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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.
We've talked before about adding chapter markers to your timeline. We've also talked before about submenus and how we use them to play these different chapter markers. We've also linked these up together. But what happens when you have tons of chapter markers, as we do in this 6-minute movie here? This is actually only 13. For a full-length movie, you might have even more than that. But what happens when we create these submenus? Here we only have four buttons. So if we have dozens of these chapter markers to link up to these little video buttons here, this is going to take a long time.
Encore realizes this and has pity upon our poor souls. It's created a feature that allows us to create one link between a timeline and a submenu. Then Encore will do the rest automatically. What I'm going to do is drag and drop this first chapter marker to the first video button here. That's all I've done. That's the only link between this timeline and this submenu, and there are no other menus in our project, but watch this! I select the timeline here.
Now I'm going to go to the Menu here. That's where we need to go. Actually, if I go here and I select my timeline, and then go back to the Menu menu, you see that it's still grayed out here. So what I need to do is select the menu in the Project panel, then go to the Menu menu at the top of the interface. Then what I want to do is create a chapter index. Go ahead and click that button. Miraculously, what Encore will do is it will put in the remaining chapter markers into these buttons.
You notice that we had way more chapter markers than buttons. So what Encore did for us is to create new menus and put these markers in these submenus for us automatically. Absolutely miraculous! Even look at this! If I go and select these navigational buttons, and actually what these are for us is for navigating between submenus. So we have the Main menu button here. It takes us to the Main menu. Then we have these arrows that take us to the previous submenu and to the next submenu.
The links for both of these have already been all set up. So, all of these menus are already connected to one another. All of our chapter markers are there automatically. That, my friends, is a time saving feature. So again, we select the menu, go to the Menu menu and choose Create Chapter Index.
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