Join Steve Grisetti for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing a menu page with a background and sound, part of Sony Vegas Production Workflow.
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DVD Architect includes a number of themes, backgrounds, and button looks. But you're by no means limited to using these elements. You can customize your menu's look any way you'd like, using your own photos, graphics, video, and music files. So here's a basic movie menu page with a single button linking to our movie. And as you've seen, we can customize it by going to the themes menu, and applying a theme to it. And the theme will affect the background, and the color scheme, and the look of the buttons.
And we can also select the individual elements here, like buttons, and apply a custom look to those buttons. We can also customize the background. Simply by selecting from their library, and they've got a pretty nice library. Some pretty good-looking things, but a lot of times we'd like to personalize our disks. This is after all our cover. It is going to introduce our audience to the movie that will be included on the disk. So if we go to explorer here, and I've opened up my project assets. You see that I have a lot of media files here.
And I have some movie files, and I have some still photos, and I have some music. It can use these to create a custom look for my DVD, or Blu-ray menu. So for instance if I grab, this JPEG still, and drag it up onto my background here in the workspace area. It replaces the background with my still photo. I can also, find some music here say, Delayed Goodbye. I can drag it up onto my background. And now I have a music soundtrack.
And I can preview that menu page, and it looks like this. That's pretty nice. We have sort of a custom look now, to our DVD menu, our Blu-Ray disc menu. I'd kind of like something that was animated or was a movie. But I can't just drag a movie up onto the background. If I do that, it's going to create a new button, linking to my movie. And that's not really what I want. Ctrl+Z that. In order to add a movie, as a motion background to my menu, I need to make sure my background is selected, in the workspace area.
You can see the properties over on the right say Menu Page Properties. Whatever I have selected, I'm going to see the properties for, listed in that panel. So make sure that I have nothing, or the background selected. And I go to the Background Media page, and for its video, I can select that, click on the dropdown menu. And I get replace as an option. This opens up my browser, I can go to my DVDbackground.mpg.
Select that, open it, now this is my menu background, and we have a much more interesting menu now when I preview it. Very nice. Now one thing to be aware of, if I go back over here to the General page on my menu page properties. Is the length of the loop for that background. You can see that the length now is four minutes and 39 seconds. That's a long loop. And it's going to take up space on your disk. Now, maybe it's not a big deal to you, maybe you don't mind four minutes of space on there.
But probably 30 seconds is a little more like you'll see for a loop on a DVD or a Blu-Ray disc. This current length, by the way, is based on the length of the longer of the two media files that make up the background. In other words, I have an audio file. That's my music, Delayed Goodbye. And I have a video file that is not as long as my audio file. So one of my challenges here, is that we run out of video before we run out of music. And so, if the audience is watching this, and decided to continue to watch it.
The music will keep playing and we will see a black screen, Thats not really what we want. So rather then let it auto calculate for us and come up with the longer of the two media files. We're going to create our own loop by selecting the option to specify the menu length, and now we can get access to these numbers. I'd like it to be lets say 40 seconds long. The problem there is that's still longer than the video clip that I'm using for the background. Let's try 20 seconds long. There we go. Now the whole video clip fills out the timeline here, and so does the audio clip.
And we have a 20 second loop in the background on our menu page. You have a wealth of tools here in DVD Architect for customizing the look and feel of your disc Menu page. And you can use your own custom media to add to that library of looks and themes and styles. You're really only limited by your own imagination and Dvd Architect makes swapping in these elements just fairly intuitive, and very, very easy
- Creating a video sequence
- Adding titles and music
- Adding sound effects with the Audio FX plugin
- Removing background noise and normalizing audio in Sound Forge
- Recording narration in Sound Forge
- Setting up a DVD Architect project
- Customizing DVD menus
- Burning your disc