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Adobe Encore DVD: In the Studio by Doug Dixon

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Chapter 9. Designing Great DVDs

This book has shown you how to create sophisticated DVD productions using Adobe Encore DVD. We’ve assembled your material, designed menus and navigation, and then built and burned the project to disc. Along the way, I’ve pointed out a variety of possible approaches to DVD design that are available to you from Encore’s flexible interface, so you can find a comfortable and efficient workflow for your projects.

But this book ultimately is not just about using Encore; it’s about making interesting DVDs. But what makes a DVD interesting, or useful, or fun, or even great? Creating effective DVDs has much to do with the main movie content, of course, but also with how it is presented, both in terms of the design of the menus and the usability of the navigational interface. The visual design and feel of the DVD should reflect the style of the material that you are presenting—even the menus and packaging should support your content. In addition, the navigational design of the DVD should support the presentation by providing your viewers with clear and convenient access to all the different material and additional options on the disc. After all, once you have worked so hard to collect and prepare the material, doesn’t make sense to present it well on DVD? It’s your video; make it look great.

This chapter goes beyond the basics of creating a DVD to focus on the key issues in ...

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