Adding Links

You use links to create a logical relationship between a scene on the Timeline and a button on the DVD menu. Once you choose your menu, you are presented with the AutoLink screen (Figure 12.13).

Figure 12.13. The AutoLink screen showing all edit decision points on your Timeline.

By default, this screen contains a list of every edit decision point on the Timeline. If you have a lot of these, which is highly likely, this list will be large, and quite possibly, unmanageable. You can highlight each link on the list to see each point on the Timeline, but setting links in this manner is a painstaking affair.

Filtering links

In order to see which links you really need, the DVD editor can filter the links to various criteria so you're looking at fewer of them. This should help you see beyond the fog of "everything," but it still might not help you enough to create the links without spending some time doing so.

However, if you prepared the Timeline as I describe in the "Using Markers" section earlier in this chapter, then you already have named markers on your Timeline at all the relevant points; you can now use these.

To filter out unwanted links

  • Deselect the Clip Ins option to display just the named makers (Figure 12.14).

    Figure 12.14. Deselecting the Clip Ins option shows just your markers.

Selecting links

Now that you can see the forest for the trees, you can decide if you really want all of the chapter points. You can see which chapter point contains what material by scrubbing through the Timeline and watching the playback on the tiny preview window. This window also has its own scrub bar for previewing and displays all relevant markers.

To select/deselect a chapter point

  • Remove or place an X in the box next to the chapters you want to subtract or add to your DVD menu (Figure 12.15).

    Figure 12.15. Deselecting a link removes it from the DVD menu.

Applying the links

Once you've made your decision on which links you want to add and which you don't, applying them is a simple matter of clicking the Apply button (Figure 12.16). If you want to proceed without applying any chapter points at this stage, just click the Skip button.

Figure 12.16. Hit the Apply button to include these links in your menu.

The wizard exits after you click either button; you can then preview your menu.


  • Don't worry too much if you aren't sure about the number of buttons you have selected or their relative positions. You can change all this later in the process.

Changing a Thumbnail

When you set a link, it takes the first frame it finds and displays it as the thumbnail inside the button. If your clip starts with a fade to black or a frame you don't like, you can change it from within the DVD Editor.

To change the thumbnail, first open the DVD Editor. Then select the Master View tab and the button you want to change. Next, scrub through the clip until you find a better frame, and then click the Set picon button (Figure 12.17).

Figure 12.17. Using the Master View tab to change the thumbnail of a button.

The thumbnail now updates to the frame under the timeline cursor (Figure 12.18).

Figure 12.18. The updated thumbnail.

Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6 for Windows
Pinnacle Liquid Edition 6 for Windows
ISBN: 0321269160
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 245
Authors: Paul Ekert © 2008-2017.
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