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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 folks, congratulations. If you've been following along, you've just made your first DVD project. It's really just that easy. All the stuff that we have been going on through in this Training Series is basically refining what we've already done. I mean this really is the core workflow of Encore, and we've done it. Now before actually burn this to DVD, or Blu-ray, or make that a Flash-based Web site out of this, there's cool things that we want to do as we'll talk about later in this Training Series. First of all, we want to make sure that we didn't inadvertently mess something up, that we didn't miss something somewhere. Let's just say, for example, in the Timeline, I want to make sure we didn't forget to add an End Action, and we can actually have Encore go through the project automatically and see if there will be predicted errors.
The other thing we want to do is want to preview our project and see what it would look like for the User once it's burnt to DVD. We can actually do that by clicking this little button right here. So I'm going to click the Preview button, the Disc in the toolbar, and we will get the Preview window and here is our DVD, and I can juts use my mouse as if it were DVD remote to click Play Movie. (Male speaker: Beautiful scenery, plenty of places to ride, beautiful weather - it just doesn't get any better than this.) Aha, so I played just as expected and again, as expected, as we told it to do, at the end of the Timeline, it came right back to the menu, and we are done. So, looking good.
I'm going to click either Exit here, or Exit and Return. For our purposes here, doesn't matter, and we go over the Build panel, which, by default, is over from the Project panel here and again, if it's not showing, you can go the Window menu and choose Build. I'm just going to go ahead and click the Build tab here, stretch this out so we could see it a little bit better. If this is confusing you, how you move these panels around, we'll talk about that when we look at the interface a little later on. But basically, we need to choose the format here, whether we want to burn to DVD, Blu-ray Disc, or create a Flash-based Web site.
And we could do all of these things, we could spit it out to DVD or Blu-ray or Flash from the same project, so we've to go start from scratch and make everything all over again, if we decide that we want to make our DVD a disc and then make it a Web site. We just have to simply change our options here. Now there are a host of options and parameters to fiddle with and adjust. We'll be going over these throughout the Training Series. But you basically know what you need to know, so if you wanted to, you could go ahead and click Build. It will actually burn your DVD to a disc.
Now, of course, Encore gets much more powerful than this. Even as we'll see in the next chapter, there's a lot of technical details that go in to making a good- looking Encore project. But realistically, at the core of what we're doing, we have done it. This is what it takes to build a project in Encore, and if you could do what you just did in this chapter, then you'll easily be able to hang on for all that we cover in this training series. Again, congratulations are in order for what you've done, and let's get to it in the next chapters where we start digging a little bit deeper in to really making Encore's sing.
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