Creating DVD menus using templates
Video: Creating DVD menus using templatesThe second and the final step to authoring a DVD is to select a menu template and then have Premiere Elements use the markers you placed on the Timeline to automatically create menus. Let me show you how that works. I've made some adjustments to the menu markers we placed in the previous movie, if you worked on the previous movie, Adding DVD markers to the Timeline. The reason I did that is I want to show you some exceptions to making the menus where you kind of limit your choices depending on how many videos you want in your final project. What we have here again are three videos. the grocery store video, the zip- line, and the agility, and I added two more scene markers.
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In Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training, author Jeff Sengstack breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, covering topics from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. The course also covers the basics of editing and advanced features like picture-in-picture overlays and audio and visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
- Touring the interface
- Creating a new project
- Capturing video
- Downloading assets and importing media
- Arranging, rearranging, and deleting clips
- Adjusting clip lengths
- Applying video transitions
- Working with video effects
- Animating effects
- Recording, editing, and mixing audio
- Automating edits
- DVD authoring
- Saving and sharing movies
Creating DVD menus using templates
The second and the final step to authoring a DVD is to select a menu template and then have Premiere Elements use the markers you placed on the Timeline to automatically create menus. Let me show you how that works. I've made some adjustments to the menu markers we placed in the previous movie, if you worked on the previous movie, Adding DVD markers to the Timeline. The reason I did that is I want to show you some exceptions to making the menus where you kind of limit your choices depending on how many videos you want in your final project. What we have here again are three videos. the grocery store video, the zip- line, and the agility, and I added two more scene markers.
We already had four there but I added one more here at the beginning of zip-line and one more here at the beginning of agility. See how the blue and the green kind of overlap there. I'll show you why in a moment. To start creating your menus, you need to go to the Disc Menus workspace. So I click on Disc Menus. That opens up these templates. You can see that there are all different kinds of possibilities in terms of templates. I just decided to go with General here because we don't really have Holidays and Events and this kind of stuff. So we're going with General. Now I'm going to click on one that really won't work for this project and I'll show you why in a moment.
I'll click on this one. It's called Fun. If I click on this to select it and then go Apply. And what happens is it recognizes, okay, you've got three movies here. Three separate movies that you want to play with separate buttons, plus you've got six scenes. Well, the Scene Selection Menu here can accommodate only up to five scenes. It has to create a second Scene Selection Menu to accommodate the sixth. Well, that's not terrible, but you're going to have two Scene Selection Menus with the second one having only one scene on it in this case if you want to have six scenes.
So it's a little awkward. The other awkward part is that you have one Main Menu and a second Main Menu because you can't have four buttons on the first Main Menu. That's just not the way this guy is laid out. You need to have four buttons, one each for the three different videos. So the main video, the first one here, plus two more at the end. That's three, plus a third button to go to your Scene Selection Menu. So since you can't have four buttons in one menu, it creates a second menu with buttons on it plus a button to take you back to the Main Menu and a little back arrow which does the exact same thing.
So, it's a little awkward because two of these buttons will do nothing. They'll just sit there and you can't delete them, a bit of a drag. So, what we're going to do is we're not going to use this template. We're just going to pick a template that works for us, so I'm going to go Ctrl+Z to undo that, and go back and find another template that will work and you can tell it'll work by looking at the number of menu items in the Main Menu and also the number of items in the Scene Selection Menu. Here in the Main Menu, I can see it's got five items, which is one more than we need. So it won't display five, it'll display only what we need, which is four, when we select this one, and then here it says six Scene Selection items in its Scene Selection Menu which is exactly what we've got.
So, I'm going to click on this one to select it and go to Apply, and there you see it. Now we've got four things here instead of the five that were in the template that we saw moments ago. It's got the Main, Scene Selection and two more buttons for the other two videos that we've got on here. So now we need to edit this thing. The way to edit it is to simply just click on this or you can double-click on it and say let's change the text. I don't want to say Play All because that's really not what it's going to do. It's just a placeholder text. I'm going to say Grocery Store.
Grocery Store, that's fine, it'll show up inside there. Scene Selection is fine. We'll leave it just called Scene Selection. And Main Menu, if I right- click on it, it'll say Edit. That's another way to get to that little thing, but since it's a Main Menu, it looks different than the first main one. So I'm going to click in this one and say, this is called Zip Line, there we go. We can show a Motion Main Menu Button but we're going to say no because there is no motion video, there is no reason to check that, click OK and I'll change to Zip Line. I'll right-click on this one and say Edit.
This one we'll call Agility, there we go, and that's say OK. So, now we've set up the Main Menu with those four buttons. Now I want to take a look at the Scene Selection Menu, it should be fine because these guys we named when we created the markers inside Premiere Elements before we set the markers on the Timeline. There they are: Produce, Fruit, Bread, Check Out, Zip Line, Agility. All good. Let's preview this now. Click on the Preview button, and this is how our menu would look when we play it on our TV set or in what's called a Web DVD.
Let me just play this by - I'll click on the first one. (Video playing) If I click Exit, that takes us out of the Preview Mode. Let me go back into Preview, I'll click on the Scene Selection to show you how that works. It goes to the Scene Selection. Notice as you highlight or hover over one, the little buttons are highlighted, saying okay, if you click on me, then it'll play, and notice how they are little videos. Isn't that cool? Every one of those guys is a video button. And remember, we had the little dissolve issue right about here, we moved forward to make sure we didn't have the dissolve in it? That took care of that.
If I the click on one of these guys, it'll take me to that particular spot in the video which was at the beginning of this video. Now I'll click this button and go back to the Main Menu here. Here we go. Now let's click on one of these main videos here. I'm going to have the Agility video play to the end to show you what happens when it gets to that little stop marker, that little stop marker, when the DVD player sees the stop marker in the DVD that you're playing in it, it knows to go back to the Main Menu, but let's make sure that it works. Click on that, here comes Sunny and Janine.
Let it go all the way to the end here. Here we go, a little reward and now Sunny gets to here, let's do some more! And now it should go back to the Main Menu, and there you go. So, all is well. So that's the basic process to make menus inside Premiere Elements. If I had used a different menu template, I could have had some video playing inside it, or I could have a Audio playing as well, and you can just browse for some Audio or drag the Audio here and the audio, a little bit of music can play in the background, or if you have a little placeholder inside let's say the Main Menu where there's a spot where you can add media and you can add media in that Main Menu.
Also if you want to change the font of all these things, you can also change the font over here, change the font size, things like that. So there are ways to edit the text besides accepting the default text. But basically, this is how you turn your markers on the Timeline. Automatically turn them into DVD Menus and Scene Selection Menus. And now, the next logical step would be to burn a DVD, but with Premiere Elements there's another option called Web DVD. So I'm going to discuss both of those options in the Saving and sharing movies chapter.
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