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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.
We've seen previously how we can import assets by simply double-clicking in the Project panel. However, this only imports object as assets and from there, we can convert things like say, we had video, we can convert that into a timeline. But if we know ahead of time that we are going to convert an asset into an Encore object, we can save ourselves a step by right-clicking in the Project panel, choosing Import As, and then instead of choosing Asset, we could choose the object. So say, for example, I could choose Import As > Timeline. And that can navigate to a video, such as Clip05_tahoe in the Video folder, in the Media folder of Exercise Files. Click Open and not only does that import that video clip as an asset, but also it creates a timeline and puts that clip in the timeline as well.
This saved us a step, but in some cases, it's absolutely necessary to import things this way. I'm going to right-click in the Project panel again. I'm going to choose Import As > Menu, this time. Now, in the PSD Files folder of the Media folder of the Exercise Files, you'll find this Explore CA menu. Now, this is a Photoshop document, as we'll talk about a little bit more later on in this training series, but I can import this as an asset and use it as a still image, but there's a lot of layers here, and this is actually a full-blown menu.
If I just import it as a PSD file, as a still image, then Encore will see it as a still image, and there will be no way to convert that from that still image to the Encore menu. So we need to import this as a menu in order for Encore to be able to recognize this as a menu, so it's not just a time saver.
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