Section 118. Customize a Menu with Any Background

118. Customize a Menu with Any Background


111 About Burning to DVDs

114 Set DVD Chapter Markers

115 Auto-Generate Scene Markers

117 Customize a DVD Menu Screen Template


119 Create a Motion Menu

120 Add Video to a Menu Background

121 Add Audio to a Menu

122 Preview and Test Drive a DVD Movie

124 About Troubleshooting DVD Output

A nice new feature of the DVD menu templates in Premiere Elements 2.0 is that they all offer the option of replacing or customizing the menu backgrounds. (You can even replace the background with a video clip, as explained in 120 Add Video to a Menu Background.) Any graphic, photo, or video clip that can be used in a Premiere Elements project can be used as a DVD menu background.


Select a DVD Menu Template

With your movie project open, select a DVD menu template as described in 117 Customize a DVD Menu Screen Template.

Note that nearly all DVD menu templates contain foreground graphic elements in addition to the background image. In some cases, these graphics frame the background image. In other cases, the graphics appear over it. (For this example, I have selected a template with no foreground graphics. You can see an example of a template with foreground graphics in 120 Add Video to a Menu Background.)

Click the Change Template button in the DVD Layout panel and choose a template collection. From the list of individual templates that appears, select the one you want to use; it appears in the monitor. If you'd prefer minimal interference from these permanent graphics, choose the Standard template or one of the Generic templates from the General collection, as I have done in my example.


Browse for a Background Image

When you have selected a template, the option for changing the background image appears in the Properties panel.

118. Customize a Menu with Any Background

Click on the Browse button in the Menu Background Video or Still section of the Properties panel and browse to the image of your choice. Note that this image does not have to have been imported into your video project. You can select it from anywhere on your hard drive. (For an explanation of how to create a video background for your menu, see 120 Add Video to a Menu Background.)


Photoshop Elements 4.0 has a custom work area, specifically designed for working with Premiere Elements's DVD menu templates. This work area allows for easy revision of existing templates, including removing extraneous graphic elements, as well as the ability to create new DVD menu templates from scratch.


Select a Frame from a Video Clip

Although you can use a still image for your menu background, you can also designate that a frame from a video clip be used. Click in the Timeline to select an existing clip from which you want to select a frame.

After you have selected a clip, click the green arrow in the Properties panel to play the clip, or drag across the timecode to scrub through the clip until you locate the frame you'd like to use as the background image for the DVD menu.

Enable the Use Still Frame check box.

Adobe Premiere Elements 2 in a Snap
Adobe Premiere Elements 2 in a Snap
ISBN: 0672328534
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 199 © 2008-2017.
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