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Video: Creating menus with the Library panel

We've talked previously about how you can create menus from the Library panel simply by double-clicking, but what we're going to do here is we're going to use the Library panel to create separate elements to actually assemble a custom menu. Now the ultimate custom menu, of course, is created from Photoshop, and we'll talk about how to do that later in this training series. For now, go to Library panel, make sure you're in the General Set here and make sure that we're only seeing menus by clicking this first button here, and then go to the top, and I want Blank Menu, not Blank Menu HD, not Blank Menu Wide, but just Blank Menu.
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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 menus with the Library panel

We've talked previously about how you can create menus from the Library panel simply by double-clicking, but what we're going to do here is we're going to use the Library panel to create separate elements to actually assemble a custom menu. Now the ultimate custom menu, of course, is created from Photoshop, and we'll talk about how to do that later in this training series. For now, go to Library panel, make sure you're in the General Set here and make sure that we're only seeing menus by clicking this first button here, and then go to the top, and I want Blank Menu, not Blank Menu HD, not Blank Menu Wide, but just Blank Menu.

And if we double-click that, that will add this to our project, and now it's basically like an empty canvas that we can use to take other elements from the Library panel to our menu here to construct it. Now what I'm going to do is go to the Set dropdown, and I'm going to change this set to Education. Now, you notice that there was like a little bar that went very quickly through the Library panel as it loaded the Education Set, but the first time that you load any other Set besides General, it will take a very long time to load. So if you switch to the Education set, and you've never done so before, be prepared to wait a good 20 seconds for that to happen, depending on the speed of your computer, of course.

Now, with this first button selected, we're only looking at menus, but we've already got a menu. So let's go and look at other stuff here. To click the next button, we'll look at Buttons.Tthe next button will show us images, and they are none in the Education Set currently, and I could click on backgrounds. And so what I'm going to do is I'm going to take one of these backgrounds, and I'm going to apply it to my menu. If I want this Chalkboard background to be my menu background, all I have to do is just double-click it, and it will automatically go in as part of the background of my menu Set. Now, here is a little trick.

If you know ahead of time that you want a certain background, let's just say the Elephant background, let's just say we want to make a menu out of this image. All we have to do is drag and drop it into our Project panel. It will assume that we want to make a menu with that image as the background. So as you go from set to set, realize that these background images are basically menus waiting to happen. Just so this isn't confusing, I'm going to select this Elephant background menu. I'm going to press the Trashcan at the bottom of the Project panel to delete this, so we can get back to working on our Chalkboard menu here. Now, we need some buttons on our background, so I'm actually going to click the Button, and I'm going to go to the top, and I'm going to select the Chalkboard button.

And what I can do is drag and drop this button wherever I'd like, or I could just double-click it. And it will just kind of come in somewhere into my menu. Now, this is not where I want these. They should be here in this blank spot, but I'm going to fix that in next movie. For now, we need to move to get some text. So we could actually type out the name of our movie or that's a menu, or whatever, but just having buttons is not quite good enough. So I'm going to go over here to the T, and here we have different types of text. There is only three for the Education Set, but if we are in a different Set, like General, the different types of Type that you can use are really large.

A lot of different styles here to play with, some little outdated and little cheesy, but there are some good ones in here as well. So I'm going to take the Set back to Education, and actually I wanted this Chalkboard Button Text, so I can just double-click or drag and drop, and that comes into my scene here. If we click it, it will not be selectable anymore unless we click directly on it, so there are kind of challenging to edit. So what we're going to do in the next movie is to talk about how to edit this mess that we've created. Now these are all the elements that I need, the buttons and the text, even though they are not set up right, and they are not in the right place and all that kind of stuff, but I could add more stuff.

I could, for example, click on the Images button and add an image here. And we're not going to do that, but we could. There's no images, again, in the Education Set, so I could go down to General Set so we can mix and match. We don't have to take all elements from one set. Let's say I want to add a little plane here, just drag and drop. I put my cursor around the outside corners here, and we get a double-sided curved arrow, and if we click and drag with that, we'll be able to rotate this object while it's selected, and we could move that around and select that, but I don't really want that in my current menu.

I'm just going to hit the Delete key to get rid of it, but we can drag and drop elements from the Library panel in any category, in any set, into our menu. Now, one final step, I want to start here in the next movie, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to go to File > Save As, and then I'm going to go to the Chapter 05 folder of the Exercise Files. And then I'm going to type menu for Editing, and that way, my work on my menu will be saved, and I can start here in the next movie.

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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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