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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.
If you have found anything to be limiting in the way that Encore deals with menus, or subpicture highlights, or what have you, this video should be very freeing. Here we're going to take the ultimate liberty, and we're going to remove everything from the menu and have a video background to play, and before we've done this, but the buttons were still the same. Now, we're going to even replace the buttons, and the only thing that we're going to have remaining from the menu are subpicture highlights. This, again, is very freeing. I have here this menu, and this is the NTSC_Scientific menu from the Corporate set, from the Library panel.
And what I'm going to do is I'm going to select this menu, and let me show you what I did here. This is kind of similar to what we saw before, where I took an animated my background here in After Effects, except this time the buttons are also video if we play this here. You see we have the buttons kind of having this little sheen going across them, and the colors of the buttons are animating over time, and so we couldn't do this any other way. We're actually going to completely replace the buttons in the menu with these fake video buttons.
So let's go ahead an Option+Drag or Alt+Drag the Video as Menu video to the background of the menu. Next, we need to do a little bit of repair work here. We need to go to the Layers panel and select the Menu Viewer, because what's happening is is that the menu is overlaying the video. So we're getting two buttons here. So what I need to do is take off the visibility of volume 1 and the button background. Open up volume 2, do the same thing. Open of volume 3 and do the same thing.
And actually, we don't even need the corporatecorp inc. text because that text is already part of our video. We can also remove the haze layer here, and now we're back to square one. Now, you might be asking, if we remove the visibility of everything in the entire menu except this video Background, then how will users know what to click? Ah! Here is the magic. In order for a button to be a button, it really just needs a subpicture highlight. That is the basic component of a button.
So as long as it as a subpicture highlight, then users know where to click. So if our video had these moving blobs, or whatever, as long as there's a subpicture highlight letting viewers know which one was selected, that's really all that you need. So now what I can do is click this Preview button, and you can see that our video is moving, and we still have the subpicture highlights. And really, the subpicture highlight is the only thing carried over from the original menu. But that's really all you need, and these are fully functioning buttons.
Everything else is total video. And so it really frees you. Maybe you're doing a DVD for an air show or something like that. You might have a button that's like a propeller that occasionally spins around, as long as there's a subpicture highlight that maybe could highlight in the center of the propeller or something like that, that's really all you need. So this trick, again, is very freeing and gives you a lot of control over that menu.
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