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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 chapter, we are going to be looking at some super sweet creative tricks to help you spark your creativity and also to help take your projects to the next level. The first one we are going to look at is the ever-popular Easter Egg. In Easter, there are these eggs, and usually parents hide them for their kids, and then kids go running off and trying to find these little Easter Eggs. So on DVD menus, often times there are these hidden Easter Eggs. There are these little secret buttons that many people don't know about. If you could find them, then they often are buttons that will take you to secret content.
If you're unaware of this, I invite you to do a Google search because it's amazing how many Hollywood DVDs that you probably have in your collection, you aren't even aware of it, have these Easter Eggs, little secret content all over the place, everything from The Lord of the Rings movies to Spiderman and everything in between. Now, to set this up what I did is I went over into Photoshop, and what I did is I created a new buttons set. We will talk about how to do that later on when we talk about creating menus in Photoshop. I created this text as a Subpicture Highlight.
So essentially, it is a button with nothing visible. So then when I import this as a menu, you can't see this button. These are the only three buttons that are here: Play All, Scenes and Set Up. So if you were on the Setup button, you wouldn't normally think to push to the right, and yet that's the only way that you can get to my secret button. So when users are on the Setup button, and they push to the right, then they find my secret stash. So I right-click on this menu, choose Preview from Here and so then we could use these Arrows down here to click right, and right, go to my button, and then if I know the secret stash, or I am feeling adventurous, I push right again.
There is the secret. All that we are seeing here is the Subpicture Highlight. So it doesn't show up. As we see, as we click over here, and there is nothing to see, but we can click and get the bounding box, the outline of a button, and we can see that it is, in fact, a button. Here in the Properties panel we could set a link for it, to link to secret content, or what have you. Believe it or not, Easter Eggs are probably the most common of the creative tricks in the DVD authoring world.
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