Welcome to the forum.
Unfortunately, you have posted to the Tips & Tricks sub-forum, which is basically a repository for articles on how to do certain things in PrE, and not a place where others will likely see your question.
I will move your post to the main forum, and your link, plus any e-mail subscriptions should follow perfectly. This way, many others will see your question, and can respond.
Thank you. I'm new to this. Much appreciated.
Unfortunately, PrE has never added the capability to Lock a Track (something that PrPro has, and something that I, and many others, have requested), So a workflow modification might be best.
For what you describe, I would just edit Video 1 and Audio 1 (or whichever Tracks you are using), and then add your animations onto Video Track 2 (or any Video Track above your edited Clips). Whatever is on a higher Video Track, will be what is seen, regardless of what is below that, unless one adjusts Opacity (to see through the Clip on the higher Video Track), or they "punch holes" in that upper Clip, say with Track Matte Keying, or via an Alpha Channel, or Garbage Matte.
Your animation will be the one seen, and your edited, lower Clips will not be effected, other than that they will not be seen.
Another method would be to do an Insert Edit, where your animation replaces a matching number of Frames in the Clip, to which you drag it, on the same Video Track. Just hold down the Ctrl key (Cmd key on Mac), and drag your animation to the spot that you wish for it to be on top of the Clip(s) there. Their Frames will be replaced by your animation.
A third, if one wishes to full "lock" the Video and Audio, would be to Export/Share/Publish the Project's Timeline, then Import that output file (it will no longer have Clips, but will be one long Clip), then add animations, or whatever, using one of the two methods above.
Those all sound like great work arounds. I think option 1, moving the animation up a track, will work jsut fine with what I'm doing. Great suggestion. I was driving myself crazy moving the animations back and forth.
You can sign me up as another user who would like a 'Lock a Track' app for PE11! Let me know if I need to send a request email to Adobe or sign a petition or whatever. Anything to make life easier.
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Yes, the actual Track Locking (especially for Audio Tracks) would be a great feature.
The Feature Request form, for Premiere Elements is within the Photoshop family of products now: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family
Good luck to all of us,
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