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Chapter 8. Producing DVDs > How Do I Build My Menus?

How Do I Build My Menus?

Menus provide three basic functions. First, they provide an aesthetic introduction to the content on the disc, which is why we attempt to make our menus as attractive as possible. Second, they provide a link to the content, as in, “click this button and watch the video.” Finally, menus control how the viewer navigates through the content, typically via menu-to-menu links.

In terms of aesthetics, all authoring programs include menu design capabilities, but they vary dramatically in terms of the features and design flexibility. All authoring programs provide various ways to link content to menu buttons—it’s more of a mechanical function so there’s little tangible difference between the programs.


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