When you're designing menus, and also when you're doing a lot of other work in Encore, and if you have the opportunity to create stuff to bring into Encore, it's good to be aware of a concept that televisions have called overscan. You see if we were designing this logo here for print, then this would be fine. We've got a little bit of extra stuff on the edge. So if we printed it out and whoever was printing it cropped it, there is plenty of extra room here. We are safe. But when we are designing for video, this is a no-no. I actually designed this.
So this is my own fault, but be aware that if you were to display something like this on a television set, these edges would get cut off because of overscan. All televisions understand a signal, or display a signal, differently. Now here in the Monitor area, if you're not seeing the Monitor, just double-click the Timeline in the Project panel, you'll see this little target-looking thing here. Click that to show what are referred to as the Safe Areas. Because overscan is that attribute, again, of the television that eats away at the edges, we want to use these Safe Areas, as they're called, as a guide, to make sure that we have the important stuff in our projects doesn't get cropped off the screen.
So this outer boundary here is referred to as the Action Safe Area. So any action that we want to have that's important, we want to make sure that's inside of this frame. You have to just kind of count on the fact that like everything outside of this frame could basically be lost, and probably will be. Now any text that we have, we want to make sure that it comes on the inside of the inside rectangle, which is the Title Safe rectangle. So if you have credits or something else like that, or if you're designing a menu and you have buttons or something, you want to make sure that those go inside of these Safe Areas, otherwise they may get cut off the screen and your viewers may not be able to even read what the buttons are.
You could see here this is terrible design for a video, fine for print, but terrible for video, because inside this Title Safe Area is really the only stuff that's pretty much guaranteed to be safe. Everything outside of it may not show up. So you couldn't maybe even read the word California, because of the way that this was designed. So again, make sure that as you're designing, again, if you have any control over the creation of assets and videos, you want to make sure that you bring text inside of this inner rectangle and action inside of the Action Safe rectangle on the outside here.
Plan on this outer rim here, everything from the Action Safe Area to the edge of the frame, just count on that probably being tossed out by most television sets.
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