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Applying Movie Themes

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Video: Applying Movie Themes

In this we're going to talk about how to apply Movie Themes. If you like to follow along I'm using the Applying Themes project in the chapter 10 folder. And we're not only going to talk about how to apply themes, which is basically you just click a button. We're also going to browse through some of them, so you get an idea of really what's out there. So to look through those, let's go over to the Tasks panel and click on the Themes button. Now first there is a scene that is really that much available, but if we click on this dropdown menu at the left, that says entertainment by default, we see all the different categories of Movie Themes.

Applying Movie Themes

In this we're going to talk about how to apply Movie Themes. If you like to follow along I'm using the Applying Themes project in the chapter 10 folder. And we're not only going to talk about how to apply themes, which is basically you just click a button. We're also going to browse through some of them, so you get an idea of really what's out there. So to look through those, let's go over to the Tasks panel and click on the Themes button. Now first there is a scene that is really that much available, but if we click on this dropdown menu at the left, that says entertainment by default, we see all the different categories of Movie Themes.

Usually there is only one or two Movie Themes in each category, but they are such wide span of genres of Movie Themes here, you are bound to find something that you like. One of the best features of this is that you don't actually have to apply the Movie Theme to see all the features of that theme. So let's say for example here at the entertainment, there is this performance star theme and it looks just like a regular rectangular black box, it doesn't look very exciting at all. However, if I hold my mouse over the thumbnail here, we'll actually get a preview of this Movie Theme without even having to apply it.

Before I do that let me explain what we're going to see here when we preview it. We're going to preview the intro movie that it's going to add for us, and then we're going to see a welcome movie on top of that and then we're going to see some stock footage. There stock footage is birds as well, like what I have, which is interesting. And we're going to see what your footage will look like with this Movie Theme applied. In this case it was going to be an overlay of like a crowd and people rocking out and so like that, so let's checkout the preview of this Movie Theme. OK, if you need to initialize too, sometimes you can click on it just to warm it up and put your mouse over it.

OK, so those parrots that we were just seeing, those are basically what your movies would look like, your clips would look like with the overlay of the crowd rocking out at the bottom. Now one might argue that if you have footage of parrots, then do not use the performance star Movie Theme, maybe there are some kind of a rock and roll parrots, but typically, we want to have a theme that goes with the theme of your movie. But anyways, you get the idea of how cool this is. It's a really well done intro and then there is a title screen that you can customize and then there are overlays on your videos.

There are also custom transitions and effects applied; all that kind of stuff. So let's go and browse through a few more of these. There is the ever popular wedding for example. Actually, it's like the travels, we'll go to travel first then we'll go on to wedding.

So you see the corny transitions and cool stuff going on with those Movie Themes, it's a good time. Let's look at the wedding real quick, as wedding stuffs are always very popular. That's what here we have the outdoor wedding theme, we don't need to preview that. There are memories -- there was a few of the memories, family memories and memory box and there is of course, birthday party and there are movies, so in case you're creating like a film and if you have a new baby, there is a baby theme, which is really cute. So as you can see here, some really cute stuff going on.

So I'm going to go back to this performance star just because its absolutely ridiculous to have rock and roll birds and I don't want try it. So what we got to do first is, click on the Movie Theme to select it and then click apply to apply it to your project. Once you do that, it says, all user applied effects shall be replaced or removed, because anything that you have going on so far, any additional effects, like if you had a lens flare or a blur or whatever applied to your footage, it's going to completely replace and remove everything and subplant it with what's in the Movie Theme.

In this case I don't have anything applied, so yes, that's absolutely what we want, click OK and after a minute you can see now our project is very much different. We have the intro movie that we saw a little bit earlier, we could skim through that and now we're seeing the lights and all that kind of stuff from the theme. Very cool looking stuff. Then we have the movie title which we can go in and edit later. We talked about how to do this in the last chapter and then we have the footage of the bird. There is a rock and roll lens flare and all sorts of cool stuff going on in this footage as well.

There are closing credits with the stage lights and all of that. So it's really all that is to apply a super sweet Movie Theme to your project. Just search for it in the themes area and select it, making sure that there is a blue highlight around it. Then click the apply button and that's all that is to applying Movie Themes. Now what about those time when maybe you just want the intro, or maybe you just want the transitions, or whatever, you just want to take bits and pieces, you don't want to completely take over your entire project, well, that's what we're going to talk about in the next movie, how to customize these Movie Themes.

