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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.
Premiere Elements lets you author DVDs. That is, create DVD menus like this with buttons that link to your videos and to scene selection menus. Then you can use Premiere Elements to burn a DVD or a Blu-ray disk, or make a Web DVD. That means to put your DVD project online without the need to have a physical disc. Creating DVD menus in Premiere Elements is called authoring. To understand how that works, you need to know about the DVD menu structure that you can produce in Premiere Elements. So let we switch back to the Premiere Elements workspace.
In Premiere Elements you can create DVDs with main menus and scene selection menus. Main menus have buttons that link to your videos and to the scene selection menu. Then the scene selection menus have buttons that link to individual scenes and little videos play inside these buttons. How cool is that? If you have, let's say, more scenes than the template will allow, then it automatically creates a second scene selection menu. So when you select your templates, you probably want to select something that will display a reasonable number of clips on each one. So if you have six here, you might want to select the template that has, let's say, three scene selection buttons per scene selection menu to make it look kind of even.
To create these menus in Premiere Elements you need to add little markers to your timeline. And we've done that here. We've got red, green, and blue markers. Green markers indicate scenes. So if I go back to this Scene Selection menu for example, this little guy right there, is the Produce Scene Selection button, which represents that one right there. Red ones are stop, meaning when you get to the end of the video, it automatically goes back to the main menu. The blue ones are the start of your other videos, this one and that one. Ones you set up all these markers in the timeline, you select the DVD menu template.
Let me show you where that is. Go to Window > Disc Menus. There they are, and you can select a template from here, whatever template seems to suit you. There are plenty of templates to go around. This is just a general set. Look at all the rest of the sets here. Then once you've selected your template, you simply apply it and then edit it. I explain all the steps in detail in two movies, Adding DVD markers to the timeline, and Creating DVD menus using templates.
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