Add an audio soundtrack

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.

  1. If necessary, add the desired audio files to your project.

    Note:

    Use only files for which you hold the copyright or which you have permission to use from the copyright holder.

  2. Click Music on the Action bar to display the Music panel.
  3. 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.

    Note:

    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

You can preview a soundtrack to make sure that it corresponds to your video the way you want it to.

  1. In the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline, select an audio clip in the Soundtrack track. (You might need to scroll down through the audio tracks to see the Soundtrack track.)
  2. Do one of the following:
    • Click the Play button in the Monitor panel.

    • Press the spacebar.

    Premiere Elements previews the Soundtrack audio clip along with any audio and video clips above it in the Quick view timeline or the Expert view timeline.

  3. To stop the preview, do one of the following:
    • Click the Pause button in the Monitor panel.

    • Press the spacebar.

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.

  1. Add an audio clip, or a video clip that includes audio, to the soundtrack in the Expert view timeline.
  2. Right-click/ctrl-click the audio clip and choose the Beat Detect option in the context menu.
  3. In the Beat Detect Settings dialog box, specify settings as desired, and click OK. Descriptions of the options appear in the Beat Detect Settings dialog box, beside the light bulb icon .

    Beat markers appear in the Expert view timeline, corresponding to the beats in the soundtrack.

  4. To add additional beat markers manually, right-click/ctrl-click in the Expert view timeline time ruler where you want to add the marker, and choose Set Beat Marker.
  5. To remove a beat marker, right-click/ctrl-click the marker in the Expert view timeline time ruler, and choose Clear Beat Marker. To remove all beat markers, right-click/ctrl-click in the time ruler, and choose Clear All Beat Markers.
  6. To navigate to different beat markers, right-click/ctrl-click the time ruler, and choose Go To Beat Marker > Next or Previous.

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.

  1. From the Music panel in the Expert view timeline, click Use SmartSound.

  2. 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.

  3. Select a file that you want to use in Adobe Premiere Elements. Click the Play button to preview the sound.

  4. Click Send to export the file to the Project Assets panel. Ensure that you do not click the drop down menu.

    Switch to Adobe Premiere Elements and notice that the file has been added to the Project Assets panel.

  5. Use the file as you would any other sound files in Adobe Premiere Elements.

To import additional files from SmartSound, click Use SmartSound from the Music panel, and re-run this procedure.

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