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Showing off vacation highlights or making a music video with a professional touch is just a few keystrokes away with Premiere Elements 7. In Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, Jeff Sengstack, Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro, breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, about everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. In between, Jeff covers the basics of editing as well as advanced features like picture–in–picture overlays and dazzling visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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