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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.
When authoring DVDs, there is a phrase often heard referred to as Bit Budgeting. Basically, that means that you're aware of what's going on in your project and how much space has been taken up. Now you might think that you have to go through and think about how big all these files are going to be, once they're transcoded and do a bunch of math. You don't have to do that. All you've to do is go over to the Build panel here. Encore keeps a running tally of all the stuff used in your project. Right here, in the Disc Info area, you can open this up here, and change the Size of your DVD, whether it's going to be a regular 4.7 GB or a dual layer 8.54 GB, how many sides it's going to have, and then there'll be a bar graph here that will go to the right as you continue to add content.
So you can basically see how much space you've used up. So even though we have tons of stuff going on in this project, many videos, and there's even a motion menu, so if we are actually going to render this, we'd see that there is motion with this default menu we've got from Encore here, even with all this stuff going on, we've only used up a little bit of what is possible, as far as space goes within this Project. So again, keep in mind, as you are plotting out your project, how big everything is, especially if you're doing a DVD for a full-length movie or for maybe a TV series, keep in mind how things are filling up.
As I mentioned before, the default setting for transcoding stuff is Automatic. So if you bring in too much stuff and you're not aware of it, then what's going to happen is that Encore is going to automatically start taking the quality down of your stuff. So make sure you keep a close eye in the Build panel and this Disc Info area about how much space you've used up to make sure that you don't accidentally squish your footage too much and lose some quality there.
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