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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.
In this tutorial, we're going to look at a feature that you probably won't use every time you use Encore, but when you do use it, you'll be so in love with Encore for having this amazing feature. I have this menu here. I like this menu. But let's say I wanted to swap it out for something else. Now I put a lot of effort into this menu. I've created buttons. I have links to all these different timelines, for all of these different buttons, and everything's set up exactly the way I wanted. But what if I decide to go with a different motif, and to change the buttons, and to change the background, the whole entire theme? Well, the work is not in vain because Encore can actually go and swap out the existing menu for a new menu.
Let me show you what I'm talking about here. I'm going to go to the Library panel. I'm going to change this Set to Travel. Let's say, for example, I see this Beach menu WIDE menu. I'm thinking oh, man! That would go with my theme of Explore California so much better. I love it! I want it! I need it! So what I can do is select the menu in the Project panel, select the Beach menu WIDE here in the Library panel and click this button, which is Replace, second from the left. I click that button.
Momentarily, I now have a new menu. The Play All even has the thumbnail set up. I have a Play All button still. I have the Olive Oil Movies button still, and the Ocean Movies. If I click these buttons and look at them in the Properties panel, and actually the Link has not been set for these, but all of my other links work out just fine. So I can click on the Olive Oil Movies, and now continue to link up. But the Play All link that was created is still all set up. The buttons have the same names and everything.
So I just swapped out the background, and the look and the style of the buttons, but the core of my navigation remains intact.
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