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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.
In this brief chapter, we're going to look at Playlists, which will allow you to give your viewers more control over what they're watching. Now this concept is a little bit more complex than most of the stuff we've looked at. So I need you to follow along with me as I explain what I've done with this project here. Now we have four Timelines in our project, and there's a Movie in each of these timelines. If I click on the Play All button, I've set it up so that it plays all of these timelines. The button, as you can see here in the Properties panel, is set up to play Ocean Movie 1. So it's going to go to Ocean Movie 1. The end action of Ocean Movie 1 is not to go back to the menu, but to play the Ocean Movie 2 Timeline.
So we'll play the Ocean Movie 2 Timeline. Now in the Ocean Movie 2 Timeline, its End Action is set up to go to Olive Movie 1. The Olive Movie 1's End Action is set up to go to Olive Movie 2, and then the End Action of Olive Movie 2 is to go back to the menu. So basically they play in this order. Ocean Movie 1, 2, Olive Movie 1 and 2 and then back to the menu. But what if your viewers don't want to see the Olive Movies, or don't want to see the Ocean Movies? You want to be able to give them the control over what they want.
But the problem is that if they were to go watch just the Ocean Movies then the End Action of the Ocean Movie is to go to the Olive Movies. So what we can do is create a Playlist. So, for example, we have these Ocean Movies here. So what I'm going to do is go down to the bottom of the Project panel here. I'm going to create a New Playlist. I'm going to call this Ocean Movie Playlist. Now let's go ahead and go to our Playlist, go ahead and click once on it and once it's clicked once, we could see it in the Properties panel.
So what I'm going to do, actually, I'm just going to go ahead and delete this, I'm going to drag Ocean Movie 1, actually, I can't do that I'm sorry. I need to use the Pick whip here in the Properties panel. Use the pick whip to select Ocean Movie 1, and then next, I'm going to select, with the pick whip, Ocean Movie 2. So it's going to play Ocean Movie 1 and then Ocean Movie 2, and I could actually drag and drop and rearrange these, actually using these arrows here if I wanted to, and then I want the End Action to go back to the menu.
Next, I need to link it up so that the Ocean Movies button links to this Playlist. Now when users click on this Ocean Movies button, assuming they just want to see the Ocean Movies only, it will go to this Playlist, which will play Ocean Movie 1, Ocean Movie 2, and then the End Action will take it back to the menu. Let's do that one more time for the Olive Oil Movies. I'm going to create a New Playlist. We'll call this Olive Oil Movie Playlist, and then I will select it in the Project panel and then making sure that it's selected here in my Properties panel, I'm going to drag a pick whip to Olive Movie 1, then Olive Movie 2, set an End Action to go back to the menu, once it's done with these two timelines, and now we just need to link this button up in the menu to the Olive Oil Movie Playlist.
So now we have a project, or a menu, that allows users to get what they want. They can Play All if they want to, and they will all play in order, as expected, or they could look at just the Ocean Movies, or just the Olive Oil Movies, and we give them control over that by using Playlists.
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