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Authoring DVDs with Adobe Encore CS5

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This excerpt from Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 Classroom in a Book shows you how to create professional-looking DVDs on your computer in minutes.

Exporting DVD projects to Flash

Creating Flash content from a DVD menu is an innovative feature in Encore. Not only does Encore convert the video to Flash Video, but it converts the whole menu system to a SWF file that is viewable in a web browser. This allows you to demo DVD projects over the Web with no knowledge of Flash, HTML, or scripting—pretty amazing! The Flash controls even allow you to skip to chapter points via Flash web-friendly video controls.

In this exercise, you will export the project you just created for DVD to Flash. If you want to load that project from the included example, open the file that you created in the Lesson 21 folder called Auto Play DVD.ncor.

  1. Select the Build panel.
  2. Change Format to Flash.
  3. Specify a location under Destination and a project name under Settings. Remember the folder and filename you use here, because you will need to navigate to the file later with a browser.
  4. Leave all the other parameters at the defaults, and then click Build. You will see progress bars that provide details of the export process and a “Complete” message when it’s done.

    Encore converts your DVD project into an interactive Flash file that you can view in a web browser.

  5. Open a web browser. (The browser needs to have the Flash plug-in to view Flash content.)
  6. Navigate to the folder where you saved the Flash file.
  7. Within the folder you specified, there will be an HTML file called index.html. Open this file in your browser to view your Flash application.

    You will notice that the menu is fully functional, including a background, button highlights, and even semitransparent buttons. Clicking a button will play the video and then return you to the menu, preserving the end actions you set up in Adobe Encore. All this is possible without you needing to know Flash and without writing a single line of code.

As we’ve said before, Adobe Encore is a complete DVD-authoring and burning tool (and more!). In this lesson, you’ve seen a very brief example of building a fairly simple menu from Adobe Premiere Pro sequences. It is beyond the scope of this book to explore all the menu-authoring capabilities of Adobe Encore, but this lesson should have given you a taste of the amazing possibilities you have with Adobe Encore.