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Digital video is a medium that is now available to almost everyone. It can be captured on anything from a mobile phone to a high-definition camera, and published anywhere from YouTube to Blu-ray discs. In Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explores all the video editing capabilities of Premiere Elements 4. Chad starts with a real-world sample project, then covers techniques for importing and editing video; and adding effects, transitions, and animation. He concludes with a final project incorporating all the steps, including exporting and posting. Exercise files accompany the course.
In this chapter we're going to take a look at sharing your videos with the rest of the world and probably the most exciting and definitely the most powerful way to do that is with a DVD. Now folks, your ability to make a real DVD presentation with menus and buttons, that's typically reserved for pretty high-end programs, so the fact that Premiere Elements creates such amazing movies, has such audio capacities, and Movie Themes and all these cool stuff, animation, and then also can create DVD discs and Blu-ray discs with menus and stuff, just phenomenal.
So in this movie and the few to follow, we're going to look at how to create DVD's and Blu-ray discs from Premiere Elements. Typically before creating a DVD with menus, you typically setup your project with markers first. Now I know we talked about markers in the editing chapter, but we use different markers for DVD. Now we can click this Add Menu Marker here, either in the Sceneline, or in the Timeline, but it's much easier to see in the Timeline, so for this I'm going to hop over the Timeline, and I'm going to hit the Backslash key to center my video.
Now a lot of what we're doing now won't make sense until the next movie, we actually look at creating a DVD menu, but just stay with me here. Now we don't need any markers at the beginning of our first clip, because that's naturally where the clip is going to Play to begin with. Now let's move out a little bit in time, that looks good, right about there, and let's click the Add Menu Marker button here in the Timeline. Now there are three different types of DVD markers. The first one is the Scene Marker, as it says here bottom, it creates a link for a scene button in a scene's menu, so this is if you have like a really long video project, and you want people to be able to jump from scene to scene.
The Main Menu Marker is a little bit more complex. Let's say you have many clips in your movies, but you want people to think that they are actually watching separate movies. So maybe they watch one movie and then it stops playing; goes back to the menu, and they can pick another movie. So say for example you're working in Premiere Elements, and you made a great video presentation of your kid's birthday party. So you go and you share that, you make a file of that movie on your computer. and then later someone in the family gets married, and so you make this huge project with all the video footage from their wedding, and you make another video file out of that.
So what you can do is bring those two files, the completed birthday and the completed wedding, and then make them separate movies. People who might not want to watch them both all in a row, they can watch one, and then once it's done they go back to the Main Menu, and they can select the wedding one if they want to. And that brings us to the third marker, the Stop Marker. The Stop Marker is how the DVD will know to jump from the video, back to the Main Menu. So in this case we want to add a Scene Marker. I am going to click OK. And you could see here at the top of the Timeline, we have a green marker here, this indicates that this will be a selectable scene that users can jump to either with their remote control or by a separate menu, we'll look at it in just a moment.
For now what I'm going to do, I'm going to hit Page Down to get to the end of this video, then hit the left arrow key to go back one frame, so at the very, very end of the first clip. And then I'm going to Add Menu Marker again, and change the marker type to Stop Marker and click OK. And you see now we have a red marker on the last frame of the first clip. So that way when people watch this first movie, it will play and then once it's done playing, it won't go to the Duck movie here; coming up next, it will go back to the Main Menu.
So now we can hit the right arrow key to get to the beginning of the Duck Dive clip, and let's click the Add Menu Marker button, and add a Main Menu Marker. These will ensure that users can jump to this point from the Main Menu. Then maybe we will move in time, and create another Scene Marker in the middle of the Duck movie, and maybe actually when they're upside down, which is the coolest thing in the world. We added another Scene Marker there, which is a good time, and let's do the same thing, where we hit the Page Down key getting to the end of the Duck clip, and then hit the left arrow, so with the very last frame of the Duck clip, click Add Menu Marker again.
This time we're going to add another Stop Marker and click OK. By the way, I really am aware that I have three ridiculously incompatible clips on the Timeline at the same time, and that's my point. You would not want to play a video of me behind a green screen looking like an idiot, and then play some ducks in the water and then play a clip from Night of the Living Dead, all in a row. You definitely want a break there, so these are perfect candidates to use with DVD menus. Anyways, I'm going to hit the Page Up key to get to the very first frame of the Army Of Zombies clip, click Add Menu Marker one final time, and then change the marker type to Main Menu Marker, so that the Zombies movie will be a Main Menu item that people will be able to select as well, and click OK.
So now we have three Scene Markers one, two, three, these green markers. We have two red Stop Markers, one at the end of the hand clip, and one at the end of the duck clip. And we have two blue Menu Markers, Main Menu Markers, beginning of the duck clip at the beginning of Army of Zombies clip. Now in the next movie we're going to create a DVD menu, and you'll see how these markers will play a huge role in our final DVD presentation.
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