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Creating and adjusting text


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Encore CS5 Essential Training

with Chad Perkins

Video: Creating and adjusting text

We've seen before how you can add text to any menu, or project, or whatever you are doing, from the Library panel by going to the text area here, looking at the text items, and you could choose a font size or an actual font or a style and just drag and drop that into your project. But now I want to show you how to create text from scratch, and also how to tweak that text manually. What we are going to do is go to the toolbar here, and we are going to choose this tool, which is the Text tool. Click that, and I am just going to click here at the top of my menu. Actually this menu is just a background for the time being, so I am going to type My Movie Project.
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  1. 4m 43s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. What is Encore?
      1m 33s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 15s
    4. Reconnecting unlinked media
      58s
  2. 16m 10s
    1. Project overview
      1m 12s
    2. Importing content
      1m 55s
    3. Using included content
      2m 2s
    4. Adding a menu to a project
      2m 42s
    5. What are timelines?
      2m 3s
    6. Creating links and navigation
      3m 13s
    7. Exporting
      3m 3s
  3. 21m 28s
    1. Understanding disc formats
      3m 7s
    2. About television standards
      1m 40s
    3. What is transcoding?
      4m 47s
    4. Exporting video for Encore
      2m 39s
    5. Bits vs. bytes
      2m 3s
    6. The importance of bit budgeting
      1m 46s
    7. About pixel aspect ratios
      2m 52s
    8. About overscan and safe areas
      2m 34s
  4. 13m 5s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 57s
    2. Touring the interface
      4m 44s
    3. Importing assets as Encore objects
      1m 35s
    4. Using the Project panel
      3m 49s
  5. 16m 47s
    1. Understanding menus
      40s
    2. Creating menus with the Library panel
      4m 37s
    3. Editing menus
      3m 41s
    4. The Menu Viewer vs. the Menus panel
      1m 20s
    5. Creating motion menus
      4m 16s
    6. About submenus
      2m 13s
  6. 20m 34s
    1. The anatomy of a button
      3m 42s
    2. Creating buttons
      1m 55s
    3. Editing buttons
      1m 24s
    4. Viewing and adjusting button routing
      3m 27s
    5. Creating video buttons
      3m 19s
    6. Understanding subpicture states
      1m 45s
    7. Changing subpicture colors
      5m 2s
  7. 13m 35s
    1. Using the Monitor
      55s
    2. Creating chapter markers
      3m 18s
    3. Setting poster frames
      3m 38s
    4. Creating chapter points automatically
      1m 47s
    5. Editing video in the timeline
      2m 35s
    6. The Timeline Viewer vs. the Timeline panel
      1m 22s
  8. 8m 9s
    1. Creating navigation with the Flowchart
      2m 45s
    2. Setting a "first play" object
      1m 12s
    3. Auto-selecting button names from links
      1m 20s
    4. Creating user permissions for a disc
      2m 52s
  9. 11m 13s
    1. Creating and adjusting text
      4m 5s
    2. Applying styles
      2m 27s
    3. Automatically arranging objects
      1m 8s
    4. Transforming objects
      3m 33s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Introducing slideshows
      4m 45s
    2. Adjusting slideshow properties
      3m 26s
    3. Adding motion and transitions
      4m 26s
    4. Syncing slideshows to audio
      3m 20s
    5. Slideshows and bit budgeting
      1m 33s
  11. 6m 43s
    1. What is a playlist?
      3m 45s
    2. Using chapter playlists
      2m 58s
  12. 17m 25s
    1. Using audio in Encore
      1m 47s
    2. Adding audio to a menu
      1m 1s
    3. Allowing users to change languages
      6m 27s
    4. Creating subtitles
      2m 8s
    5. Importing and exporting subtitles
      2m 47s
    6. Changing subtitle color
      3m 15s
  13. 17m 28s
    1. The power of end action overrides
      2m 52s
    2. Using replacement layers
      2m 4s
    3. Looping motion menus
      3m 7s
    4. Replacing a menu
      1m 54s
    5. Creating a chapter index
      2m 32s
    6. Using photos as subpictures
      4m 59s
  14. 12m 41s
    1. Creating "Easter eggs"
      2m 13s
    2. Making games
      2m 13s
    3. Using menu transitions
      1m 49s
    4. Using subpictures as art
      3m 22s
    5. Creating a video menu
      3m 4s
  15. 5m 17s
    1. Why use Encore as a presentation tool?
      37s
    2. Creating slideshows with manual advance
      1m 35s
    3. Creating captions on slides
      1m 29s
    4. Adding data content to discs
      1m 36s
  16. 11m 37s
    1. Making menus in Photoshop
      1m 42s
    2. The button set codes
      1m 41s
    3. The subpicture highlight codes
      1m 18s
    4. The replacement layer code
      2m 34s
    5. The video button code
      1m 42s
    6. The submenu navigation codes
      1m 38s
    7. Using pre-built menus as templates
      1m 2s
  17. 7m 33s
    1. Introducing Blu-ray discs
      2m 55s
    2. Creating Blu-ray pop-up menus
      2m 59s
    3. Previewing pop-up menus over a timeline
      1m 39s
  18. 11m 5s
    1. Encore's automatic letterbox
      2m 27s
    2. Checking your project for errors
      2m 18s
    3. Outputting to disc
      2m 40s
    4. Creating Flash web sites
      3m 40s
  19. 5m 36s
    1. Duplication vs. replication
      2m 8s
    2. About copy protection
      1m 6s
    3. About region encoding
      1m 9s
    4. Fixing the audio_TS problem
      1m 13s
  20. 4m 54s
    1. Importing sequences from Premiere Pro
      1m 42s
    2. Creating motion menus in After Effects
      1m 49s
    3. Making buttons and subpictures in After Effects
      1m 23s
  21. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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Encore CS5 Essential Training
4h 3m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding television standards, transcoding, and pixel aspect ratios
  • Building multipage menus
  • Creating motion menus
  • Adding and linking buttons in menus
  • Inserting chapter markers
  • Defining user permissions for a disc
  • Adding text
  • Using audio in Encore
  • Looping menus
  • Transitioning between menus
  • Outputting to the web with Flash
  • Integrating with Premiere Pro and After Effects
Subjects:
Video Video Delivery DVD Authoring
Software:
Encore
Author:
Chad Perkins

