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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
Authoring DVDs in Premiere Elements is a two-step process. First, you put what are called markers in the timeline, and secondly you use a template to create the DVD menus. We'll do the first step, the markers, in this movie, and the DVD menu creation process in the Creating DVD menus using templates movie. Now here is a little project that we set up for this particular movie. I have three videos on here, the grocery store visit, the zip-line, and the dog agility. We want to have three buttons on our main menu that let's us link to these three separate movies.
We also want to have a button that takes us to a scene selection menu for the grocery store movie, so we can see various scenes here like the produce section or the bread selection or the checkout line. So we're going to have scene selections here as well. Now I've already added some markers just so you can see what markers look like to begin with. The green one is a scene selection marker. The red one says this is the end of the video. You need to tell the DVD when it gets to some place in the movie that we're done now. When you're done, it returns you back to the main menu. Here is a blue one.
The blue one says this is the beginning of a video. We need to add some more markers to finish this process. Now we don't need to add a marker at the beginning of this one to say it's a beginning of the movie, because by default the first movie automatically has a marker added. I want to add two more scene selection markers and a couple of start and stop ones. We'll go to these guys first to add our starts and stops. I'm going to navigate to the end of this particular video. The way I get there is by moving my current time indicator somewhere near the end and then pressing the Page Down key until I get to the end of the last clip. Now to add the end to the stop marker it's called, I just right-click here, anywhere here, and it says Set Menu Marker.
That means a DVD menu marker. You have three marker types. Scene, Main, Stop. This particular case we're going to set a Stop Marker. That's all it takes. There are no more options available onto that particular selection, the Stop Marker. I click OK and it adds a little red circle there. I want to add a Main Menu Marker here. In other words, a menu link that will say, okay, let's start this next video. So I go Page Down, and it takes me to the first frame of the next video. I right-click again. Set Menu Marker and I'm going to select this time instead of Stop, I'm going to say Main Menu Marker.
This time it says, okay, there is a thumbnail offset, these things, but they don't apply to this. It's just a Main Menu Marker. So I am going to click OK, and that will put a little blue guy there. Now I'm going to get to the end of the piece by pressing the end button. That takes us to the frame after the last one, which is fine. I'll just right-click there, and say Set Menu Marker > Stop. All right, we've set up now these two videos, the Start and the Stop. So we're done working on those guys. Now I want to set up some scenes here. Scene selection menu typically has three or four scenes.
So you can pick a menu template that has a scene selection menu with three or four. So I'm going to set four altogether here. So I got the going through the produce section. I will double-click that one to see how that looks. Double-click it, and there is a scene selection marker that I put called Produce, and I decided to make it a motion menu button, meaning a little video will play inside the button for this particular scene selection. Let me go to the next spot here. I think we'll just go to - I'll call it fruit, how about that? So I will just right-click here. Menu Marker, this time I we're going to do a Scene Marker.
I am going to call it - You get to the name the scenes, because these names will show up in the buttons inside the DVD menus. So I'll say Fruit. I am not done yet. I'll click on the Motion Menu Button to make sure this plays as a little video. Here we go. Go to this place right here. I purposely put a transition here, because transitions can look odd inside video menu buttons. So I'll show you how to deal with that. I'll just right-click on this guy, and we'll say, actually what will we say? We'll go right here. He's going from there to bread. So I am going to say Bread here.
Right-click on that and say Bread for this scene. This time I want to do what's called a thumbnail offset. So first of all I select Motion Menu and I don't want to have a thumbnail offset, I want the thumbnail to play video, but I don't want it to start right there in middle of the transition. So I just go to the right a little bit until the transition is over and that's when the thumbnail will start playing instead of during the transition, which will look much nicer when we are done. So I'll click OK. So that's three scenes. I am going to add one more scene, sort of the checkout line, right there. Right about there.
There we go! Right-click there and we will say Checkout. There we go. And we want that to be a Motion Menu Button as well. And if you decide you really want to go back and edit something, again all you've got do is just double- click the Scene Selection Marker. So you can go back and edit those guys. So now that we've got our Timeline set up with all the requisite markers, it's time to create the menus. And I explain how to do that in the next movie, Creating DVD menus using templates.
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