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Chapter 6. DVD Menu Structure: Integrating content and navigation

When you hear the term DVD menu, you may automatically think of a still image or video clip that displays navigation buttons. You're basically correct in that menus do exist to provide disc-wide navigation. On a simple, no-nonsense DVD, that may be the end of the explanation. But as a DVD author, you'll want to think past the notion of isolated navigation screens and consider the bigger picture. On the most interesting DVDs, navigational menus are but one part of an integrated series of video clips and graphics that collectively support the main video presentation.

If you plan to create visuals for DVD, you first need to understand the scope of what you'll be designing. As a menu designer, it will be your mission to create a unified look for all of the visual elements and ensure that they relate well to the video portion of the disc. This chapter will walk you through the structure of content, menus and buttons, showing how they integrate on a DVD. In addition, Chapters 7 to 11 also discuss various aspects—both aesthetic and technical—of menu design.


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