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If you do not add Scene Menu Markers to your timeline, a Scene Menu will not be generated when you apply your menu template.
Adding several videos to a DVD is much simpler in a dedicated disc authoring program, like DVD Architect Studio. But you can do it in Premiere Elements too. Sort of.
Just place all of the videos end to end on the same timeline and add a Menu Marker Stop Marker at the end of each. This will return the viewer to the Main Menu after each video.
The challenge is that you do not want a Scene Menu, so you're wanting the Play Movie buttons for each video on the Main Menu page. I'm not aware of a Main Menu template in Premiere Elements that has that many buttons. Which means you can either create a custom template (no mean feat!) or, again, use a program like DVD Architect Studio, that makes doing this much simpler.
Your other option is to have a Scene Menu (actually just a secondary menu) with links to each video. If you've got a Stop Marker after each video, your viewer will, as I said, be returned to the Main Menu after watching each segment.
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BTW, if the templates too "noisy" for you, you can apply a template and then just swap in your own plain color background.
I did not actually burn the DVD, just saw in the template that the Scene Selection button was there. I thought that since it showed there, it would show up on the DVD. But apparantly during the Publish or Burn process, PRE sees that there are no scenes, and doesn't put the Scene Selection button there? Sounds Good.
Good to know, Thanks.
I just now was able to test this, I imported fresh from camcorder via Canopus 110, a 20 minute video with no scenes.
I delibrately did not add ANY markers of any kind. I just imported it, then immediatley chose a template to test, burned it, but the "Scene Selecton" button was still there. This wouldn't be a big deal, but when you click on the Scene Selection, it takes you to the beginning of the movie, which is the same as selecting "Play All" on the main menu, and I'm afraid the viewer might be confused.
What am I doing wrong?
I still don't know what you're doing. (Are making sure to uncheck the option for the program to automatically add scene markers?)
I just tested it myself and it definitely does not create a scene menu if you don't have any scene menu markers.
Can you post a screen capture of your timeline so we can have a look? Make sure you press the \ key first so that we're seeing the entire timeline.
Ahhhh, ok, the "option for the program to automatically add scene markers". I did not uncheck it, I tried again this time unchecking it, and it worked. I just had left it at the default, which apparently was checked. I seem to recall that I wondered about that, but thought: ok, check it, it will check and see there's no scene markers, so no Scene Selection required.
Glad we could help.