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Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training

96 video lessons · 5394 viewers

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  1. 11m 20s
    1. Welcome
      2m 22s
    2. What is Premiere Elements?
      2m 30s
    3. Why use Premiere Elements?
      2m 0s
    4. How to use the exercise files
      2m 40s
    5. About the video in this course
      1m 48s
  2. 33m 52s
    1. The basic Premiere Elements workflow
      5m 5s
    2. Importing video footage
      4m 13s
    3. Working with clips
      4m 19s
    4. Editing a movie
      2m 12s
    5. Adding transitions and effects
      5m 22s
    6. Adding a soundtrack
      3m 11s
    7. Applying a Movie Theme
      3m 54s
    8. Adding a title
      3m 24s
    9. Sharing the final movie
      2m 12s
  3. 37m 37s
    1. Tips for installing Premiere Elements
      1m 44s
    2. About the Welcome screen
      1m 32s
    3. Tips for creating new projects
      2m 41s
    4. Getting familiar with the interface
      5m 8s
    5. Getting video from camera to computer
      4m 27s
    6. Capturing stop motion footage
      2m 10s
    7. Importing media
      4m 36s
    8. Opening vs. importing
      2m 0s
    9. Using the Organizer
      3m 18s
    10. Working with the Project view
      3m 40s
    11. Finding missing footage
      2m 55s
    12. Fixing mistakes
      1m 44s
    13. Using the Help options
      1m 42s
  4. 53m 52s
    1. Introduction to editing video
      2m 22s
    2. When should we cut?
      2m 13s
    3. About the Sceneline and the Timeline
      1m 41s
    4. Navigating in time
      7m 34s
    5. Trimming video in the Sceneline
      4m 8s
    6. Trimming video in the Timeline
      1m 4s
    7. Splitting a clip
      3m 41s
    8. Rearranging the order of clips
      3m 14s
    9. Previewing a video
      1m 50s
    10. Making slow motion and fast motion clips
      4m 15s
    11. Playing a clip backward
      1m 7s
    12. Freezing a frame of video
      3m 6s
    13. Creating a temporary pause
      3m 1s
    14. Moving and transforming clips
      8m 10s
    15. Using markers to work faster
      6m 26s
  5. 18m 7s
    1. What are transitions?
      2m 32s
    2. Basic transitions
      6m 16s
    3. Customizing transitions
      4m 41s
    4. “One-sided” transitions
      2m 43s
    5. Important rules about transitions
      1m 55s
  6. 38m 35s
    1. What are effects?
      4m 4s
    2. Adjusting brightness and color
      7m 5s
    3. Chad's favorite effects
      8m 22s
    4. Giving clips an “old film” look
      2m 46s
    5. Stabilizing footage
      4m 29s
    6. Customizing effects settings
      5m 27s
    7. Making lightning shoot from your hand
      6m 22s
  7. 32m 28s
    1. The importance of audio
      2m 9s
    2. Working with audio
      4m 1s
    3. Mixing audio tracks
      5m 10s
    4. Automatically detecting musical beats
      4m 54s
    5. Unlinking audio and video
      5m 18s
    6. Using a consistent audio source
      3m 41s
    7. Recording narration
      1m 37s
    8. Applying audio effects
      5m 38s
  8. 19m 0s
    1. Understanding animation concepts
      2m 24s
    2. Creating keyframes for fixed effects
      8m 3s
    3. Animating effects
      4m 38s
    4. Fine-tuning animations
      3m 55s
  9. 28m 53s
    1. Using the titling tools
      10m 47s
    2. Animating credits
      6m 3s
    3. Creating titles using templates
      2m 56s
    4. Using the included free content
      3m 55s
    5. Making a slide show
      5m 12s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. What are Movie Themes?
      4m 33s
    2. Applying Movie Themes
      5m 25s
    3. Customizing Movie Themes
      2m 7s
  11. 20m 42s
    1. Adding DVD chapter markers
      5m 26s
    2. Creating DVD menus
      5m 11s
    3. Exporting to DVD and Blu-ray
      3m 14s
    4. Exporting to YouTube
      2m 7s
    5. Exporting to iPhones, iPods, Zunes, cell phones, and other devices
      2m 14s
    6. Exporting to a file on your computer
      2m 30s
  12. 11m 40s
    1. Tips for shooting good video
      2m 52s
    2. Getting a second hard drive
      1m 32s
    3. What camera should you buy?
      1m 46s
    4. Different types of camera storage
      3m 22s
    5. Optical vs. digital zoom
      2m 8s
  13. 49m 56s
    1. About the final project
      1m 54s
    2. Importing and setting up the project
      2m 16s
    3. Arranging the clips
      3m 1s
    4. Adding audio and markers
      3m 59s
    5. Intermediate video editing
      13m 5s
    6. Creating transitions and overlays
      7m 24s
    7. Changing colors with effects
      5m 50s
    8. Applying a Movie Theme
      6m 27s
    9. Personalizing the titles
      2m 45s
    10. Exporting and posting to YouTube
      3m 15s
  14. 1m 48s
    1. Goodbye
      1m 48s

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