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Adding submenus

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Video: Adding submenus

I have in my exercise files folder, a folder called deleted scenes, which contains three short movies that I also want to include on my final DVD disc. If I wanted to make these accessible from the main menu of my DVD, I would simply select all three items and drag them into my project. Now I have Clickable buttons to play all three movies along with the button to play my main video. So Double-Clicking any of these buttons plays that movie. Now we'll stop that and we can kind of see why those scenes were deleted.

Adding submenus

I have in my exercise files folder, a folder called deleted scenes, which contains three short movies that I also want to include on my final DVD disc. If I wanted to make these accessible from the main menu of my DVD, I would simply select all three items and drag them into my project. Now I have Clickable buttons to play all three movies along with the button to play my main video. So Double-Clicking any of these buttons plays that movie. Now we'll stop that and we can kind of see why those scenes were deleted.

But that's not what I wanted to do with these movies, I'm going to select these and just delete them out of here. Note that iDVD keeps the button centered and organized because Snap to grid is turned on, which is a good thing in this case because I don't want these buttons stand up all over the place. So instead of dragging all three of these movies into my main menu, I'd rather create a separate menu called Deleted Scenes, so my viewers will know exactly what these clips are. Because if I just drag them into my main menu like I did, those deleted scenes are pretty much giving the same weight and importance as my main video and I want my main video to be the primary attraction or focal point of this menu.

So there are couple of ways of creating what's called a sub-menu and a sub-menu is just simply a way to keep your DVD organized. Instead of doing a whole bunch of buttons and items onto your main menu, create sub-menus to organize all the elements and extra materials into their own areas. One way to do this is to Click the Add button and select Add Submenu. You can see it creates a button called My Submenu, so I'm going to select that and change its name to Deleted Scenes. Double-Clicking that menu takes me to this new menu page, one level down from my main menu and I can drag in my movies to this menu. There they are and I probably have to do some rearranging here. I'll put that there and that there to put them in order.

I can access these deleted scenes here again just by Double-Clicking to take a look at them. So that's one way to create a sub-menu. Let's go back to the main menu by Clicking the Back button and all sub- menus do have Back buttons to take you back to the main menu. I'm going to delete this sub -menu so I can show you another way to create one. Now if you find yourself in a situation where you have added a bunch of movies to your main menu, let's do this again, and then you change your mind and realize you'd rather relegate them to a sub-menu, there is no need to delete the buttons or start from scratch. Simply hold down the Shift key and then select the items you want to add to your sub-menu and then choose Project > New Menu from Selection. So that's another way to create a sub-menu.

Again, I'll select this and change this to Deleted Scenes. And now when I Double-Click that button, I go to the sub-menu again and I still need to do a little bit of rearranging to get those in order, and there is my sub-menu. Your sub-menus are pretty much like any other menu you work with, you can open up the Drop Zone Editor to see the drop zones and add different photos or videos if you so choose. Let me close that. This sub-menu also has motion built-in just like the main menu. (Music plays.) It's playing the same song from my main menu as well.

(Music plays.) You can see we have a slideshow going on here. (Music plays.) We can customize this menu just like we could the main menu. So if I open up my Menu Info pane, maybe I want to make the Loop Duration a little bit shorter, turn that Outro back on, let's see how that looks. (Music plays.) So, again the music fades out and then it loops back to beginning. (Music plays.) So, you can see we have the same options available in sub-menus as we have when working with the main menu. Of course, as you probably rename this menu title as Deleted Scenes as well, and there we go. Click the Back button to go back to the main menu.

So, that's how we create a sub-menu, and again, it's just a good way to keep the contents of your DVD organized.

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