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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.
Once you have added Scene Markers and Stop Markers and Beginning Markers to your timeline, you are ready to have Premiere Elements automatically create your DVD menus. I have set up a project here with two videos in it. You can follow along by opening up 13-dvd-menus. You will see that there is a little horse story here, the thing that you have seen before if you did the Markers tutorial, and then I've added a little underwater thing over here with some music on it. Two separate videos. You'll notice there are a bunch of green Scene Selection or Chapter Markers, a couple of red Stop Markers that indicate the end of the video, and tucked away right here underneath this green thing-- I'll expand it a little bit by putting the current- time indicator there. If I expand the timeline by pressing plus, you see there is a Marker indicating the main menu that's the beginning of this particular video and that will add a button to the main menu that allows you then to go to this video directly.
Let me go back and hit the Backslash key to see the whole timeline, and there it is. Now, I want to now create a DVD menu and a Scene Selection menu for this project. The way you do that is by going to Disc Menus. Open up Disc Menus, you see a bunch of templates. Opens up by default with the Entertainment templates, but I'm going to go over to something else and since we are doing something about sports, we will just click Spots. It doesn't necessarily match our horse and fishing thing, but we will just do sports and get a generic one there. So there is a nice generic movie menu background.
We will select that. So I click on that, and notice that it selects both. This is what the Main Menu template will look and this is how the Scene Selection template will look. Once I have selected it, I click Apply and now it's analyzing our timeline and it comes up with this, which is really pretty cool. It has a Main menu and two Scene Selection menus. One with four buttons for this guy, because there are one, two, three, four scenes here, and one with four buttons for this guy, one, two, three four. If I had let's say three scenes here, and three scenes here, this first one where there are four buttons, three for the first and one for the second. This one, we will have two for the remaining two.
So I set it up on purpose to be 4 and 4. So that one Scene Selection would apply to this guy, and one Scene Selection would apply to this guy. Now, if you look over here, you see it says Main Movie title, Scene Selection bonus features. Now, Premiere Elements is not so smart that it know that this is a second separate video, it just calls it Bonus Features, but we can change the words Bonus Features to Fish or Underwater or something like that. So we can do all that to customize this menu. So let's start by doing that. Instead of main movie title, I'm going to double-click here, which is what it tells me to do. I want to change it to something like lynda.com DVD Tutorial Example, look that. I guess lynda.com should be lowercase to be proper here. There it is. The large, so we are going to take the ends here and stretch that a little bit. There we go.
Now, instead of play movie, I want to double-click to edit that and say, Writing. I'm going to double-click on this and call that one Underwater. Since it's not sure what that is, it will open up a different menu, and we will keep seeing selection the way it is because it goes to this Scene Selection menu, and that's all we need to say there. Now, I'm going to click on this guy. We can say Scene Title Menu or we can say, this is the Writing Scenes. It's fine, click on this guy, double-click on this one, and we will say, Underwater Scenes.
Now notice in the menu, each scene is named with the names that are put down here in the chapter markers. So I'll double-click on the chapter marker here, I'll go back here, this chapter marker, the fourth one should say classes over, let's see. There it is. Classes over. So it took what I have put here for the marker name and put that in the Scene Selection button. Now, notice it says Arrive as black because the first frame inside Arrive is a Dissolve up from black, so it looks black. So I could maybe remove the dissolve, and that would make that actually a piece of video there. But we will leave it the way it is for now, and just continue with this.
So let me click on this guy and we can customize these menus. The button is selected. So I'm going to deselect the button, select the entire menu, and then all the little options show up for how we could customize this menu. I can change the background for example. It's a lovely background, and if I click Preview, you will see that it's an animated background with music in it that doesn't apply whatsoever to what we are doing here. So let's try to find a different background. Now, for Underwater and Horse Riding, I think of a different background, but I wanted to show you how to do it. So I want to go Browse, and I want to pick out let's say a different video for this one. So we'll do this one, we'll have this be the background for the opening main menu. It's a video, so I select that.
That's going to replace the previous menu with a video that runs in the background. Now, I want to have some audio that runs with it. I can click on Browse to audio. I've created a little audio for this called the SmartSound DVD Main Menu Music. So I'm going to select that. So now we have music that we will play with this. Let's just take a look at that. (Music playing.) You might notice that the music was exactly as long as the clip. Before I selected it, I looked at that clip, and I knew that the clip was 11 seconds long.
So I went to SmartSound and created a piece of audio that was 11 seconds long to match that. So as it loops, the music loops in coordination with the video. Now we can do the same thing with the Scene Selection menu as well. I'm going to click away from this. Click the button to select it right now. I'll click away to select the whole menu. I can put a little video in the background. I will browse to a different one. I will go to this particular video, let's say this one instead, bring that one in the background. I can run some audio behind that too. I've also created some audio for that. It will be a little different sounding, but the same theme called Scene Menu.
So now we have created audio for that one. I'll click on this Scene Selection. We get different video running in the background. I get, let's say, a fish video running behind this one, but we will just stick with the horse theme for now because it makes it easier. But I could browse to the horse theme, and I could add some music here as well. So we will just stick with the music for now because we want the music to be consistent, but we will not have any more horses behind the fish video. That would look kind of weird, right? So we have got this menu, this menu, each has their own background. Let's go preview the Main Menu and see how that works. Now, if I click on Scene Selection, it goes to the Scene Selection menu, plays that music. These are the scenes. If I click this button, it goes to the next set of scenes with the same audio, but a different background. If I click on Ray & Shark, takes me to that section. Click this button, takes me back to the main menu. Now, I'm done.
So that's basically how it works. You put the Markers on the timeline as you did before, and then Premiere Elements could automatically create menus. You can substitute backgrounds and substitute audio for it, and once you have done this, the next stage is to actually burn the DVD, which we do when we talk about sharing your projects.
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