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 This is an ADOBE STANDARD ENCORE DVD 1.5 CD + MANUAL -WINDOWS, Disk is in very good condition. Comes with serial #, 
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Creative Authoring for professional DVD production.

A solid complement to the content creation line, Adobe Encore DVD ($549 direct) has excellent Photoshop integration and advanced high-level functionality unique in its price range. On the other hand, its usability and general functionality lag be-hind that of most competing products. So if you need basic DVD authoring capabilities and you're not in the Adobe camp, you'll find little reason to adopt this pricey program.

Encore projects are comprised of menus and timelines, the latter containing video, audio, still-image slide shows, and text subtitle tracks. The interface is an Adobe-style open palette, with multiple undocked windows that quickly became unmanageable during operation. Encore sorely needs a structured interface, à la Premiere Pro, with workspace options for snapping windows back into place.

All DVD menus are Photoshop PSD files. Encore includes 37 menu and object templates, which is minimal, but it provides extensive text creation capabilities as well as image-sizing and positioning controls, all managed via Photoshop-like layers. You can also create menus in Photoshop, import them into Encore with layers intact, and easily switch back and forth between the programs during design. Encore supports both audio and video menu backgrounds, as well as video buttons.

Like Photoshop, Encore provides menu object alignment controls, but it lacks common features like a paste attributes function or the ability to save a text style or custom color swatch. This will force most users to design almost exclusively in Photoshop. Encore also forces you to create subpictures for each linkable button manually.

Encore accepts raw AVI and compressed MPEG-2 files and a range of still-image formats for slide shows. You can add chapter points on the timeline or while watching a video play in real time, a nice option.

Markers inserted into After Effects and Premiere Pro convert to chapter marks in Encore. Once a video is inserted into Encore, you can edit the file in either After Effects or Premiere Pro, rerender, and Encore will update the asset automatically.

This required rerendering represents Encore's most significant competitive weakness compared with products like Pinnacle Edition 5, where you can freely reedit your videos without rerendering and save time.

Slide show functionality also trails that of other programs significantly, with no interslide transitions or ability to synchronize slide show duration to a background audio track.

Encore excels at higher-level functions, though. To add multiple audio tracks, you simply drag audio files into the timeline and identify the language via a simple drop-down box. You add subtitle tracks by typing in the text directly at the desired location on the timeline or by importing and positioning text files.

Linking options are plentiful. After selecting a button, you can choose the desired target via a drop-down menu or by dragging a pickwhip to the object. Timelines and chapter points can be dragged into a menu en mass; Encore automatically creates the necessary links.

You can set each menu to hold indefinitely or for a specified duration before jumping to another menu or timeline, with similar post-play options for all timelines. Alternative post-play options can be set depending on the path the viewer took to reach the video, and you can specify the first play video.

Most other programs assume that the last video will return to the menu when it finishes playing, but Encore assumes it stops, which forces you to set return-to-menu links manually. Encore includes a nice error-checking function, however, that identifies "orphaned" menus and videos as well as broken links.

Encore can produce stereo AC-3 audio and multiple layer discs (via DLT tape); it supports international Region Codes; and it provides robust copy protection (including CSS) not found on similarly priced products. Encoding settings could be more centralized, however. For example, you can't access compression settings after entering the final production menu sequence, forcing you to cancel out of the sequence, check your settings, and then restart the process.

Production times were fairly snappy, with Encore producing a four-menu title with about 45 minutes of AVI video to disc in 64 minutes on a workstation with a 3.2-GHz Pentium 4, with HyperThreading on. Although the HP DVD Writer 300n used isn't listed as a supported burner on the Adobe Web site, it worked just fine. To be on the safe side, you should check the supported list to make sure your burner has been certified by Adobe. 

Authoring software meshes accessibility with professional-levelfeatures.

Adobe Encore DVD is a polished program for a first version, butthere's a slight learning curve to many of the in-depth features.

There were numerous high-and low-end DVD authoring offeringsavailable for several months before Adobe Encore DVD debuted, but theproduct does not seem to be playing catch-up as a shaky first version.Rather, Encore is a polished solution accessible to beginners but deepenough for pros. In version 1.0, Adobe Encore allows the creation ofprofessional DVD products and suffers only a few drawbacks.

The interface does not exactly have the feel of say Photoshop orPremiere. Rather, it's a little more like LiveMotion or ImageStyler(remember ImageStyler?), meaning it's got a sparse interface with somebasic tools that run deep as opposed to lots of different up-frontoptions and buttons.

To get cranking on producing a DVD, simply choose New Project andthen load your main interface screen. This screen can be an image file,such as a Photoshop PSD file, or you can actually choose from numeroustemplates available with the package, all of which are really sharp andprofessionally designed. Most templates have buttons that come withthem, and you can easily change the text on each button to reflect thecontent you want to appear once the button is activated. You grabtemplates, backgrounds, and buttons from Encore's Library, which has ahandy sort toggle. This allows you to view, for example, only templatesor only buttons. Once the interface screen is up, just load movies ordrag movies from the desktop (this works great, actually) and drop themright on a button. Once you have clips dropped onto buttons,right-click and choose Preview From Here, and Encore loads up itsinternal DVD preview mode. You then test it as if it were an actualDVD, hitting the buttons and seeing if everything works as it should.Finally, just click Make DVD, and you are done!

