How to Use Adobe Encore CS4 to Create Professional DVDs
Adobe Encore CS4 is a powerful and versatile software that allows you to create DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and Flash projects with ease. Whether you want to make a home video, a corporate presentation, or a Hollywood-style movie, Adobe Encore CS4 can help you achieve your goals. In this article, we will show you how to use Adobe Encore CS4 to create professional DVDs with menus, chapters, subtitles, and more.
Before you start, you will need to have Adobe Encore CS4 installed on your computer. You can download a free trial version from the official website. You will also need some video files that you want to burn to DVD. You can use any video format that Adobe Encore CS4 supports, such as AVI, MOV, MP4, etc.
Step 1: Import your assets
The first step is to import your video files and any other assets that you want to use in your DVD project, such as images, audio, subtitles, etc. To do this, launch Adobe Encore CS4 and click on the File menu and select Import As > Asset. You can also drag and drop your files from Windows Explorer or Mac Finder into the Project panel in Adobe Encore CS4.
Once you have imported your assets, you can organize them into folders and bins in the Project panel. You can also preview them in the Monitor panel by double-clicking on them.
Step 2: Create your timelines
The next step is to create your timelines. Timelines are the sequences of video clips that will play on your DVD. You can create as many timelines as you want, depending on how many videos you have and how you want to arrange them. To create a timeline, right-click on an asset in the Project panel and select New > Timeline. You can also drag and drop an asset onto the New Item button at the bottom of the Project panel.
Once you have created a timeline, you can edit it in the Timeline panel. You can trim, split, merge, or rearrange your clips by using the tools and commands in the panel. You can also add transitions, effects, markers, subtitles, and chapter points to your timeline. To add a chapter point, right-click on the timeline where you want it and select Set Chapter Point. Chapter points will allow your viewers to skip to different parts of your video using the remote control.
Step 3: Create your menus
The third step is to create your menus. Menus are the interactive screens that will appear on your DVD and allow your viewers to navigate through your content. You can create your own menus from scratch or use one of the templates that Adobe Encore CS4 provides. To create a menu, right-click on an asset in the Project panel and select New > Menu. You can also drag and drop an asset onto the New Item button at the bottom of the Project panel.
Once you have created a menu, you can edit it in the Menu Editor panel. You can change the background image, text, buttons, shapes, colors, fonts, and other elements of your menu by using the tools and commands in the panel. You can also add motion backgrounds, audio tracks, and animation effects to your menu by using the Properties panel.
To link your menus to your timelines or other menus, you need to set up button actions. Button actions are the commands that will be executed when a viewer clicks on a button on your menu. To set up a button action, select a button in the Menu Editor panel and go to the Properties panel. Under Action > On Click > Specify Link..., choose what you want to link to from the drop-down menu. For example, if you want to link to a timeline, choose Timeline > [name of timeline]. You can also set up other actions such as Play All or Return To Last Menu.
Step 4: Build your project
The final step is to build your project. Building your project means converting your assets into a format that can be played on a DVD player or computer. To build your project, click on the Build tab at the top of Adobe Encore CS ec8f644aee