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Adding DVD scene markers

From: Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training

Video: Adding DVD scene markers

Stage one in creating DVDs with menus is to set up your story, set up your timeline so that you have the proper markers in place that basically tell Premiere Elements how to create your menus, your main menu and your Scene Selection menu. So we are going to do that in this project which is project 13-markers. The project opens with this whole video down here, this sort of day at the stables, at the jumping school, and it has a beginning, middle, and end and we are going to put Scene Markers here that mark those places. So the video kind of goes along like this. There's an arrival, they get the tack up, and head out of the barn. The instructor has a few words, they jump a few times.

Adding DVD scene markers

Stage one in creating DVDs with menus is to set up your story, set up your timeline so that you have the proper markers in place that basically tell Premiere Elements how to create your menus, your main menu and your Scene Selection menu. So we are going to do that in this project which is project 13-markers. The project opens with this whole video down here, this sort of day at the stables, at the jumping school, and it has a beginning, middle, and end and we are going to put Scene Markers here that mark those places. So the video kind of goes along like this. There's an arrival, they get the tack up, and head out of the barn. The instructor has a few words, they jump a few times.

The instructor has a few more words and then they head on out and off into the sunset. So we are going to kind of show you how to apply Markers to have those scenes noted when you later create a DVD. You do that by clicking on this little icon over here, the Add Menu Marker. That opens up this dialog box. I have got this Current Time Indicator at the beginning here on purpose because I want to have the Opening Scene marked. Now, notice inside the dialog box, there are three kinds of markers. There is a Scene Marker, a Main Menu Marker and a Stop Marker. The Scene Marker indicates a chapter point. So when you create a menu automatically in the next stage, Premiere Elements recognizes okay, this is a scene that you want to put into a Scene Selection menu, and it will even give it the name that you put up here, and it will take an icon, it will take the image that you have here and put that image inside the button. So it's a very slick process. So this opening scene will just say something like Arrival. That's the first scene, marker of 1, 1 of 1.

Now, I want to go along here and find some other place where the scene changes, and we will call it let's say, Exiting Stable or something like that. So I want to go specifically to that beginning of that clip by going Page Up. That takes me right to the beginning of a clip. I'm going to go Add Up Marker. I want to make it another scene marker, and I'll call it Exit Stable. Now, what I'm going to do now, I'm going to jump ahead too far to show you that when you add another marker in the middle, it actually renumbers things. So I want to go back here to the end. When they are all done, I'm going to use the Page Down to go to that specific spot right there. I'm going to add a Marker there.

I'm going to say like Exit Arena. So they are all done, Exit arena. I'll put a capital E there just to make it consistent, so it shows up on the button properly. I say, oh rats! I wanted to put another marker here. This is now marked. If I double-click on it, it opens up. It says it's 3 of 3. Okay, that's fine. Let me go here ahead though a little bit. I'm going to go to let's say Instructor. So let me see, Page Down to get to that exact spot, add a marker here, call it Instructor, and notice it says 3 of 4. It recognizes that you have a marker after this and you are inserting one and it automatically numbers it for you.

So I'll say Instructor, there you go. So now I have four markers, four scenes. So that when you automatically create your menus, you will get a main menu with one button for the main video, another button for the Scene Selection menu, and the Scene Selection menu will have four scenes on it. You can't have more than four scenes per Scene Selection menu. If I created a fifth scene, it would have automatically created a second Scene Selection menu with one button on it. But we will leave it at four here. Now finally, I want to go to the end of the piece. So I'll press the End button,and here I want to put an End or a Stop button. The Stop Marker that says okay, this video is over. That's all I need to do is just say, Stop Marker.

So I'm going to select Stop Marker from here and click OK. Now, if I had a second video, and we will show you a project that has two videos, I would want to have a Start button for that second video. But we don't have a second video, so we don't need it. So this is the process for setting up your timeline to get ready to automatically create DVD menus.

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Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training

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  1. 3m 47s
    1. Overview
      1m 21s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      55s
    3. Using the exercise files
      23s
    4. Relinking missing media
      1m 8s
  2. 10m 47s
    1. Understanding Premiere Elements 7 features
      5m 49s
    2. Touring the workspace
      3m 14s
    3. Using the Help function
      1m 44s
  3. 14m 2s
    1. Starting a new project
      2m 52s
    2. Getting video from a camcorder
      5m 22s
    3. Getting media from other sources
      2m 36s
    4. Managing clips with the Organizer and in Project view
      3m 12s
  4. 10m 6s
    1. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      3m 31s
    2. Adding, rearranging, deleting, and replacing clips in the Timeline
      6m 35s
  5. 19m 29s
    1. Using the Monitor panel to trim video in the Sceneline
      3m 51s
    2. Trimming video in the Timeline
      4m 3s
    3. Trimming clips in the Preview window
      3m 58s
    4. Changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      7m 37s
  6. 16m 18s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 31s
    2. Applying transitions
      4m 47s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      7m 0s
  7. 17m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 47s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 6s
  8. 30m 16s
    1. Understanding animation
      4m 34s
    2. Animating video effects
      9m 29s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      4m 5s
    4. Working with effect presets
      8m 22s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      3m 46s
  9. 18m 17s
    1. Recording narrations
      2m 53s
    2. Making soundtracks with SmartSound
      4m 16s
    3. Applying audio effects
      6m 2s
    4. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 6s
  10. 17m 56s
    1. Creating titles from scratch
      7m 25s
    2. Having fun with titles
      10m 31s
  11. 13m 10s
    1. Understanding compositing
      3m 6s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      4m 52s
    3. Creating transparency with Videomerge
      5m 12s
  12. 6m 45s
    1. Using Instant Movie, themes, and Smart Tags
      6m 45s
  13. 12m 22s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      1m 34s
    2. Adding DVD scene markers
      3m 37s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      7m 11s
  14. 8m 52s
    1. Sharing from the Tasks panel
      7m 4s
    2. Archiving projects
      1m 48s
  15. 6m 46s
    1. Shooting video to make a great story
      6m 46s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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