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Adding DVD chapter markers

From: Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

Video: Adding DVD chapter markers

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.

Adding DVD chapter markers

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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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

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  1. 11m 20s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 30s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      2m 0s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 48s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 22s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 24s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 37s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 44s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 41s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 27s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      2m 0s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 40s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 44s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 42s
  4. 53m 52s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 22s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 34s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 41s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 14s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 32s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 35s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 5s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 46s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 29s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 22s
  7. 32m 28s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 10s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 18s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 19m 0s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 24s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 3s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 55s
  9. 28m 53s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 47s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 12s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 42s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 26s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 11s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 14s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 14s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 30s
  12. 11m 40s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 32s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 56s
    1. About the final project
      1m 54s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 16s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 5s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 45s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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