Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video The DVD authoring workflow, part of Learning Encore CS5.
Let's just have a look at the overall workflow for producing a DVD, just to give us a sense of the context of the other tools that we'll be using inside of Encore. First of all you're going to start up the application, you're going to choose new project, you'll give the project a name, I think today is a Wednesday,INAUDIBLE. So there you go Wednesday and choose a location for it. Default settings are usually fine once you've produced a couple of DVDs. Then you're into the application proper. You're going to import some media. Let's have that. Then you'll make a timeline from that media.
There we are. You need the timeline for the DVD to play. Lovely. Then we might well add some chapters, and you could use the asterisk key your numerical keypad to do that. Chapters are good because it allows of course the viewer to jump between sections of the movie. You might well produce a menu for this, because by default it's just going to play so maybe I'll have, let's have a look. That will do. I'm going to double-click, to open up that menu. Now this menu is a four by three menu, but if I look at the properties panel here I can toggle it to 16 by 9 and it kind of looks okay. It looks strange when you're used to seeing it four by three first, but it looks fine.
Then on here, I'm going to select the play movie button, and I'm going to link that by dragging this pick whip over to the SLI, the Somebody Loves You timeline. Notice I don't drag it to the video, I drag it to the timeline. Then I'm going to select that timeline, and I'm going to have the end action, I'm going to drag over to my menu. But while I'm there, I might as well select the menu, and change the name to main menu. Notice when I do this, it updates in the project panel as well. Essentially, the rest of DVD authoring, is linking things together.
So, I might well get rid of these extra buttons I don't need. Notice these are all separate items in this menu document. And I'm then going to have, maybe I'll have a scene, chapter menu. I'm just going to double-click to choose that. Make it 69 again, and then I'm going to grab my chapters. Let's just grab that, put that on episode one, drag that to two, three, four, five, six, and I'm going to be lazy and delete my number seven.
So now I've got chapters. I need to link that together. So let's get my scene selections button. Link that to my chapters menu. I'll rename that, chapters. Great. And then on my chapters menu, maybe I'll take the main menu button. Notice these are all created automatically as part of the template. I'm going to drag and link that to my main menu. I don't need the next and previous button, because I've just got one page of chapters. Great, and now lets have a look and see if I've missed anything. I'm going to go to my build panel, click check projects, and start.
No, everything's fine. I've chosen DVD, I'm going to put a blank disc in, and I'm going to click build. That is the DVD authoring workflow. There's a lot of other stuff you can do as well. I could, for example, import some stills. Let's have that, and then I could build those stills, into maybe a slideshow. Fine. And then I could link to the slideshow maybe from my main menu. I could alt drag to create a copy of a button here.
I'm holding down the alt key, option on a Mac. The type tool, double-click to get into the text. And let me just zoom in a little bit so you can see. In fact what I need to do is, first of all select, there we are, that's with the direct selection tool and here I'll just say, a slide show. Escape to come back out. Click away. Click back to select the button, and then I can use this pick whip to drag to my slideshow.
Here we go. And in the slideshow, I'm going to select it and set as an end action, from the menu here, I'll choose return to last menu. And again, now, if I go to my flowchart view, that's it and I'm going to use the panel menu on the flowchart, to choose maximize frame. We can see here the DVD goes in. I need to name it. It's still called untitled project. That just goes straight through to play my movie, which is wrong because I need it to go to the menu first. From there, I've got three buttons which link and yes, my slide show doesn't go back to anywhere. It just returned to the last menu.
That's fine. I just restore the frame size here, and I'm going to go to my project panel. And in the project panel, I'm going to deselect everything so that I get my, disc properties in the properties panel. I'm going to call this Somebody Loves You, which is the name of this music video, and I'm going to say the first play, which is currently the Somebody Loves You timeline, instead I'm going to link that to my main menu, and that changes the flow chart for me automatically. So that's the overview. The gist is that you're going to get some media assets into your project panel, you're going to make those into timelines, or a timeline.
You might well put chapter points on it, then you're going to generate menus, you're going to link the various menus together, and you might produce additional assets, like, for example the slideshow. There's a slideshow, and link those together as well. What you're creating is a kind of network of assets, that have links between them. Every item has properties, including the individual buttons inside a menu. As you can tell, there's quite a lot of flexibility here in the approach that you take. You could be building multiple slideshows, multiple chapter menus, and so on. And really approaching it in quite a non-linear fashion. Which is completely fine, but do be careful as you're working on particularly complex DVD authoring projects, that you don't end up with a lot of loose ends. And that's where, under the build menu here, the build panel, you've got this checked project option which is very, very useful. In fact, you'll notice that because this is a separate tab. You can have this embedded in the interface.
But you don't have to. If I close that panel I can then go to my window menu, and choose check project, and it will pop up as a floating panel as well. If fact, if you look under that menu, there's even an F 4 keyboard shortcut to bring that option up. You might well, along the way, preview your DVD, which will be file, preview, or as you can see here, alt control space, option apple space on a Mac, and this will allow me to test the DVD and see, yep, that seems to work fine. You might well produce motion menus, where you've got video playing in the background of your menu.
That won't play, in the preview panel. Again, that will not play on the preview panel, until you go to the file menu, and choose render, motion menus. It's grayed out because I don't have any. When you render the motion menus, Encore produces the video files that will play on the DVD. Then you can see them moving in the preview panel. So there you are, that's an overview of the workflow when using encore to produce DVDs.
- Getting to know Encore
- Creating a project
- Creating a simple DVD
- Working with menus
- Adding slideshows and playlists
- Creating menu templates
- Using Dynamic Link
- Previewing and outputting