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Adding DVD markers to the Timeline

From: Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

Video: Adding DVD markers to the Timeline

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.

Adding DVD markers to the Timeline

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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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

58 video lessons · 8206 viewers

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  1. 7m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      1m 19s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 18s
  2. 16m 52s
    1. What is Premiere Elements 9?
      6m 16s
    2. Touring the interface
      6m 28s
    3. Clarifying differences between the Mac and Windows versions
      4m 8s
  3. 44m 16s
    1. Creating a new project
      7m 18s
    2. Getting media
      2m 0s
    3. Capturing video from a cassette or a webcam
      7m 14s
    4. Downloading assets from external devices and storage media
      8m 53s
    5. Importing media from a hard drive
      3m 32s
    6. Managing media in the Project workspace
      7m 3s
    7. Using the Organizer
      8m 16s
  4. 30m 57s
    1. Using the Sceneline and the Timeline
      3m 45s
    2. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      6m 20s
    3. Adding and deleting clips in the Timeline
      9m 51s
    4. Adding and rearranging clips in the Timeline using modifier keys
      11m 1s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      7m 56s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      8m 44s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      6m 4s
    4. Creating freeze frames and changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      9m 24s
  6. 25m 4s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 49s
    2. Applying transitions
      9m 37s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      10m 38s
  7. 41m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 25s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 46s
    3. Repositioning, scaling, and rotating clips with the Motion effect
      6m 50s
    4. Working with the Motion Tracker
      10m 1s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      6m 51s
  8. 52m 31s
    1. Understanding animation
      7m 48s
    2. Animating video effects
      13m 52s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      11m 43s
    4. Working with effects presets
      9m 55s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      9m 13s
  9. 32m 44s
    1. Recording narrations
      3m 12s
    2. Making music soundtracks with SmartSound (Windows only)
      5m 38s
    3. Advanced audio editing with J-cuts and L-cuts
      6m 31s
    4. Applying audio effects
      11m 41s
    5. Mixing audio tracks manually and with the SmartMixer
      5m 42s
  10. 25m 38s
    1. Creating text and geometric shapes
      7m 1s
    2. Editing and formatting text and shapes
      5m 10s
    3. Using styles and templates with text and shapes
      6m 40s
    4. Animating titles
      6m 47s
  11. 25m 46s
    1. Understanding compositing
      5m 23s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      8m 46s
    3. Making portions of clips transparent using Green Screen, Videomerge, and other techniques
      11m 37s
  12. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding Auto-Analyzer and Smart Tags
      4m 11s
    2. Using InstantMovie and themes
      6m 4s
    3. Trying out Smart Fix and Smart Trim
      6m 39s
  13. 13m 43s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      2m 12s
    2. Adding DVD markers to the Timeline
      4m 47s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      6m 44s
  14. 20m 7s
    1. Understanding project exporting
      3m 15s
    2. Exporting to standard file types
      5m 54s
    3. Creating files for online and mobile phone use
      3m 39s
    4. Creating DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs
      7m 19s
  15. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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