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Chapter 4. iDVD > Customize a motion button

Customize a motion button

A motion button is a small window that contains either a movie or a slideshow, and it links to another movie, slideshow, or menu. You can set the duration of a motion button movie up to 15 minutes (if the movie or slideshow is that long), and you can also set the point at which the movie in the button starts playing.

To add motion buttons to a menu, drag movie files (or a folder of photos) from any Finder window to the menu. Or drag movies or photos from the Media pane of the Customize drawer. See the following pages for more information about the Media pane.


1.
Click on a motion button in a menu.

If there's not a motion button in the menu, you can create one by dragging a movie file to a menu background.

2.
Click on a motion button. A “Movie” checkbox and slider appear above the button (shown below).

3.
Check the “Movie” checkbox if you want the button to contain motion (play a movie or slideshow). Move the slider left or right to scrub through the movie or slideshow to the point you want the motion to start playing.

4.
Uncheck the box if you want the button to contain a static image. If you uncheck the “Movie” checkbox, use the slider position to set the poster frame—the static image that shows in the picture button to represent the movie or slideshow.

To change text buttons into motion buttons, select a picture button style from the “Style” pop-up menu located in the Settings pane of the Customize drawer.


You cannot have motion buttons and text buttons in the same menu.


When you use the “Duration” slider in the Settings pane to set the duration of a button, it also affects the duration of the background movie and background audio. The maximum oop duration shown on the slider is determined by the longest media clip used in the current menu.

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