8 Replies Latest reply on Oct 28, 2008 7:16 AM by the_wine_snob

    Clarification: Main Menu and Scene buttons?

      Hello all!

      Say, could someone please clarify the difference between Main Menu
      and Scene buttons?

      It seems that each require there own kind of marker on the time line ..

      Is the fundamental difference that a Scene Button will display an
      image on the menu selection and that the Main Menu selections will
      only display text?

      Thanks in advance!

      --Tom Nickel
        • 1. Re: Clarification: Main Menu and Scene buttons?
          Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional
          Actually, main menu buttons appear on the main menu and scene menu buttons appear on the scene menu -- but either can include a thumbnail, if your template allows for it.

          And stop markers return the viewer to the main menu.

          I've got a free article that shows you how to use menu markers at Muvipix.com, on the products page.
          • 2. Re: Clarification: Main Menu and Scene buttons?
            Level 1

            Thank you for your prompt reply.

            I have been reading over the materials on your resource page.

            Very informative reading, thanks for posting those tutorials!

            OK, seems to me that the fundamental difference between Main Menu
            and Scene buttons is which DVD menu that they appear on.

            I am finishing a training-video that contains about a dozen "lessons"
            or "chapters".

            It would be nice if I could display a single Main-Menu of 12 selections
            so that a student need not traverse a menu tree.

            It seems that I could use either, Main Menu or Scene buttons to
            accomplish this?

            I have also downloaded some menu templates from the WEB.

            I am using Premiere Elements 3.0 and Photoshop 4.0.

            Do you suppose that one program excels at editing/creating a
            menu such as I have described?

            Id guess that I am better off editing an existing Menu rather than creating
            one from scratch?

            Thanks again!

            --Tom Nickel
            • 3. Re: Clarification: Main Menu and Scene buttons?
              Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional
              If you're talking about having a main menu page with 12 links on it, yes, you can use main menu markers and Premiere Elements to do this -- but you'll need to find a menu template that includes 12 links on the main menu, which isn't something I've ever seen.

              If you've found one, great! Otherwise, I do have articles that will walk you through the process of creating a custom template. It's not a terribly easy task though.

              The easiest solution, particularly if you plan to do a lot of custom menus and you want versatility, is to purchase Sony's DVD Architect Studio, which sells for about $50 ($39 if you download it) and offers a wealth of easy customizing features.

              You can use it with the DV-AVIs you output from Premiere Elements.
              • 4. Re: Clarification: Main Menu and Scene buttons?
                Level 1
                Hello Steve, & thanks for the great advice.

                I purchased DVD Architect and sure enough, I can quickly
                construct a menu as earlier described.

                Another thought .. will DVD Architect create a final product
                from my AVI file that is comparable in quality to Premiere?

                Are the two programs using the same compression or codec?

                Thanks again,

                --Tom Nickel
                • 5. Re: Clarification: Main Menu and Scene buttons?
                  Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional
                  DVD Architect Studio will give you excellent results, Tom -- every bit what you'll get from Premiere Elements. I'm sure you'll be very pleased with the results.
                  • 6. Re: Clarification: Main Menu and Scene buttons?
                    Ed.Macke Level 3
                    PMJI, but while PE's DVD authoring provides some pretty nice results, it's sometimes a little limiting so I'm interested in this Sony product, especially for the price.

                    So, Steve...

                    Typically my workflow is to divide a project up into smaller projects. So, let's say, an hour-long project would be divided into 12 sub-projects, each 5 minutes long. At the end of each subproject, I export to an .AVI.

                    When I'm ready to burn my DVD, I'll have 12 .AVI's. I put all 12 .AVIs on the timeline, one after another, and then create my DVD titles, etc. and burn to a folder.

                    To incorporate the Sony Architect into my workflow, would I then:
                    * Put all 12 .AVIs on a timeline (just like I do now)
                    * Export the project to a new, HUGE!, hour-long, AVI?
                    * Use that hour-long AVI as the source input for Architect

                    If not, please correct me.

                    Also, do you know if Architect will allow burning to a folder like PE. I prefer to burn to a folder and use Nero to actually burn the DVD.

                    • 7. Re: Clarification: Main Menu and Scene buttons?
                      Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional
                      I don't know enough about DVD Architect to comment on the best workflow.

                      I'd recommend you post to the DVD Authoring forum on our "sister site", Muvipix.com. There are quite a few very proficient users of Architect and Architect Studio there.
                      • 8. Re: Clarification: Main Menu and Scene buttons?
                        the_wine_snob Level 9

                        Though not for DVD Architect, here's a link to an article that I did for authoring a Project in Encore:
                        BILL HUNT, "My Personal Workflow for DVD Authoring in Encore" #1, 5 Aug 2008 10:42 am

                        As I do not know Sony's product, I can only guess that it is very similar to Encore. You may have to read between the lines a bit, as a lot of the nomenclature might not translate from Encore to DVD Architect, but I think they will be similar enough, that this might help.

                        Though I use Encore exclusively, I have heard many good things about DVD Architect.

                        Good luck,