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Authoring DVDs with Adobe Encore CS5

Creating a menu DVD

Adobe Premiere Pro does not have tools to create DVD menus directly. However, you can transfer the Encore chapter markers you place on the Timeline to Adobe Encore and then use them to create buttons or chapters. You use Adobe Premiere Pro to pass the video assets along with the chapter markers to Adobe Encore, and you use Encore to build the menus and burn the DVD.

For this exercise, you do not need Adobe Premiere Pro running. Switch to the Encore project that should still be open from the previous section.

You will select a DVD menu from a list of menu templates included with Adobe Encore:

  1. Select the Library panel to see a list of assets. You’ll see several sets of menu and button styles. Choose the General set.
  2. Scroll to locate the menu named Radiant Submenu WIDE. Double-click this menu item to add it to the Project panel and display it in the Menus panel.
  3. Drag the Sequence 01/Lesson 21-01 Timeline from the Project panel to the Scene 1 button on the menu.

    A DVD menu with only one scene to select is a little boring, so you will add another sequence from Adobe Premiere Pro without even having to open Adobe Premiere Pro. You will add this sequence via Dynamic Link from Encore.

    Remember that the first sequence was added to Encore via Dynamic Link from Adobe Premiere Pro.

  4. Choose File > Adobe Dynamic Link > Import Premiere Pro Sequence. In the Import Premiere Pro Sequence dialog, navigate to the Lesson 16 folder; then click Lesson 16-4.prproj. This reveals the sequences contained in that project on the right. Click the completed sequence to select it, and then click OK.
  5. Drag the completed/Lesson 16-4 sequence from the Project panel to the Scene 2 button on the menu.

    You can add as many sequences as you want like this. In this exercise, you will stop at two and clean up the menu a little before burning it.

  6. Since you don’t have multiple menus, delete the Main Menu text and the navigation arrows. You can delete them by selecting them and pressing the Delete button on your keyboard.
  7. Since you have only two sequences, also delete Scene 3 and Scene 4.
  8. Select each scene button, and drag them to be larger and evenly spaced on the menu. The menu should look like the one shown here.
  9. Click the Timelines panel to select it. This panel filters the assets so you see only the Timeline assets. Select each Timeline, and set End Action to Return to Last Menu.

    Adobe Encore makes the first object you import the First Play object, meaning it’s the first object the DVD player plays when the DVD is inserted. The first thing imported into this project was the Sequence 01/Lesson 21-01 object. Notice that it has a First Play status added to its icon. That worked well for an autoplay DVD. But now you want the menu to be the first thing that plays. Fortunately, this is easy to change.

  10. Right-click the menu object, and choose Set as First Play from the menu. Notice the First Play indicator is now on the menu icon.

Previewing the DVD

You can preview the menu in Adobe Encore before burning it to DVD to make sure it looks and works as you expect.

  1. Choose File > Preview. Use the pointer as your DVD remote to click the buttons. Click each button to ensure they all play as expected.
  2. You can burn this DVD in the same way you burned the autoplay DVD earlier. Choose File > Build > Disc, and proceed as you did in the autoplay exercise.
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