Join Steve Grisetti for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding DVD and Blu-ray menu markers, part of Up and Running with Premiere Elements 13.
One of the most popular ways to share your movies is by creating a DVD or Blu-Ray disc. In this session, we'll look at how to create menu markers for your movie's timeline. We'll also look at the three kinds of menu markers, and how they interact with your movie menus. To create a menu marker on your timeline, you simply position your playhead where you'd like the marker to be. You can move it of course, afterwards, and you can do it two ways. One is to go up here to the markers and select the option for set menu marker. You can also just right click on the playhead and select Set Menu Marker.
Exactly the same thing. Now there are three kinds of menu markers. There's a scene marker. A scene marker will create a link to the scene menu, the secondary menu on your DVD or Blu-Ray disk. A main menu marker will create a link on your main menu, so usually your C menu marker is going to individual scenes in your movie, you might have one or two main menu markers going to some special features area, directly from your main menu. You also have stop markers, which in a later video, I'll show you have a really cool purpose.
So let's go ahead and set a scene marker here. This will be our scene opening the market. Now we have some options here that are available to us. One is that we can create a motion menu button, which means that the program will play a short loop of about 30 seconds of the video that represents this segment of your movie. That's kind of cool, all though it can be distracting to have a lot of little buttons in there showing animations. But you can do that. You can also change the thumbnail that appears as your scene menu.
This doesn't affect the position of the actual scene markers. In other words, you'll still go to the same place as your menu marker is linked to on your timeline but you can change the thumbnail image. For instance, this thumbnail image, not very interesting. So let's click and drag over the numbers until we find a spot that's a little more interesting. That's a little more interesting. And we click okay. Let's move the playhead over to here and create another menu marker. Set menu marker. Now whatever we type as our name here is going to be the name that appears on our movie menu.
So on the DVD or Blu-Ray menu as the name of the scene. So we can call this one Noon, and once again we can change the thumbnail if we'd like, to something like this. Now I'm going to create this last one here and we'll create a main menu marker. We'll say, set menu marker. We'll create a main menu marker, so this one will actually appear on the main menu or a link from the main menu, and we'll call this, Getting Crowded. And you notice that your markers will have three different colors. So our scene menu markers are green, our stop markers are red, and because we're creating a main menu marker, this one will be blue, and that's really all there is to it as far as creating these menu markers.
When we create our movie menu, which we'll do in our next little movie, you'll see how each of these positions, the menu markers, and the names of the menu markers will interact with the movie menus that we add to our disk. Now one of the great benefits of having a program which combines both video editing with a DVD or Blu-Ray authoring tool is just how nicely the two processes are integrated. With Premier Elements we can go directly from video editing to creating your DVD or Blu-Ray menus. We use the same timeline for both those processes and we can seamlessly move from one process to the other without leaving the program.
- Adding media
- Managing files with the Organizer
- Using Quick view vs. Expert view
- Adding, splitting, and trimming clips on the timeline
- Creating a motion path with the Pan & Zoom tool
- Speeding up or slowing down video segments with Time Remapping
- Adjusting color, lighting, and audio
- Using Chroma Key and Videomerge
- Building custom music tracks with Scores
- Creating fade-ins and fade-outs
- Adding text animation
- Keyframing video effects
- Burning a DVD, AVCHD, or Blu-ray disc
- Uploading your video to Facebook, Vimeo, and YouTube