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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.
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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