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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.
So far, in this training series, we've been creating links by using the Properties panel, and that's an absolutely acceptable way to do it. But there is another way to create navigation, and that's with something called the Flowchart. The Flowchart is typically found in the center- top of the interface next to the Menu Viewer. If you are not seeing it, again you could go to Window > Flowchart here. This is just a logical, visual way to lay out your DVD. Even if you use the Properties panel, I might recommend still checking out the flowchart just to see how your project is doing, see the visual flow of information.
And also, Encore objects down here at the bottom of the flowchart, they are not connected to anything. This is referred to as the orphanage, and these are orphan Encore objects, because they are not linked to anything in the project. So we have our disc here. And the very first thing that users are going to see in this project is this menu here. That's because this menu is set as the first play object, which we'll talk about in the next movie. Now, this menu, if we go back to the menu here, has three buttons: Play All, Scenes, Setup.
Now, in the flowchart, we see these three buttons: Play All, Scenes and Setup. If we want to create a link, all we have to do is click and drag from Play All, and then we get pick whip here, just like we did from the Properties panel here. I am going to drag this to the Clip05-tahoe timeline, and that link has been created now. So now that button links to the timeline. That's really all we had to do. Now, if you want to link the Scenes button, we can simply click here on Scenes. Click and drag to the Explore CA ad, for example, and let's go ahead and click on Setup and link to this slide show here, which is actually empty slide show, but we are just using it to talk about the flowchart here.
Now, as we discussed at the beginning of this training series, one of the key ingredients to a successful Encore project is End Actions. So we want to make sure that all of our Encore elements have End Actions. So at the end of this timeline, what happens? So I am going to click at the end of this timeline, on the right-hand side, and I am going to drag back to this Explore CA menu. Now, we've created an End Action that way. Do the same thing for this timeline as well. Now, the End Action could be something else entirely.
It could go to, for example, a different menu, and that's perfectly acceptable. You could go to a different clip. You could really do anything you want here. As you could see in the flowchart, how wonderful it is to have a visual representation of the flow that our users will be following as they travel the different courses that you lay out for them through the navigation of your menus in your DVD project. If things starting to get a little bit too big for you, you could also use this navigation slider here to zoom out a little bit and see more of your project at a glance, if your project starts getting a little bit too big. So that's just an introductory look at the flowchart and the power therein.
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