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sjcrompo
Resizing Encore Menus
on Mar 12, 2007 at 8:51:23 pm

Ok did some testing. Not the results I wanted though.

I have about 25 menus in a project that have a round clockface as a button. I created these menus in photoshop about 2 years ago and of course technology has changed which is why I would like to redo them to the widescreen format. I cant get my head around how I keep the round button round when on the widescreen format. I did a test that put in a 4:3 menu but checked the 16:9 button in encore to stretch the menu out. I also stretched the menu out in photoshop to the widescreen pal template, but when I played them back on the tv the round buttons were oval in both widescreen and 16:9.

Do I have to completely redo the menus from scratch so the buttons stay round.

Thanks

Steve


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KirAsh4
Re: Resizing Encore Menus
on Mar 13, 2007 at 12:46:26 am

Considering that a wide screen is exactly that, wider than your standard 4:3, you'll have to do some kind of padding somewhere, somehow. The easiest way that I can think of is, in Photoshop, start with a new document that's 16:9, then open your old menu file and drag-n-drop it onto the new document. You'll have to fill in the blank areas.

OR, you can resize your 4:3 menu to fit the 16:9 screen left and right, but then you'll be cropping top and bottom. Your choice.

Either way, I wouldn't simply stretch your current 4:3 menu for reasons you've already encountered.


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sjcrompo
Re: Resizing Encore Menus
on Mar 13, 2007 at 7:17:01 am

That is the conclusions I have come to. When I did some more testing using a new widescreen menu created in cs2 with some round stuff on it. When played back throught the 16:9 setting on the tv all was well.

Oh well here goes.

Thanks for taking a look

Steve


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Neil Wilkes
Re: Resizing Encore Menus
on Mar 13, 2007 at 9:35:28 pm

It's all down to the Pixel Aspect Ratio.
In NTSC 4:3 it's 0.9 and in 16:9 NTSC it's 1.422 (or something like that)



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