Sound simple? It really is. Because of the great templates (I can'twait to see third-party templates that will hopefully appear forEncore) and the drag-and-drop ease, combined with the ability to changetext on buttons in a snap, it really is easy to do quick DVDprojects.

But we pros want to dig deep, so here we go. Lots of features bubbleunder the surface, so let's look at them in detail.

First, I cannot overstate the power of using a Photoshop PSD file asa menu screen. I was able to load a template and with one click haveEncore launch Adobe Photoshop CS and see every element of my DVD screencome up in Photoshop as a separate layer. You then have the power ofPhotoshop's filters and channels and effects to whip your DVD screeninto an artistic frenzy.

Having said that, there is a slightly cryptic way that Encoreconveys to Photoshop some of the information about buttons andselections. For example, you know how when you tool around on a DVDmenu, it is highlighted by a single color, typically a box around thebutton? Well, you'll want a way to control that color. Encore actuallycreates some new commands in Photoshop to do just that, in addition tocreating a new Photoshop Layer mode called Pass-Through. The interfaceincorporates Photoshop text cues, such as “=1,” that youtype into the Layers name dialog box. If it sounds a little techy, itis. Hopefully this element will be streamlined a bit in the nextversion. Currently there is a slight learning curve to using thesymbols. Other than that, it is fantastic to be able to jump back andforth between both programs and tweak your menus easily.

As for the video you are dragging in, you can pull in just about anytype, from a standard DV AVI you have captured to an already-encodedMPEG-2 file.

How does Encore know what to transcode (convert to DVD format) andwhat to leave alone? It's smart. In fact, this element might be takenfor granted because it allows you to use any clip. That way you canfocus on the creation of your DVD as opposed to getting bogged down byrendering choices and housekeeping. Encore allows you to transcode atany time, but it usually saves that for the final render. And once youtranscode a clip, you never need to re-transcode it if you end upchanging the interface or reassembling the project.

Now, how do you know if all your clips will fit on a DVD? Encoreintelligently keeps track of space and not only shows a DVD discgraphic with a representation of how full it is, but at the finalrender Encore also decides at what bit rate the video would be bestencoded. Now this is great for casual users and beginners, but I don'twant the software deciding at what rate my clips should be encoded(higher compression means more artifacts, for example), so there areways to bypass this intelligent handling. Setting the encoding manuallyfor each clip is a little cumbersome but doable. Obviously Adobe'sfocus was on worry-free rendering (and perhaps I should just relax andlet Encore take the wheel with final rendering?), so the automatic modeis the default.

Another difficult thing to get your head around is that every cliphas its own timeline. The timeline can be accessed by double-clickingthe clip's icon in the main Project window. This allows you to workindividually on each clip and add chapter stops, additional audiotracks (like commentary), and subtitle tracks. The program supportsseveral industry subtitle options, such as text, FAB Images, andCaptions Inc. You can also set the subtitle language (French, Italian,etc.). Having many clips with many timelines was overwhelming at first,but I quickly came to like the power and the concept of working on eachclip individually. I was even able to create a slideshow by draggingstills to the timeline. As always, some users will never even launchany timelines, but it is great to know that the options are there.

Adobe Encore DVD features floatable docking palettes so you cancustomize the interface. Below is the timeline for clips, which allowsyou to add chapter stops and subtitles. The Character options for textare on the lower right, and the Library palette on the upper righthouses many buttons and menu screen templates.

Once it comes time to burn, you've got some additional optionsbefore you hit the button. Set your disc size if you are not using astandard 4.7GB DVD recorder. For example, you could create adouble-sided or dual-layer disc or even scale it down to CD-R size. Infact, you can set the final disc size to anything you want. You canenable (and disable) region codes and toggle on and off different typesof copy protection. (These are just settings; actual copy protection isdone during replication.) The program checks all your links to makesure everything clicks to where it should.

When it comes time to burn, you can burn directly to your DVD(bypassing temp hard drive files) for a faster burn. You can alsocreate a DVD image if you choose to create to your hard drive or DTLdrive instead of direct to a DVD drive. Other notable features areDolby Digital audio output, customizable project views, DVD-ROM contentoptions, motion menus, drag-and-drop audio on menus, and the ability toset on-the-fly chapter stops while clips play.

Adobe Encore is a perfect DVD authoring program because it's simpleenough for beginners yet deep and powerful enough to grow into.Although Photoshop integration is drum tight, I'd like to see a littlemore serendipity with other Adobe programs. As it stands now, you canconvert markers in Adobe Premiere Pro to chapter stops in Encore, andyou can Edit Original motion menus and have them load into AfterEffects, but I'd love to see these three programs, especially Premiere,get cozier as updates advance. I would highly suggest running throughthe starter tutorials with the program, you could easily get lostbecause it's not immediately apparent where everything is. A fewtutorials will give you everything you need to really start dishing outthe DVD one-offs. Finally, while Dolby Digital import/export is nice,internal mixing of 5.1 audio has to happen soon, but I have no doubtthat feature request is on the front burner. Audio mixing options wouldbe welcome down the line, but audio format support is strong. I enjoyeddragging MP3s into the project and adding quick background music.

Adobe Encore is a strong first effort. It does look simplistic atfirst, but there is enough power under the hood to create high-endprofessional DVD discs.

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