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Old April 6th, 2011, 12:03 AM   #1
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Encore alternative -- what you guys use?

Ok. so I've been just experimenting with Adobe Encore a bit, and the thing seriosuly lacks features. I mean they call it a DVD-authoring program, but I cant do 2 of the most important things on it and I've only just begun using the program. 1st here are my problems:

I want to have music playing in the background while flipping through DVD menus without having the song start and stop each time I open and close another menu (understandable right?)

I also want my buttons to play some video. You might say go use their video thumbnail feature. Well, their button video thumbnails only play the video of the sequence marker that you link it too. But for example, what if I want another video as the thumbnail and not part of my main seuquence? Why do I want this? Well a customer might want to select the ceremony chapter of her wedding movie. So hits the ceremony button and a scene fades in from a black screen and a title comes on along with an introductory scene say of the church exterior. Then the brides maids come on. So, you would want each of your chapters to have a bit of an introductory scene before the bride walks down the isle. However, the video thumbnail button only shows first few seconds of the encore chapter marker in the sequence. So in this case, once the customer opens the chapter menu, the video for the button shows a black screen, fading in with some titles etc for a few seconds. How come I cant have my own custom thumbnail video i.e. bride walking down the isle, instead of the defaiult? I would assume that seeing the bride walking down the isle would be better to establish the contect of the ceremony rather than all the junk at the introductory to the ceremony? Do you see my point?

Anyways, what program do you guys use for DVD authoring. Encore CS5 lacks stuff. It seems adobe just added a few codecs from CS4 to CS5 and NO features were updated. You would like to see some nice features in that program besides just button linking and thats about it (couldnt come up with any other features).
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Old April 6th, 2011, 02:45 PM   #2
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I want to have music playing in the background while flipping through DVD menus without having the song start and stop each time I open and close another menu (understandable right?)
Understandable, yes. Possible, no. The start/stop is due to the mechanics of the DVD player itself. They don't have any buffering capability at all, and the menu files are separate files on the DVD. So while the DVD player searches for and starts playing a new file... silence. No authoring solution can overcome this.
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Old April 6th, 2011, 03:16 PM   #3
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The scene that plays during a video thumbnail is not locked to the chapter marker set for the menu button. You can set a separate start point for the video thumbnail. See Adobe Encore CS5 * Set or change poster frames
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