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Encore Poster Frame from Premiere Pro/Encore CC

Jun 28, 2013 8:04 AM

Tags: #encore #posterisation

Anyone tried to get a poster frame in a video menu in Encore using Premiere Pro CC?  I never used it in CS6 but wanted to start trying it in my new projects.


I've used a menu with video buttons, created a poster frame, dropped the timline in the button and it just turns black?   The menu works viewing the video, its just the video button is not working?

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    Jun 28, 2013 9:01 AM   in reply to dkardell

    Do the poster frames not show up at all, or are they static images (and you want the actual video playing in them).


    If the latter, switch to the "Motion" tab in the "Properties" section and make sure the "Animate Buttons" box is checked.


    It's been a while since I've used video buttons, but I never would drag-and-drop the timeline onto it; I didn't even know that was possible!  I would select the button and use the pickwhip to link to the timeline and chapter, or I'd create the links in the Flowchart panel.  Try one of those options to see if you get different results.

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    Jun 28, 2013 9:22 AM   in reply to dkardell

    Are you creating animated buttons using the Encore video thumbnail? Or are you trying to get a static image to show in the menu? What I say next may confuse things if you are after a static image.


    You can link a timeline as you describe, but I think  you will avoid some confusion by using Josh's method.


    You can't drop a poster frame into a video thumbnail button. Encore gets the video for the thumbnail from the timelione the button is linked to, starting at the timecode you designate as the poster frame - it is not really an image, but a timecode. When you drag an image onto the button, Encore probably tries to use it, but doesn't, but when the menu is rendered for the build, it then uses the thumbnail animation.

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    Jun 28, 2013 11:51 AM   in reply to dkardell

    You can have the poster frame show, but you must set the poster frame in Encore.


    When you drag a video onto a button, you create a link from that button to the video. If it is a video thumbnail button, Encore sets it to play a 15 second clip (or length you specify for all animated buttons in that menu) once the menu is rendered. The video starts at the poster frame (which is set to the beginning of the clip, unless set otherwise).


    See "Set Poster Frame":



    Usually, you are not putting a whole video; you want a chapter. Pickwhip from the thumbnail button's link to the chapter you want. Poster frame work the same way.


    There is a complicated workaround for other issues; if that was the tutorial you were watching, it might mislead you for the "ordinary" use of the animated thumbnail and poster frame. If the tutorial does not make sense with what I am describing, provide a link to the tutorial.


    Edit: actually, the Encore default for the poster frame should be the first non-black frame.

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    Jun 28, 2013 12:21 PM   in reply to dkardell

    [Moved to the Encore forum.]

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    Jun 28, 2013 2:45 PM   in reply to dkardell

    I assume the Editor you refer to is the Menu Viewer.


    I just did a short test. Happened to be in a Bluray project, but not an m4v. Whether I add links to videos using the pickwhip or dragging a timeline to the button, I get the same result: If I set a poster frame to the initial black frame of a video, I see the black. If I set it to a visible frame of the video, I see that frame of the video.


    Render the menu, all is okay - no black in the motion. However, as long as I place the poster frame to a very different bit of the timeline, I can see that the video with a poster frame set uses that poster frame, while the one that was black uses the first non-black frame to render the motion.


    The "thing are working correctly" hypothesis would be that your poster frames are not set, or at least are still in the black.


    There are, of course, a variety of problems that are possible, but if your poster frames are set, it should not behave as it is.

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    Jun 28, 2013 6:07 PM   in reply to dkardell

    Congrats on seeing that chapter 2! Hard to see when you don't know its there. What I learned from my experiment is that most users would never notice if a) there were no beginning black frame and b) the poster frame was to be set very close to the beginning.

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    Jun 29, 2013 1:33 PM   in reply to dkardell

    The Poster Frame is automatically set to Frame 1, as has been mentioned.


    I find that to Reset the Poster Frame, if there is a Chapter Marker (say #1), if I right-click, on it, I get the option to set my Poster Frame, to where I want it.


    Happy authoring,



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