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I have here this simple project with this menu from Encore's Library. I have this Play Movie button set up to play my Timeline, which is this cool snowboarding movie here. You could see a little preview of that in the Project panel. Now, wouldn't it be cool if when we clicked Play Movie as a user, it didn't just go from the menu straight to the Timeline, but if there was a cool little animation? What that little cool animation is called is a menu Transition. So what I have done is I have created this menu. I have taken the menu actually and taken it into Adobe After Effects, and I've applied this cool Shatter Effect.
You could see preview of that here in the Project panel, it kind of explodes. What we are going to do is we are going to set this up as a transition, so that when users click on Play Movie, the menu will appear to explode, and then the Timeline will play. The way that we set this up is that we click the button, go to the Properties panel, then we go to the Transition tab. Transitions are functions of buttons, so each button could have its own unique transition if you want. So I am going to go to the pick whip, in Asset here, and drag the pick whip over to the Texture menu movie that I have created.
Now, let's right-click on the Texture menu and choose Preview from Here. Now, assuming we set this up right, once we clicked Play Movie, it's going to play the transition movie of the menu Exploding, and then it's going to play the Timeline movie. Isn't that fun, just to have like a little transition? It doesn't just go straight to the footage, it actually blows up. By the way, if you are interested in creating that Shatter Effect, you can check out the Shatter Tutorials on lynda.com. I've done a lot of the After Effects Training on there, and there is plenty of training on the Shatter Effect.
It's very easy, basically a drag and drop thing that makes that explode, very quick and easy to do. That's really all there is to creating menu transitions.
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