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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.
There are two main television standards used throughout the world, and it is good to be aware of these, because we want to be able to create DVDs for our target audience where the DVDs will be played back at. So it doesn't matter where you are. It matters where your DVD will be played. So if you're in Mexico, making a DVD for England, then you want to use the English settings and not the standards in your own country. Now when you create a new project, you're presented with the option for choosing a television standard. The two standards are NTSC, which stands for National Television Standards Committee, if you're nerdy and like to know the back story, or PAL, also called PAL, short for Phase Alternating Line, again for the nerds.
When a television standard like NTSC or like PAL is created, it basically determines a lot about the footage. It determines the pixel dimensions. So if I choose NTSC, we can see the dimensions are set 720 pixels wide by 480 pixels tall, but if I choose PAL, those dimensions change to 720 by 576. Also, the Frame Rate is 29.97, if you're working in NTSC, or 25 frames per second, if you're working in PAL. Now, NTSC is the standard for North America and Japan, North America being Canada, United States and Mexico, and also Japan. And PAL is the standard for Europe and Australia, and also several other smaller countries scattered throughout the world have chosen NTSC and PAL as well.
So make sure you check and find out where country that you're speaking to with your DVD, what their television standard is.
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