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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.
All right, folks. Prepare yourself for this. This is going to be one of the most mentally challenging ideas and concepts and features in Encore in this entire training series, but also in this entire program to work with. I am going to talk about changing the color of subpicture Highlights. You might want to go on with the rest of training series, come back to this later if you need it, because again, it is a very advanced concept. Adobe has done a great job with this, in my opinion. But just the way that DVDs have been set up are very limiting as far as subpicture colors go, and so it's a little bit daunting of a task.
Now, if I go ahead and show the selected state of the Subpicture Highlight, we can see the Subpicture Highlight here. The Subpicture, it's important to know, is just an area that is a solid color, and that's all it is. We cannot have shades of color. We cannot have an image as a subpicture per se. Again, later on in the training series I will show you creative ways to get around that, but a subpicture on its own, a true subpicture, is just really a flat area of color. So here's how we change this.
I'm going to go and click the menu and the Menu Viewer, make sure it's showing in the Properties panel as a menu here. Then go to the Menu menu at the top of the screen, which is kind of fun to say, then choose Edit Menu Color Set. Okay, an Edit Menu Color Set gets you to the Menu Color Set dialog, which allows you to change the colors of your subpicture highlights. By default, the Color Set is set to Automatic, which means that the Selected and Activated States are the same, and the color for the Subpicture Highlight is obtained automatically from the menu by Encore.
So Encore looks at your menu and says hey! That looks like a bluish menu and then automatically chooses this blue color. So if you want to manually change the color, we need to change the Color Set from Automatic to Menu Default. That opens up these values, and we can now choose to use these different values. So the Normal Group, by default, is set to Black, but the Opacity is 0%, so basically, an invisible Subpicture Highlight, still there, but completely transparent. By the way, if you want to preview different states you can check Preview here, and then this is what it looks like normally.
This is what it looks like selected when we are using the Menu Default, and this is what it looks like in a brief moment when it is activated. Notice this, if we look to the right here we could see some partial transparency because the Opacity right here on the right-hand side is set to this dropdown, and it's about halfway transparent. So, kind of cool. It allows you to see through the object, which can make the subpictures appear to be more interesting than they are. There is a neat button here that allows you to use the selected colors for the activated colors. So they're both the same. You don't have to worry about that. Now you'll notice that there are three groups in each of the Highlight groups.
And this is where it gets kind of confusing. You might remember earlier when we looked at the Layers panel here, that there was an =1 in parentheses. Well the =1 tells Encore which of the color schemes to use. So if it says =1 it is going to use the black here, and then the orange, and the red. If we would have said =2, then it would use the 2 track. Number 2, it would use the Gray. It would use the brighter yellow, and the salmon color here, number 2. Now, to add to the confusion, there is actually two different Highlight groups.
So what if we wanted to use this really light purple and blue for the colors for our buttons? Well, what we could do is go back and select the button, and then with the button selected in the Properties panel, we could change the Highlight Group from Group 1 to Group 2. So now we have the Normal State, the Selected State, and the Activated State. You could see that you could actually combine different Highlight groups in the same menu. So you could actually have multiple colored Subpicture Highlights in the same menu, which is kind of cool.
So again, I am going to click on the menu, go back to Menu > Edit Menu Color Set here. Again, this is a little bit of a brainteaser. By default, most of the Highlights that you'll find in the Library stuff of the Encore created menus will use the =1 sign, so you will be using this 1 track here for the majority of your Subpicture Highlights. And if you want to change one of the colors, just click in this field, and we can choose by Hue, Saturation, Brightness, or any one of these other color schemes, to choose a new color if so inclined, and we can also, again, change the Opacity as well.
So again, that's how we change the color of Subpicture Highlights. It is very complicated for something that seems like it should be very easy. But again, the folks at Adobe I think have done a pretty good job here. It's really the fault of the DVD spec that says that this is how colors kind of need to go with Subpicture Highlights, and have made things a little bit confusing. So that is how to do it. If it's a little overwhelming, then you might want to continue with the Training Series and come back here if you need to change the color of Subpicture Highlights.
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