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An introduction that leads to a menu with Studio 16 and later

An introduction that leads to a menu with Studio 16 and later By yann56 - Last updated on Saturday, October 11, 2014
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Category: Pinnacle Studio 21 & S16-S20 Tutorials / Menus  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Friday, November 15, 2013
Created on Thursday, October 31, 2013 11:17 AM

Since Studio 16, you've been able to play an intro video before the main menu appears, and only at the beginning of the disk (see tutorial Insert a Video Introduction Before Your Menu). One can also read the entire disk, even with intermediate returns. These options are tailored to commercial discs that address one subject at a time (the film).However for us enthusiasts who usually process multiple subjects into two hours of video, for example several trips, it would be interesting to introduce a subject more than once with a small video before the menu in the DVD (BD).

Accomplishing this was the subject of the tutorial An introduction leading to the menu created for Studio 15 and earlier versions. As you could put the menus in these versions anywhere on the timeline, it allowed you to do this several times on a DVD (BD ) and not just once at the beginning.

The purpose of this tutorial is to adapt the method for Studio 16 and 17 where the menus are not on the timeline. For this we will see how to make an intro video before a menu using two different methods. We will also see how to read all the chapters linked to a menu and each chapter separately.

Step 1 : Creating the Intro video

Take an introduction to a journey, the button to access the video of a location being positioned at its location on a map. We'll take a trip with visits to three cities. Let's start with a little animation using Google Earth (see tutorial Introduce your video clip with satellite view (Google Earth)) that we named FondItalie.

Studio 16 and Studio 17 will make our job easier: because of its multiple tracks, but also because the masks are all done. For those who followed the previous tutorial, we had to use a drawing program (Gimp) to create an oval mask (note that the shape of the mask was not essential, but it was an opportunity to show how to create buttons and masks). Why use a mask? To create the thumbnails for the introduction (still or moving) that will be positioned on the map at the same time as the comments.

Completion of the introductory video

After loading our 4 files  (FondItalie background + 3 video clips of sites) in the library, and adding our working folder to the watched folders (for handling the library see the tutorial Studio's library : discover all the secrets), we go to (1) the Movie mode (S16) or Edit (S17), and then we activate (2) camera (S16) or video (S17) :

Make voice-over comments in (3), load the background and sequences synchronized with the comments (4), add a track (5) to add a musical background using Scorefitter (6).
We take care to leave a sufficiently long time in Part (1) after the comments (between 12 and 30 seconds) for the menu to play (Part 2).

We will now create thumbnail masks.

Open an effects tab, fx (all), and choose for example the 2D Editor Advanced (no preset) effect, a rectangle with rounded edges (to distinguish it from the oval in the previous tutorial) then drag and drop it on a track with a video sequence (a purple border will appear). Create Mask

Double-click the track to open the effects editor, and then edit the corner curve angle settings (1) (here 100), the size (2), and the position (3) where we put our video thumbnail on the appropriate location on the background. This is done for the three sequences. Don't forget to set the solo button (2) on the setting that shows the background.
Export (mode export-file type) the file that we split into two parts: the first part (Part 1) from the beginning to the end of the comments corresponding to the introduction (the trip description ), the remaining (Part 2) corresponding to the menu that we also export.


Positioning thumbnails video
Step 2 : Creation of Menus

We could, as in the previous tutorial, insert thumbnail buttons overlapping the previous thumbnail (see the tutorial Customize Your DVD Menu Buttons with Studio), but we will make it much easier: the titles for the thumbnails will be the buttons for the menu.


In the disk configuration (S16), Author (S17) (1), choose the disk symbol (S16) or disc menus (S17) (2) and then drag and drop a template twice on the menu list.



Create menu (continued)

Editing Menu 1

This menu is for introducing the main purpose of the tutorial (Menu 2). Even if it serves no purpose here since we have only one subject, its presence is educational.

Double-click on Menu 1 to edit it. After clearing the default texts, our titles are written in the frame (1) (access the text frame by double-clicking)  and make it a normal button, alpha (3) . We define the default page title (Voyages).
Confirm by clicking OK at the bottom center of the screen.


creation menu # 1

For the second menu we will illustrate two methods:

First method : the full introduction (Part 1 (appearance of thumbnails and comments) + Part 2 (map with the thumbnails)) as the background menu.
Second method : Part 2 is the only menu background, Part 1 is placed on the timeline before the sequences.:

menu preparation method # 1

Editing Menu 2 : First method
Select the camera (S16) or video (S17) tab to display the intro video file (1), which is introduced by dragging to the drop zone as background and as background music (2). The duration of the background menu is adjusted to a length of (30s) (3). Then we will successively replace the existing text with our own text, change fonts, placing them under the thumbnails as titles (4), give them the status of a normal button, alpha (5), the general title (L’Italie) is the default (6), show our titles at the same time as the thumbnails by editing the handles of the blue runs (7). We confirm all settings by clicking OK (8).

