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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.
Now, you've heard me mention a few times throughout this Training Series about how much using After Effects has helped me as I've been working through Encore, and there is a great connection there as well between Encore and After Effects. If I go to the File menu here, I can go to Adobe Dynamic Link, and if I have Adobe Production Premium installed, then I can create New After Effects Composition or import an After Effects Composition as well. Now if you don't have the Adobe Dynamic Link installed, but you do have After Effects, let me show you what you can do. Let me go over here to After Effects.
I am going to double-click in this Project panel. This works very similar to the way it does in Encore to import here. I'm going to navigate to the PSD Files in the Media folder, and I'm going to select the Explore California layered menu and click Open. Then in the Import Kind, I'm going to choose Composition and actually I'm going to change that to Composition - Retain layer Sizes, actually. I'll leave these other settings as is and click OK. This little thing right here is called the Composition. Go ahead and double-click that to open it up, and here is our Encore menu with all of our layers.
So we could animate this to create a motion menu. Now, I could click on Explore, for example. I will hit P for Position. I could move this text in. I could have it animate on if I wanted to. I could also press T for Opacity. I could have it fade in, and in After Effects CS5 Essential Training, one of things I did with this bicyclist here is that we used this really cool tool in After Effects called the Puppet tool to bend her and make it look like she's is actually riding this bike, which is really fun too. So while you can, at a basic level, be really good at Encore and make some really great projects just with the stuff that comes with Encore, if you really want to get good at DVD authoring, I highly recommend mastering After Effects and Photoshop as well.
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