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In Encore CS5 Essential Training, author Chad Perkins gives an extensive overview of Encore CS5, Adobe's powerful application for authoring DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and Flash-based video for the web. This course covers adding audio and subtitle tracks, creating image slideshows, and using Encore as a presentation tool. Also explained are the Blu-ray enhancements in CS5, and advanced techniques such as creating games and hidden content for disc menus. Exercise files are included with the course.
As you are meandering your way through the Library panel, you will find that when there is a menu, there is an accompanying submenu. That's what we're going to look at in this movie. So I've added this Pro menu from the Government set to our project here, and we have all these different links. Let's say, for example, that the Investors movie isn't actually a movie, but several movies of different investors. So what we could do is double-click the Pro Submenu. And essentially, what we have is a menu based on the same visual theme, but the opportunity to choose scenes.
That's typically what we use submenus for is for scene selections. These little buttons here are video buttons that will allow you to put thumbnails from your videos so that people could actually see different scenes. We'll talk about how to do that little bit later. So what I would do in this case would be to double-click the Pro menu to open it up, select the Investors button, and then in the Properties panel, drag the pick whip from the link over to the Submenu. So that way, they might click on timelines when these buttons are clicked.
When the user clicks Investors, then the link opens up the Submenu, and they can choose which investor to learn more about. Now, you might be tempted to just kind of avoid this whole Submenu, Chapter Selection menu thing, but I strongly recommend that if you have something that's going to be longer than just a few minutes, that you do create one of these scene selection submenus, because it's very helpful to viewers. Not everybody can sit through an entire presentation, even like a movie. Sometimes life just happens and people are called away, and they want to come back, and they don't want to have to fast forward through the entire thing and so allowing them to jump back into the project is very helpful.
You could also, if there's buttons like this here, Previous and Next buttons, you could create multiple Chapter Selection menus. So you might have 20 different investors or 20 different scenes in your movie and so you can continue to add another Submenu, because not all of my scenes will fit in this Chapter Selection menu. Then we could just link the Next button to the Submenu and so on and so forth. So submenus then are a great way for your users to be able to jump in and get to the spot of your content that they want to go to.
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