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If you're looking for an easy and stimulating way to master Adobe Encore DVD and fine-tune your moviemaking skills at the same time, look no further than Adobe Encore DVD: In the Studio. This full-color tutorial will help you push the limits of Adobe Encore DVD by helping you to create highly imaginative designs and projects. Designed primarily for Adobe Creative Suite developers, particularly those using Adobe Premiere and AfterEffects, as well as filmmakers who wish to transfer their projects to DVDs, the book combines practical learning materials and project-based lessons. But Adobe Encore DVD: In the Studio is not your average tutorial. The book draws on the experience of author Doug Dixon--an expert on Adobe Encore DVD, the author of other books on DVD development, and a core member of the product's alpha and beta programs. Well-versed in both the use and design of Adobe Encore DVD, Dixon imbues this O'Reilly Media digital book with the unique perspective of an insider who really knows his pixels. Adobe Encore DVD: In the Studio discusses the protocols involved with DVD files and file systems; pixel aspect ratio issues; common gotchas using both still and motion media; and a plethora of tips and tricks to using dynamic buttons. You'll get up to speed on importing from Photoshop and AfterEffects, making motion video menus available, and looping video and audio. You'll also learn about adding multilingual menus and subtitles, encoding rules, scripting, and even placing Easter eggs in a DVD! By studying this comprehensive, hands-on tutorial, you will be able to quickly and efficiently develop professional-looking DVDs studded with special effects worthy of a Hollywood studio.

Table of Contents

