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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 already worked a little bit with the user interface, but I kind of want to take a movie and just show you all the tricks here, because it's a very cool, very intuitive interface and mastering it will make your work much more efficient. Now as discussed, we have a series of little modules here called panels that contain something with common themes, such as Properties, or Libraries, Styles, and whatnot. They are grouped together in groups of panels referred to as a Frame. So in this Frame, there is the Properties panel, the Character panel.
I have a little horizontal scrollbar here, meaning that there is another panel I'm not clicking at here. So I can grab this little scrollbar and move it to the right and see that there actually is the Metadata panel here as well, grouped in the same frame. Now if you want to move things around, you totally can. Now if you want to your cursor in between a vertical divider line here, you can click and drag, and move your panels around. Same thing with horizontal bars between panels to resize things. If you put your cursor at a junction between several panels here, let's say at this spot, you get a four-way move icon there, indicating that we could move several panels at once, very handy.
Now if you want to move panels to a different frame, you could do that as well. If I grab the Properties panel, I grab the name of the Properties panel and move it around, you can see that I get these little semi-transparent drop zones. If I use one of the outside drop zones, it indicates that I'm going to create brand-new frame with that panel in it. So if I use one of these side drop zones here, I make a new frame with just the Properties panel. If I want to group the Properties panel in with this main Monitor area here, I can click and drag and use the center drop zone to group panels in the same frame.
To get these things back where they once were, just grab Properties, use the center drop zone in the previous frame, and there you have it. We could also click and drag to reorder our panels, just by clicking on a tab with its name on it as well. When you're working on Blu- ray menus, because they are HD, it's a good idea to have a second monitor. If you have a second monitor setup, what you can do is hold the Command key on the Mac or the Ctrl key on the PC. This is a dropdown here. So you can't grab the name of this viewer here, but there is a little grip right here on the left-hand side. You can use that.
So hold the Command key or the Ctrl key, click and drag, and you will create a floating panel here, which then you can use to put on your second monitor over here, which I actually have set up, but you can't see it. Just trust me. Take my word on it that I stuck that over there for a second. So there we have our Menu Viewer back to where it was, because I simply dragged and dropped to these little grip things here and used the center drop zone again. Now if after all this screwing around, you find that things are all weird and messed up, that sometimes happens, you can go to the Window menu, go to Workspace, then we just say Reset the Default Workspace.
There is a series of workspaces here for different tasks, such as a Menu Design or Timeline Editing. I'm just going to choose Reset the Default. It says, Are you sure you want to reset Default to the original layout. Yes. Then we're back to square one here. Now if you ever find that there is a panel that you're not seeing, let's say, for example, the Library panel, which is a really important panel here, I click the little X next to its name to close it, I can always go to the Window menu. That's where I can get all my panels. So I can just choose Window > Library, and back comes the Library to the same spot it was before, and I could drag its name around in the tab.
So it is on the left here, as it was before. We could also choose different workspaces from the Workspace dropdown here. One other cool interface tip, the little Tilde, which is little squiggle that's above the tab key and to the left of the number one on the main area of the keyboard, if you press that Tilde key, you'll maximize whatever panel your cursor happens to be over. You could restore it by pressing the Tilde key again. So I'm going to double- click this Laptop menu here. Let's say I want to look a little bit closer at this photo or at the menu, again, hit the Tilde key to zoom in.
Hit the Tilde key to zoom back out again. You'll also notice that after I've zoomed in on a panel, and then zoom back out again, that it has this gold outline around it. This outline around a panel means that it is selected. This is important, because there are certain keyboard shortcuts that only work if the correct panel is selected. So be aware of that. Now a lot of these other interface elements, such as these little flyout menus here, the menu bar at the top, the tools here and even this search area here, that you can use to search through Adobe Encore's help, very helpful, a lot of the stuff is pretty much self-explanatory.
You'll just kind of get the hang of as you begin working. A lot of this stuff also, we'll get in more detail with as we go throughout this training series. But it's just, again, good to have a solid foundation of the interface of Encore before moving forward.
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