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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 the last movie, we noticed that when we took this first chapter marker and dragged it to a Video button here, that we got a different frame than where the chapter marker was. Let's go back to the Monitor here with this timeline, and we'll notice that the first chapter marker is here at the first frame, which fades in from black. But we are actually seeing, in this Video button, a frame from over here, where this little rectangle is here. This little rectangle is what's referred to as a poster frame. You see, Encore looks at that first frame that actually is black, and it fades in, and it says you know what? This is not going to work.
This is not a good representative frame, because if we dragged this as is here, then it would just be a solid black, and that doesn't help anybody figure anything out. So what it does is it automatically goes a few seconds down the road and places a poster frame there. And the poster frame says that this is the frame that we'll represent visually this chapter marker. So each chapter marker can have its own poster frame. Now, in our case here, the poster frame is not really indicative of this first chapter. So what we can do is grab this poster frame and move it.
Now, it represents more of what this first chapter marker represents. Let's look at another example here. In the other timeline, we have B-roll_RideBy_04. I'll go to the Monitor here. We have some bike riders and when we want people to be able to start watching this, it's right about here at the beginning. This is when things start up, and there is actually a chapter marker for us here already. So even though it doesn't from black, we don't want this to be the poster frame, because if this is the poster frame, people can't really tell what's going on here. So we want people to play this when they click on this chapter.
However, we'd like to have maybe this, or maybe back up a little bit. Maybe this would be the poster frame. So that way it represents more what is happening. So what I can do is click on this chapter marker with my Current Time Indicator, which is this yellow playhead with the red vertical line underneath it. I am going to have this at five seconds and 22 frames in. And with this first chapter marker selected, I am going to right-click on it, and choose Set Poster Frame.
And that will create a poster frame where my Current TIme Indicator is. Now, if I were to add this first chapter marker to this Video button, it would not be the frame without bicyclist, but it would be the poster frame. Now, let's go back to the Explore CA ad Timeline here, and let's go to the Monitor, and we'll move in time here a little bit. Let's go to this scene, and let's say we'll add another chapter marker here by clicking the Add Marker button or one of the other various other ways we talked about in the last movie. Another way that I can create a poster frame is simply by clicking on a chapter marker and the using Command+Option on the Mac or Ctrl+Alt on the PC, holding those down while I drag away from that current marker, and that creates a poster frame.
And you'll see that I am getting a live update in the monitor of where that poster frame is. So once I find it could representative frame, I could let go, and now, a poster frame has been created. So again, a poster frame is kind of like a representative, an agent of the chapter marker, if you will. So even though the chapter will actually begin playing here, or perhaps over here, the video thumbnail representation of the Video button will come from the poster frame, not from where the frame that actually will begin playing.
So again, they see this frame here in the Video button. But when it actually goes and plays, it actually starts from the chapter marker.
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