  1. Adobe Encore DVD: In the Studio
    1. About the Author
    2. Preface
      1. Who This Book Is For
      2. Organization of This Book
      3. Conventions Used In This Book
      4. Comments and Questions
      5. Acknowledgments
    3. 1. Introducing Adobe Encore
      1. The Encore Window
      2. Starting a DVD Project
        1. Create a new project
        2. The Project window
        3. Importing video clips
      3. Creating the Main Menu
        1. Using the Library palette
        2. Using the Menu Editor window
        3. Editing the menu
      4. Encore Behind the Scenes
        1. Button graphics
        2. Button highlights
        3. Timelines and navigational links
        4. Video thumbnail
      5. Previewing the DVD
      6. Building DVD Folders
        1. Build the project
      7. Burning Your DVD
      8. Quick DVD
    4. 2. Deconstructing DVDs
      1. Talking the Talk
        1. DVD formats
        2. DVD players and recorders
      2. DVD Physical Disc Formats
        1. From CD to DVD
        2. DVD-ROM
        3. Writable DVD: “Dash” and “Plus”
        4. Rewritable DVD: RW and DVD-RAM
        5. DVD form factors: layers, sides, and sizes
      3. DVD Application Data Formats
        1. DVD- Video formats
        2. Audio formats
        3. CD video formats
        4. Can I copy the data from a commercial DVD?
          1. Region codes
      4. DVD Product Features
        1. DVD formats
        2. Audio formats
        3. Computer formats and features
        4. Video formats and features
      5. DVD Data Files
        1. DVD folders
          1. The VIDEO_TS folder
        2. DVD data files
        3. The InterActual player
      6. Playing DVDs
        1. Windows Media Player
          1. First play
          2. The main menu
          3. Button highlighting
          4. Menu design
          5. Menu looping
        2. Navigating DVDs
          1. Titles and chapters
          2. Dedicated menu keys
        3. CyberLink PowerDVD
          1. Scene index menu
          2. Playing scenes
          3. Clips and movies
        4. InterVideo WinDVD: tracks and streams
          1. Special Features menu
          2. Audio streams
          3. Subtitle streams
          4. Video streams/angles
        5. Additional features
          1. Credits—text menus
          2. Image Details—still show
          3. Previews/additional video
          4. Movies and stills
      7. Deconstructing DVDs
    5. 3. Assets and Projects
      1. What Assets Can I Import?
        1. Video
          1. Importing DVD-compliant video
          2. Fullscreen and widescreen video
        2. Audio
          1. Importing DVD-compliant audio
        3. Still image graphics
          1. Still images and pixel aspect ratio
      2. Understanding Projects
        1. The Project tab
          1. Asset name and information columns
          2. Asset preview thumbnail
          3. Toggle controls
          4. Creation controls
          5. Managing assets with folders
          6. Edit original
          7. Offline assets
        2. The asset properties
        3. How Encore stores project data
      3. The Library Palette
        1. Using the Library palette
        2. Viewing library resources
          1. Menus
          2. Buttons
          3. Still images
          4. Backgrounds
          5. Layer sets
          6. Text
          7. Vector shapes
        3. Library sets
        4. Adding and deleting items and sets
    6. 4. Timelines
      1. Introducing Timelines
        1. Timeline controls
        2. The Monitor window
        3. Zooming
        4. Timeline precision
      2. Creating Timelines in Encore
        1. The Video track
          1. Timeline chapter points
          2. Creating poster frames
          3. Importing video with chapter points
        2. Audio tracks
          1. Trimming audio tracks
          2. Specifying the audio language
        3. The timeline properties
          1. End Action
          2. Override
          3. Menu Remote
          4. Aspect ratio
          5. Color set
          6. User operations
        4. The Timelines tab
      3. Creating Still Image Tracks and Slide Shows for Timelines
      4. Subtitling Tracks
        1. Entering subtitle text manually
          1. Editing subtitles
          2. Setting character properties
        2. Color sets
          1. Defining timeline color sets
        3. Working with multiple subtitle tracks
          1. Specifying the subtitle language
        4. Importing subtitle scripts
          1. Text script subtitle file formats
          2. Timecode format in subtitles
          3. Image script and FAB format subtitle file formats
    7. 5. Encore Menu Design
      1. Creating Menus
        1. The Layers palette
        2. Creating a new menu from the library
        3. The Menu Editor window
        4. The Menu Properties palette
          1. Name
          2. Description
          3. End Action
          4. Override
          5. Video
          6. Audio
          7. Duration
          8. Hold Forever
          9. Loop Point and Loop #
          10. Animate Buttons
          11. Default Button
          12. Offset
          13. Color Set
          14. Automatically Route Buttons
          15. Aspect Ratio
          16. User Operations
        5. The Menus tab
        6. Previewing menus on video
      2. Encore Menu Editing
        1. The Tool palette
        2. Selecting objects
        3. Positioning and copying objects
          1. Guides
        4. Resizing objects
        5. Stacking and aligning objects
      3. Adding Menu Text
        1. The Character palette
        2. Entering text
        3. Editing text
        4. Adding drop shadows
      4. Creating Menu Buttons
        1. Importing menu buttons
        2. More on the Layers palette
        3. Button layer names
        4. Selecting object layers
        5. Creating buttons
        6. Adding button highlights
          1. Viewing button subpicture highlights
          2. Adding a subpicture highlight
          3. Adding additional subpicture highlight layers
        7. The Button Properties palette
