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Kevin Smith
Is it possible to make a customizable mix-and-match menu in Encore?
on Jan 19, 2015 at 7:16:12 pm

A client asked me this morning if we could make a DVD menu where the user can select some videos to play concurrently but not others. They have an exercise video where users can watch warm up, 5 minute workout, then cool down all in a row but skip the 10 minute and 15 minute exercises in the middle if they desire. Is this possible in Encore or do I need something more robust?


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Ricky Barrow
Re: Is it possible to make a customizable mix-and-match menu in Encore?
on Jan 20, 2015 at 2:17:27 pm

If all sections you want to play (or not play) are individual video timelines OR if they have chapter markers then you can accomplish this by use of playlists. Create a playlist that shows only the 3 sections you want and link a menu button to that playlist.

Ricky


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Kevin Smith
Re: Is it possible to make a customizable mix-and-match menu in Encore?
on Jan 20, 2015 at 2:26:30 pm

Unfortunately it's not that simple. The client is requesting that the user be able to select any number of videos, in any order, and be able to watch them from start to finish. For example: They select videos 1, 2, 9 and 5. Then they select PLAY and watch their selections as they play in the order selected.
They showed me a Biggest Loser workout DVD that has this style menu and I have simply never seen anything else like it!


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Ricky Barrow
Re: Is it possible to make a customizable mix-and-match menu in Encore?
on Jan 20, 2015 at 3:32:17 pm

I believe this is possible in Apple DVD Studio Pro using scripting. I believe this is advanced. Perhaps this link can explain so you can see if it is what you desire. I do not believe Encore does this.

https://library.creativecow.net/articles/alexzander_alex/bitshifting.php

this came from the COW forum.

Ricky


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Kevin Smith
Re: Is it possible to make a customizable mix-and-match menu in Encore?
on Jan 20, 2015 at 4:05:49 pm
Last Edited By Kevin Smith on Jan 20, 2015 at 4:06:19 pm

Thanks, that looks like it would work. Too bad that product is no longer being sold. :(


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Bill Stephan
Re: Is it possible to make a customizable mix-and-match menu in Encore?
on Jan 20, 2015 at 7:43:51 pm

DVDSP and Scenarist both have the programming support to handle a task such as this. We would use Scenarist, as it's easier to finesse the fine details of a complicated process in a spec-level authoring app.

Bill Stephan
Senior Editor/DVD Author
USA Studios
New York City


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eric pautsch
Re: Is it possible to make a customizable mix-and-match menu in Encore?
on Feb 1, 2015 at 5:51:37 pm

Yeah.....you'll need a tool which supports scripts.

Here's the Cow Tutorial if you decide to go about it...fun stuff!

https://library.creativecow.net/articles/alexzander_alex/bitshifting.php



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