Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding a menu to a project, part of Encore CS5 Essential Training.
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So now we are going to continue here and we're actually going to go over to our Library panel, and we're going to add a menu from the Library panel to our project and actually tweak that menu a little bit. So go to Library panel, and we have these buttons here, and these are essentially filters for different objects. As you can see, as I mouse over these, it says Toggle display of images, backgrounds, buttons, menus, and so by default, they are all pressed, so we are seeing all of these objects. Right now, I only want to see menus, so I'm going to just click this first button, and that will show me only menus. Keep in mind this is only in the General category, so if I want to see Wedding menus, if I'm making a Wedding DV, I can click on Wedding or Travel, if I want to see Travel menus, and so on.
I'm going to leave this set to General for the time being, and I'm going to scroll down, and click once on the Sunset menu. As I click once on this menu, I can Preview this, and we are making a menu for this Explore California Company, so this menu is going to look pretty good. So we are going to go ahead and just double-click this menu in the Library panel, and in just a few moments it will be added to the Project panel as an asset that I can use as I please. Now it says Inspirational Thoughts here. That's not really what we're going for, and we only have one menu item here, just one movie to play.
So what I'm going to do is I'm going to click on the languages button, and hit the Delete key on my keyboard. Same thing with special features, click Special Features, hit Delete, click Scene Selections and press Delete. If you are not able to do that, you'll need to make sure that you have this Black Arrow tool selected. It's called the Selection tool. You'll find in the upper left-hand corner of the interface in this tools area, and that will allow you to select the tools and then delete them. The next problem with this movie is the title of the menu here, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to select the Type tool here.
It looks like a letter T here, and I'm going to go back over to this Text, and I don't want this bracket. See how I have this little bracket around my cursor? I don't want that. As I bring this closer to the Inspirational Thoughts text, those brackets go away. So this is bad, good, bad, good. So I'm going to click in here, once I have those brackets gone, and now those brackets tell me that I'm going to create New text, which is not what I want to do. When those brackets go away, it tells me I'm going to edit existing text, which is what I want. So I'm going to click in here with those brackets, and then I can hit the Delete key to delete these, and I'm going to type the real name of our menu, which is Explore California.
To accept the text, go ahead and go back and select the Selection tool again in the Tools panel, and now we've created a menu, using the Library, and we've also tweaked it very quickly, without very much effort at all, and made it suit our purposes.
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- Building multipage menus
- Creating motion menus
- Adding and linking buttons in menus
- Inserting chapter markers
- Defining user permissions for a disc
- Adding text
- Using audio in Encore
- Looping menus
- Transitioning between menus
- Outputting to the web with Flash
- Integrating with Premiere Pro and After Effects