Saturday, August 8, 2015

PE 13/13.1: Adding User Sounds Under Audio Tab


Under the Audio Tab of the Premiere Elements 13/13.1 Expert and Quick workspace are Music Scores and Sound Effects.

Music Score has 7 subcategories and a total of 51 free soundtracks, customizable according to SmartSound concept, but this is not SmartSound . The Music Score subcategories and the number of soundtracks in them are Ambient (6), Atmospheric (8), Blues (2), Country (5), Rock-Pop (22), Urban (4), and Weddings (5).

Sound Effects has 13 subcategories and a total of 268 free sound effects. The Sound Effects subcategories and the number of sound effects in them are Ambience (49), Animals (10), Cartoon Effects (20), Crashes (10), Fire and Explosions (18), Foley (30), Impacts (20), Industry (10), Liquids (10), Science Fiction (30), Technology (30), Transportation (11), and Weather (20).

Recently the question was asked about adding user subcategories and sound effects to the existing Adobe ones. This blog post will focus on a suggested how to for doing that.


STEP 1. 
Follow the path to the Sound Effects in the Program Data. In Windows 7, 8, 8.1, and 10 64 bit, use the following path

Local Disk (C:) 
Program Data
Sound Effects
in the All_Lang Folder are the  13 subcategory folders cited in the INTRODUCTION.

Example being given is for adding one new subcategory which is titled "My Special Sounds" and the sound placement of a user Door Closing sound (.wav or .mp3) in the Program Data - Online Folder route so that the sound can be accessed under the Audio Tab of an opened Premiere Elements 13/13.1 project...Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10 computer.
(a) Right click anywhere in a blank area in the opened All_Lang Folder, and create a new folder and name it "My Special Sounds".
Figure 1. Premiere Elements 13/13.1 "My Special Sounds" Folder Creation In All_Lang Folder.

 (b) In the "My Special Sounds" Folder create another folder and name it Door Closing. 

(c) The Door Closing Folder should contain
  • the sound file named door closing_prv.wav (using that naming format)
  • a copy of the manifest.txt file borrowed from one of the Adobe sound effects 
The WordPad document for the manifest.txt file reads the same for all the Adobe sound effects.

Figure 2. Sound Effects Metadata.Xml WordPad Document.

Preliminary tests seem to indicate that a door closing_prv.mp3 would also work. Variations in the duration of the sound file in the door Door Closing Folder has not been fully tested, but preliminary findings suggest OK to at least 2 minutes. 


Planning new subcategory folder strategy and placement of sound file in its folder needs to be done beforehand to avoid confusion between existing and new Sounds Effects under the Audio Tab. The above is just a quick look at the basics of adding user sounds under Audio Tab/Sound Effects.