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Aimie Burns
PS DVD Menu Buttons - don't look right on NTSC TV
on Mar 16, 2010 at 2:43:20 pm

Hi.

I have designed a DVD menu in Photoshop. Everything looks great on the computer and on an HD TV, but when I view it on a NTSC monitor the buttons don't look good at all.

I've added photo's so you can see. Does anyone know what could be causing this?

Many thanks.

Aimie





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Kevin Wood
Re: PS DVD Menu Buttons - don't look right on NTSC TV
on Mar 17, 2010 at 1:05:32 am

It's been a while since I've created any broadcast graphics in Photoshop, so I can't give you the specific details. However, the thing that you'll need to do is to create your Photoshop graphics in an NTSC-safe manner. NTSC has a few differences over DVD/HD that affect hoe the graphis are displayed.

In general, NTSC has: a limited color space that causes certain colors to look fuzzy, a limited amount of resolution that makes lines look fuzzy/distorted if to narrow, less overall resolution than DVD/HD, so you los detail, it is also interlaced which means that the picture is drawn in 2 passes instead of 1 and it draws every other line in the scans - even first then odd, and some more stuff that I've probably forgotten about.

I'm sure there are some tutorials on Creative Cow that show how to make the best graphics for broadcast & DVD/HD. Well, since we're now broadcasting HD, I guess that's not quite accurate, but look for some older tutorials or google Photoshop+NTSC. Once you get them good for NTSC, they should also be okay on DVD/HD.


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Paul Benson
Re: PS DVD Menu Buttons - don't look right on NTSC TV
on Mar 22, 2010 at 9:56:06 pm

Are you using Snow Leopard and Encore? If so, this may be your problem:
http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/145/867391#867415

Pauley



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