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Focus: Post/Production Reusing Menus in DVD Studio Pro Three tips for saving the hassle of rebuilding menus
By Dave Nagel The time you spend designing menus in DVD Studio Pro doesn't have to be wasted. Complete menu designs--including graphics and assets--can be reused over and over, within the same project, between different projects and even across multiple computers. In this tutorial, we'll look at three methods for reusing your menus. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Antialiasing Highlights in DVD Studio Pro Adjusting highlight colors to reduce the jaggies
By Dave Nagel One of the problems you'll encounter when designing DVD menus is jagged highlights. Highlights on DVDs aren't antialiased in the way we think of antialiasing, so when you're mapping highlight colors onto your buttons, you'll often wind up with jagged edges that allow the buttons original colors to show around the fringes, producing an unattractive result. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Subtitle Fonts in DVD Studio Pro 4 Working with fonts and changing the font for an entire stream
By Dave Nagel Working with subtitles in DVD Studio Pro 4 isn't always the most convenient thing in the world to do. In fact, there are times when it can be outright frustrating. One example of this is in formatting subtitles--especially changing fonts on subtitle streams that contain numerous individual subtitles. Well, fortunately, there are some pretty simple tricks to help make your life easier. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Button Tricks in DVD Studio Pro 4, Part 3 Creating rollover effects with custom patches
By Dave Nagel Now that we've created some custom patches for DVD Studio Pro 4, let's put them to use. One of the common requests I get as host of our DVD Studio Pro forum is a technique for making rollover effects on motion menus. What if, for example, you have three buttons on a menu, and in their "normal" state, the buttons are grayscale, while in their "selected" state they're full-color (or sepia or some other tint)? That would be a nice little trick. Here's how it works. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Button Tricks in DVD Studio Pro 4, Part 2 Modifying asset tint, saturation and transparency
By Dave Nagel In our last article on button tricks in DVD Studio Pro 4, we looked at a method for rotating buttons. This allowed us to create presets so that we could easily vary the angle of our menu elements. We'll continue the button modification process this time around with a look at how to control the saturation, tint and overall opacity of button objects. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Button Tricks in DVD Studio Pro 4 Part 1: Rotating assets with custom patches
By Dave Nagel If you've been reading any of our recent tutorials, you know it's possible not only to modify custom patches in DVD Studio Pro, but also to create your own, complete with custom motion masks and moving shapes. Now we begin a new series to take the creation/modification of custom patches to the next level, looking at compositing tricks and special effects that you can add to DVD Studio Pro 4's menu buttons. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Custom Patches in DVD Studio Pro 4, Part 3 Adding custom motion shapes to buttons
By Dave Nagel In the first two parts of this tutorial series, we looked at how to create motion masks and custom highlights for buttons. This time around, we're going to substitute our own motion graphics into the patches--the final step in basic patch-based button creation. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Custom Patches in DVD Studio Pro 4, Part 2 Adding custom highlights to patch-based buttons
By Dave Nagel Patches in DVD Studio Pro are custom elements that you can use to change the appearance of buttons in your menus. Functioning somewhat like Photoshop-based buttons, patches can take you far beyond simple still masks and styles with motion masks, motion shapes and even special effects like tinting and blurring. And, despite what DVD Studio Pro's user manual states, it is possible even to create your own custom patches for virtually unlimited possibilities. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Custom Patches in DVD Studio Pro 4 Part 1: Adding motion masks to buttons
By Dave Nagel In DVD Studio Pro, there are three fairly straightforward methods for creating buttons for your menus. You can simply click and drag to create a hotspot over your background; you can drop an asset onto your menu to make a button; and you can create custom shape files in Adobe Photoshop, then add asset on top of those. But there's also a fourth method, one that's completely undocumented, that can not only let you use custom shapes with your assets, but also apply special effects to your buttons, from motion masks to color filters and beyond. ...Read More »
Focus: Post/Production Text and Styles in DVD Studio Pro 4 A workaround for line spacing for menu text
By Dave Nagel I wouldn't count typography among the advanced features of DVD Studio Pro. It's assumed, after all, that the bulk of a DVD project's graphics will be created in an outside application and then brought into the DVD authoring environment. Nevertheless, there are times when you want to format your text within a project and keep it editable, especially when you're creating text fields in templates. ...Read More »
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