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Old 8th March 2003, 02:52   #21  |  Link
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Animated menus (videos for button and videos in background) are a basic feature of Sonic Foundy's DVD architect.

Can't get much easier than this:

1. Choose a thumbnail for the button
2. Tick the box "animate thumnail"
3. Right click background and choose "insert media"
4. Select MPEG stream and whether or not you want the audio aswell

There you go - a menu that has a video as the background and video buttons. Might save some people 9 hours or so.....
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Old 10th June 2003, 08:49   #22  |  Link
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Motion Menues with Avisynth

why expensive software?

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Nice thread - I don't suppose you'd be willing to translate it, for the benefit of the English-speaking Doom9 members, would you?

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Update - MyDVD supports motion menus and motion buttons from Ver 4.0
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its true dvd architect makes such motion easy to do, but its almost impossible to prevent it from re-encoding everything you give it, ruining the quality of your menus, movie files, and everything else. encode everything with tmpg, then use DVD-Lab, it supports full motion thumbs and backgrounds and cool switched menus, and instructions are included in the help file for all and some more cool tips at the site (http://dvdlab.net/dvdlab/) The only catch, when you "render motion" it outputs an uncompressed avi with no index, so just open it up in virtualdub to rebuild the index and re-save, then re-encode to m2v with tmpg for a motion menu with moving thumbnails!
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Creating Menus in Macromedia Flash

Here’s one more method of creating video for animated menus that doesn't seem to be mentioned around here. If you have some experience with Macromedia Flash, it makes the process very easy and opens a lot of opportunities for you to be creative. I used Flash MX.

1. Prepare you video assets in whatever video editor you like, preferably cut the segments to the same length. Flash accepts AVI, MPEG, QiuckTime, .wmv, .dv, and more.

2. Create a new project in Flash, set project properties to 720x480 and 29.97fps for NTSC or 720x576 and 25fps for PAL.

3. Go to File - Import to Library, open your video file. In Import Video Setting that would pop up, set Quality to 100%, Keyframe interval to 1. Clear the options Synchronize Video and Import Audio. Flash can't handle DVD-quality audio, so you'll have to add it afterwards. Set Number of Video Frames... to 1:1.

4. Now, if you're importing a background video, set Scale to 100%. If you want to create animated buttons, set Scale for example to 20% or whatever size so that all the buttons would fit on the screen.

5. Click OK, and then repeat the procedure for each video clip. Import still images the same way except that there is no options to be set.

6. Bring up the Library window (Ctr+L) if not visible, and drag and drop your material to the main project window. If it prompts you something like "Do you want to insert frames...", check the box "Don't ask again..." and say yes. It will add as many frames to the project as there are in the video being inserted. Important hint: If your video segments have different length, add the longest one first; this will make other shorter clips loop, otherwise they will disappear once finished playing.

7. You can add and use layers similar to Photoshop. Put the background video or image on the bottom layer, the buttons above it, and on the top you can add frames for the buttons if desired.

8. Now is the time when you can use Flash animation capabilities to the fullest, for example create the title of the movie gradually appearing on the screen, have all the elements including video flying around, spinning and changing in size. Or just leave it as is.

9. Go to File - Export Movie, choose AVI as a file format, clear the Compression and Smooth options in the box that would pop up, preserve the original video size and set color depth to 24 bit. Click OK. After a short while, you'll get your video stream as an AVI file. Encode it to MPEG-2 with your favorite encoder, and you're done.

Hope this will be useful to some of you.
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