Encore CS5 Essential Training
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Creating a video menu


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Encore CS5 Essential Training

with Chad Perkins

Video: Creating a video menu

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.
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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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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
Subject:
Video
Software:
Encore
Author:
Chad Perkins

Creating a video menu

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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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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