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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.
Sometimes when you are creating a DVD for something that's not telling a narrative story, something like maybe a wedding or a sporting event, and you basically just have a long period of time there, and you want to create chapter markers, there is a very quick and easy way to have Encore automatically set chapter markers at given intervals. Now, in this clip here, we have a bunch of really awesome doughnuts. So we are going to pretend that this is a movie that doesn't really have a beginning, middle and an end. It's just one long continuous shot of doughnuts.
So what we could do is select this clip or this timeline and then go to the Timeline menu at the top, and then we are going to choose this, Add Chapter Points at intervals. And then, what I am going to do is leave this for 8 seconds. So every 8 seconds, this would create an interval. Now, you probably want to do this for a little bit longer, if this were maybe like an hour longer or two hours long. Again, with the timecode here, this is hours, minutes, seconds and frames. So if you wanted to apply chapter points every 45 minutes, then you might go in here and change this to look like that.
That would be every 45 minutes, which in a 90-minute movie would only create one chapter marker. That's probably a bad example. Maybe every 15 minutes or so. But what I am going to do here is change this back to 0, and because this footage is so short, I am just going to say 8 seconds. And then, if you wanted to, you could actually remove existing chapter points as well, so that you are adding in intervals are the only ones. I am just going to go ahead and leave it as this at 8 seconds and click OK. In just a couple of seconds there, we have an entire timeline full of organized chapter markers at given intervals that we did not have to add.
Encore did them automatically for us.
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