Method # 2 achievement menu

Editing Menu 2 : Second method
It's the same principle with the following changes: Part 2  becomes the background, we do not edit the handles, the duration of the menu is set to the length of Part 2 (15s).

We will now build the timeline

First method
Put the  three video clips on the timeline in chronological order (corresponding to the order of the introductory video). Note that the software automatically associates C1 (5), M1 (6) and C1 button (3) with the same color (light blue). We associate (4) the M2 button (Italy) to Menu 2 by clicking on the red exclamation mark that appeared before its transformation into M2.


Association sequences Method # 1

Second method
The only difference is that we have placed Part 1 at the beginning, before the video sequences.


Method # 2 links


We will now create the links between the sequences and menu buttons with the following objective: when activating the first title of the menu page, we read all the sequences corresponding to the menu page and then return to the menu. When you activate another menu button, it reads the corresponding sequence and returns to the menu. Moreover, we have the constraint of the software for returns: the combination return-chapter  is unique. This constraint may lead to create intermediate "dummy" menus. The return is normally to the same menu corresponding to a chapter, but we will use the opportunity to change it by linking it to another menu (see [ARTICLELINK : 1627 ] Change the number of a return to menu [published July 17th 2014]) .

First Method

Assign buttons sequences

creating links

Note: The screen parts essential to the presentation, the display screen up and the timeline at the bottom were grouped on the images.

To assign a button to a movie, we select a button (1), we place it on the sequence (6) and click the chapter-link (2). This creates the associated link ( for the first button on the first menu, the software automatically does it for us).

To make a return-back, we move to the end of the sequence (or at the beginning of the next sequence) and we select the return button (3). The chapters, the return-back and menu are the same color (pale blue here).
We introduced a Menu 3 with a "click to continue" button. We will see the role it plays further along in the tutorial.

The Menu 2 (beige) provides access to the video clips, which return after reading Menu 2. The small orange arrow is a button toward the main menu (Menu 1)
The title of the page (Italy) points to Menu 3 (green)







technical menu









Reading successive sequences

Menu 3 is a "dummy" menu whose only purpose is to read the chapters successively, without a return after every chapter. The return is made to the original menu: Menu 3 ( 3 )
It should have another button to return to Menu 2, but to simplify, we will drag the flag return to Menu 2. While retaining its color and its location, it will take the M2 name as shown at right .
Note: With some pro authoring software, the button can be activated automatically (A suggestion for a future feature?). In this case the operation is transparent. However, the constraint is relatively small for only a button click.
Note that as there is, in the example, only one subject (one trip), the result is identical to the activation of Title 1 of the menu.

By dragging and dropping M3 on Menu 2, M3 becomes M2. After playback of the last sequence we return to Menu 2.






Second method

Create links (method # 2)

second method links

This time, in the time line in (1), we integrated the first part of the introduction (Part 1, the description  which shows thumbnails synchronized  with the comments), the second part (Part 2 with the titles and thumbnails) forms the bottom of Menu 2.
Pressing the "Voyages" button under Menu 1 will play all the sequences with a return to Menu 1, as in Method 1.


So that there is no confusion between the "Travel" button on Menu 1 and the "Italy" button that points to the same C1 (Part 1 Introduction) we must go through an intermediate Menu 3 that points toward the introduction C1 and create a return (initially M3) at the end of the introduction that we change into M2 by dragging the flag on Menu 2.
When you click on "click to continue" it will play the first part of the introduction and then it will access Menu 2.


second method links links second method (end)
The buttons C1, C2, C3 allow you to read each sequence separately with a return to Menu 2. To play all the chapters we will go through the "dummy" menu 4 that we will modify from M4 towards M2 as previously.


Conclusion : Which method is the most interesting? That would be Method 2 for two reasons :

- In Method 1, the menu loops through the entire introduction (description + menu), so it's necessary that the comments are very short, otherwise the repetition quickly becomes tiresome.
- If you read the whole disk or a menu page, you will not go through the first parts (descriptions), which is wasteful.

It remains for us to create a disk or a disk image file.

Click (1) on the disc symbol (S16) or author (S17) to open the dialog, then create an image or burn a disc (2). creating disk

Note that some video software players (as well as some multimedia boxes) can read a folder (DVD, Blu-Ray) on a computer without having to physically burn a disc. You can also create a virtual disk. Simply connect the computer to the TV via HDMI to watch just like a hardware player.

Note also that S16 and S17 re-encodes all files, even if the files are of a compatible format. Hopefully, some day we will see a "smart-rendering" checkbox. We hope… !

Below is a small partial preview (since we can not see all the possible permutations for playing) of a simulation of the passage of the remote control of a menu button to another.



{Thanks to Loosecannon for the fine tuning}

{The screenshots were made using TechSmith Snagit 10}

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