How to Create a Menu on a Disc Pinnacle Studio

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How to Create a Menu on a Disc Pinnacle Studio
Pinnacle DVD projects can be burnt to DVD, VCD or S-VCD. (dvd image by dinostock from

Video editing software Pinnacle Studio has the ability to create standard DVD, VCD or video CD, and S-VCD, or super video CD, menus like those found on movie discs. While editing video in Pinnacle, you can access the feature to create a disc menu directly from the design tools. Menus can be used like a standard menu on a store-bought DVD to navigate through the video contents of the disc once the disc is burnt.

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  • Pinnacle Studio software

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  1. 1

    Access the disc menus feature of Pinnacle Studio by clicking the “Disc Menus” button that appears as the bottom tab in the “Album” pane. All of the menus available in Pinnacle Studio display in the pane.

  2. 2

    Scroll through the menu designs available in the “Disc Menus” pane. When you find a menu design that you like, drag the menu from the pane into the front of the video track of the timeline, along with the video clips already contained in the track.

  3. 3

    Click the radio button by “Yes, with a minimum chapter length of” and enter the minimum length that you would like for each chapter of the DVD to be in the “Add Menu to Movie” window that comes up, and click “OK.” Pinnacle Studio automatically makes each clip on the timeline, or several clips on the timeline, a separate scene, depending on the minimum length you entered for chapters, and creates a link to each clip that appears under the “Scene Selection” link on the menu once the menu is created. A new track also appears at the top of the timeline that contains the menu footage.

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    Preview the way that your menu will appear on your DVD player by using the DVD playback feature in Pinnacle Studio. Access the player by clicking the button in the lower right corner of the Pinnacle Studio screen that reads “DVD<->DVD” and the DVD player opens on the screen. Use the arrows on the DVD window to move between the menu options and click the circle in the middle of the arrow to make a selection.

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