7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 3, 2013 10:13 AM by Stan Jones RSS

    Timeline and chapter questions-New User

    Eric E 1016

      Hi,

      I have a programming issue that I hope you can help me with.

      I created a timeline in P5.0 that has 7 segments and brought it in to E5.0 through dynamic link. It shows up as 1 continuous timeline.

       

      What I need to do for the customer is design a disk that starts at the menu. The user then selects topic on the menu that plays though a portion of the timeline (a segment of the video) and returns to the menu after the segment is finished. Next, the user can select another segment, view, and so on.

       

      I can't seem to find a way to do this. Is it possible, or do I have to bring in each segment as a seperate timeline?

       

      Thank you,

      Eric

        • 1. Re: Timeline and chapter questions-New User
          Stan Jones MVP

          Where you are more interested in the play as segments, you might find it easier to nest the sequence in Premiere 5 times, changing in each so you have 5 sequences for the 5 segments. (You must bring all of a sequence in for a dynamic link, but you can create sequences easy enough.)

           

          With the separate segments, one per timeline, it is easy to do what yo8u want. And for a "play all," just put them into a playlist.

           

          When the segments are in one timeline, create a "chapter play list" with only one segment in it. (Repeat for each segment.) Then link the "play segment" button to the segment's chapter play list.

           

          You don't say: if this is DVD, no problem. If Bluray, the chapter play list was not added in Encore till CS6.

          • 2. Re: Timeline and chapter questions-New User
            Eric E 1016 Community Member

            Thank you for the quick help. I did use the chapter playlist option after I figured out how to use it. So in preview it all seems to work fine. The sections are all quite long so I checked the end action using the "end action" button in the preview window, which returned it ti the main menu. Can I assume the programming is working correctly?

             

            Also I get two errors when using "check project" in the build window, a comment about having the wrong end action on the last marker, and it references an orphan sequence. But in preview it seems to be OK.

             

            I'll let you know how it comes out.

             

            Eric

            • 3. Re: Timeline and chapter questions-New User
              Stan Jones MVP

              Can I assume the programming is working correctly?

              Preview is a basic check, but does not predict well enough for a final check. I use preview, then bujild to a folder and play with Total Media Theater (I find it does better than some others for slideshows, operation of the remote), then burn to a DVD+RW and play on a dvd player.

               

              Also I get two errors when using "check project" in the build window, a comment about having the wrong end action on the last marker, and it references an orphan sequence. But in preview it seems to be OK.

              These are more warnings than errors. The end action means you have an end action on a chapter. This can create problems for you. You should have an end action on the timeline, and an end action on each chapter play list. You should have no end actions on any chapters.

               

              The orphan sequence probably means that you do not link a button to the timeline itself, only to the chapter play lists. That will probably work okay. I've always kept a play all, so  never ran in to it!

               

              Be aware that Encore has trouble with lots of changes in a project. If you have odd  problems, create a brand new Encore project, and do it over. You can import as menu the old menus.

              • 4. Re: Timeline and chapter questions-New User
                Eric E 1016 Community Member

                Hi,

                Encore has crashed twice during the transcoding phase, so I'll assume I have done something wrong. Will try plan B and bring in a nested sequence. Probably a better way anyway.

                 

                I'll keep you posted.

                Thank you

                • 5. Re: Timeline and chapter questions-New User
                  Stan Jones MVP

                  When you have problems with Encore, be sure you are running "as administator." When problems with dynamic link, export from Premiere as MPEG2-DVD. This requires you to know what bitrate you need for the size on DVD.

                   

                  Separate the transcoding from other parts of the build by using "transcode now" once your project is ready to build.

                   

                  If you continue to have problems, I would do a short piece as dynamic link in a new test project to see if there is something fundamental wrong.

                  • 6. Re: Timeline and chapter questions-New User
                    Eric E 1016 Community Member

                    Hi Stan,

                     

                    I did get the project finished today and it worked perfectly using 1 timeline and a playlist. Tuns out I had the transcoding settings wrong, they were set up for Blue Ray, and my project is DV SD. Live and learn.

                     

                    Also, I could not get the nested sequence to come in to Encore as seperate timelines. Probably an error on my part. But I was able to bring them in as seperate edited timelines from Premiere.

                     

                    Thank you for all the help, and I learned alot!

                     

                    E

                    • 7. Re: Timeline and chapter questions-New User
                      Stan Jones MVP

                      Excellent!

                       

                      Also, I could not get the nested sequence to come in to Encore as seperate timelines.

                      From Encore, dynamic link to that PR project; you should see all the sequences.