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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.
Button routing allows your viewers to control how buttons are selected. This is especially important in complex menus such as submenus like this, where there are buttons that allow you go back to a previous submenu or to the next submenu. There are multiple buttons, and there's a Main menu button. So how do your viewers go from button to button? Now first we want to make sure that our menu is showing in the Menu Viewer. You could do that by double- clicking it in the Project panel here. Next, we need to show the button routing.
To do that, go down here at the bottom of the Menu Viewer to this button and click that, which will show you the button routing. So this 1 here in the center indicates this one button is, in fact, button 1. Then this is button 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and then, in a weird twist of craziness, this is button 7. This is button 8, and then the Main menu is button 9. Now the numbers on the outside of the center tell you what would happen if a viewer had that button selected and then pushed that direction with their remote.
This is a little bit screwy, and a lot of times the default button routing for the default menus, or the menus that come with Encore, are little bit off and I actually haven't changed any of this, so this is actually the way it comes to you. So in other words, if I'm on button 4, for example, and as a user, I push the Up button on my DVD remote, it's going to take me to button 6, which is down here. That doesn't make any sense to me. I mean, if I was a user, to me, in my mind, and I was on button 4 and I push the Up button, I would think that it would take me to this button here.
So I want to change that. That's kind of screwy to me. Also, if I was on button 4 and if I push the right direction, I think that I would be going to the Main menu. But no, I go back to number 1, which seems very counterintuitive to go to the left when I actually push to the right. Really, the only way to get back to the Main menu button is to somehow get back to one of these buttons, button 7 or 8, and then push up, if you're on button 8, or down if you're on button 7.
That's just anarchy. That's crazy. I wanted to be able to be easier for my users to change things than that. But there's not much we can do until we go back and select the menu in the Project panel. When the menu is selected in our Project panel, you could see it in the Properties panel. Then in the Menu properties, there is an option that says Automatically Route Buttons. If this is chosen, then you have no control over how the routing of the buttons goes. So before we change things, we need to click this to deselect it, giving us total control over button routing.
So now we can go, and I could select button 4, for example, and click on the right tab, I get a little hand here. I could click and drag this to button 9. Now it makes it so that when viewers click to the right, they will go to the Main menu button. If I want them to go back to button 7, I could click and drag on the 6 here, and they will go to button 7. If they're here and I want them to go direct to button 8, if they click left, which makes more sense to me, then I'll click and drag and move this over to button 8.
So using this, we can control button routing, giving our users a very predictable and intuitive user experience.
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