Join Maxim Jago for an in-depth discussion in this video Slideshows, part of Up and Running with Encore CS5.
Slide shows are a great way for you to add a little bit of extra detail and interest to a DVD with very, very little work. Very often if your working on a production of course you might have an onset photographer and they'll produce a hole series of stills for you and you don't really have any use for them. But with Encore, you can incorporate them automatically into a slideshow. Now this is really easy to do. I've got a series of images here that I've imported, and I'm going to shift select to get the whole list of them. Then I'm going to click on the new item button here and I'm going to choose Slideshow.
Now a slideshow is an item like any other that exists inside of your project, and you can see here, there it is, it's been named after the first item, so I'm just going to click on the name here and rename this to Slideshow, just to make it easier to find in my project. And I'll perhaps pull it out, so that it sits in my project more generally. Let's put it in with the other items there. So I've got my various different timelines, and I've got my slideshow. And I don't really need this stills photo anymore, because all of the items I just put into the slideshow, have all popped up inside this slideshow panel.
Now, the slideshow panel has appeared automatically, because I created the slideshow. But if you ever want to go looking for it, you can go to the window menu, and you'll find it just here. The tick's next to it because it's displayed right now. So what have we got for controls inside this panel? I've got the images themselves, which will now be described as slides. And you'll notice that these are numbered. I can click and drag these into different positions. So, I might decide I'll have these black and white shots, near the beginning.
There we go. And maybe we'll come to the color images later on. That works for me. You'll notice also that there's a duration displayed here, and the duration of a slide is based on your preferences. You can specify if you go into the Edit menu here, go to Preferences, and choose Timelines. We can see the default image duration is six seconds. Now this is specified on import, but it's not that important. If I just cancel out here, you can see I can specify a new duration down inside the slideshow panel. If I set this to seven seconds, then you can see the numbers all update automatically.
I also have the option here to zoom in and out so I can see more or less of the slids. And if I'm working with lots and lots of images I might want to make this pretty small. If I make this bigger, then I can scroll up and down. And if I find an image that I don't want, let's say for example this one, the colors are a little bit different. I can click on the trashcan and it's gone, it's not gone from the harddrive, it's just gone from this slideshow. Now you'll notice, there's an audio box here, this is great, very straight forward to use, I can drag and drop, I've got an MP3 of the soundtrack from this music video here. So I'll just click and drag that straight into the box. And I can create a list of audio here, so If I've got several images that I want to show, a really long slideshow, or maybe even just very short audio clips, I can put them in order in this box.
In fact, if I had just undo this, you'll see there's one of these lovely picwip menu options here I can click and drag on to the item that I want. It achieves the same effect. Now, this audio has quite a long duration, five minutes, 48. And you'll notice there's a tick box down here to fit the slideshow to the audio duration. So if I took thjis box you'll notice that suddenly my slide duration, each individual slide, is 34 seconds in 21 frames which is pretty long, so I don't think I'll tick that box. But you'll notice that it's kept the setting so I'm just going to click in here and rewrite this.
I'm going to go for quite short. I'm going to go for three seconds. There we are. And of course if my slides are much longer than my audio I can take the box to loop the audio, which is pretty unnecessary in this instance, but it's an option there. If you've got lots and lots of images and just a short piece of sound. I think that might get a little bit frustrating for the viewer. Now if I want to, and let me just resize this a little bit here, so I can see all of the controls on screen. I can also specify transition effects between these images or I can specify default transition.
So if I maybe go for a dip to black so it's nice and obvious, you can see I get a little symbol next to each of these images and a red line that tells me that, effectively this is going to need to render before it can play back. These images will be converted to video before they're played on the DVD. If I want, I can right-click and I can choose a different transition for one of these. Maybe I'll go for a clock wipe on that one. And this is just the option I've got. For each individual item, we'll override the settings for the default transition. If I turn on this random pan and zoom option then Encore will automatically zoom in a little bit, and animate, and move around inside the image, just to give life to it, which I'll turn that on.
And if I turn on manualUNKNOWN, which I'll leave off for now. Then effectively each image will behave like a chapter, and the user, the viewer's going to need to press next chapter, next chapter, next chapter to move between the different images. Now that I've created my slideshow, then all I need to do is render it to view it and I'm going to need to link to it from somewhere to play it back. So, first of all, let's render, that's this button down here, Render Effects and Transitions, and this is going to take a few moments. Okay, and that's done, and now I get a green line to show that this is ready to watch.
Now, because this behaves like any other asset, if I select this in the Project panel you'll notice that like any other timeline, I've got a end action, I've got a menu remoter option, and I can link to it. So, in this particular project, I don't have a menu setup, but I can set the end action to link straight through to the main movie, if I wanted to, and I could link to it like anything else. Now if I double-click on the item in the project panel I'm going to see it just as a list of slides. If I want to see this play back, Then I can right-click inside the slide show, or Ctrl+click on a Mac, and choose Preview from here.
Just pull this onscreen so you can see it, and there's our animation. (music playing) Now you can see there's a white line at the edge there which is caused by these being extracted from an existing video and the easy way to fix that is to pop into Photoshop and crop them. I haven't bothered to do them for this project. (music playing) That there we are. There's our random moving around inside the shotMUSIC and our transition between each of the images. (music playing) I'll just exit and return. So, again, creating a slideshow is very much a question of just choosing the images that you want.
You can shift select or control click, command click to select individual items. Click on the new item button and choose slideshow.
- 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