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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.
One of my favorite parts about Encore is it comes with this huge library of free stuff. And who doesn't love free stuff? So I want to have this movie here right at the outside of the Training Series to tell you about this amazing bundle of goodies that comes with Encore. Now I'm going to be using the Library panel, and a panel is just a little area like this, like, for example, we were looking at the Project panel in the last Movie, here's the Properties panel, so it's just these little modules inside of Encore. We'll talk more about the interface a little bit later, but for now, know that most of the action is going to be taking place here in the Library panel as far as free stuff goes.
If you're not seeing the Library panel, you can go over the Window menu, and select Library. Now, in the Library panel, we'll see the Set dropdown. If you click this here, you'll see there are actually many categories of free stuff. It equates to several gigabytes of goodies. Now if you've purchased Encore online, this stuff will be a separate download. So make sure you get that, and if you purchased Encore on a disc, then this will also be a separate installation on a different disc. So if you're only seeing General, then you missed out on all of the goodies, so make sure you go back and install those.
But basically here, we'll be using throughout the Training Series, but there are tons of menus. We can click on, let's say, for example, Party menu HD, and we can click on Airplane, our little Airplane here. So there's different like Type Styles and Images and just little flourishes and buttons, all kinds of things that we can add to our projects, even background Images, and Shapes, and just little things that we can use to enhance our Project. So even if you only have a video to start out with, then you can use Encore's set of stuff to make your File DVD. You could use Encore's Buttons, Encore's included Backgrounds and menus.
Now, of course, you can make your own, and I'll show how to do that, but it's really cool to know that all of the stuff that you absolutely need is already here for you in the program, and there's tons and tons of content, and there's tons of ways that you can customize it to your own choosing.
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