Chapter 10: Making Video DVDs and Movies
2. The Font options on this page are the same as those on the “Change the DVD
menu text” page. If you’ve already set the font options, you don’t need to again.
3. Each menu style has two key characteristics: a background and one or more cut
frames in the foreground. With some menu styles, you can specify a picture or
video to display in the background and a picture or video to display in the cut
frames. Click the Browse button to the right of the “Background video” text box
to set the background video. Click the Browse button to the right of the “Fore-
ground video” text box to set the foreground video for the cut frames.
4. To play an audio file whenever the DVD menu is accessed, click the Browse but-
ton to the right of the “Menu audio” text box. Use the “Add audio to the menu”
dialog box to select the audio file to play, and then click Add. When choosing an
audio file, keep in mind that only a 5–10-second clip of the selected audio file is
played, and this clip comes from the beginning of the audio file.
5. On the scenes page in the finished DVD, scene buttons show a preview of scenes
to which you can navigate in the video. Each menu style has a default button
style, but you can choose your own button style using the options on the
“Scenes button styles” list.
6. When you are finished customizing the menu style, click Change Style to save
your changes and return to the “Ready to burn” page.
Customizing Your Picture Slide Show and Adding an Audio
After you configure the DVD menu for the video, the next step is to customize the
slide show and add an audio soundtrack by completing these steps:
1. Only video DVDs that have digital pictures have slide shows. If your DVD has
pictures, click the “Slide show” button on the “Ready to burn” page. This dis-
plays the “Change your slide show settings” page shown in Figure 10-14.
2. By default, each picture is set to display for seven seconds. Use the “Picture
length” list to select the desired display time, such as five seconds. When you
make changes to the picture length, note the corresponding change in the run-
ning time for the slide show.
3. Use the Transition list to specify whether and how transitions are used to move
from one picture to the next in the slide show. After you select a transition, click
Preview and then play the video to see what the transition will look like.
4. To give your pictures the effect of live motion, select the “Use pan and zoom
effects for pictures” checkbox. Some of the transitions work best when panning
and zooming is turned off. Others work best when panning and zooming is
turned on. As an example, cross-fade works well with pan and zoom turned on,
while inset works best with pan and zoom turned off.