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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.
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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