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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.
When you have multiple characters in a scene, sometimes it gets a little bit confusing with the subtitles. We have multiple bikers, in this case. Somebody says, Hey, let's go ride bikes. Then the next guy says, Yeah, let's do it! We don't know who is saying what. So, what we can do is actually add some color variation here. Now, you might be tempted to right- click here and say Add Subtitle Track, then make different texts on the second subtitle track.
But be advised that subtitle tracks work like audio tracks, in that they are meant for different languages, and they can only be used one at a time. I might also recommend that your Audio Track languages and your Subtitle Track languages line up. So if you have English on Track 2 for Audio, then I recommend having English on your Subtitle Track 2 as well. If you have say Spanish on Track 3 for Audio, I recommend that you have Spanish on Track 3 for Subtitles also.
That's going to help you keep things nice and orderly there. I'm just going to right-click on the second Subtitle Track and select Remove Subtitle Track. What I'm going to do to show you how this works is go to the Timeline menu, and I'm going to choose Edit Timeline Color Set. Earlier in this training series, we looked at Menu Color Sets when we talked about Subpicture Highlights. That was a little bit confusing. This is much easier to deal with, although it looks very similar. So I'm going to choose Edit Timeline Color Set. The Menu Colors that we looked at before were for Subpicture Highlights.
The Timeline Colors are for Subtitles. Now there are three different options you have, three different groups of Subtitle colors. For each group, you can choose the Fill, the basic color of the text, the Stroke, the color of the outline, and also the Anti-alias. The Anti-alias is the color in between the Fill and the Stroke. If you choose this option here, this is going to take the Anti-alias value from the midpoint between the Fill and the Stroke colors. Now typically, this is what you see. You have a light-colored Fill with a dark-colored Stroke.
That way, it makes sure that your text shows up whether or not you have a dark background or a light background. I'm actually not going to change any of these colors here. I'm just going to go ahead hit Cancel. But with each clip, you're allowed to choose which color set it's going to use. So let's say, for example, we have the Hey, let's go ride bikes clip. We'll just leave that yellow text. But for this, Yeah, let's do it. Let's go ahead and change the color, so it's obvious that this line of dialog is coming from a different character. So with this Subtitle clip selected and highlighted, we could see here in the Properties panel, we can also adjust the text of the clip here in the Properties panel, which is nice.
I'm going to change the Highlight from Group 1 to Group 2, and it becomes that pink color. We could also choose Group 3 here as well. Let's go ahead and leave it set to Group 2 for now. Now again, people can see that one person says, Hey, let's go ride bikes, and because of the color change, we can see that somebody else is saying this. This is also good for people who are hearing-impaired and might not be able to hear the different characters speaking. Even if they are understanding the language, they could visually see that there is a difference in someone speaking.
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