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Insert a Video Introduction Before Your Menu

Insert a Video Introduction Before Your Menu By Le Papy - Last updated on Friday, October 26, 2012
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Category: Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Menus  -  Previous tutorials  -  Associated Link(s)
Published on Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Created on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 9:05 AM

In the tutorial "From one menu to another menu in a video-film", we saw in detail how to handle DVD menus in Avid Studio (or new Studio versions) and I promised a sequel. Then in the tutorial "A Title Editor is Making Headlines", we detailed the workings of the title editor. Today we are going to combine what we learned by using the title editor and menu publisher to create a video introduction, with sound, before your classic menu. To avoid repetitive steps, I have simplified the description of some procedures but you can always refer to the two previous tutorials if you have any questions about a particular step.

Step 1 : Import the necessary files

On your computer, you have a wealth of useful files ... So take this opportunity to make your life a little easier. You might not have the exact same files that I referenced, however, I tried to stick with standard files. The key is to understand the principles, then adapt each tutorial to suit your taste.

To follow along with this tutorial you need to import:

  • An animated background file, if possible in 16x9 format and if possible with sound ... yes ... it does exist!
  • A fireworks style with transparent background for the animated title (a png in this case);
  • An image of a plane isolated on a transparent background for the animated title (a png here too);

In the main Studio interface, click on "Import":

The Export window

  1. Select My Computer;
  2. Select the desired media type (audio, video, picture, or all compatible files which includes the three previous types);
  3. Go to your choices in "Motion Backgrounds 16x9";
  4. Remember to click on "Deselect All" because all files are selected by default;
  5. Check the box for the file you have chosen, I selected Extreme Sports - Surfing main;
  6. Then click "Start Import".

In your library, a new collection, "Collections:Latest Import", will be created containing the imported file.

You can import the other two files using the same method. I suggest you look at some samples in "Motion Titles /Objects/ Miscellaneous" (just below "Motion Backgrounds 16x9"):

  • You will find a number of shapes with transparent backgrounds such as 04 - Shapes.png;
  • For the aircraft, it could use a bit more tweaking ... but it is not mandatory.
Step 2 : What Purpose Will All this Serve?

To better understand how all this will work together, this is what the disc simulator should look like in Studio when you follow this tutorial and everything is set up correctly.

If you are observant, you can see in this video how mouse movements affect the video presentation in the disc simulator.
Step 3 : Construction of the film
  1. First, drag the surf clip from "Collections: Latest Import" to the beginning of A / V Track(3). Note that this clip has a duration of 30 seconds.
  2. Position the cursor at the beginning of the timeline and select A / V Track(2);
  3. Then create a title (Title Button or CTRL + 5);
  4. You are automatically taken to the title editor.

Thef titles editor

The default title, "Your Text Here", is displayed and the text layer is created by default.

  1. You are in the "Aspects (Looks)" tab which allows you to change the text;
  2. You may have noticed that the surf clip has a duration of 30 seconds but the audio has a duration of 27 seconds. If you do not want to have that silence between the introduction and menu, set the audio track length to 00:27:00.

Note: I could have used the parameters of the background of this title for dropping into the "Drop Zone Background" of the surf video. But by doing that I lost the audio from the clip and I would have to add it elsewhere. That's why I decided to insert the entire surf clip (audio + video) to track A / V (3).

For now, don't touch the title until we look at the timeline to see if everything worked as planned. Click "OK" to return to the main "Movie" screen.

The timeline after setting up the background and the title

If all went well, your timeline looks like this:

  • Track A / V (2): One title 27 seconds long;
  • Track A / V (3): The surf clip, 30 seconds long video and 27 seconds audio.

Since everything looks fine, double-click on your title for the entire set, this time. You are again in the title editor. If you are not familiar with using the title editor, refer to the tutorial: "A Title Editor is Making Headlines". I also refer you to the tutorial "Studio can Create End Credits on It's Own" how to create additional layers (right click at the bottom of the list of layers). The order of the layers is very important since it determines the depth of field and therefore the visibility of layers to each other. The layer above the bottom layer always covers the layer below.

Creating layers in the titles editor
  1. The layer marked in blue is used for the airplane;
  2. The next 2 layers marked in yellow are for the fireworks that pass in front of the text;
  3. Layers marked in green are used for the three lines of text;
  4. The bottom layers marked in yellow are for the fireworks that go behind the text;
  5. You will notice that the text layer "Surf at..." is selected. When a layer is selected, you see a small cross that lets you delete the "motion" and hovering the mouse over the "x" changes the shape of the mouse pointer and tells you the motion used by way of a tool tip.

