I have 7 small video files and would like to put them all together on a DVD with
menu. People can choose which one to watch. I wonder if I need a Premier Pro to do that.
Or, I need Adobe Encore.
I don't need to be fancy. I just need menu would work.
Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
It is probably easiest to just Import those Clips into an Encore Project (or use Adobe Dynamic Link to do so), then design your Menus and navigation there, and probably with a bit of Photoshop work.
I would Import each as a Timeline (rather than ganging them onto one Timeline), and use Playlists to do the navigation.
Should you need any input on using Encore, there is a great, and very active Encore Forum, with a lot of helpful people: http://forums.adobe.com/community/encore/encore_general
If you have Photoshop, a good place to start, when working with Menus is to Open one of the Library Menus and study it, with the Layers Panel also open.
The Library Menus can be altered to suit, and that study time with the Layers Panel will show you the naming conventions, etc., that are needed to turn a PSD into a Menu. Just do not Save your work OVER the Library Menu, but elsewhere.
Jeff Bellune, our MOD both here and in the Encore Forum has a good book, that covers the basics of Menus in Encore, The Focal Easy Guide to Adobe EncoreDVD 2.0, Focal Press. The book is for an earlier version of Encore, but the section on Menus still applies to Encore CS 6, and almost any version of Photoshop. Also, most of the book will still apply, as it works within the specifications of DVD-Video, and those specs. have not changed. Well worth the $ to get started with Encore.
Thanks for letting me know.
I begin to like Encore because it intergrates with Adobe Photoshop. Yes, there's a learning curve to get
familiar with this software but at least it is more flexible.
I went through some videos from Adobe TV. Learned some new things from Encore.
With the Adobe suites, you get an interface with Encore and both PrPro and Photoshop. Those direct interfaces can be real time-savers. With Encore and PrPro, you get those interfaces without any suite.
Good luck, and AdobeTV is a great place to start.
I think that's the advantages of using Adobe CS suites as they all intertace together. This makes workflow so smoothly if I'm using other Adobe products.
If you don't mind, I just want to ask you a question here. I finally build my project and put all 7 videos with menu on DVD. It's great Encore has a button to test your project before I actually burned my project on a DVD.
My question is all my videos only take about 900MB. My final DVD takes up about 4GB. This is more than a double. I checked my project folder and know that Encore put transcoded videos in my source folder. Is this the reason why? I just quite don't understand why all of sudden this would take up too much spaces. Those videos are not HD formats. If I have HD videos and want to put them all on a disk, that would become impossible!
If you look in the Project Panel in Encore, you will see the Transcode Status of your Assets. If you Imported 100% DVD-compliant MPEG-2's, then that cell in the Project Panel should read "Do not Transcode." What do you see?
Thanks for pointing out to me about Transcode Status in my Project Panel.
All my 7 videos are MPEG4. When I first created my project, I picked DVD as my authorizing tool which uses MPEG2 as default transcode. When I looked at my Transcode Status, it does say Transcoded.
So, I did a test. Create a new project and pick Blu-ray as my authorzing tool and choose my default video dimension. In that case, Transcode Status in my project panel say Untranscoded. When I imported my menu and put links back in, all my videos need to be transcoded when I built my project. The final DVD still takes about 4GB. The only difference is this time I have about 1MB extra free space. I thought I would omit transcode part this time because my MPEG4 videos are H.264 codec.
Back to your answer, if I import 100% DVD-compliant MPEG-2, I might not need to transcode. I tried to look up Media Encoder and see if it could convert my MPEG4 to MPEG2. It seems there're no such MPEG-2 codec available.
Does Encore need transcode every imported videos? This process will make my files really big. Any ideas? Thanks.