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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.
So we're just about ready to export our project to DVD, to Blu-ray disc, or to a Flash Web site. But before we do that in the next movie, we need to check our project to make sure there aren't any problems, and Encore has this built-in error checking system that's absolutely amazing. So I have my a super sexy project, here I've got my buttons and my menu, and I've got some assets here. I've got timelines and a slideshow, or whatever. I am feeling pretty good about myself right about now.
So, I am going to go over to the Build panel and resize this so I could see everything here. And before I go and build anything, I am going to go ahead and click Check Project button, which will bring up the Check Project dialog box here, and I could choose to check for certain things. By default, I will just leave this set because, by default, they are all checked, and I usually never touched that, because if there are any problems here I want to know about it. It's also a good idea, in this Check Project dialog box, to look through these objects, so that way as you become a DVD Author, you know the type of things that will cause errors in your project.
You will notice, for example, that it's going to check to make sure that all of our buttons are linked to something. It's going to check to make sure that we have all of our End Actions set properly, that we have a First Play object and so on. So, let's go ahead click Start here, and that took not very long at all. And so we see that there is a button. There is the icon for button here. There is a button called Ocean. That's over here. And the Link is Not Set. And there's also another button called Olive Oil here, and the Link is Not Set. So that is a problem.
We also have a Slideshow, and it has two errors. One, it's in Orphan Timeline. An orphan means that it's not linked to anything. So you have an Encore object, like a timeline or a menu or a slideshow, not just a regular old asset, but it has to be an Encore object, and it's not connected to anything. So your viewers will never see it. It will not be burned to the DVD. So, it has an Orphan Timeline and also it has an End Action, which actually, as an Orphan Timeline, is kind of least of its worries, but still good to know that once we did link it to something, it still doesn't have End Action set.
So now, all we have to do is fix these problems and click Start and do Check Project again, and just give ourselves the go ahead and make sure everything is okay.
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