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Showing off vacation highlights or making a music video with a professional touch is just a few keystrokes away with Premiere Elements 7. In Premiere Elements 7 Essential Training, Jeff Sengstack, Adobe Certified Expert in Premiere Pro, breaks down the editing workflow into bite–sized pieces, about everything from setting up a project to exporting the final video to any format. In between, Jeff covers the basics of editing as well as advanced features like picture–in–picture overlays and dazzling visual effects. Exercise files accompany the course.
One way that you can share a video that you have created inside Premiere Elements is to create a DVD. A DVD that looks very much like the typical Hollywood DVDs that you have seen many times. One that has a menu on it, with some buttons that take you to the video or take you to, let's say, a chapter selection or scene selection menu. Well, you can make some Hollywood style DVD menus inside Premiere Elements. Not quite as detailed as a typical feature film, but pretty darn good. It's a multi-step process, but I think you need to understand the structure first. Let me explain that. Basically, you have a main menu and in that main menu will be a button that takes you to your video. If you have multiple videos, then you will have multiple buttons, one for each video. Then you will have a separate button that takes your viewers to a scene selection menu. That scene selection might have three or four buttons that take you to various scenes within a video. If you have more than four scenes selected, then you will have multiple scene selection menus that are linked together.
So that's the basic structure for menus made inside Premiere Elements. So the stepwise process to create those kind of DVD menus is in two steps. First of all, you need to set up your project to have little markers that say here is each scene, here is the beginning of the video and here is the end of the video. Once you have set up all those markers, then you do the next step, which is to put some templates, DVD Menu templates, into your project that recognize those markers and automatically create menus that have scene selections and main video buttons.
So we will explain that in two tutorials. One, setting up your Timeline, setting up the project for DVD templates, and two, applying those templates.
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