Here is a complete view of the layer list. You can set the height of the window using the orange inverted "T" icon at the intersection of the windows library, display and layer list.

The layers list

The length of each layer and its relative position is left to your discretion based on the visual elements above. Below is a table of the settings for each layer. Remember, if you want to see the video background with layers simultaneously to better position them, you can click on the "Solo" button at the bottom right corner of the window to turn the Solo option on or off.

Layer Input Motion End Motion Parameters Observations
1- Aircraft 17-Page From Right Nil    
2 - Fireworks 06-Movie Trailer Zoom 04-Page Fade    
3 - Fireworks 06-Movie Trailer Zoom 04-Page Fade    
4 - Texte "Surfez..." 21-Words from Right 32-Twist Roll Surface / Fill Blue (45,16, 232)
5- Texte "sur le site" 15-Line from Infinity 32-Twist Roll Surface / Fill Blue (45,16, 232)
6- Texte "de Déclic..." 01-Type 04-Page Fade Surface / Fill White (255, 255, 255)
7 - Fireworks 06-Movie Trailer Zoom 04-Page Fade    
8 - Fireworks 06-Movie Trailer Zoom 04-Page Fade    
9 - Fireworks 06-Movie Trailer Zoom 04-Page Fade    
10 - Fireworks 06-Movie Trailer Zoom 04-Page Fade    
11 - Fireworks 06-Movie Trailer Zoom 04-Page Fade Appearances Blurred=13

Your title is now complete. Click OK to return to the main interface of the "Movie" tab. After the title you must add your movie. For this tutorial I added the "OurFunVacation" demo video. If you don't have the demo video that was included with older versions of Studio, you can download it (courtesy of editor) in the "Associated Links" section of the page below (right click / Save Target As).

Your timeline should look like the screenshot below.

The film timeline

Step 4 : Creating the Introduction

The introduction will be built in the "Disc" area.

  1. Click the "Disc" tab to create your disc project (for details, refer to the tutorial "From one menu to another menu in a video-film". Your film project is copied to the "Disc" area. Now you need to choose a menu;
  2. You need to choose a default menu that supports 16x9 animated vignettes. Test a few because not all the menus support them. I chose a Standard menu: Abstract Fruit sub 16x9
  3. Drag the selected menu to the "Disc Menus" area.
Choosing a menu

After you drag the menu to the "Disc Menus" section a blue C1 link is automatically created at the beginning of time line and a blue M1 link is automatically created at the end of time line (not shown in the screenshot).

  1. Using the mouse, drag the C1 link to the first frame of the "OurFunVacation" video.
  2. As you drag the C1 link, a color band titled "Intro Video" appears along the entire length of the introduction video.
The creation of the video introduction
The complete timeline and the creation of menu links
Still referring, if necessary, to the tutorial "From one menu to another menu in a video-film", create links C2 and C3. Then, by double clicking on the "Menu 1" menu enter the Menu Editor to make changes to the chosen menu.
The settings menu
  1. In the library window to the left of the window, bring up the latest import collections window that contains the surf clip. Drag the clip from the window to the Background Fill Box and drop it on top of the existing background clip.
  2. Drag the same clip to the Background Audio Fill Box where just the audio portion will be extracted;
  3. The "audio fade" check box will become active. I found no info on this box but I think when checked an audio fade is applied to the end of the audio clip;
  4. From past experience, I realized that the duration of the menu needs to be the same as the length of the title. So set the duration of the menu to 0:27:00.


The menu changes

Here is the new menu as shown after applying the above settings.

  1. You can change the size and location of the thumbnails;
  2. You can uncheck each "Still Thumbnail" box if you want to have animated thumbnails;
  3. The audio drop zone displays the title of the clip and its duration;
  4. Since the duration of the audio clip is 30 seconds and the duration of the menu is 27 seconds, I set the audio fade to 5 seconds.

Click "OK" to return to the "Disc" main screen. Now you just have to open the disk simulator and make sure that you get a result similar to the one you watched at the beginning of this tutorial.

So, introduction video or an appetizer before the menu, here's another way to present your videos (and all this with only 2 tracks ...)

{Screen Capture made with TechSmith Snagit 10}
{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

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