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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.
Encore allows you do some light video editing. Now, Encore is definitely not built for this. So it's not recommended that you do a majority of your video editing here. But in pinch, it's good to know that there are a few little helpers here allowing you to do some light video editing. In my Timeline here, I have this flower clip, and as we play it, we realize that the camera guys kind of like pulling focus and just kind of getting it all set up and stuff. This is not the stuff that our viewers will need to see. It's really right about there, at about 13 seconds and 20 frames in, and this is where we want the clip to start.
So all this junk right here, the first part of the clip is not anything that I need. So I am going to put my cursor over the beginning here and just like in Adobe Premiere Pro, we get this Trimming icon that we could click and drag this to our Current TIme Indicator, thereby chopping off those initial bits. Now, this does leave a hole here. So what we will need to do is click and drag and put this back in its place. Now remember that Encore does not have the power to change your source material.
So we are not really changing the footage here or deleting the footage here. So I could go back at any time and move this back, and then re-stretch it out if I wanted to. I am just going to undo that, because I actually kind of liked it trimmed there. I could do the same thing to the end of the clip. At the end of the clip here, we see that there is a refrigerator door or something like that that closes or whatever. We don't that. So right about there is the end of the usable portion of the clip. So I can grab the end of the clip and drag it to where the Current TIme Indicator is. And I am basically just using the Current TIme Indicator as a reference.
You don't need to, but I find that it helps. Now again, it's not time or the place for video editing, only it's kind of a last ditch emergency thing. But if you did need to use it as an emergency, you could double-click on the Project panel. I am going to import another piece of footage here. It doesn't really matter what it is. Let's just go with this RideBy clip. Bring this in and drag this down. And so, I am actually adding this clip to the Timeline as well. It automatically adds a chapter marker for me, which is pretty cool. Basically, now, I have two clips that I have added to the same Timeline.
So if you are doing like a Greatest Hits Reel or something like that, you can drag all those clips here into the same timeline in Encore, again, do light video editing on these clips. I could trim this here a little bit and move it around. So again, Encore is not going to win you the Academy Award as Best Video Editor, but in a pinch, if you need to assemble clips, trim off the beginning and end, move them around, Encore does give you the ability to do that.
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