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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.
Now we've got our final slideshow project here, which is really awesome, and we're going to talk later on this training series in the chapter about using Encore as a presentation tool, a little bit more than about slideshows. But before we do this chapter, I want you be aware of an important concept as far as slideshows and bit budgeting goes. You're trying to plan your menus in how much space that you have. When you have these slides that just go from slide to side, but there is no effects, there is no transitions, just solid slide to slide to slide, then Encore treats them as just pictures. They basically take up no space, maybe a just a little tiny bit of space, on the DVD.
So you can have a boring slideshow like that on a menu with a full-length movie and probably not have any problems. It probably won't affect the compression of the movie at all. However, when you add a transition, what Encore does is that it renders the slide itself as a picture, but for the entire time that you have a transition going, it has to render that out as a movie. That will add a lot to your bit budgeting and to the size of your project. If you use the Random Pan & Zoom, which you actually find here in the Slideshow Viewer as well, the Random Pan & Zoom will make it so that it will render the entire slideshow as a movie file.
In other words, if you have like a 20 minute long slideshow and you're using Random Pan & Zoom, it's just like you had a 20 minute movie. So to tone things down and still keep it interesting, you can use just still images with a transition. If that's still too big for you, then you could remove the transitions and the Random Pan & Zoom effects as well.
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