By Michael Burns | on March 20, 2006
Price When Reviewed: 245 . 123.37 . 915 . 1335
Pros: Excellent Slideshow editor, and ‘at-a-glance’ project navigation with Flowchart. Offers timeline-editing enhancements, support for Bridge, Dynamic Link, and tight Adobe integration.
Cons: No automatic scene detection for imported footage, and no support for HD.
The new version of Encore DVD shares many of the other enhancements of the Production Studio components. Customizable workspaces with automatically resizing palettes, roundtrip editing via Dynamic Link, and the Bridge media management utility all contribute to improved efficiency in the system.
The most obvious of the new Encore features is the Flowchart, a graphical depiction of the links in a DVD project. This type of overview is found in high-end compositing applications, and provides an at-a-glance chart of the relationships between all the project elements. You can drag elements into the project from Windows Explorer or the Encore Library and quickly establish navigation links by simply pulling a line from one element to another.
It’s now possible to drag the pick whip for each element in the Properties Panel to the new link destination. Flowchart takes advantage of Encore’s toolbar, allowing you to move, rotate, preview, or open any compatible element in Photoshop, After Effects, or Premiere Pro for editing.
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