Animated Interactive DVD menus.....?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by anim8or, May 6, 2008.

  1. anim8or macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2006
    Scotland, UK
    Anyone know how to create animated interactive dvd menus using something like flash?

    I know how to make a movie file for the background but how would i go about creating an interactive environment that plays as the dvd menu?

    any help or direction is appreciated!
  2. bclayton88 macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2008
    dvd studio pro that comes with final cut or adobe encore
  3. Poeben macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2004
    It kind of depends on your definition of 'interactive.' DVD menus are rather limiting and you will have to be creative and make compromises every step of the way.

    If you want your butttons/elements to 'fly in' you could create a movie that, when finished, jumps to the menu. The menu could either be a simple menu w/overlays, or a layered menu.

    A layered menu will look the best and offer the most flexibility as far as graphics go. You will, however, lose the ability to have a movie as the background, play sound, and will have a bit of a delay while changing button selections.

    A standard menu will still allow you to have a background movie, sounds, and will be very responsive to user input. Overlays, however, don't look very good and you will likely want to create custom shapes in Photoshop.

    Read up on menus and layered menus in the DVD Studio Pro manual for more on this. There's really no way, that I know of, to have a truly interactive menu, i.e. where buttons move around within the menu.

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