Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of Encore CS4, part of Encore CS4 Getting Started.
In this movie I am going to give you a quick tour through Adobe Encore CS4. Most projects start here in the Project panel on the left side of the interface. In the Project panel we import all the assets we will be using in our project. Movies, photos for slideshows, menus and other objects. Encore works very similarly to the way other video applications work. We can bring as much stuff as we want into our project, but it doesn't really affect the overall size of our project very much because only links to the original files are maintained. That way if you bring in 20 gigabytes worth of assets, and basically by assets I mean videos, audio or the pictures, anything you bring into Encore, you could bring in 20 gigabytes to Encore and it won't increase the project by very much at all. But you want to make sure that as you bring things into the Project panel, you maintain where they are. As you rename, move or delete things on your hard drive, Encore will no longer be able to locate it. So you want to be aware of that.
To import things into the Project panel simply double-click here and we can navigate and I have some videos here. I will bring in Surfing 01. Now we have this video here, and video can be used for many things in Encore. We can preview it here in the Project panel, with the little Play icon. (Waves crashing.) We can use this movie for motion menu backgrounds and a few other things as well. But most commonly you will use video as timelines. That way when people click buttons on your menus, they will be taken to timeline so that they could watch videos.
So videos need to be housed in timelines in order to be able to be viewed. So I need to select that movie, come ing here to the bottom of the Project panel and create a new item, select Timeline. And it has made a new timeline and put this video in it because we had it selected when we made a new timeline. We could also import assets as Encore objects. For example I can right-click in the Project panel and select Import As > Menu, and then navigate to a Photoshop file. Essentially the menus in Encore are just Photoshop files. As I click and I say Open, we now have a menu with buttons and again, this is all setup in Photoshop. Encore knows what to do with this Photoshop document because of the way that I named the groups and layers in this Photoshop document.
Now that we have assets in our project, we need to create navigation. In other words, we need to link these objects together. We need to make it so that when we click on a button in our menu it plays a timeline. You could actually do that in a few ways. I could select a button here in the Menu Viewer panel, go to the Properties panel, select the Basic tab, or you could come down here next to the word Link and click this little curly-cue icon which is actually called a pickwhip, click and drag this to an asset in our Project panel to select it as the link for this pickwhip. Or another way to create navigation is to go to the Flowchart.
Here in the Flowchart we could select, the first thing that happens when users play our disc. I am going to click the right side of this and it's kind of a pickwhip built in here. I want it to start with the menu and now that we have linked this up, we know that the DVD will start with this menu. The buttons of this menu are listed in this Flowchart. Locations, Products and Our Story. So I am going to click on Our Story to make this button link up to this timeline. We can now preview our DVD to see what it will look like when played back on a set-top DVD player. We could do that by clicking this button at the top in the Tools panel. Click on Our Story, (Waves crashing.) and there is the video.
When you're all done building your DVD, you can come to the Build panel to output. Using Encore you could output not only to DVD, but also to high-definition Blu-ray disc and Flash. In other words, Encore will create a .swf file that mimics the way your DVD looks. Essentially this creates a SWF or a Flash-based website that resembles your DVD. What's great about this is you don't need to create multiple projects to output to multiple media. You can create one project and output to all three, DVD, Blu-ray and Flash, if you wanted to.
Once you are all done, again select a format and then click the Build button and you are done with your project.
- Importing existing Encore projects Previewing video and navigation Creating motion menu backgrounds Building slideshows Exporting to disc or SWF