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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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