Encore CS3 ($799 as part of Adobe Premiere Pro CS3, Upgrade from $299) is packed with a rich set of creative tools for DVD and Blu-ray Disc authoring and SWF export to the web.
“Between Blu-ray Disc output and the ability to publish SWF content to the web with just one click, it’s now that much easier to get your work out there to a wide audience.”
Product manager, Adobe Encore
As with all the Adobe products I have looked at, this is very much targeted at the professional end of the spectrum, so if your home produced content is good enough to stand up to the demanding scrutiny of professional quality production, this is a great application for you.
As I have come to expect the integration with Photoshop is amazing, and the workflow is intuitive and easy to follow. The design tools appear to be complete – but my skills soon ran out before their options did, and the quality of the output produced was better than anything I have ever produced before.
As far as personal home use goes it is too “Over The Top” for me, but that was pretty much always going to be the case. What I hadn’t appreciated though was the amount of ‘professional’ hints and tips I would pick up and find useful.
The more I look at the Adobe product range the more impressed I am, and the more inspired to develop my own skills – if only they could create the 48 hour day I may have a chance!
Create DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and SWF files that reflect your best work. Packed with a rich set of creative tools, Adobe Encore CS3 helps you create striking DVD and Blu-ray Disc titles and interactive web-based tours for film, business, training, events, and more.
Blu-ray Disc authoring
Maintain the pristine quality of your HD video all the way to distribution. Create high-definition Blu-ray Discs with the same Encore interface and features used to create standard-definition DVDs.
Publishing to the web
With one click, easily create SWF versions of your DVD and Blu-ray Disc projects for the web using Encore CS3. Produce content compatible with Adobe FlashÂ® Player software, complete with DVD interactivity and menus, without opening another application.
Adobe Photoshop integration
Create menus in Adobe Photoshop file format, using the Photoshop technology built into Encore CS3. Edit menus in Photoshop and see your changes instantly in your DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and SWF projects.
Define and view the navigation of your DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and SWF files by using a visual flowchart representation of all points and links.
Author once, and then deliver to three formats
Efficiently create DVDs, Blu-ray Discs, and interactive web content, all from the same Encore project file.
Build and arrange slide shows with ease. Define shows as browsable or autoplay with optional narration or music. Set slide durations, add transitions, and apply pan-and-zoom effects.
Adobe After Effects integration
Send a menu directly to Adobe After EffectsÂ® software for animation, export your animation as a movie file, and then add it to your menu background for a stunning motion menu.
Native Photoshop menus
Import native Photoshop files or create new menus in native Photoshop file format. Buttons, text, and images are stored as layers and layer sets so you can edit them later in Photoshop CS3.
Motion menu creation
Combine powerful Photoshop CS3 editing tools with video compositing tools to create unique motion menus.
Integrated background transcoding
Let Encore CS3 automatically convert source files to MPEG-2 or H.264 video and DolbyÂ® Digital audio, or manually adjust settings to optimize your DVD compression.