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Creating DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs

From: Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

Video: Creating DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs

While most video content is viewed online, there is still a call to create DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. It's good to have that physical disk that you can play from any DVD player or computer. Thats said, a new feature in Premiere Elements 9 lets you create a DVD-like project with menus and buttons, and have it play online, looking for all the world like a DVD, only without the disc. Here is how to do both. We're going to use the DVD project that we created in the DVD authoring chapter. Now if you have not created a DVD project and then go over to Share up here and click on let's make a DVD, it'll give you a little error message saying well, hang on a second.

Creating DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs

While most video content is viewed online, there is still a call to create DVDs and Blu-ray Discs. It's good to have that physical disk that you can play from any DVD player or computer. Thats said, a new feature in Premiere Elements 9 lets you create a DVD-like project with menus and buttons, and have it play online, looking for all the world like a DVD, only without the disc. Here is how to do both. We're going to use the DVD project that we created in the DVD authoring chapter. Now if you have not created a DVD project and then go over to Share up here and click on let's make a DVD, it'll give you a little error message saying well, hang on a second.

You don't have a DVD project. You've got a go make one first. So we've got this one already made. So things should work just fine on our particular case. Let me remind you about our DVD project that has a Main Menu, which links to three videos, the Grocery Store video, Zip Line, and Agility, then also links to this Scene Selection menu. Let me click on that. That's what it looks like, six scenes. And when this guy plays as a DVD player, in a DVD player or plays online, those little buttons will be the little videos playing inside there. So that's our DVD project that links to these three videos down here.

Now let's switch over to the Share workspace. Under Share workspace, you've got two DVD options, web and Disc. I am saving web for last, because it is so darn cool. We'll go to the Disc one first. In the Disc one, you've got two choices, DVD or Blu-ray. We'll just focus on DVD right now. Your choices when making a DVD are to Burn to a Disc, right, what other choices could there be? But if you click down, you see that you can burn to a folder, which then creates a DVD image that you can use to create a DVD later. Then you give a DVD name, or you want to probably call it something other than that horrible number.

So we might want to call it My Three Movies. Now keep in mind, this not a file name, this is your disc name. So it can have spaces and capital letters and things like that. It's perfectly all right. Pick your Burner Location, how many copies you want to make, and then, by golly, you've got to actually put a burnable DVD inside there, a recordable DVD inside, which we have done in our case because we're not going to actually burn one, but if we put in there, it would say, Okay! We're ready to rock 'n roll. It's all ready, it's all lined up and ready to go. Now we need to pick a preset. Well, there are not very many options for burning a DVD disc. You've got either a widescreen which is 16x9 or a 4x3 definition screen, either PAL or NTSC. And you can either Fit Contents to available space or uncheck that and say, you know, adjust the quality.

Well, you typically only click this little button here if you've got a lot of video, right around two hours or so, two and half hours is when you run into the maximum limit on a single side DVD, when you get to that point, you need to tell the encoder here, the DVD encoder to say, you know, compress it a little bit more, so you can fit everything on one single side, or two sides, depending on what you have choose, of a DVD. So for our purposes, we want the Highest Quality because, gosh, our little project's not even two minutes long. So we will pick Highest Quality.

So once we're ready to go, we just click Burn, but as you see, the option is not available here because we have no little DVD in the drive, but no worries. That's just how you set it up. Then when you click Burn, it'll go up and burn your DVD. And then when it's done, quick, pop it our of your computer, run down the hall and put it in your player in your TV set because you really do want to check and make sure it works fine. Let's move on down to Blu-ray just to show you the difference. Blu-ray is meant for high-definition. It's the same basic process, but the presets are all HD presets here, 1920 or 1440 and again no burners detected this time of because well, our computer doesn't have a Blu-ray burner in it.

We're just doing this thing in a booth here. It's not intended to be a production studio here. And again you've got that Fit Contents to available space option and then off you go, click Burn. So, that's basically the process how you make a physical DVD. Now let's go over to that sort of the virtual DVD by going to the web DVD option. I want to tell you a little bit about this. This option has been available inside the Adobe product called Encore for the previous two iterations for CS4 and CS5. It is a cool thing where you can take a DVD project and export it for use online.

Here they give you an HD format. I mean, you can do this thing full screen across a widescreen monitor and it'll look great. It's really remarkable. I love this choice. So let's talk about the two options here. Computer, where you want to export the file to your computer or to Photoshop.com. Well, I'm kind of in favor of Computer because this gives you all sorts of options. Once it's stored on your hard drive, you can then use it on any website that you want to load it up to, if you have access to the website or if you're building your own website, then you can put this on your own website. I use this stuff all the time. So let's go to a preset here. Do you want to have HD NTSC or Standard Definition NTSC, your choice.

Well, our guy here is HD. It's widescreen. We want to take that particular view. So we go with that one there. You give it a project name. Choose whatever you like. Save it in some place and notice that you have no choices. You have no advanced options. You take what they gave you. If I chose a different one here, those options would change. See how they change a little bit there. We'll go back to that one. This is how big the File Size would be, 55 megabytes. It's actually not, A File Size. It's the collection of files that it's going to make. It's going to create separate videos for each of these little videos plus a few other little videos thrown in for the menus and things like that.

