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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.
Now that we have created this super awesome DVD project in the last couple of movies, we are ready to export this to DVD or to Blu-ray. Now for those of you that are just joining us that didn't go through the last two movies, you don't actually have to do that stuff to burn a DVD. You don't have to create menus, you don't have to create markers, you can actually just burn what's called an auto-play DVD or Blu-ray Disc. So I'm going to go over to the Share tab of the Share Workspace in the Tasks panel and I'm going to click on Disc and that will open up my DVD and Blu-ray options.
Very simple here. Just click DVD if you're going to burn a DVD or Blu-ray if you're going to burn a Blu-ray disc and I'm going to resize this panel, so I could see all my options here. Now as I just mentioned moments ago, you don't have to create a DVD menu with all of the markers and all that stuff if you don't want to. If you have just a regular old Premiere Elements Project you can burn it to DVD. It won't have any menus, and so as soon as you just take the disc in, it will play. But if you're looking for a kind of like a slide show presentation type thing; that could be a real beneficial thing. Maybe you don't need menus.
So again if you have menus, it will use the menus and you could have all these navigation stuff, but if you just want to stick your disc in and have it play your movie, without any navigation or without any fluff, then just go ahead and auto-play it, just don't have any menus and burn it as is. And here the options are actually very simple. Click on disc name, if you want to change the name of the disc. When you put this disc in on your computer, this is the name that will show up. So unless you want 20080402_214656 showing up, then you can maybe select this and select something like Chad's DVD and that's what people will see when they load your DVD into their computers instead.
You could select a DVD burner or a Blu-ray burner here. You could select how many copies to burn and most likely you'll want to Fit Contents to available space, you want to leave this checked. This thing is with DVD, is you can only fit so much high quality video on a DVD before you start having to compress the quality and make it look really ugly. If you have about an hour and a half total, maybe two hours total high quality video, then that's fine, you don't have to worry about that. But now let's say you had something like four or five hours of video content. In order to fit on a DVD, it's going to have to lower the quality, in order to fit all that video on to one DVD.
If you're burning to Blu-ray, it's probably not something you ever have to worry about, because you can hold so much more data on a Blu-ray disc then on a DVD. And once you're ready to burn your DVD, whether with auto play or with menus, go ahead and click the Burn button. Now be aware that if you have never burned a DVD before, it can take hours and probably it will take hours. Even this simple project which is only like a minute long or something, would still take a very long time to burn to a DVD.
So occasionally I get e-mails from lynda subscribers saying, "Oh, you know what's happening, my computer is taking like hours to make this DVD." That's just normal, that's just the nature of the beast. And with that you now know what you need to to author a complete DVD here inside Premiere Elements. In the next movie we're going to talk about how to share your movie presentation to YouTube.
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