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Your movie menus are the first thing your viewers see when they put your DVD or Blu-ray disc into their disc players. And your menu's look and style will help set your viewers expectations for your movie. In this session, we'll apply one of the Premiere Elements movie menu templates to our video project, and we'll also see how our movie menu markers interface with our menu system. We have a timeline and as you can see, we already have our menu markers down on the timeline. These little green dots represent scene menu markers. They'll connect to our scene menu. And the blue dot represents our main menu marker so it will connect to our main menu.
Let's go to the Tools button on the Action bar at the bottom of the interface. When we click on that, we'll select Movie menu. If you click on the categories bar at the top of the Movie Menu panel, you'll see that you have 14 categories of movie menu templates, for a total of 71 templates. Some of these are kind of funny and silly; some of them are very serious and sentimental. Let's go to the Memories category. By the way, if you ever see templates or effects in Premiere Elements and you see a little blue flag over the upper-right corner, that means they're not yet on your computer.
Once you select one the very first time, it's going to download and automatically install on your program, and then it'll be in there permanently from there on out. I'm going to select the Album template. By the way, we added our movie menu markers manually. You can also do it automatically, selecting various settings down here at the bottom of the panel. So uncheck that, and then we'll click on the Continue button. There is our Movie menu template applied, and if we look at our scene menus, we'll see the individual scenes that we created markers for, using the names that we added when we created our markers.
Since we have four scene menu markers and only three spaces on the template itself, it created an additional page. And then on the main menu we have bonus features.; that's what I named this marker down here, the little blue marker on our timeline. We also have something very interesting here on our main menu page, and that is this little icon in the center of the black square that says Add Your Media Here. That's called a drop zone, and we can add custom media. That means we can add video or a still photo into that space and further customize our menu.
To do that we simply click to select it and then click on the Browse button over here in the Adjustments panel and browse to a media clip. Let's select this one right here and click Open, and now that will appear inside of our movie menu. We can use it as a still frame by clicking this option on our Adjustments panel or we can let it play as a 30-second loop. We could also add audio if we'd like. Click the Browse button and we can select a music clip for instance. It will play a 30-second loop and transition back to the beginning again.
So we're customizing our menu page. Whatever you see text it's just placeholder text on the template. We can customize this too, just by double-clicking on it. And now instead of saying Movie Title Here, we can call it The Farmers Market and click OK. We can also customize it in the Adjustments panel by changing the font or the style or the size. So we've got a selected text box here, and we can change it to any font we want. We can change the size, and we can even change the color of it. Double-click on that little black box and we can change it to, say, bright yellow.
And that's true in the scene menus as well as the main menu. Let's go to the scene menu, just by going down here to these little thumbnails underneath the layout panel. Double- click on it, and you'll be in the scene menu. And we can change the colors of the font, the styles of the font, on any one of these scenes we select. And then after we apply a certain font and style and look to one of the scene thumbnails, we can just click on this button here on the Adjustments panel and it will automatically apply it to all the other buttons.
And when we're ready we can test drive it. We can test drive it by clicking the Preview Disc button at the top of the panel here. Preview Disc, by the way, is going to show you a low-resolution preview. It's not going to show you how good your disc is going to look when it's done. So it's going to be kind of fuzzy and pixelated. Don't worry about that. It's just to preview your navigation, to preview to preview your buttons and make sure they all work. I'm going to click on Preview Disc. There it is. (video playing) And you can see that we could see the main menu along with the music.
I'm going to click on one of the buttons here when I open it up, and you'll be able to see how we jump right to the scene where the main menu marker is located. So we'll go back to Preview Disc. (video playing) And you can see, when I click on the Scenes button I go to the scene menus, and when you click the Preview Disc button you can test drive your menu and its navigation. And that's really all there is to it. Now, because disc authoring is incorporated into Premiere Elements, adding your scene markers and your menus is just part of the process of editing your movie.
But as you can see, the program includes a nice variety of templates as well as a wide variety of ways to customize the look of your menu pages. For a built-in disc authoring system, it's surprisingly versatile and easy to use.
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