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iDVD '09 Essential Training

Adding a scene selection menu


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iDVD '09 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

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In this movie I'd like to show you how to create a Scene Selection menu for the movies on your DVD. I'm sure you are familiar with what I'm talking about if you've ever played a commercial DVD on a TV before. A Scene Selection menu is a menu that lets you jump to a specific point or scene of the movie. This can be especially useful if you have a long movie and you want to offer your viewers a way to jump right to a particular point they might want to skip to. In iDVD it's actually very easy to create a Scene Selection menu, but it's kind of limited. Let me show you what I mean. As we have seen right now this Play Main Video button takes me right into my movies. So if I Double-Click that, that's the same as Clicking Play on my DVD player and you can see it's now playing the video.

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iDVD '09 Essential Training
2h 54m Beginner May 21, 2009

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iDVD '09 connects with other iLife '09 applications to create slick, professional-looking DVDs incorporating pictures, movies, and music. In iDVD '09 Essential Training, Garrick Chow takes a detailed look at how to create a DVD using Apple's built-in shortcuts or the provided customized templates. Users will see how to build menus and submenus, automatically create scene selection menus, and archive the final project on a disk or as a disk image. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Using drop zones and menu backgrounds
  • Applying and editing button styles
  • Editing text
  • Adding DVD-ROM content
  • Creating slideshows
  • Using Magic iDVD
Subjects:
Video DVD Authoring
Software:
iDVD
Author:
Garrick Chow

Adding a scene selection menu

In this movie I'd like to show you how to create a Scene Selection menu for the movies on your DVD. I'm sure you are familiar with what I'm talking about if you've ever played a commercial DVD on a TV before. A Scene Selection menu is a menu that lets you jump to a specific point or scene of the movie. This can be especially useful if you have a long movie and you want to offer your viewers a way to jump right to a particular point they might want to skip to. In iDVD it's actually very easy to create a Scene Selection menu, but it's kind of limited. Let me show you what I mean. As we have seen right now this Play Main Video button takes me right into my movies. So if I Double-Click that, that's the same as Clicking Play on my DVD player and you can see it's now playing the video.

(Music playing.) But I want to add chapter markers or scene selections. To do so, I Click once to select the button for the movie I want to add the scene selection for. Then I choose Advanced > Create Chapter Markers for Movie. Now this is the limitation of creating chapter markers in iDVD. You can only have iDVD automatically create chapter markers every X number of minutes. You cannot browse to specific points in your movie and manually add markers at points that make sense, which to me is pretty unfortunate and can create some nonsensical scene selection buttons which depending on your movie, may drop you right into the middle or end of a scene.

Fortunately, you can use iMovie '09 to create chapter markers in your movie at specific locations and then import the file directly into iDVD and then have iDVD automatically create a Scene Selection menu based on those chapter markers you manually created. And I'll definitely be showing you how to do that later on. But for now this is how you create a Scene Selection menu in iDVD, which is a quick and easy way to add places in your video for your viewers to jump to. I think one chapter per minute is probably a good amount of time to jump ahead, but that's entirely up to you. So I'll Click OK. Notice that it's changed name of the button to Southern Utah.

It took the original name of the video file that we brought in here, called Southern Utah and change the name of the menu, which to me is okay because the button previously said, Play Main Video, but now when I Double-Click the menu, it doesn't play the Main Video anymore, it takes me to the sub-menu. And I have two options in here, Play Movie, which now when I Double-Click that will play the movie. But I have also the menu that's been created called Scene Selection. And when I Double-Click that, now I have a scene menu labeled scenes 1, 2, 3 and I have got Beginning, Chapter 2, and Chapter 3. Now these are just buttons, so I can rename these. So I might want to call this Chapter 1 instead of Beginning or I could name it after what the scene is about. In this case, maybe sunset. Chapter 2 could be called clouds, Chapter 3 could be called sunrise, and so on.

I can even rename the title here instead of Scenes maybe I would prefer the word Chapters. But the point is iDVD automatically generated the Scene Selection menu for me and just like any other Scene Selection menu, I have the ability to edit its Drop Zones, or open its Menu Info window, and play with things like the Loop Duration. Or if I want the outro in there, and it's just a regular menu, and I can Click the Back button to work my way back to the main menu. So there it is. Again, it's not the greatest way to create chapter markers, but at least you can quickly create a means for your viewers to skim through your movie this way. And again, I'll be showing you how to manually create chapter markers at specific locations using iMovie later on.

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