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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.
So now that our little mini project has a menu, and a button and a video to link to, it should seem like all we have to do is just link up the button to the movie. But there is another step we need to go through first. And that is we need to take this video and put it inside of a Timeline. A Timeline is an Encore object, and that is what you need to put your videos into, if you want to be able to link to them. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go down to the bottom of the Project panel, click this little dropdown here, and this creates a New something.
Anytime you see this little piece of paper icon that looks like you are turning a page, this is Adobe's icon for making a New something. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to make a new Timeline. So all I have to do is make a timeline, and then take this Footage and drag and drop it into our Timeline here. Now it doesn't have a Name, our Timeline doesn't, do what we could do is right-click on it and choose Rename. I'll call this Explore CA ad, and click OK, and then now we have this Timeline.
And this object is the thing that we will link to when we link this up in the next movie. So again, we have our menu. We're going to link from the button to the Timeline, not the original movie. The Timeline thing is can be cool, because we put multiple movies, and even do some minor video Edits, here, in the Timeline. Now an even faster way to create a Timeline, if you're interested, is - I'm going to actually select this Timeline and Delete it, start from scratch here, select Yes - then I'm going to select the piece of Footage, the Asset that I want to turn into a Timeline, or put into a Timeline, and press the keyboard shortcut Command+T on the Mac, T for Timeline, or Ctrl+T on the PC.
This automatically takes your Footage, puts it into a Timeline, and it already named it for us based on our Footage. So this Command+T, Ctrl+T shortcut is truly a shortcut indeed. Now we have these two Encore objects, a menu and a Timeline and we're ready to link them up together.
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