NOTE: This Macintosh technique requires a Blu-ray Plug-in and BD-R or BD-RE Burner, both of which are sold separately. Without these, a Blu-ray Disc can not be created on a Mac.
As Apple moves ever farther from supporting optical media, creative pros still need the ability to create visually interesting menus and discs. After reading a recent article lamenting the demise of DVD and Blu-ray Disc software from both Apple and Adobe, Peter Weiler shared the following tutorial with me.
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by: Peter Weiler, Diablo Valley Macintosh User Group
While Toast 10 has over two dozen menu style templates, it actually lends itself to just two layouts. These are based on the appearance of the menu buttons–either graphic or text. Most of the Toast menu styles make use of graphic buttons in boxes. The exceptions are Arabesque and Splash which produce text buttons without graphic boxes. Arabesque centers the text buttons and Splash left justifies them.
(Custom menu using graphic buttons.)
I prefer to use my own background images for menus, even though Toast 10 provides 25 of its own. The four clip Blu-ray menu above was created from video and images shot in Monterey, California.
(Custom menu using text buttons)
Here’s the same menu in text button format.
These are the steps to create it:
Select a ProRes clip and click the Edit button to the right of the clip name to open Text/Video dialog.
The clip’s title, date, and duration automatically appear in the three text fields.
NOTE: I changed the title to “Slideshow,” and erased the date and duration fields to prevent them from showing up on my completed disc.
Repeat for all your other ProRes clips.
In this dialog, you can insert Chapter Markers if you wish. You have the option to edit or trim your video clips by sliding the trim markers. If you wish to use graphic buttons, you can select the desired clip frame for each menu button graphic .
I prefer text buttons to the boxy graphic buttons. I think text buttons produce a cleaner, classier look. They also support longer clip titles. The directions below create left-justified text buttons.
I believe you can set up chapters for scenes within a clip. These will display as numbers (1, 2, 3…) unless setup as scene menus.
Although the individual title buttons on the menu will remain “My Movie”, they will burn to disc displaying the text you chose with the Text Tab. (See p. 3)
Automatic works well with ProRes clips. Many parameters can be set if using Custom. My settings were chosen to maximize the image quality; which also creates the largest files.
While it’s possible to burn a disc directly with Toast 10, I prefer to create a disc image. This saves all my settings and allows me easily to make additional disc copies whenever I want.
NOTE: This is a good time to take an extended break. It usually takes Toast quite a while to create a disc image.
Larry’s Note: Selecting the DVD option creates an AVCHD disc. This allows you to burn up to 20 minutes of HD video onto standard DVD media, though at a lower bit rate than a traditional Blu-ray Disc. This can be a great option to burn short videos in HD without using a Blu-ray Disc burner. However, an AVCHD DVD still requires a Blu-ray player for playback.
When the burning cycle is completed, you will have a high definition disc that should play on any standard Blu-ray player. It will not play on your Mac unless you install additional 3rd party software.
The title for this menu (Monterey Coast 2011-2012) was created in Photoshop on a background image of jellyfish using the Minon Pro font. The button text was generated in Toast.
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