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How to import text-buttons on menu title layers from Boris/FCP

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Walter MialeHow to import text-buttons on menu title layers from Boris/FCP
by on Feb 13, 2010 at 7:32:17 pm

I prepared DVD menus in FCP, using Boris. Each menu has multiple type layers over a moving video background. I want the buttons to be text only. I like the Boris titler, which allows precise determination of text outlines and drop shadows, and which I find easier to work with than Photoshop.

Is there a way to make buttons from this Boris/FCP text? Can I export them to PS, and if so how? Or, better, can I get them directly into DVD Studio Pro? (or Encore, for that matter)

I'm on an iMac, running Leopard, with FCP 7 and th elatest Studio Pro, and PS CS2.

Thank you very much.


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Noah KadnerRe: How to import text-buttons on menu title layers from Boris/FCP
by on Feb 14, 2010 at 6:57:58 pm

Video menu background must use a single simple highlight layer. They cannot use layered photoshop buttons- because the DVD laser can only load one such item into memory at a time. This sort of info is all in your manual in the section regarding simple vs. Photoshop layered menus.

The bottom line is- video background menus= single simple highlight layer only. Still menus= simple or photoshop multilayered buttons. Just about all Hollwood DVDs use the first type because it typically looks a lot better and functions much better.

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Walter MialeRe: How to import text-buttons on menu title layers from Boris/FCP
by on Feb 14, 2010 at 7:24:20 pm

So for menus with video backgrounds, all text-buttons, or icons to use as buttons, must be created in DVD SP?

Thanks.


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Michael SacciRe: How to import text-buttons on menu title layers from Boris/FCP
by on Feb 15, 2010 at 4:26:01 am

No they are normally built in a compositing program like Motion or AE. You then build an overlay layer of a simple to or 3 solid color of the text you want to act like the buttons.

Overlays are up to four colors White, Black, Red and Blue or 4 grayscale White, 33%, 66% Black.

You can build menus in DVDSP but often quality will not be as high as if you build it outside the authoring app.



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Noah KadnerRe: How to import text-buttons on menu title layers from Boris/FCP
by on Feb 16, 2010 at 12:51:42 am

Or photoshop- all this is in your manual btw. :)

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