Encore CS5 Essential Training
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Introducing slideshows


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Encore CS5 Essential Training

with Chad Perkins

Video: Introducing slideshows

Perhaps my favorite Encore feature is Slideshows. We're going to take a look at that throughout this chapter, and also I should point that later on in this training series, we're going to have a chapter on using Encore as a presentation tool. And so if slideshows interest you, I am going to save some advanced Slideshow concepts for that chapter, and I invite you to check that out as well. So first step here, go to the Project panel, double-click in a blank area here to Import as Assets. And I'm here in this Stills folder, in the Media folder, in the Exercise Files folder, and we're going to click on the first file, 3835_beach_yoga, and scroll down to the bottom file and hold Shift and click marina_west, so all of these will be imported as assets.
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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

Introducing slideshows

Perhaps my favorite Encore feature is Slideshows. We're going to take a look at that throughout this chapter, and also I should point that later on in this training series, we're going to have a chapter on using Encore as a presentation tool. And so if slideshows interest you, I am going to save some advanced Slideshow concepts for that chapter, and I invite you to check that out as well. So first step here, go to the Project panel, double-click in a blank area here to Import as Assets. And I'm here in this Stills folder, in the Media folder, in the Exercise Files folder, and we're going to click on the first file, 3835_beach_yoga, and scroll down to the bottom file and hold Shift and click marina_west, so all of these will be imported as assets.

Go ahead and click Open then. All right. So, after a minute, these images have been imported, and the first thing I like to do, although it's not necessary to create Slideshows, is I like to organize this because as you start bringing in slides to create Slideshows, that's when your project becomes extra-extra messy. So what I'm going to do is go down to the bottom of the Project panel and choose New Folder. I'll call this Stills. And then I'm going to click the top image again and Shift+Click the bottom image and drag these stills to that folder so that at anytime I could then click this little arrow here and close up this folder when I'm done with these images.

Now, the first thing I'm going to do to actually create the Slideshow is go down under the Project panel again, at the bottom here, and I'm not going to choose Folder this time. I'm going to choose Slideshow. So I'm going to have Encore create for me a new slideshow. We've talked before about how there are a menu viewer and about how there are Timeline viewers and when you create a new slideshow you work with a Slideshow in the Slideshow viewer, so that's where we are here. So to add slides to our Slideshow, we open up the folder and select the images that you want, I'm just going to select all of these.

I'm going to click one here again, and then Shift+Click the last one, and I'm going to drag these down into the Slideshow viewer where they are assembled as slides. Now we also get some timecodes that tells us how long our slideshow is and also at which point that particular slide enters the slideshow. So this first one starts at the beginning, and then this one comes in at 6 seconds in, 12 seconds, 18 seconds, 24 seconds and so forth. Now we talked before also about how we use the Monitor panel to view timelines, but we also use the Monitor panel to view Slideshows as well.

So, I can come down her, and I can click the Play button, and we get the time- code for our slideshow and when this gets to 24 seconds, this is going to jump to the next line, as seen, and I can click Pause to stop the Slideshow playback. I realize for the time being that it is quite boring to sit there and look at one image for 6 seconds and then just jump to the next image. So, we'll be polishing this up a lot as we go throughout this chapter. Now, I'm going to go to a blank area actually here, and I'm going to click in there to deselect all of the slides.

And what I can do now is move these slides around to rearrange them. This is going to be an Explore California slideshow, so I might start with this romantic shot of this couple on the beach. The colors are really beautiful, so I can click and drag this to the left, and this little black bar indicates where the slide is going to go now. Drag this all the way to the left, and that now becomes the very first slide in my slideshow. So I can click and drag and move and rearrange these to my heart's content. Now it's important to know that even though we have this entire folder of Stills, I'm just going to close this folder here, you'll see that we have this Slideshow object now, and this is what we would to link to.

Let's say if we had a menu, we get the button selected, and we've got the Pick Whip, we want to link the button to this Slideshow object. I want to add some pizzazz to this slideshow, so I'm going to double-click in the Project panel again. I'm going to go to the Media folder in the Exercise Files folder. This time I'm going to go to the Audio folder, then click on this audio track, Explore California Intro W perc & bass. Click Open and then drag and drop this audio track into this repository here, this little depot. And this is where we can add audio to our Slideshow.

Now I'm going to click on the first slide and then click Play in the Monitor panel. (Music playing.) So slides are on way too long, but we've got the audio going for us, which is pretty cool. Now, of course, there's a lot of polishing we need to do and again, we're going to look at that in the rest of the movies in this chapter. One other important note about slideshows and the limitations there, you could only have 99 images per Slideshow.

So, what you have to do is make multiple slideshows. So you could make the end action of one slideshow another slideshow, so it goes from slideshow to slideshow to slideshow. And in that way you kind of get around this thing that only allows you have 99 images per slideshow.

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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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