Whew! That's a long post for a simple question, isn't it?
If you want to replace the background without any additional graphics over it, use the Generic One template in the General category.
We also offer DVD menu templates (many of them for free) at http://Muvipix.com. Virtually all of these have backgrounds but no additional graphics so that you can easily swap a new background photo or video loop in.
Thanks, Steve. That Generic one doesn't do exactly what I originally wanted, it does something slightly different but I'm happy with it.
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Glad that you got it handled. One can do editing to the Menu Sets (Functional Content provided in PrE), but it is not easy, as there are some major considerations that need to be observed. Starting with the naming conventions for the Layers, and Layer Sets, to exactly where they are placed. Though concentrating on altering Menu Sets with Audio and Video, this ARTICLE will give you some tips on what is required.
I'll look into it.
Steve, I downloaded one of your templates but how do I install them into Prem El?
IIRC, the Menu Sets are the full structure, with PNG's (thumbnail previews), and are ZIPPED. Just Extract and then place the full folder into the hierarchy of the Library in PrE. Let's say that you have downloaded a Menu Set for a "business" application. I'd a "Business" folder in DVD Templates and locate this Menu Set's folder under that. Or, one could put it under General. I have a folder for "Hunt," and all of my custom Menu Sets are located below that structure.
Once done, just launch PrE, and in the Create Menu tab, you should now see that folder, where you placed it, and with the PNG's, it will be available to view the thumbnails.
That's right. Just unzip the file and create a folder in C:/PROGRAM FILES/ADOBE/PREMIERE ELEMENTS/DVD TEMPLATES/EN-US/GENERAL and move the DVD files into it.
Whatever you name this folder is what Premiere Elements will see as the menu template's name.