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Digital video is a medium that is now available to almost everyone. It can be captured on anything from a mobile phone to a high-definition camera, and published anywhere from YouTube to Blu-ray discs. In Premiere Elements 4 Essential Training, Adobe Certified Instructor Chad Perkins explores all the video editing capabilities of Premiere Elements 4. Chad starts with a real-world sample project, then covers techniques for importing and editing video; and adding effects, transitions, and animation. He concludes with a final project incorporating all the steps, including exporting and posting. Exercise files accompany the course.
OK, in this movie all of our hard work in the last movie setting up all these DVD Markers is really going to pay off. Here we're going to add DVD Menus and if you like to follow along, which I really recommend for this one, you can use the DVD Menus project in the Chapter 11 folder. So just a recap, very briefly what we have here. We have three video clips. We have my hand, we have this duck clip and we have this clip from Night of the Living Dead, the Army of Zombies clip. We have three Scene Markers. One here and two duck ones, one of this duck and one of these ducks upside down in the water, which is awesome.
And then we also have two Stop Markers and two Main Movie Scene Markers, so that once these clips are done playing, they will stop and then the Main Menu Markers are so that we can select these movies, jump right to these movies from buttons on our DVD Menu. So now with these in place, now that we see what's going on here, let's go ahead and create a DVD Menu. We do that by going up to the top of the Tasks panel and going to the Create Menus button here. And you'll be pleased to find, although probably not surprised, that there are loads of templates to choose from as you're selecting Menus.
Also it's really cool, is that a lot of these Menus are very similar to the Movie Themes and other templates in other areas of Premiere Elements. So you could set up a very consistent workflow, so your movie has these Marquee elements to it and your DVD Menu has these Marquee elements to it as well. And again, just like the other areas of Premiere Elements, there are several categories to use. I'm going to go to the Movie Genre category and you could see there are really well designed templates here for DVD Menus. There's this kind of old film look, there's like this really edgy kind of cool trendy thing going on and a bunch of like weird cartoony landscape things.
Just a bunch of cool ones. So I'm going to come down here to the Sci-fi area and I'm going to click on this Sci-fi template. You'll notice that with each menu that we've looked at, there is a Main Menu template and a Scene Menu template. Go and select it and then select Apply. And now we're in the Disk Layout panel. Here's our Main Menu, click on Scenes Menu to see the Scenes Menu. Now before we even launch and preview this, you can see that we have one Scene Marker, here on this left side for the Chad Hand clip and that's what we're seeing here.
And we have two duck Scene Markers, one which is the brown duck and one over here, where the duck is upside down. And you can see that reflected in our scene selection. What's kind of cool is if we were to put more Scene Selection Markers here, let's say more than four, Premiere Elements will automatically create a new Scenes Menu, a second Scenes Menu to accommodate the extra scene markers. There's already a main menu button link, which is super cool. Coming back to Main Menu here we can change this text if you want to, I'm not going to, but you can if you like to.
And basically I have all these buttons set up here. We have the Play Movie and what that does, that plays the first clip. So we don't have to have any Menu Markers or whatever they are, because that automatically works that way. We click Play Movie and the first clip plays. And then we have the Scenes Menu. So you click Scenes and it takes you to the second menu. The third button which says, Main Menu 1, corresponds to the first Main Menu Marker we have here, in other words, the duck clip. The second one it says, Extras, corresponds to the third clip we have set up.
So let's preview this and see what it looks like as if we had a DVD. Click the Preview button over here in the Disc Layout area and here we have like this cool motion menu, we got asteroids moving around, we got stars sparkling and stuff, very cool. We even have this little planetary rollover with our cursor. All set up for us automatically by Premiere Elements. So if I click Play Movie, there is that first movie, I can click this button to get back to the Main Menu. We can click Scenes to get to the scene menu and there's these cool rollovers here as well.
Also some motion here. I'm going to click Main Menu, to get back to the Main Menu. We Click Main Menu 1, we get to the duck movie and by the way, I'm not going to play this entire movie, I'm going to go back here. If we play that first movie, and this might take just a couple of seconds here, but once this movie is done, remember that we have a Stop Marker at the end of this one, and so it takes us back here to the Main Menu. And of course, the third menu takes us back to Night of the Living Dead as well and once these zombies are done doing their cool zombie thing, then we're taken back to the Main Menu again without having to put a Stop Marker there to tell us to do that.
Now I'm just going to go ahead and close out this Preview Disc window and just for future reference if you like some more advanced capabilities with customizing your DVD Menus, you can also go over here to the right side of the Tasks panel and customize the background, the audio and all of that type of thing. Now in the next movie we're going to put the capstone on this discussion of authoring DVD's by talking about burning this presentation now to a DVD or a Blu-ray disc.
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