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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.
In this movie, we're going to look at how to allow users to change the language that they're listening to. Basically, what we're going to be doing here is changing the audio track that users are listening to so you can put audio commentary, or an alternate audio take, or whatever in there in its place, but we're just going to be using languages here. This trick is actually a little more challenging than you might expect. Let me go through the setup for what I have here. I have two menus in this project. I have the Main menu, which links to our Timeline, which is basically this ocean footage here.
That's all it's going on in that Timeline. Then we have a button that links to our Languages menu. So if I go over to the menus here, double-click on Language menu, here is our menu Language, where users will be able to choose the language that they want to view our content in. So we have English, Spanish, and Italian. I speak none of these languages, including English, very well. So what I did is I went and had a computer reader create an English, Italian and Spanish tracks. So the English Tracks sounds like this. (Computerized Male Voice: I am speaking English.) Italian. (Computerized Male Voice: Now, I am speaking Italian.) And Spanish. (Computerized Female Voice: I am a voice that speaks Spanish.) Beautiful.
So the first thing we need to do is create audio tracks for each of our different languages. So I'm going to drag English down to my Timeline on a new Track. Let's do Spanish, and then Italian. Actually, it's not letting me add another track that way. So I'm just going to right-click on the audio track name and choose Add Audio Track. I can actually scroll down if I need to, or I can drag this divider bar here, which allows me to see more of my tracks.
Now I can easily add Italian to Audio Track 4. Now something else that helps is we can change the language here. It doesn't really do anything. It's just kind of a way for us to keep track of the languages that we have on that audio track. So for Audio Track 3, I'm going to change en to Espanol, Spanish. So I'm going to go down, look for Spanish under S. The abbreviation is es. Then I'm going to change Italian. From this dropdown, we'll find Italian from the menu here it, IT, and these little abbreviations, again, help us to keep track of these languages.
It's important that you stick to a format. You create a system that you have, if you have multiple timelines, for example, if you're going to have English on Audio Track 2 here, then you have English on Audio Track 2 on all of your Timelines. If you're going to have Spanish on Track 3, then you have Spanish on Track 3 on all of your Timelines, and so forth. Now, with all our audio clips on different tracks, we're now ready to start setting up our links here. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to click the Italian button here.
Again, what I want to happen is that when users click Italian, from now on, they're going to be watching all timelines in Italian. So the way that I do that is by clicking this button, going to the Link area in the Properties panel, and instead of using the pick whip or typing anything, we're going to go to this little arrow on the right-hand side, click this, and at the very bottom, choose Specify Link. Now what we're going to do is change the Audio to Track 4 for Italian.
Now we can't click OK yet. It's not giving us that choice, because we've not actually set a link for the button. All buttons have to have links to something. So even though we've had this button change the audio track, it still has to have a destination. Well, what I want users to do is just to come back to the same menu, even with the same button selected. So let's go to the Language menu. I need not just choose the Language menu. I want to maintain the Italian button on the Language menu.
So we could just choose a Language menu and click OK, and then it choose the default button, which is English, and that's not what I want. I want the Italian button to be still selected. So I click OK here. When users click Italian, the menu will just kind of flash for a second, and they will still be selecting the Italian menu. Let's try this again with a Spanish button. I'm going to click Spanish, and go to the Link area here, go to the flyout menu, choose Specify Link. This time we're going to change the Audio Tracks 3, because that's what track our Spanish is on, Audio 3.
Language menu, and we'll choose the Spanish button in the Language menu. So again, we're linking it to itself. Click OK. Do this again with English. Final test here, English, Specify Link, Audio Track 2, Language menu, English, OK, and now we are ready to preview our menu and see what we have. So the Main menu is our first play objects. Let's go ahead and click the Preview button to preview this from there.
Before we watch our Timeline, let's go to the Languages menu, and let's choose English. There should be no change here. That's fine. Then we'll go back to the Main menu, and we'll play our Timeline. Hopefully, hear English. (Computerized Male Voice: I am speaking English.) Beautiful! Okay, so let's go back to the menu with this menu Button here, click that. Let's go back to Languages. Let's choose Spanish this time, Main menu, Timeline. (Computerized Female Voice: I am the voice that speaks Spanish.) Beautiful! Now what we can also do is that we can use this dropdown to preview different audio tracks as well.
So if we have a commentary track, I'll just go ahead and just choose Italian for right now, then I'm going to go ahead and rewind it by clicking this button. (Computerized Male Voice: Now, I am speaking Italian.) So we can preview the audio tracks again from this dropdown, or whatever. If we have a commentary, or whatever, we can preview, again, from that dropdown. As I mentioned before, if you don't change the Timeline permissions, then users will be able to switch audio tracks with their remote control, but it's not as clear cut, and it's a little bit better if we give them the choice, visually, with a Language menu like this.
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