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Ryan Stone
Poor quality menu
on Jan 3, 2013 at 12:13:53 pm

Hi,

I'm using Encore CS5 on Mac OS X to produce a DVD for a client. They've supplied me with a an SD Widescreen DVD menu at 1080 x 576 px. However, once built, and played on a computer, the menu is rather pixelated and unreadable.

It looks fine on a TV, but I've seen other home-made DVDs that have a crystal clear menu. Any suggestions on what I'm doing wrong would be gratefully received,

Thanks,

Ryan


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Stan Jones
Re: Poor quality menu
on Jan 3, 2013 at 1:49:20 pm

PAL? NTSC or PAL, 1080x576 doesn't work. Since CS4, PAL wide, square pixel equivalent, 1050x576.

Stan Jones


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Ryan Stone
Re: Poor quality menu
on Jan 3, 2013 at 2:29:57 pm

Sorry, yes of course that would have been some important information!

It is PAL, so I'll give your dimensions a go.

Many thanks,

Ryan

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Daniel Ludwig
Re: Poor quality menu
on Jan 4, 2013 at 4:01:06 pm

if your on pal you should use 1050x576 if you are working with adobe-products. if you are using apple DVD SP you should use 1024x576 (square px) and then scale it to 720x576 for your work or use a PAL 16:9-setting within photoshop, which will be 720x576 with anamorph pixel-aspec.

cheers

danny


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Jon Geddes
Re: Poor quality menu
on Jan 7, 2013 at 11:03:55 pm

Once it goes on DVD, it will be 720x576 with anamorphic widescreen. Encore does a very poor job of scaling menus, so you will want to use Photoshop to scale to that size.

1) Create a 720x576 PAL Widescreen document in Photoshop using the presets.

2) Open your menu and drag all the layers into the new 720x576 document.

3) Position into place and save as a new psd. All layers and button groups should have appropriate Encore prefixes.

4) Import the new psd as a menu into Encore.

This should look much better.

Jon Geddes
http://www.precomposed.com


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