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Designing Menus with Encore DVD / Edition 1

Designing Menus with Encore DVD / Edition 1

by John Skidgel
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Designed to complement the Encore DVD software documentation, this full-color book begins with a brief description of the DVD specification, then introduces readers to DVD authoring concepts such as menu creation, timeline construction, navigation, transcoding, and disc mastering. Readers learn how to plan and manage projects, and how to master the workflows between Encore and other Adobe applications such as Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects to create well-structured and engaging menus. The companion DVD contains documents for planning a DVD, tutorial projects, and a library of royalty free, customizable, templates.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578202355
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/25/2004
Series: DV Expert Series
Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

John Skidgel is an award-winning user interface designer who designed the Flash Video Kit that shipped with Macromedia Dreamweaver. Having designed several products at both Adobe and Macromedia, he has great insight into producing Flash Video with the Creative Suite. He is currently a senior designer at Google where he designs tools for Web designers and developers. He is the author of two books in the Focal Press DV Expert Series entitled 'Producing 24p Video' and 'Designing Menus with Encore DVD.'

Table of Contents

How this Book is Organized2
Icon Glossary3
How to Use the Book and DVD3
Before You Begin3
The DVD Menu9
Menu Structure9
Digital Video and DVD Design19
DVD Links and User Operations24
Timelines and Playlists28
The Difference between Still and Motion Menus28
Types of Menus30
Research, Interaction Design, and Usability35
User Research37
Design Navigation and Interaction45
Interaction Design Deliverables46
Tools of the Trade46
Helpful Questions53
Usability Testing57
Graphic Design Principles65
Typeface Technology and Formats89
Specifying Body and Display Faces91
The Purpose of Grids93
Using Color97
The Animation Process105
Animation Principles and Menu Design108
Animation Properties116
The Encore DVD User Interface123
Project, Menus, Timelines, and Disc Tabs123
The Menu Editor140
Menu Color Set Dialog144
Tool Palette147
Properties Palette149
User Operations154
Character Palette155
Library Palette156
Styles Palette158
Layers Palette159
Timeline and Monitor Windows160
Project Preview Window165
Preparing Still Menus169
The Workflow169
Working in Photoshop169
An Overview of the Tutorials in this Chapter173
Working in Encore DVD178
Setting Button Properties and Links181
Photoshop Tips for Customizing Templates187
Working with Adobe Illustrator Files191
Techniques for Automating Production193
Timelines and Motion Menus197
Transcode Settings210
Motion Menus214
Building Projects218
Additional Techniques221
Creating 16:9 Menus221
Creating Slideshows225
Advanced Motion Menu Techniques230
What's on the DVD250

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