view timeline. However, it remains in the Project Assets panel in the Expert view timeline.

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