This takes software, time, patience, and skill. Many people already have the software. Time and patience are personal skills. Skill is obtained by merely having the discipline to read and, again, have some patience.
See this menu I made
, the video portion of my X-MEN cartoon DVD:
Anyway, this is how to make something like that:
STEP 1- Edit out scene in the MPEG files you would be using on the DVD. In this example, in addition to video scenes, end credits supplied audio and got their own files. Save to folder on hard drive.
STEP 2- Demux the video only or audio only for source files, using TMPGENC's MPEG TOOLS function. You'll have M2V (MPEG video) and AC3/MP2 (audio) files. Or something similar.
STEP 3- If using Ulead DVD Workshop 2, re-encode the M2V files to 720x480 8000k and give them an IVTC using the default settings with 24fps and odd adaptive, but encode into a 29.97 output framerate. DVDWS2 cannot handle interlaced menu content. If using other authoring software, it may be possible to skip this step.
STEP 4- Open VIRTUALDUB
(MPEG mod version) and convert the MPEG video to uncompressed AVI files. These are easier to edit. Premiere may reject MPEG video files later on.
STEP 5- Convert the MP2/AC3 audio to WAV in Besweet. Edit in SoundForge
as needed, to normalize, etc.
STEP 6- Create a PSD in Photoshop. Any transparent section in the PSD will be the see-through areas in the MPEG menu.
At this point, you've got edit-ready image, video and audio files.
STEP 7- Import all pieces into Premiere. Create additional video tracks on the timeline, do not use VIDEO1 track. Essentially, drag all the video, audio and images onto the timeline. The PSD image needs to be on the top track, and must be changed to an WHITE ALPHA MATTE. The fades betweens tracks are handled by the rubber bands.
this is what the Premiere timeline will look like:
To learn more about exactly where the Premiere tools are, and how to use them, see this video guide: http://www.wrigleyvideo.com/videotut...sthrustill.htm
You'll need to make sure your project settings reflect the interlace settings of the source file. By default, Premiere's primary template assumes DV with bottom field, but many interlace sources are instead top field.
Encode output with any Premiere MPEG plugin, export the timeline. In this example, Procoder was used. Audio of final file was 256k MP2 and 720x480 MPEG-2 interlaced TFF.
This guide is not made for dummies, so a lot of people probably won't understand it. But anybody that's willing to learn or extend their current video knowledge, this should help.
When using Ulead DVDWS2, for the button images, create images in Photoshop and save them. Get Ulead PhotoImpact, open the PSDs and save as UFO objects.