DVD Audio Menu
September 15, 2003
How to Create an "Audio Feedback Menu" Preface:
in DVD Studio Pro 2
By Alex Alexander
Project Outline: Create an Audio Feedback each time a button is selected in DVD Studio Pro 2.0
Requirements: Any 3 tracks or a single m2v with 3 tracks
Optional: Download Project Files (600K) and re-link the tutorial main movie track or use your own track (special thanks to ProMax for hosting this download)
This started as a question that came up regarding how to create an audio feedback each time a button is selected. While this can certainly be done, it is somewhat slow. If you need such a function, this is for you, otherwise I wouldn't recommend doing this.
In order to simulate an audible feedback action, I have created three menus, each of which are identical to the other: Menu 1, Menu 2 and Menu 3.
Each of these menus has a Background PSD file, a PICT map and an audio sample.
The difference in these menus are the default button assignments as well as two buttons that are essentially hidden and used to create an auto-action when the remote's up and down functions are executed.
Menu #1 has a default button which is set to play and two navigational settings which are directly tied to the two hidden buttons on either sides of the play button in each of three menus. Play has no Auto Action set, which means it remains highlight when it is the current selection in the menu the user sees. An audio asset is assigned to each of the three menus.
The other two buttons are not over any PICT overlay items. The user can select Play, or the user can use the remote to go Up or Down. The goal here is that when the remote is used to go up or down, we will trigger an Auto Action. In the Advanced tab of the Play button, we have Navigation set to the other two buttons that have no PICT overlay area. UP is set to the button called Previous Menu and Down is set to the button called Next Menu. The user sees three buttons on the menu, the first of which is play.
The user can use the remote to go up or down. Up should highlight the button Extras in the menu the user views and down should highlight the button Play All. When the user clicks down on the remote, the user is selecting the hidden button called Next Menu. The Next Menu button is set to an Auto Action which jumps to Menu #2 as soon as selected.
Menu 2 works exactly the same way. Menu 2 has a default button set to Play All. Menu 2 also has two buttons again set to the navigational advanced setting of the default play button. Again, this give the default button of Play All the user choice of Activating Play All or using navigation to go up or down. As before, going up or down is set to an Auto Action, loading either Menu 1, i.e. Play Menu or Menu #3, i.e. the Extras menu.
Since each menu has the same highlight settings and an audio asset, each menu item, i.e. Play, Play All and Extras from the user point of view highlights when selected and gives an audible feedback.
Do the same for Menu 3 as the prior Menu 1 and 2.
© copyright 2003 Alex Alexzander