4 Replies Latest reply on Feb 27, 2009 11:02 AM by Stan Jones

    Encore DVD vs After Effects?

    Level 1
      I am trying to ceate a DVD menu and I keep seeing both After Effects and Encore being used for this.

      Can someone please explain the main differences and who each app would apply more to.

      I only want to use one.

      I use Premiere Pro to edit.
        • 1. Re: Encore DVD vs After Effects?
          shooternz Level 6
          Use PPro to get to Encore then create your Menu in Encore.
          • 2. Re: Encore DVD vs After Effects?
            Bill Heslip Level 1
            After Effects would be appropriate for creating DVD motion menus. It is my favorite tool, but not for making menus. Save it for later and use Encore.
            • 3. Re: Encore DVD vs After Effects?
              Level 1
              After Effects is for composite work. Motion, masks, mattes, layer
              blending, stuff like that. If you were wanting to do some motion effects
              on the DVD menus, then you might use AE. Word of warning though. Because
              its such a powerful program, allowing one to control massive amounts of
              detail, it has a fairly steep learning curve to even get off the
              starting line.
              • 4. Re: Encore DVD vs After Effects?
                Stan Jones Adobe Community Professional & MVP
                As Raymond encourages, do not use After Effects unless you find you need it for motion menus. You won't know this until you have made some menus. Get your feet wet in Encore.

                Encore does have tools for creating menus. However, I prefer (most of us prefer?) to start with an Encore preset menu (then later one of our old ones), then select the "Edit in Photoshop" option to modify. This helps you see what the layer structure/naming is that makes it all work.

                Try it out in a test project. Search for any issues in the Encore forums, then ask for help there.