Creating and adjusting text

We've seen before how you can add text to any menu, or project, or whatever you are doing, from the Library panel by going to the text area here, looking at the text items, and you could choose a font size or an actual font or a style and just drag and drop that into your project. But now I want to show you how to create text from scratch, and also how to tweak that text manually. What we are going to do is go to the toolbar here, and we are going to choose this tool, which is the Text tool. Click that, and I am just going to click here at the top of my menu. Actually this menu is just a background for the time being, so I am going to type My Movie Project.

Now, what I am going to do, instead of clicking the Selection tool to select this, I am going to change this. I definitely don't like a lot about it actually. I am going to click and highlight it. Then I am going to go over to the right side of my interface here, and I am going to choose the Character panel. The Character panel has all that you need to tweak your text. First thing I want to do is change this really clashing green color by clicking in this Color Swatch, and I'm actually going to click the radio button next to H, which gives me a different color scheme, a way to choose color, that I prefer much more.

So I am going to go down to the red- green area in this Hue bar here, this vertical bar, until I'm kind of in the ballpark of what's going on here in menu background. Let's make a text that's a little bit darker than that by going to the right-hand side here. That looks pretty good, so I will go ahead and click OK. Now, it's a little bit harder to see. But if we are going to click this Selection tool and click away, we could see that the text color now blends in with this background much better. Now, I am going to go back to the Type tool and again, once our brackets go away around the edge of our cursor with the Type tool, then we can click next to existing text to create it.

And I think I accidentally did that wrong. I am going press the Escape key here and try that one more time. There we go! Click and drag to select my text. Now, you could fiddle with it. You could change the font from the top dropdown here. Right now, the font that I am using is Arial Narrow. I kind of don't like that. Oftentimes, I've noticed when you have very thin, very wispy fonts, they don't end up looking that great when you burn things to DVD. There is a lot of variables at play as far as output onto a TV screen and whatnot. I find usually that thicker fonts, like Arial Black, work better.

If you want to use a thinner font, like Arial Narrow, what you can do is click on this Style button. That's Faux Bold on the bottom left. These are all different styles you could use for your text. Some of them aren't that helpful, like Strike Through, but it's still here. So I am going to click on this button here on the left, which is Faux Bold and it just kind of thickens these things up a little bit. If we have a paragraph of text to add, we could change the justification here, we have Align Left, Align Center and Align Right or Justify Alignment. I am just going to leave this set to Left Align for now.

We can also change the style of our font: Regular, Italic, Bold, Bold Italic, and that's only for fonts where you have those other options loaded on your system. From this dropdown, we could change the size of our text. I like to keep things big and thick. If we go down too small, that's going to get broken up by the lines on our TV screen. So it's good to keep things substantial, if we can. It's here in your Character panel where you will also get access to basic text editing properties that you would find in Photoshop, Illustrator, as well as Premiere or After Effects. For example, we have Leading, which is just the space between lines.

So if we had multiple lines of text in the same text bracket, this would adjust the space between them. We could just the Tracking, which is the space between all the letters on a line of text. We could also adjust the Kerning, which is the spaces between just two letters. Also adjust the Vertical Height and Horizontal Width here. Typically, you want to keep these both at 100%, so that your text is proportionately scaled. But there might be times when you want to squash the text or stretch it out. Once you have the text the way you want it, go ahead and click on the Selection tool.

That's the black arrow on the upper left-hand corner of the Tools panel, and that will accept our text, and now we can click away from the text to deselect it as well. So that's how we create and edit text.

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Q: On my version of Encore, I have the dropdown menu to select templates for making buttons and making a menu for my videos. Unfortunately, the menu only shows the General choices. I don’t have the weddings, cartoons, etc., templates available that are supposed to come with Encore. Why is this, and where can I get these templates?
A: In order to get the extra Encore templates, you'll need to get them from the discs that come with Encore, or the additional download where you downloaded Encore. Adobe makes this a separate download/installation because the files are very large (several GB).
 
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