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Up and Running with Premiere Elements 11
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Adding menu markers


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Up and Running with Premiere Elements 11

with Steve Grisetti

Video: Adding menu markers

Two of the most popular ways to share your movies are by creating a Blu-ray or creating a DVD to distribute it as a disc. In this session we're going to look at how to create your movie menu markers for your movie's timeline. We'll look at three different kinds of menu markers, and we'll look at how they interact with your movie menus. To create or to add a menu marker to your timeline you just drag your CTI into position. I'm going to drag this toward the beginning of my timeline. Then I can add them either by clicking on the Markers button here and selecting from Menu Marker > Set Menu Marker or I can simply just right- click on the CTI and Set Menu Marker.
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  1. 8m 30s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. Understanding the basics of editing
      2m 45s
    3. Getting to know the interface
      3m 47s
    4. Using the exercise files
      1m 1s
  2. 22m 46s
    1. Capturing video from a tape-based camcorder
      4m 8s
    2. Downloading video from a hard drive or a storage-based camcorder
      4m 26s
    3. Importing media already on your computer
      2m 22s
    4. Managing media files with the Organizer
      6m 7s
    5. Organizing media in the Project Assets panel
      5m 43s
  3. 19m 45s
    1. Editing with Quick view vs. editing with Expert view
      5m 42s
    2. Adding, slicing, and trimming clips, and performing ripple edits
      7m 53s
    3. Pretrimming media in the clip monitor
      6m 10s
  4. 23m 2s
    1. Looking at the Action Bar toolkit
      4m 26s
    2. Recording narration
      3m 19s
    3. Creating a motion path with the Pan & Zoom tool
      9m 10s
    4. Speeding up or slowing down video segments with Time Remapping
      6m 7s
  5. 19m 3s
    1. Adjusting color, lighting, and audio
      5m 45s
    2. Adding and customizing a video effect
      7m 25s
    3. Using the Chroma Key and Videomerge effects
      5m 53s
  6. 14m 19s
    1. Adding and customizing an audio effect
      6m 14s
    2. Creating custom music tracks with Quicktracks
      8m 5s
  7. 12m 55s
    1. Creating fade-ins and fade-outs
      5m 36s
    2. Adding and customizing a transition
      7m 19s
  8. 9m 22s
    1. Adding and customizing a title
      4m 58s
    2. Adding a text animation
      4m 24s
  9. 18m 34s
    1. Creating a custom motion path using keyframes
      4m 35s
    2. Keyframing video effects
      6m 43s
    3. Mixing several tracks of audio using keyframes
      7m 16s
  10. 14m 10s
    1. Adding menu markers
      5m 21s
    2. Applying a menu template
      5m 33s
    3. Adding a "special features" video to your DVD or Blu-ray
      3m 16s
  11. 10m 34s
    1. Burning a DVD or a Blu-ray disc
      3m 46s
    2. Uploading video to Facebook or YouTube
      4m 6s
    3. Outputting a movie for viewing on a portable device
      2m 42s
  12. 1m 13s
    1. Next steps
      1m 13s

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Up and Running with Premiere Elements 11
2h 54m Beginner Nov 28, 2012

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Whether you're new to the program altogether or a pro who needs a refresher on the latest features, author Steve Grisetti gets you up and running quickly with Premiere Elements 11, the affordable and intuitive video-editing program from Adobe.

The course walks through the entire editing workflow, from importing and organizing your raw assets, to timeline editing in Quick view and Expert view, to sharing your work on DVD, Blu-ray, or on the web. Along the way, you'll discover how to enhance your basic videos with voiceover, slow motion, transitions, titles, and a solid soundtrack. In less than three hours, this course will show you what you need to know to create polished gems from almost any kind of raw footage, from tape-based DV, to AVCHD, to smartphone and iPad video footage.

