1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 13, 2008 12:06 PM by A.T. Romano

    DVD Menu/Each Scene Return to Main/No Loss Main Play All

    A.T. Romano Level 7
      Bottom line: We have seen instructions for creating Bonus Menu in Premiere Elements 4 before. In the customization described below, instead of calling this a Bonus Menu on the Main Page, I am calling this "Play All" and modifying the DVD Main Menu Template to accommodate the need:
      1. Play All button and Scene Selection button from Main Menu
      2. Each scene selected on the Scene Selection Page will playback just its scene and then return only to Main Menu after its playback.
      3. Major Perk: no sacrificing of Main Page Play All option with procedure described.

      These are the details using an example of a project with 3 video clips:

      From the Media Panel, drag Video #1 to the beginning of Video Track 1.
      Place a Scene Marker at the beginning of Video #1 and a Stop Marker at the end of Video #1.

      Now, drag Video #2 to Video Track 1, leaving a few seconds gap between the end of Video #1 and the beginning of Video #2. Place a Scene Marker at the beginning of Video #2 and a Stop Marker at the end of Video #2.

      Now, drag video #3 to Video Track 1, leaving a few seconds gap between the end of Video #2 and the beginning of Video #3. Place a Scene Marker at the beginning of Video #3 and a Stop Marker at the end of Video #3.

      OK, now go back to the Media Panel and drag Video #1, Video #2, and Video #3 (trio for the Play All option) from the Media Panel to Video Track 1 These "new" draggings will be placed side by side (no gaps in the trio, no Scene Menus, no Stop Markers) on the Timeline, positioned leaving a few second space between the end of Video #3 (for Scene Menu option) and the beginning of Video #1 of the trio (for Play All option). Now place the Main Menu Marker at the beginning of Video # 1 (of the trio for Play All option) and name it Play All.

      The typical set up for the existing DVD Main Menus has a Play All button, Scene Selection button. You can add a "Bonus Items" button. That is what we just did with our Main Menu Marker, but we called it Play All. So, when you get to your DVD Main Menu of choice, no doubt you will find:
      Play All (part of the original menu)
      Scene Selection
      Play All (the "Bonus Item" button that we just created)

      The original "Play All" can be challenging to the modification. So, my best recommendation is for you to go (carefully) into the Premiere Elements 4 DVD Template (Program Files) and shut off the visibility icon for that original "Play All" (Text as well as Highlight).

      Special thanks to Byron Gale's contributions to this endeavor and Tom Blizzard for road testing the procedure.