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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.
My other favorite Encore Slideshow feature is the ability to sync our entire slideshow to the duration of a single or multiple audio tracks. So we could bring in a bunch of audio tracks if we want to, and then what we could do is choose Fit Slideshow to Audio Duration. It we'll look at all of the audio tracks, we can drag into this slideshow and add it up and then make this slideshow automatically last as long as the audio track. For example, if we play this one, you'll notice that the audio track is 20 seconds and 9 frames, and that gives out about slide 7 here and then for the remainder of the slides we have no music, there is nothing there.
It's just empty space, which could be really awkward. So what we could do, instead of having to divide up like 20 seconds and 9 frames divide it by 12 images, what we could do is just check Fit Slideshow to Audio Duration. In that case, it will ignore the slide duration that we have added, and it will automatically create a new slide duration by dividing the time each slide is on frame by the duration of the audio tracks. In this case, it makes each slide duration 1 second and 21 frames. A little short, but we'll see how that goes.
I'm going to click on Slide 1, and now let's play our slideshow. (Music playing.) All right. Good. Now in the case of our particular audio track, it fades out and has a long tail at the end, as far as the audio goes. So it's fading out for several seconds.
There are a few slides that are in apparent silence, even though it's really the audio track fading out. Now another thing that we could do, I'm going to click a blank space in the Slideshow Viewer to select the Slideshow in the Properties panel, and then we could go to the Transition tab in the Slideshow Properties, and we could change the Duration of the Cross Dissolve. Because right now the Duration of the Cross Dissolve is two seconds, although the entire Slide Duration is only 1 second and 21 frames. So the duration of the Cross Dissolve is actually lasting longer than each slide. So I'm going to take this to actually just a few frames here, maybe like 15 frames, and then if we go back, we'll still have this nice, soft fade from slide to slide, but it will happen much more quickly.
(Music playing.) Very nice. It's a slide and then a very brief but soft Cross Dissolve to the next slide. Now another audio option that you have, if I uncheck Fit Slideshow to Audio Duration, is I could check Loop Audio. So maybe you have the Slide Duration exactly the way you want it. Maybe you have a 4-minute presentation that you need to fill and so it's got to be 4 minutes, and you don't want to change it to the audio.
What you do is choose Loop Audio, and that will just keep playing the audio over and over and over again until the slides are done. Now this Fit Slideshow to Audio Duration is one of the greatest features of all time. Again, I have mention before I've done a few wedding slideshows, and you could always the couple picture like fading out while the song is going. It's just magical and Encore makes it so that setting up these beautiful dramatic moments like this timed to music, works out just perfectly. It makes me look like a champ every time, with very little work on my part.
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