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Syncing slideshows to audio


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Encore CS5 Essential Training

with Chad Perkins

Video: Syncing slideshows to audio

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.
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  1. 4m 43s
    1. Welcome
      57s
    2. What is Encore?
      1m 33s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 15s
    4. Reconnecting unlinked media
      58s
  2. 16m 10s
    1. Project overview
      1m 12s
    2. Importing content
      1m 55s
    3. Using included content
      2m 2s
    4. Adding a menu to a project
      2m 42s
    5. What are timelines?
      2m 3s
    6. Creating links and navigation
      3m 13s
    7. Exporting
      3m 3s
  3. 21m 28s
    1. Understanding disc formats
      3m 7s
    2. About television standards
      1m 40s
    3. What is transcoding?
      4m 47s
    4. Exporting video for Encore
      2m 39s
    5. Bits vs. bytes
      2m 3s
    6. The importance of bit budgeting
      1m 46s
    7. About pixel aspect ratios
      2m 52s
    8. About overscan and safe areas
      2m 34s
  4. 13m 5s
    1. Creating a new project
      2m 57s
    2. Touring the interface
      4m 44s
    3. Importing assets as Encore objects
      1m 35s
    4. Using the Project panel
      3m 49s
  5. 16m 47s
    1. Understanding menus
      40s
    2. Creating menus with the Library panel
      4m 37s
    3. Editing menus
      3m 41s
    4. The Menu Viewer vs. the Menus panel
      1m 20s
    5. Creating motion menus
      4m 16s
    6. About submenus
      2m 13s
  6. 20m 34s
    1. The anatomy of a button
      3m 42s
    2. Creating buttons
      1m 55s
    3. Editing buttons
      1m 24s
    4. Viewing and adjusting button routing
      3m 27s
    5. Creating video buttons
      3m 19s
    6. Understanding subpicture states
      1m 45s
    7. Changing subpicture colors
      5m 2s
  7. 13m 35s
    1. Using the Monitor
      55s
    2. Creating chapter markers
      3m 18s
    3. Setting poster frames
      3m 38s
    4. Creating chapter points automatically
      1m 47s
    5. Editing video in the timeline
      2m 35s
    6. The Timeline Viewer vs. the Timeline panel
      1m 22s
  8. 8m 9s
    1. Creating navigation with the Flowchart
      2m 45s
    2. Setting a "first play" object
      1m 12s
    3. Auto-selecting button names from links
      1m 20s
    4. Creating user permissions for a disc
      2m 52s
  9. 11m 13s
    1. Creating and adjusting text
      4m 5s
    2. Applying styles
      2m 27s
    3. Automatically arranging objects
      1m 8s
    4. Transforming objects
      3m 33s
  10. 17m 30s
    1. Introducing slideshows
      4m 45s
    2. Adjusting slideshow properties
      3m 26s
    3. Adding motion and transitions
      4m 26s
    4. Syncing slideshows to audio
      3m 20s
    5. Slideshows and bit budgeting
      1m 33s
  11. 6m 43s
    1. What is a playlist?
      3m 45s
    2. Using chapter playlists
      2m 58s
  12. 17m 25s
    1. Using audio in Encore
      1m 47s
    2. Adding audio to a menu
      1m 1s
    3. Allowing users to change languages
      6m 27s
    4. Creating subtitles
      2m 8s
    5. Importing and exporting subtitles
      2m 47s
    6. Changing subtitle color
      3m 15s
  13. 17m 28s
    1. The power of end action overrides
      2m 52s
    2. Using replacement layers
      2m 4s
    3. Looping motion menus
      3m 7s
    4. Replacing a menu
      1m 54s
    5. Creating a chapter index
      2m 32s
    6. Using photos as subpictures
      4m 59s
  14. 12m 41s
    1. Creating "Easter eggs"
      2m 13s
    2. Making games
      2m 13s
    3. Using menu transitions
      1m 49s
    4. Using subpictures as art
      3m 22s
    5. Creating a video menu
      3m 4s
  15. 5m 17s
    1. Why use Encore as a presentation tool?
      37s
    2. Creating slideshows with manual advance
      1m 35s
    3. Creating captions on slides
      1m 29s
    4. Adding data content to discs
      1m 36s
  16. 11m 37s
    1. Making menus in Photoshop
      1m 42s
    2. The button set codes
      1m 41s
    3. The subpicture highlight codes
      1m 18s
    4. The replacement layer code
      2m 34s
    5. The video button code
      1m 42s
    6. The submenu navigation codes
      1m 38s
    7. Using pre-built menus as templates
      1m 2s
  17. 7m 33s
    1. Introducing Blu-ray discs
      2m 55s
    2. Creating Blu-ray pop-up menus
      2m 59s
    3. Previewing pop-up menus over a timeline
      1m 39s
  18. 11m 5s
    1. Encore's automatic letterbox
      2m 27s
    2. Checking your project for errors
      2m 18s
    3. Outputting to disc
      2m 40s
    4. Creating Flash web sites
      3m 40s
  19. 5m 36s
    1. Duplication vs. replication
      2m 8s
    2. About copy protection
      1m 6s
    3. About region encoding
      1m 9s
    4. Fixing the audio_TS problem
      1m 13s
  20. 4m 54s
    1. Importing sequences from Premiere Pro
      1m 42s
    2. Creating motion menus in After Effects
      1m 49s
    3. Making buttons and subpictures in After Effects
      1m 23s
  21. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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Encore CS5 Essential Training
4h 3m Beginner Apr 30, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Understanding television standards, transcoding, and pixel aspect ratios
  • Building multipage menus
  • Creating motion menus
  • Adding and linking buttons in menus
  • Inserting chapter markers
  • Defining user permissions for a disc
  • Adding text
  • Using audio in Encore
  • Looping menus
  • Transitioning between menus
  • Outputting to the web with Flash
  • Integrating with Premiere Pro and After Effects
Subjects:
Video Video Delivery DVD Authoring
Software:
Encore
Author:
Chad Perkins

Syncing slideshows to audio

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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Q: On my version of Encore, I have the dropdown menu to select templates for making buttons and making a menu for my videos. Unfortunately, the menu only shows the General choices. I don’t have the weddings, cartoons, etc., templates available that are supposed to come with Encore. Why is this, and where can I get these templates?
A: In order to get the extra Encore templates, you'll need to get them from the discs that come with Encore, or the additional download where you downloaded Encore. Adobe makes this a separate download/installation because the files are very large (several GB).
 
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