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Chapter 11. Creating Menus > Automatically Generating Scene Markers

Automatically Generating Scene Markers

Manually placing markers in the Timeline gives you ultimate control over the placement of your markers. For long videos, however, you may not want to place all the markers by hand. To make the process of placing markers easy, Adobe Premiere Elements can create markers automatically based on several configurable parameters.

1.
Choose File > Save As and save this project file into your Lesson11 folder as Lesson11_Markers.prel. You’ll return to the original project file after you finish exploring the automatic generation of scene markers.

2.
In the Disc Layout panel, choose Auto-Generate Menu Markers from the panel menu. Or, right-click in the preview area of the Disc Layout panel, and then choose Auto-Generate Menu Markers.

3.
The Automatically Set Menu Scene Markers dialog appears. Keep the default option selected to set a scene marker At Each Scene, or to be more specific, at the beginning of every clip on the Video 1 track. The Clear Existing Menu Markers check box should remain deselected unless you want to erase existing markers. Click OK to close the dialog. Scene markers appear at the beginning of every clip.

4.
If you’re not in the Timeline already, switch to the Timeline in the My Project panel to review the position of all the markers in your project.

5.
Click the Preview button in the Disc Layout panel.

6.
In the Preview Disc window, click the Play button () to begin playing your project. Once the first video clip begins playing, click the Next Scene button () repeatedly and notice how the video jumps from scene to scene.

Note

You can reposition markers in the Timeline by dragging them to the left or right.

7.
Click the Close button () in the upper-right corner of the Preview Disc window to close it.

8.
Right-click in the preview area of the Disc Layout panel, and then choose Auto-Generate Menu Markers to again open the Automatically Set Menu Scene Markers dialog.

9.
Choose the Total Markers option and type 4 into the number field. Select the Clear Existing Menu Markers check box, and then click OK.

Four markers are now evenly spread out across the Timeline.

Using the Total Markers option may be preferable to creating a marker for every clip in order to reduce the number of scenes in your movie. As you’ll see in the next exercise, when creating a disc with menus, Adobe Premiere Elements automatically creates buttons and menus based on the markers in your project. Too many markers might result in too many navigation buttons and screens for your movie.

10.
Choose File > Save. Then choose File > Open Recent Project > Lesson11_Work.prel to return to the project file from the previous exercise.


  

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