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DVD menu: using Eye Scream Factory content in Studio

DVD menu: using Eye Scream Factory content in Studio By saby - Last updated on Monday, November 12, 2012
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Category: Studio 1-15 Tutorials / Menus, Pinnacle Studio 20 & S16-S19 Tutorials / Menus  -  Previous tutorials
Published on Saturday, March 28, 2009
Created on Sunday, March 8, 2009 12:39 AM
 

This tutorial created for Pinnacle Studio 1-15 can also be achieved with new Studio version with some adjustments. These adjustements will be highlighted in bold and italic as follows: “If you are using a new Studio version, {...}

Pinnacle Studio 1-15 and new Studio version come with an extensive library of DVD menus which can be customized with Eye Scream Factory content. Let's have a look on how to perform this customization. First, we will describe how to replace the background menu (fixed or animated). Then, you will see how to include buttons for menu.

Changing the background

When you've selected the Studio DVD menu of your choice, open the Video Toolbox or double-click the menu on the timeline. Click the Edit Menu button to change the background :

Edit menu

The Edit Menu Window will open. Next, click on the Backgrounds tab, and then click on the Folder icon and navigate to your images (that you download on Eye Scream Factory). It might be helpful to create a specific folder where you placed the images from Eye Scream Factory.

Caution : before opening the folder where the elements of Eye Scream Factory are, I urge you to watch and note the path for the backgrounds delivered in Studio (for Studio 12 and XP it is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Pinnacle\Content\Backgrounds or C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Pinnacle\Content\Backgrounds 16x9). Indeed, each time you open the Menu Editor, the default path for the backgrounds is the same than the last time you opened the Menu Editor. If so, you may have difficulty finding the backgrounds that come with Studio if you have not taken the precaution above.

Now I can choose a new background while keeping the chapters and buttons that are already in place :

Background selection

Until you hit Ok, you can change your choice as many times as you want.

If you are using a new Studio version :

Switch to Disc Mode by clicking the Disc tab :

Disc mode

By a simple Drag'n'drop, insert the menu of your choice from the Menu Library to the Menu List above the Timeline :

Menu drag'n'drop

Open the Menu Editor by double-clicking the menu thumbnail or clicking the Edit button under the Preview window :

Edit mode

At the top left of the Menu Disc Library open the explorer to select the Eye Scream Factory's background picture of your choice :

Import graphic element

Drag'n'drop the corresponding thumbnail onto the background thumbnail at the right of the screen in the Background settings zone :

Replace background picture

That's it !

Here are few examples:

Same but with an animated background

On the site you'll also find videos for making animated menu backgrounds. These videos are in MOV format. DVD Art Essential Volumes and DVD Art Professional Volumes do not contain animated menu background. You need to order them separately.

.MOV format is not supported by Title Deko, the titling module integrated in Studio. We will have to use trickery.

We follow the same steps as above, and when you click on the Background tab in the Menu editor, just make the background transparent by clicking on the checkerboard icon :

Transparent background

Valid with OK and return to Studio. Simply import into the timeline, on the Overlay track, the .mov and place it just below the menu. Set the clip duration or the menu duration to be identical. And that's it !

Timeline

Check in the viewer that the background of our menu is now animated :

Viewer

If you are using a new Studio version :

This is exactly the same as with the still backgrounds as Studio accepts any type of video file as input or so.

Finally, the buttons

Buttons are only included in DVD Art Professional Volumes.
Please refer to our tutorial Handling layers with Gimp to learn how to get the buttons to format tga.

Caution : The same warning as the one on the path to the backgrounds is valid here for buttons !

After loading a menu, press the Buttons tab in the Menu Editor :

Buttons

Select the button(s) already in the menu and you want to replace :

Buttons to be replaced

Choose your replacement button through the Browse buttons icon :

Browse buttons

For example the heart with the arrow saved in the tutorial mentioned earlier. This is what happens :

Heart button

Until you hit Ok, you can change your choice as many times as you want.

If you are using a new Studio version :

Initially, the procedure is the same as for background, but Drag'n'drop the graphic element of your choice directly in the menu display window. Resize it and move it to your liking with the mouse :

Drag'n'drop button

For this graphic element to become a button, do not forget to assign the correct function in the Buttton Settings area :

Button designation

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Comments
Martin By # Martin @ Monday, August 31, 2009 2:29 AM
I have bought DVD ArtEssentials volume II and III and I have downloaded them, but I only see 20 images and no animated backgrounds and buttons, You tells in your advertisement that you receive 20 themes - 80 backgrounds images, but I only got 20 themes.
PLease send me the rest for which I paid.

Greetings,
Martin Clarijs

saby By # saby @ Monday, August 31, 2009 11:17 AM
Hello.

20 themes for HD 1920, HD1280, SD NTSC and SD PAL: 4 x 20 themes = 80 images. No ?

Buttons are included in the images with DVD Art Professional Volume only (to isolate them, read the above tutorial and the tutorial Handling layers with Gimp).

Concerning animated backgrounds they are not included in these packs and ESF or us never told that.

Sorry for the misunderstanding.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Monday, August 31, 2009 11:29 AM
That's correct saby, thanks for the explanations.

Martin, if you did not understand correctly, it means that our news was not so clear. I have corrected it, so it's better explained. DVD Art Essentials Volume do not contain buttons or animated menu or label case (the price is already very low for DVD Art Essential: 9.95$ with the current discount valid until November 2009 !!).

DV FX

Martin By # Martin @ Monday, August 31, 2009 12:14 PM
Hello, How can I use the menus in Pinnacle Studio 12?

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Monday, August 31, 2009 12:19 PM
Martin, is it a joke ?....
In this webpage, the tutorial (just above) explain how to use those menu with Pinnacle Studio 12. Keep us informed if there is anything unclear.

DV FX

chuck By # chuck @ Friday, December 4, 2009 12:59 PM
I have the issue of not being able to find the default backgrounds after I changed the directory. I had hope when I read this thread (however still no luck after searching everywhere... very frustrating):

Caution : before opening the folder where the elements of Eye Scream Factory are, I urge you to watch and note the path for the backgrounds delivered in Studio (for Studio 12 and XP it is C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Pinnacle\Content\Backgrounds or C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Documents\Pinnacle\Content\Backgrounds 16x9). Indeed, each time you open the Menu Editor, the default path for the backgrounds is the same than the last time you opened the Menu Editor. If so, you may have difficulty finding the backgrounds that come with Studio if you have not taken the precaution above.

Can anyone help?

Thx, Chuck


Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Friday, December 18, 2009 12:58 PM
Sorry Chuck for not being able to answer sooner. I assume that you solved your problem ? Otherwise, check the folder you mention and you will find your way back and your background.

Have fun with Eye Scream Factory,
DV FX

der Slatz By # der Slatz @ Monday, July 29, 2013 6:03 PM
I tried the instructions for using the Eye Scream menus with Pinnacle, and - thanks to your help - was able to figure out how to incorporate them with later versions of Pinnacle and then AVID. Thanks for the help.

Déclic Vidéo FX By # Déclic Vidéo FX @ Tuesday, July 30, 2013 12:27 AM
Thanks for your feedback, you're welcome
DV Fx

 
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