          1. Name
          2. Number
          3. Highlight
          4. Link
          5. Override
          6. Auto Activate
          7. Create Text Subpicture
        8. Using color sets
          1. Specifying menu and button colors
          2. The Menu Color Set dialog
          3. Automatic color sets
      5. Menu Button Routing and Numbering
        1. Setting button routing
          1. Automatic button routing
          2. Manual button routing
      6. Using Styles
        1. The Styles palette
        2. Applying styles
        3. Creating styles
    8. 6. Working with Photoshop and Other Applications
      1. Importing Photoshop Menus
        1. View the menu structure
        2. Viewing background elements
      2. Transferring Menus to Photoshop and Back
      3. Editing Buttons in Photoshop
        1. Defining the button shape
        2. Using a video thumbnail
        3. Defining subpicture highlights
      4. Editing Photoshop Menus
        1. Editing the menu background
          1. Edit text: the Character palette
          2. Apply layer styles
          3. Apply blending options
          4. Working with layers
          5. Using adjustment layers
      5. Creating Menus in Photoshop
        1. Menu size and aspect ratio
        2. Menu colors
        3. Graphics sizes
        4. Images
      6. Creating Encore Elements and Styles
        1. Graphics elements
        2. Styles
      7. Encore and After Effects
        1. Creating an After Effects composition in Encore
        2. Creating Encore layers in After Effects
        3. Edit Original
      8. Encore and Premiere Pro
        1. Chapters
      9. Encore and Other Applications
    9. 7. Links and DVD Navigation
      1. Making Links
        1. Link targets
        2. End action links
        3. Link options
        4. External links
      2. Chaining Links
        1. Movie DVDs
        2. Clip DVDs
        3. End Action and Override links
          1. Accessing a clip from multiple menus
          2. Using a portion of a clip as a first play
        4. Playlists
      3. Drag-and-Drop Navigation
        1. Creating buttons with drag-and-drop
        2. Creating links with drag-and-drop
      4. Viewing Elements and Links
        1. Using the Menus tab
        2. Using the Timelines tab
      5. Linking with Properties
        1. Linking with the pick whip
        2. Linking with the Link menu
        3. Linking with the Specify Link dialog
      6. Setting Navigation Properties
        1. Menu End Action and Override
        2. Menu Button link and Override
        3. Timeline End Action and Override
        4. Timeline Menu Remote key
        5. Disc first play and override
          1. Defining the first play
          2. Setting the default tracks
        6. Disc Title button
          1. Disc User Operations
      7. Previewing and Checking Links
        1. Previewing your DVD navigation
          1. The Project Preview window
        2. Checking your project
          1. DVD navigation checks
          2. DVD design checks
          3. DVD content checks
          4. DVD performance checks
          5. Reviewing and fixing problems
    10. 8. Transcoding and Building Discs
      1. Automatic Transcoding
        1. Transcode Now
        2. Transcode Status
        3. Audio format
      2. Transcoding Assets
        1. Transcode presets
        2. Bit budgeting
        3. Transcode settings
        4. Video transcoding settings
          1. Basic Video Settings
          2. Bitrate Settings
          3. GOP Settings
        5. Audio transcoding settings
          1. Audio Format Settings
          2. Basic Audio Settings
          3. Bitrate Settings
        6. Pre-Encoding Tasks
          1. Video Noise Reduction
          2. DeInterlace
        7. Post-Encoding Tasks
      3. Building Projects
        1. The Disc tab
        2. Disc size
        3. DVD-ROM content
        4. Project Settings
          1. Disc Information
          2. DVD Content Protection
          3. Region Codes
          4. Copy Protection
          5. Setting Mastering Preferences
      4. Building and Burning DVDs
        1. Building a DVD folder
        2. Building a DVD image file
        3. Building a DVD master
        4. Burning a DVD disc
    11. 9. Designing Great DVDs
      1. Designing Menus
        1. Menu design for television
          1. Safe area
          2. Aspect ratio
          3. Interlacing
          4. Sizes
          5. Colors
        2. Editing menus in Encore
          1. Template-based menu editing
          2. Cut-and-paste menu editing
          3. Creating highlights
          4. Menu layout
          5. Button highlight colors
        3. Using video with menus
          1. Motion menus
          2. Background video
          3. Looping motion menus
          4. Menu transitions
          5. Creating transition clips
        4. Interesting menu button design
          1. Button highlights
          2. Using button colors
      2. Designing Timelines
        1. Timelines without video
          1. Audio discs
          2. Informational discs
        2. Subtitle color sets
        3. Graphics over clips
        4. Creating slide shows
          1. Video slide shows
          2. Timeline slide shows
          3. Menu slide shows
      3. Designing Navigation
        1. Consistent navigation design
          1. Main menu
          2. Tracks
          3. Menu defaults
          4. Language menus
        2. Accessing alternate tracks
        3. Reusing clips with playlists
          1. Linked timelines
          2. Overrides
          3. Playlists
        4. Secret menu buttons: Easter eggs
          1. Invisible buttons
          2. Inaccessible buttons
          3. Secret buttons
          4. Button codes
          5. Secret messages
          6. Secret chapters
          7. Secret menus
          8. Action menus
          9. Kiosk lockout menus
        5. Alternate menus
          1. Alternate menus for button highlights
          2. Alternate or shadow menus
          3. Alternate menus for Easter eggs
      4. Great DVDs
    12. Index
    13. Colophon