Topics include:
  • Capturing video from a camcorder
  • Importing media on your computer
  • Managing media with the Organizer
  • Adding clips, slice, trim, and ripple edits
  • Creating a motion path with the Pan & Zoom tool
  • Speeding up or slowing down video segments with Time Remapping
  • Color-correcting video
  • Building custom music tracks with Quicktracks
  • Creating fade-ins and fade-outs
  • Adding text animation
  • Keyframing video effects
  • Burning a DVD or Blu-ray disc
  • Uploading your video to Facebook or YouTube
Subjects:
Video Video Editing
Software:
Premiere Elements Elements
Author:
Steve Grisetti

Adding menu markers

Two of the most popular ways to share your movies are by creating a Blu-ray or creating a DVD to distribute it as a disc. In this session we're going to look at how to create your movie menu markers for your movie's timeline. We'll look at three different kinds of menu markers, and we'll look at how they interact with your movie menus. To create or to add a menu marker to your timeline you just drag your CTI into position. I'm going to drag this toward the beginning of my timeline. Then I can add them either by clicking on the Markers button here and selecting from Menu Marker > Set Menu Marker or I can simply just right- click on the CTI and Set Menu Marker.

The effect is exactly the same. We open up on a Menu Marker options screen. You can name it. Now, the name you give to this menu marker is what's going to appear on your scene menu or your main menu on your menu screens for your DVD or Blu-ray. So I'm going to call this one Arrivals. I have the option when I create a menu marker of setting it as a scene marker, a main menu marker, or a stop marker. A scene marker will link to the scene menu on your menus; the main menu marker will link to the main menu. So you always get two levels of menus in Premiere Elements: a main menu and then an individual scene menu.

And a stop marker will set the program to stop its playback and return the viewer right to the main menu. Now, that has a special use and I will show you in an upcoming session what that use is, but for now let's just set a scene marker. You notice you have a thumbnail offset. This is what's going to show as your thumbnail on your scene menu. If you don't like it, you can change it just by clicking on this little timecode and then dragging to scrub through till you find a spot that looks a little more photogenic.

If you'd like, you also have the option of setting it as a motion menu, which means it will show a continuous 30-second loop beginning at this particular space on the timecode. You notice that when I change the timecode and change the thumbnail offset it did not change the position of the marker itself on my timeline, only the thumbnail itself. Click OK. We'll move the CTI further down the timeline. We'll create another one just by right- clicking on the CTI and selecting Set Menu Marker.

Let's call this one Set-up. And we'll move a little farther down the timeline, and we'll create a new one. Right-click, Set Menu Marker, and call this one Market Opens. And then, just to show you how the markers function, I'm going to move down to the last clip, and we'll create a main menu marker. Right-click, Set Menu Marker. We'll call this one Farmers.

And instead of setting it as a scene marker, we'll set it as a main menu marker. Click OK. You'll notice that my scene menu markers are green. The main menu marker is blue. When we create a stop menu marker it will be red. And let's take a look at how these apply now to our Movie menu. Click on the Tools button on the Action bar along the bottom of the interface, and select Movie menu. I've already applied a movie menu template. And you can see on the main menu we have our link to Farmers.

We also have a link to Scenes. The scene is what's going to take us to our scene menu, and then Play Movie of course just launches the movie. Down at the bottom, underneath our Movie Menu layout panel, you'll see we have little thumbnails representing each of our menus. When I double-click on the Scene menu 1, it comes up in my Movie menu layout screen. And you can see our three scenes. I have four markers on the timeline. The template itself only had a room for three scenes on each page so it created an additional page, and it will create as many pages as necessary to accommodate all of the scene or main menu markers you add to your timeline.

I can test drive this template, by the way, by clicking on Preview Disc over here in the upper-right. It's going to be a low-quality playback. Don't let that worry you. When it's rendered out and printed out, it will look terrific, but if you just want to test drive it and see how the markers work, you click on Preview Disc. There you can see our main menu. I have also a little clip installed here on the main menu template. If I click on Farmers, it's going to take me right to the Farmers. (video playing) If I click on Scenes it will take me to my Scene menu. And whenever I click on any of these scenes, it will take me right to the space on the timeline where we laid in our menu marker.

(video playing) Click Exit to get out of Preview mode. One of the benefits of having a program which combines video editing and DVD authoring, or disc authoring, is just how nicely these two processes are integrated in the program. In Premiere Elements here we can go directly from video editing to DVD or Blu-ray menu creation without even leaving a program. We use the same timeline for both, and then we can seamlessly go from one process to another and stay within the program.

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