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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.
When you create Scene Selection menus and stuff along those lines, having Text buttons is not very descriptive. How are people going to know which of those buttons to click on? So we usually use Video buttons, or buttons with video previews. So what we need to do is go to the Library panel. I am going to choose the Wedding Set. And I clicked on the Display button here, so we are only looking at buttons. And I am going to go down to the Rose Video Button here. I am going to drag and drop this into our scene. This is a really big button that's meant for an HD menu.
So I am going to grab the corners here. I'm going to hold the Shift key to resize this, make this a little bit smaller. I can also hold the Option key down to scale it from the center. That will be the Alt key on the PC, make that little bit smaller and go ahead and click outside of it to accept it. When you see buttons like this, it basically means that you are supposed to put content, or video, inside of this little square. So what I can do, one of the things I can do is to take my Timeline here of this footage of some flowers, and drag this Timeline into this Video button, and then the video goes inside of the button.
Now, when people want to preview different scenes, they have a thumbnail, a little clip playing, to show them what that scene looks like. If you want this to actually play the video inside the button, there is a couple things you need to do. First of all, we need to go to the menu, then go over to the Properties panel with the menu selected, and then click on the Motion tab. By default, you are on the Basic tab here, so you need to click on the Motion tab. And you need to check Animate Buttons, which is unchecked, by default.
So again, this is unchecked, by default. So by default, it will just be a still image representation of your clip here, your video Timeline. So if you want to see this moving, you need to check Animate Buttons, and then we also need to render this the same way we render Motion menus. So let's go to File > Render > Motion menus. So with that rendered, we could then right- click on the menu, choose Preview from Here. Now as you can see, once that plays back, we have video playing back inside of our button.
Now again, the four steps that you need to make this magic happen is that one, you need a video button, two, you need to drag footage into the Video button, three, you need to check Animate Buttons in the Menu properties, in the Properties panel, and four, you need to render Motion menus. One little piece of advice. When you are creating Video buttons, they are great. They add a lot of pizzazz to your menus. And it's great if you only have one or two buttons, but if you have a huge Submenu full of 6, 8, 10, 12 Video buttons, and they're all going concurrently, they're all moving, that could be a little noisy.
So just keep in mind, as you are creating your Video buttons, to make sure that your menus are not overkill, there's too much going on with all of these Video buttons. But used appropriately, Video buttons can help your viewers understand a little bit more about the scene that they are going to watch.
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