So once you've got everything all loaded up and you know where you want to go, you click Build. What's going to happen, it's going to take your videos, not going to touch them. It's going to create a collection of new videos, Flash videos, that will then look like your original videos. It's also going to create one menu. This is going to be the Scene Selection menu because the Scene Selection has all those little buttons playing. It looks like individual videos are playing, but in fact, it's a full screen just playing one frame at a time, looking like little buttons are playing. It's going to create the menu and then about almost a dozen little videos down here, and when it's done, it'll tell you it's done and you can go and look it.

Well, we're going to ask the editors to speed this up and we're going to jump ahead to the finished product. Here is the finished product. You see all these Flash videos here, f4v videos, and then down here there is a little HTML file. This is like the homepage for this particular project and this is, you put all these things in one folder if you're creating a website and have this guy be accessible where people can just access this HTML file. If you double-click, this will play inside a browser and show you what it looks like. Opens up here in the browser.

I'm going to scroll down to the corner here, there you go. There is a widescreen or full screen button you can click on here. I'll click on that now we're going to go full screen here, which is great. Look at this. It looks like we're watching our DVD on our television set. If I move my mouse over these guys, you can see how the little selection guy moves around, saying okay! You are highlighting this one, this one, this one. Whichever one you're going to select, that's the one that's highlighted. Let's go with the Agility. When I click this, it'll play that video. Here we go.

Look at that. It's full screen, widescreen, looks great, sound is great. And when it ends it's supposed to go back to the main menu. Let's see if it does that. Way to go, Sunny. Boom, we're back to the main menu. And you can access the other two videos, the Grocery Store or the Zip Line, or the Scene Selection menu, and little videos, these little guys, are playing inside there. It looks like they're individual videos, of course, but as I mentioned, this is actually a full screen, playing one frame at a time.

And that, my friends, is how Premier Elements can create a physical DVD, or a Blu-ray Disc, or this very cool web DVD.

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Premiere Elements 9 Essential Training

58 video lessons · 8198 viewers

Jeff Sengstack
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  1. 7m 31s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Understanding the workflow
      1m 19s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 44s
    4. Relinking missing media
      3m 18s
  2. 16m 52s
    1. What is Premiere Elements 9?
      6m 16s
    2. Touring the interface
      6m 28s
    3. Clarifying differences between the Mac and Windows versions
      4m 8s
  3. 44m 16s
    1. Creating a new project
      7m 18s
    2. Getting media
      2m 0s
    3. Capturing video from a cassette or a webcam
      7m 14s
    4. Downloading assets from external devices and storage media
      8m 53s
    5. Importing media from a hard drive
      3m 32s
    6. Managing media in the Project workspace
      7m 3s
    7. Using the Organizer
      8m 16s
  4. 30m 57s
    1. Using the Sceneline and the Timeline
      3m 45s
    2. Adding, rearranging, and deleting clips in the Sceneline
      6m 20s
    3. Adding and deleting clips in the Timeline
      9m 51s
    4. Adding and rearranging clips in the Timeline using modifier keys
      11m 1s
  5. 32m 8s
    1. Adjusting clip length in the Sceneline
      7m 56s
    2. Adjusting clip length in the Timeline
      8m 44s
    3. Adjusting clip length in the Preview window
      6m 4s
    4. Creating freeze frames and changing clip speed, duration, and direction
      9m 24s
  6. 25m 4s
    1. Understanding transitions
      4m 49s
    2. Applying transitions
      9m 37s
    3. Adjusting transitions
      10m 38s
  7. 41m 53s
    1. Understanding video effects
      9m 25s
    2. Applying and modifying video effects
      8m 46s
    3. Repositioning, scaling, and rotating clips with the Motion effect
      6m 50s
    4. Working with the Motion Tracker
      10m 1s
    5. Using the Effects Mask tool
      6m 51s
  8. 52m 31s
    1. Understanding animation
      7m 48s
    2. Animating video effects
      13m 52s
    3. Using the Motion effect with keyframes
      11m 43s
    4. Working with effects presets
      9m 55s
    5. Controlling changes between keyframes
      9m 13s
  9. 32m 44s
    1. Recording narrations
      3m 12s
    2. Making music soundtracks with SmartSound (Windows only)
      5m 38s
    3. Advanced audio editing with J-cuts and L-cuts
      6m 31s
    4. Applying audio effects
      11m 41s
    5. Mixing audio tracks manually and with the SmartMixer
      5m 42s
  10. 25m 38s
    1. Creating text and geometric shapes
      7m 1s
    2. Editing and formatting text and shapes
      5m 10s
    3. Using styles and templates with text and shapes
      6m 40s
    4. Animating titles
      6m 47s
  11. 25m 46s
    1. Understanding compositing
      5m 23s
    2. Creating picture-in-picture overlays
      8m 46s
    3. Making portions of clips transparent using Green Screen, Videomerge, and other techniques
      11m 37s
  12. 16m 54s
    1. Understanding Auto-Analyzer and Smart Tags
      4m 11s
    2. Using InstantMovie and themes
      6m 4s
    3. Trying out Smart Fix and Smart Trim
      6m 39s
  13. 13m 43s
    1. Understanding DVD authoring
      2m 12s
    2. Adding DVD markers to the Timeline
      4m 47s
    3. Creating DVD menus using templates
      6m 44s
  14. 20m 7s
    1. Understanding project exporting
      3m 15s
    2. Exporting to standard file types
      5m 54s
    3. Creating files for online and mobile phone use
      3m 39s
    4. Creating DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs
      7m 19s
  15. 33s
    1. Goodbye
      33s

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