If youíve ever watched a movie on DVD, you are very familiar with the
concept of menus.
DVD movies usually come with extras like special settings, bonus features
and audio narratives (by the director) of the movie. Users can access these
additional features through menus.
They can also use menus to play the movie right away or jump to a
Youíll be happy to know that you can do the same with your
productions! Using your DVD menu creator, you can create DVD menu options in
your film, giving your home movie on DVD a truly polished look.
Step 1: Add a
Actually, creating DVD menu options is quite easy. Usually
the same software that you use to edit your home video will allow you to add
a DVD menu to the finished production. How it does this is worth explaining.
What you do is just add the video file to the background and
the DVD menu creator will then create a menu for that particular video
segment. It treats each video segment as a 'chapter'. Some programs actually
have an automatic menu creation feature. It attempts to detect chapters in
your movie by looking for pauses in your video and then creates chapters for
these video segments.
This may or may not be worth your time, depending on how
many pauses you have in the video. You certainly donít want to have too many
menu items in your final production. Regardless, plan ahead how you want to
break up your video and then assign chapters to important segments.
Step 2: Focus
on The Highlights
As an example, you may want to create menus around important
moments in a vacation video. Vacation home movies have a reputation for
being quite boring, but they donít have to be! Think in terms of highlights.
Focus on those special moments of the trip - those parts of the vacation
that made it the best experience yet. Then, simply create menus for that
part of your vacation.
You can build menus around the chronological order of the
vacation, but you donít have to. Itís up to you. For example, letís say you
went on vacation to France. You can make a DVD menu button for 'Arc De
Triomphe' and another one for the 'Leaning Tower of Pisa'.
Your DVD menu creator may also automatically create themed
graphical buttons for you in the process. The features vary depending on the
particular editing program that you are using, but the basic concept is the
same. Drag and drop onto the menu window, and the software will do the rest.