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  03-26-2006, 06:53 AM
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HOW TO AUTHOR SIMPLE STILL MENU (with AUDIO BGM) in ULEAD DVDWS2

This is a video guide, presented as an MPEG-1 video file:
http://www.tvpreservation.com/videos...laudiomenu.mpg

Right click and save as, please do not try to view while you download.

This is a still menu, with an audio background music. For this example, I used the intro theme of the show (that's generally a safe menu music to use).

I pre-made the image files, and all the video and audio files are already prepared. The menu background is a BMP image made in Photoshop 6, and the button was made in Photoshop 7 (because 7 or CS is required to make buttons, for DVDWS2 to understand them).

The video files are all off of a DVD recorder, the audio+video is together in an MPEG file. I did not address how to use separate video and audio files (for example, that is what you'll have if you had restored audio or video).

Any time you see my mouse pointer pop up a menu, it means I right-clicked. When I was laying out the menu buttons, I only right clicked to show copy/paste once, the other times I did CTRL-C and CTRL-V on my keyboard, faster.

You may need to watch the video a few times to understand what I did. On my computer, Windows Media Player 9 was barfing on my MPEG file because it did not have audio. So I watched my video in PowerDVD or WinDVD, something to keep in mind if your WMP barfs.

Authoring is a fast process. As you saw, I had a disc laid out in under 5 minutes. The "hard part" of creating DVDs is really just getting your assets ready, like video and audio and images. The actual layout step is nothing.


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If anybody wants to learn more, tell me what you want to do, and I'll see if I can make a guide to cover it. I'll probably do video tutorials for DVDWS2, though something simple I may just do stills and give a text explanation. Depends on how complex it is. That's why I reserved some spots, so I could expand the guides.

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How to do invisble buttons. Bonus Features for dvds. Or

What's the best size for custom logo & buttons for Ulead . How to make them work properly.

Sounds like a dumb question. I know how to link the vid with text for play button.

I m still newbie to Ulead. I m stuck in TDA land remeber :P

What about thumbnails? Do the same rules apply for Ulead like TDA. transparent PSD file or Gif?
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cp, that video guide showed invisible buttons.

Bonus features? You mean how to add a second menu and link them?

Thumbnails? I can show what I do on my JLU sets. That's a good one, I'll add it to the to-do list.


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Yes, yes yes !
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okay here's another one for you to mull over lordy.

i have the main movie set up. i don't want to make mini clips of this movie and then play those mini clips.

what i'd like is to "highlight" (pick out) sections of the main movie and then somehow, behind a button, play those highlighted sections.

example, a spag western. highlight shootout sections, each, say, lasting 2 minutes. when one section finishes, the next plays.

is this possible? with any authoring app?
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  04-02-2006, 05:29 AM
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further to my previous post, i'd like to add this:
whilst i have the "playlist" as descibed above, i'd also like "normal" chapters and each should not intefere with the other.

will this stretch you, lordy?
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I would like to know how to make a video file play behind a still image on top?
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  04-02-2006, 06:48 PM
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I would assume you make your menu tranparent. Which you do photoshop or photoshop elements.


I could be wrong :P
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Found a cool tutorial on menu creation:

http://www.dmnforums.com/cgi-bin/dis...1017010550.htm
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