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Jawaad Khan
Buttons Highlight Help!
on Apr 8, 2009 at 6:12:37 pm

Hello,

I'm creating a DVD and I'm making its menus from Photoshop. In Photoshop, I created (for the scene selection menu) the video thumbnails with the title of the scene below each thumbnail. My highlight for those buttons is a little white circle (with a black stroke) on top of the bottom right corner of the video thumbnail.

My problem is, in Encore, when I preview the menu, the highlight just shows a black circle (which doesn't look good with the background)

here's how it looks in photoshop:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jawaadahmadkhan/3423860523/

and here's how it looks in encore:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jawaadahmadkhan/3424668648/

(I couldn't get my print screen to work right (2 monitors) so the second one is simulated from photoshop but it looks the same in encore)

If anyone can help, please do so!
Thank you.

Muslim. American. And a little bit of everything else.

http://www.jawaadahmadkhan.wordpress.com


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Joe Bowden
Re: Buttons Highlight Help!
on Apr 8, 2009 at 7:44:08 pm

What you want to do is set the fill opacity of the subpicture layer to zero, so that only the stroke is displayed for the layer.

Not sure I fully understand your menu button highlighting scheme - are you looking for a stroke around the video thumbnail and a circle (of a different color) also with a stroke? If so, you'll need two subpicture layers, one for the outlines and the other for the solid (and use (=1) and (=2) prefixes for the different subpicture layers).



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Jon Geddes
Re: Buttons Highlight Help!
on Apr 8, 2009 at 8:53:40 pm

Let me just try and clarify that for Jawaad:

For your button highlights to use 2 different colors for the same button, you must create a separate layer for each color in photoshop, and prefix the first one with (=1) and the second one with (=2).

You should create a layer for the stroke. Assuming you applied the stroke as a layer effect, right click on the little 'fx' to the right of the layer in the layer panel, and select 'Create Layer'. Rename that stroke layer so it is prefixed with (=2). You can now change the colors separately in Encore using the 'Edit Menu Color Set'. To modify the automatic colors, create a new color set.

Jon Geddes
Motion Graphics Designer
http://www.precomposed.com


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Jawaad Khan
Re: Buttons Highlight Help!
on Apr 9, 2009 at 6:29:07 pm

thank you so much...
I'm gonna try that right now..

I didn't realize that the stroke color was overtaking the whole subpicture...

I'll post back with my results (which are hopefully successful)
:)


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David Garrett
Re: Buttons Highlight Help!
on Apr 9, 2009 at 6:33:07 pm

I have some tuts on my site that will get you up to speed with custom made menus using Photoshop..

http://www.encoretuts.ukpc.net/



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Jawaad Khan
Re: Buttons Highlight Help!
on Apr 9, 2009 at 7:11:58 pm

Thanks for all the help...
The buttons worked!

Thanks again you guys...
but, I don't know if I should post this as a new thread, but since I'm here typing...

I'm also getting some problems with the background audio. I have the same audio file as the background audio for all my menus (I'm okay with the file restarting at each menu)
I don't know if there's a workaround or if this is just how it is,
but when I start up the dvd, and I'm at the main menu, the background audio begins playing, but when I press down (to move to another button), there's a small freeze in the audio (and sometimes the screen) when you move from button to button. It restarts after a second, but it's still not ideal.

Is there a way to make the audio play a bit smoother? (while clicking on buttons on the same menu?)

Muslim. American. And a little bit of everything else.

http://www.jawaadahmadkhan.wordpress.com


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Joe Bowden
Re: Buttons Highlight Help!
on Apr 9, 2009 at 9:19:18 pm

That appears to be an Encore preview problem. Burn a DVD RW and test it in a DVD player - navigating buttons should not interrupt the audio, until you activate a button and the player follows the link.



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Jawaad Khan
Re: Buttons Highlight Help!
on Apr 10, 2009 at 2:02:26 pm

Again, thanks,
And again, I'm not sure I should post this somewhere else,
but I tried to build the DVD (to disc) and it failed.
I received a "stream overlap" error.
I'm not sure exactly what it means (there still was space on the disc, in fact, it didn't even burn anything to the disc).

I searched on the forums and they all say that basically it's "transcoding" error, but I"m not entirely sure what that would mean and exactly how I'd fix it (would adobe media encoder help?)

Muslim. American. And a little bit of everything else.

http://www.jawaadahmadkhan.wordpress.com


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Joe Bowden
Re: Buttons Highlight Help!
on Apr 10, 2009 at 3:55:04 pm

Have you got any subtitles in your project? Or multiple clips on a timeline?



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Jawaad Khan
Re: Buttons Highlight Help!
on Apr 11, 2009 at 4:14:36 pm

Hey,
I don't know if my previous post is still up for moderation or just didn't post, but I replaced my bonus footage asset (video clip) which was originally 3 GB .mov file (which seemed too much for a 4.7 GB disc, and that was just the bonus footage!)
and I replaced it with a smaller .mp4 file.

I tried to burn the disc again and it worked!
The audio problem fixed...it doesn't jump around anymore...
Now, I just have to test the DVD and it should be ready for mass production...
Thank you for all your help
I love creative cow!! :)

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Muslim. American. And a little bit of everything else.

http://www.jawaadahmadkhan.wordpress.com


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