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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.
As we talked about before, the Project panel is really key in the Encore workflow because it's where we import all of our stuff. Now because it's very import all of our stuff, it's very important to know how to use this panel effectively. Number one, as I mention before when we select a clip, I'll just click on olive sorting 02, I mentioned before how we get some important details about this file here at the top, but what I haven't mentioned is that we actually get a little mini timeline here. So if you wanted to preview a clip, simply select it, and then you could hit this play icon here in the Project panel.
(Noise playing.) It's a rather a loud video, olives being sorted in a factory. We also get this little timeline here, which we can click and scrub, so we can just preview our entire video, just to make sure that this is the right video that we want. There is also - if we resize this panel here - tons of information about the clip including its type, its duration and all the transcode stuff we looked at before, also its size, to make sure you don't get like a low-res version of one that you want actually be a high quality version, maybe a shortened snippet instead of the real deal. So size can be very helpful, and also the last time it was modified, a lot of information here.
Another thing it's really important about the Project panels that keep it organized. I mean this is a very small project so far, but already this is so disgusting to look at. It's distracting. And also, even worse, it's tough to kind of find away around to see what we need to find. So what I'd like to do is go down to this new icon again, and the first option is the Folder. I like to create folders. So I'm going to create a folder for my timelines. I'm just going to call this Timelines. And then I could grab timelines and drag and drop them into the Timelines folder if I so choose.
I'd like to go through and create a folder for every type of Asset, so I might have created a folder for menus, a folder for just Assets, a folder for slide shows, and that way when I'm looking for something, I know exactly where to go to get it. Now, another thing that the Project panel allows you to do is this little dropdown here, this shows us all the things that we are allowed to look at, and if there is a checkmark here, then than means that we're seeing Assets, or menus, or what have you. But oftentimes, such as this, once I have created timelines, I really don't need to see the Assets here anymore, so what you could do if you wanted is click Assets to uncheck it, and the Assets will still be in your project, but you don't have to see that.
So the timelines are still here, and if we double-click on one of them, they still work just fine, but we're just not seeing the Assets because of this display here. And if we want to see it again, just go ahead and click it to see them again. Now, I realize that if you're new to the world of DVD authoring that you probably have like, maybe one movie that you want to add and you have one menu and one movie, and it's very simple. But trust me, if you're going to do this for a living or with any kind of substantial complicated project, you're going to want to learn organization. It's not fun to talk about when you're wanting to learn a new program, but trust me on this one folks.
This is something that you want to get in habit of doing. To be able to organize your footage, to be able to find it right when you want to and not just, again, your footage, but all of the objects in Encore so it starts getting really complex when you start having these Chapter Playlists, and Timelines, and Slideshows and all the other objects that we're talking about in Encore. It just gets to be such a big mess in here and also because when we import files into the Project panel, it doesn't affect the size of the entire project so you could feel free to import as much stuff as you want. You're just, again, bringing in links to the source of footage on your hard-drive.
So if you're not sure which piece of audio to use for a slideshow, you could just import dozens of clips to see which one works best. And so, the Project panel really becomes this huge like repository of goodies and information. So it's really important to keep that sorted and organized.
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