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DVDWS2: [Transitions Between Menu Pages]

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 7:55 pm
by sjj1805
SUBJECT: DVDWS2: [Transitions Between Menu Pages]

If you want to brighten up your DVD menu and add some fancy transitions between menu pages, read on!!

To achieve this effect you will also need a video editing program such as Video Studio 9 or Media Studio 8.

Step 1. Create a normal DVD
Create your DVD in the usual way with thumbnails, sound effects, backgrounds
Etc.
Burn your project to a Hard Drive folder
For the purposes of this demonstration my working folder is Z:\DVD\test\
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Step 2. Prepare your transitions.
Open your Video Editor Program (VS9 or MSP8) and start a new project.
Navigate to your working folder Z:\DVD\test\
You will now see a sub-directory tree structure as follows

Z:\DVD\test\DWS_TS
CvtMenu
MENU_01
MENU_02
There will be the same number of Menu-0x folders as you have menu pages.

Within Menu_01 is a file named MOTIONMENU_ 1.mpg
Within Menu_02 is a file named MOTIONMENU_ 2mpg
Etc.
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Import these mpg files into your video editor, trim them so that they are only a few seconds long. Add two of these mpg files together on the timeline and insert a transition such as [Film] / [Turn Page]. Render this to a small video file such as menu1-menu2.mpg

Remember to reverse the two clips so that in your completed DVD menu you can also go the other way ie.
menu2-menu1.mpg

Step 3. Modify the DVD you created in Step 1.
Return to DVD Workshop and import the new MPG files you created in step 2 above.
Add them to the video title list as per the following screenshot.
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And alter the playlist on the button tab for the Next menu / Previous Menu buttons so that it plays your MPG file first and then resumes with the chosen menu page.
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Step 4. Create your modified DVD in the normal way.
Because you are now using videos which were previously rendered in step 1 above, this time your DVD will be created in a short space of time unlike the possible/probable couple of hours in step 1.