Not sure what is the best way to do this, but I need to make a DVD page with a person's bio, selectable from a main menu. I created a menu page and pasted text from a pdf document. It came in exactly as laid out in the pdf, but uneditable. It would be great, except it is fuzzy and difficult to read on screen. Not sure what is causing the poor resolution.
I have tried several ways to bring text in via Photoshop as well, but not able to make it look any better. Is there a better way to do this? I suppose I can make a scrolling title video clip in Premiere, but trying to keep it one static page.
Also, how do you create a text page in any program with 2 columns as in the pdf above? PS CS6 paragraph styles does not seem to allow for this.
I just copied and pasted a section of a pdf into an Encore menu being edited in Photoshop. I get the same result whether I put it into a new layer by insertion point or text box. I have no problem editing it, including changing the font.
I won't say it looks great, but passable.
The screenshot you are posting is too wide for us to see it well. Just show the image in photoshop with the layers twirled open.
To do columns for this purpose, just use two text boxes side by side. but I would present one column at a time, with a "more" button at the bottom.
pasted text from a pdf document. It came in exactly as laid out in the pdf,
I still think this means it is an image pdf, not text/editable. Top maximize your chances, copy only one paragraph from the pdf at a time. Do not span a column.
The quality is suffering because you have so much text you cannot get a decent size. That's a 10pt size in a compressed font, and it runs into the safe areas at that.
I would put in one paragraph, and run the test through to a disk viewed on a player on a TV. I understand why you might want columns and the look this had in an actual document, but I don't think it is going to look good on a TV. If you can't get one paragraph acceptable, you'll never like more and/or 2 columns.
Thanks for your help. I wasn't sure how good text should look on a DVD page - at least not for my purpose. I suppose I can scroll a video title in Premiere, but client does not want that. Maybe a different font will be clearer?
The more common issue with text is in titles. Even there (with very little text), font style and size can create problems.
I would create a test DVD with several menus, and the same paragraph on each, in different sizes, and educate the client as to what the problem is: DVD is 720x480 (ntsc), and that is all the resolution you have for whatever amount of text is on each page. Help them find a font size (and ultimately font also) that will work.
Personally, I would find multiple menus better than scrolling video where I cannot control the rate.
You could also do this as a slide show, but I think you'd see the same issues.
A creative touch that might meet the client's underlying needs would be a transition video for the "View Bio" button (linked to the first menu of the information). The transition would be a full view of 2 column page 1, then zoom in to one menu's worth.
There are some links in this ARTICLE, that might be helpful.
Unfortunately, there once was another article, that covered the DVD-specs., Text and the MPEG-2 CODEC, in great detail. It has been lost in time, and appears to have disappeared from the Internet. Wish that I had done a PDF of that article, but I never assumed that it would go away.
Because of the resolution of DVD-Video, and the MPEG-2 CODEC, Titles and Menus are never going to be the best. Compromises will likely have to be made. Coming from a print advertising background, I nearly choked on the limitations, when I started doing Web design and production - so many limitations. Well, I then got another surprise, when I went to Video and DVD-Video authoring - even more limitations.
There are a lot of little design tricks, that can improve Text on a DVD-Video, but at the end of the day, one IS working with a very low-resolution image and that is then heavily compressed.
Good luck, and hope that some of the material in those links will be useful.
Original font used in the MS Publisher document was Tahoma 11 pt. Not sure if it is one of the 'good' fonts according to the article. I will try a different one before copying to PS - maybe I'll get lucky.
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