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Lesson 4. Basic Editing > Changing the volume of an audio track

Changing the volume of an audio track

You can quickly raise or lower the volume of an audio clip using the keyframe line located on the clip.

1.
Press the Home key to place the current-time indicator at the beginning of the timeline. Press the spacebar to begin playing your video. You will hear the music track begin to play. Press the spacebar once the man starts speaking. The music track is too loud and is drowning out the man's voice.

2.
Place your cursor over the orange connector line running horizontally across the music.wav clip. This is the connector line, which controls the volume of the clip.

3.
Make sure your cursor is on the line. Your cursor will change to a white arrow with double arrows ().

4.
Click and drag the connector line downwards. As you drag the line down, a small context menu appears, the number values in this menu are decibel levels. Negative numbers indicate a lowering of volume. Pull the connector line down to a level of -12.73 dB. Your numbers may be slightly different.

Note

In Premiere Elements. volume is measured in decibels. A level of 0.0 dB can be thought of as the original volume (not silence). Changing the levels to a negative number reduces the volume, changing the volume to a positive number increases the volume.

5.
Select File > Save.

Congratulations, you have completed the lesson.

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