Adobe Encore DVD: In the Studio

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

A well-crafted, full-color book for a growing market, this title explores Adobe's DVD creation program, Encore. It's a complete tutorial for Adobe CS developers, particularly those who use Premiere and AfterEffect, as well as for professional filmmakers who wish to transfer their projects to DVDs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596006006
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: O'Reilly Digital Studio Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Dixon is an independent technology consultant, author, and speaker specializing in digital media. He is currently editor-at-large for IRMA's Mediaware magazine, Technical Editor for Camcorder and Computer Video magazine, and a contributor to DV Magazine and CNET Reviews. His most recent books are "Adobe Encore DVD: In The Studio" and "Desktop DVD Authoring." Doug shares his articles and technical references on his Manifest Technology website.

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Table of Contents

About the Author;
Preface;
Who This Book Is For;
Organization of This Book;
Conventions Used In This Book;
Comments and Questions;
Acknowledgments;
Chapter 1: Introducing Adobe Encore;
1.1 The Encore Window;
1.2 Starting a DVD Project;
1.3 Creating the Main Menu;
1.4 Encore Behind the Scenes;
1.5 Previewing the DVD;
1.6 Building DVD Folders;
1.7 Burning Your DVD;
1.8 Quick DVD;
Chapter 2: Deconstructing DVDs;
2.1 Talking the Talk;
2.2 DVD Physical Disc Formats;
2.3 DVD Application Data Formats;
2.4 DVD Product Features;
2.5 DVD Data Files;
2.6 Playing DVDs;
2.7 Deconstructing DVDs;
Chapter 3: Assets and Projects;
3.1 What Assets Can I Import?;
3.2 Understanding Projects;
3.3 The Library Palette;
Chapter 4: Timelines;
4.1 Introducing Timelines;
4.2 Creating Timelines in Encore;
4.3 Creating Still Image Tracks and Slide Shows for Timelines;
4.4 Subtitling Tracks;
Chapter 5: Encore Menu Design;
5.1 Creating Menus;
5.2 Encore Menu Editing;
5.3 Adding Menu Text;
5.4 Creating Menu Buttons;
5.5 Menu Button Routing and Numbering;
5.6 Using Styles;
Chapter 6: Working with Photoshop and Other Applications;
6.1 Importing Photoshop Menus;
6.2 Transferring Menus to Photoshop and Back;
6.3 Editing Buttons in Photoshop;
6.4 Editing Photoshop Menus;
6.5 Creating Menus in Photoshop;
6.6 Creating Encore Elements and Styles;
6.7 Encore and After Effects;
6.8 Encore and Premiere Pro;
6.9 Encore and Other Applications;
Chapter 7: Links and DVD Navigation;
7.1 Making Links;
7.2 Chaining Links;
7.3 Drag-and-Drop Navigation;
7.4 Viewing Elements and Links;
7.5 Linking with Properties;
7.6 Setting Navigation Properties;
7.7 Previewing and Checking Links;
Chapter 8: Transcoding and Building Discs;
8.1 Automatic Transcoding;
8.2 Transcoding Assets;
8.3 Building Projects;
8.4 Building and Burning DVDs;
Chapter 9: Designing Great DVDs;
9.1 Designing Menus;
9.2 Designing Timelines;
9.3 Designing Navigation;
9.4 Great DVDs;
Colophon;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2004

    well integrated with Photoshop

    Adobe has spent considerable effort to make DVD authoring as easy as using Photoshop. Dixon goes through and shows in copious detailed text and diagrams how you can author your own DVDs. Photoshop users will see some familiar features here, like layer sets to build compound images. Still, Photoshop knowledge is not a prerequisite. Quite aside from authoring, you should peruse Chapter 2. A nice explanation of the various DVD formats and their history. Good overview of what a DVD really is. Now as far as authoring goes, the book does show a tight integration with Photoshop. Perhaps the greatest benefit is that Encore can deal with layer sets, as mentioned above. So Photoshop images do not have to be flattened. Which means that Encore is not faced with a flat bit image. Giving you easier control. Those of you into game programming should consult the last chapter. It talks about special features like secret item menus (Easter eggs) and invisible or inaccessible buttons. Very cool stuff. The power of this book can be enhanced by hardware developments still unfolding. Like Blu-Ray. This promises to make DVDs of even greater capacity than the current maximum of 18Gb. If so, the methods of this book may give you more creative freedom.

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