Adobe Encore CS5 is a DVD authoring software that can help you create original content DVDs and Blu-ray discs. Depending on the nature of your project, you can make a simple DVD that plays immediately when loaded in a player, or create a menu and chapters for individual clip viewing. Unlike previous versions of Encore, CS5 accepts a number of media formats, so you can import an encoded file or have Encore encode it for you.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Open Adobe Encore CS5 and select "New Project" in the Encore pop-up window. Name your project, select a file location, then click "OK."
Select "File," "Import As," then "Asset." Locate the hard drive folder where you have stored the DVD media file or project. Select the file. Click "Open. The media file will appear in the Encore Project panel.
Right-click the imported media file and select "New," then "Timeline." A timeline with the same name as your file will appear along the bottom of the Encore window, and in the Project panel.
Select the Project panel. The corresponding Properties panel for the disc will appear on the right side of the Encore window. Locate the button, called a "Pick Whip," to the right of the "Title Button." The "Title Button" menu will display a "Not Set" action. Click and drag the "Pick Whip" to your media menu in the Project panel. The "Title Button" will now display the name of your media file and Chapter 1.
Select the timeline and locate the "End Action" button in the "Timeline Properties" panel. Drag the "End Action" pick whip to your menu in the Project panel. That changes the "End Action" button from "Not Set" to your project title.
Click "Preview" in the tools panel to make sure your project is working properly.
Select the Build panel and click the "Build" button. If your menu actions are set properly, Encore will auto save and instruct you to insert a DVD, then click "OK." Your DVD will begin the burning process and eject the DVD when it is complete. Always check the DVD in another player to make sure it is working properly.
Tips and warnings
- The "Pick Whip" tool can be challenging for new users. An arrow icon at the end of the "Pick Whip" ensures that you selected the correct action or file name. If you see a "Universal No symbol," try again.
- Clicking the "Build" button may result in a check-project warning. This indicates that menu actions are not set properly. Click "View," correct the problem, then reselect "Build" or select "Ignore and Continue."
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