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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.
This next tutorial is a great trick, just a phenomenal tool to be able to have in your arsenal. It is very challenging, probably the most challenging in the training series, but man! What a great secret trick. If I was a magician, they would have to kill me for sharing this with you. But what we're going to do is we're going to have a workaround for Subpictures. Subpictures, to me look, so cheesy, just these little graphic overlays, over buttons, and they always look kind of blocky and kind of chintzy. So what we're going to do is we're going to make it so that I, this is me right here, I am going to be the Subpicture.
And I'm going to point at the activated button. The way that we're going to fake this is that we're going to actually have four separate menus here that appear to the audience to be one menu. So we have one menu where I'm pointing to button 1, one menu where I'm pointing to button 2, one to button 3, and one to button 4. These are four separate menus again, but we're going to use a feature called Auto Activate, which will make the audience think that this is one menu.
Now, I've already set up menus 2, 3, and 4 for you. So let's go ahead and double- click on menu number 1 to set this up. Now, when users choose button number 2, when they select it with their DVD remote, not necessarily when they choose it as far as like pressing Enter, but just when they select it, we want it to go to the number 2 menu automatically without them pushing a button, because if they have to push a button, then the mystery is up. So what we want to do is use this feature in the Properties panel with the Button selected called Auto Activate.
So that means that as soon as users choose this button, it will automatically activate the link. So we want the link to be menu number 2. So what we're going to do is choose the link, and we're going to go to number 2-Upper Right menu. And when we make our link from the flyout menu, we cannot only choose the menu to link to, but which button is active. So when users choose button number 2, we will have the number 2 button active.
Likewise, when users choose button number 4, then we will Auto Activate button 4. And from the flyout menu, we will choose menu number 4, and button number 4 of menu number 4, and likewise with number 3. We'll Auto Activate that. From the Link flyout, we'll choose the third menu and the number 3 button of the third menu. So as it mixes what's going on here as the users choose button number 2, for example, or as they just move their cursor to button number 2, then we go to the number 2 menu.
If they then push down on their remote control, it will instantly, automatically because of this Auto Activate thing, they'll automatically be taken to the fourth menu, the 4-Lower Right menu. Now, you might be asking to yourself, how would they actually link to the object to watch a movie then? Well, if you are on menu number 4, for example, then menu number 4, this button would be activated, and then you could set this link to whatever object. So each button would only have one real link to another object in your project.
So again, number 1, here is the real button. As they selected number 2, they're automatically be taken to this menu, 3, they're automatically be taken to that menu, 4, automatically be taken to this menu. So it would appear to them as if they are just kind of browsing around, and as if I am moving according to their choices, but really this is four separate menus. So let's see how this works. I'm going to right-click on menu number 1. That's our first play object. I'm going to choose Preview from Here.
Now, instead of using my mouse, which will be kind of messy in this example, I'm going to use these arrows here to simulate the DVD remote. So if I click on the right to select button number 2, it's automatically going to switch over, because we Auto Activated the Link to go to the Upper Right menu, it's automatically now in menu number 2. I push down to go to button number 4, and I'm actually in menu number 4. So it appears to the viewer as if we are controlling the actual menu itself, but really, I am as if the Subpicture, I'm pretending to be the Subpicture.
I'm not really the Subpicture, but it appears that way because of Auto Activate, because we have made it so that each of these buttons now takes you automatically to another menu. Now, for my money, this is the best use of Auto Activate, but you could use Auto Activate for other purposes. If somebody selects a button, you want it to automatically play a Slideshow or Timeline, you can do that, of course, as well. But by auto-activating and switching out the menus with another menu, you can do really crazy, creative, innovative things like this.
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