Motion Menu in MemoriesOnTV 4

10th December | Tutorial

With MemoriesOnTV 4, you can now create DVD motion menu with animated background and thumbnails. The process of creating motion menu is similar to that of a static menu. Instead of specifying pictures for your background or thumbnails, you specify video files (MPG, MOV, AVI) instead.

Let’s go through one simple example:

In the DISC MENU panel, we click on the “…” (browse) button for the background. You will get a file dialog prompting you for the background picture to use. To specify a video file, click on the “Files of type” and switch it to “Supported Video Files”:

To specify a motion thumbnail, double-click on the thumbnail and then go to the “Picture” tab. Click on “…” and you’ll get the same file dialog shown above. After that, simply specify the video file you want to use. If you only want to use a sub-section of the video clip you’ve specified, adjust the START/STOP markers for the video on the timeline slider.

By default, the length of the motion menu is set to 20 seconds, or the length of the motion background if it is specified. You can override the menu length by keying in a different value, or you can click on the “Length” button to copy the duration from either the menu audio or background video:

Tip #1: Use Windows Vista Dreamscene

If you are running Windows Vista Ultimate (other editions will not work), you can download attractive video backgrounds (known as “Dreamscene”) from the “Ultimate Extras” section of your Windows Update. These looping background video are meant for display on your desktop, but since they’re standard Mpeg files, you can easily use them as your Disc Menu background.

To download these background, go to “Windows -> All Programs -> Windows Update”. Select all items with “Dreamscene” and start downloading the update. Once done, all the looping backgrounds will be stored in “C:\Windows\Web\Windows DreamScene”. In MemoriesOnTV, simply navigate to this folder and pick the Mpeg file you want to use for your motion background.

If you’re not using Windows XP or other editions of Windows Vista, you can search the net for dreamscene video to download. Note that the dreamscene video format needs to be Mpeg, in order for you to use them in MemoriesOnTV.

Tip #2: Thumbnail showing a preview of your slideshow.

One easy way to create a video thumbnail is to create a short preview of your slideshow from within MemoriesOnTV. In the IMPORT panel, select the 1st few pictures of your album, and then click on the “Merge selected slides into video slide” button:

This will create a Mpeg file with the content of the selected slides rendered. A video slide will replace the selected slides, which is not what we want. As such, we’ll UNDO (”Edit -> Undo” menu) the operation to revert back to the original picture slides.

Now that we have the Mpeg file, we can simply go to the DISC MENU panel and specify it as the video we want to use for our thumbnail. Voila, we’ve created a motion thumbnail showing a preview of our slideshow.

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