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13. Now we'll add some text. Vegas has a built-in titler, but you can also import a still image to use for your text. For example, you could use a company logo, with a transparent background from Photoshop. Within Photoshop, you will be able to perform more thorough modifications to your stills, but you lose the immediate adjustment capabilities found within Vegas. For simplicity, we'll use the titler in Vegas for this example.

14. Go to the Multi-tool area and click on the Media Generators tab. Select Text from the list on the left. As with other items in the Multi-tool area, you'll find numerous preset configurations available. Click on Default Text and drag it to an empty area in the timeline area. After you release it, you'll notice that Vegas has added a new video track for the text, and has also opened an additional window for you to specify your text. With this window you can adjust the font, size, placement, and color of your text, as well as add additional effects.

15. This example shows two separate video tracks that contain text added using Vegas. The first "Title Here" section, as shown, was set to...

Tahoma, 48pt, bold || Placement X= -0.027 Y= -0.498 || Properties, Text R=0 G=0 B=0 ||
Effects, none

Drag the Default Text box onto a new video track and create a separate section for the Select 1, Select 2, etc. portion of the menu. This section was done with the following settings...

Tahoma, 20pt, bold || Placement X= -0.550 Y= -0.227 || Properties, Text R=0 G=0 B=0 ||
Effects, none




Note: You'll need to drag your new video tracks to the top of the pile. This way, they'll display on top of the red background.


16. Be sure the added text assets start at the beginning of the project. Be sure you have stretched them to the 00:01:00:00 mark with the rest of the items. You may now add any audio you'd like. Press play (shortcut=SPACEBAR) just below the timeline area and watch your windows move. Don't be surprised by the slow frame rate (if any.) Your system is processing 7 video streams at once. That can be quite a bit of information depending upon your computer.

17. The final preparation before rendering is to fade the edges of the video. You want these edges to fade to black (unless you've managed to time a perfect loop) so the screen does not appear to jump when the menu restarts. For this project, we'll use a 2 second fade in/out. Locate the cursor at the two second mark in the timeline. Float your cursor in the upper left corner of any of the video tracks until a quarter circle icon appears. Click and drag this icon until it snaps to the 2 second line. Notice how this area is grayed slightly. Vegas will now fade this track in from black.

Repeat for the remainder of the tracks, as well as the opposite direction. Place the cursor at 00:00:58:00 and drag the quarter circle from the right. This will fade out the video.

NOTE: If you've added some background audio you'll also want to perform this same adjustment to your audio track. The procedure is identical, only the fade will fade the music out to nothing. This way, when your menu loops, the music will fade in an out with the video.


18. Double click on any of the video assets. You'll notice that everything will be grayed and contained within a blue bar at the top. Click on the "Looped Playback" in the timeline control area. Press Play in the same area. Watch your project play in the preview window. Notice how it fades in and out of black at the beginning and end. This is an accurate representation of how it will play on your DVD.

19. You may now render (output) your project for use as a menu in your authoring application. Assuming you're using ReelDVD, go to FILE>RENDER AS. Be sure
= MainConcept MPEG-2(*.mpg).
TEMPLATE: DVD (NTSC or PAL) video stream.
You will need to repeat this process for your audio stream, but of course, your SAVE AS type would be .WAV.

NOTE: You may open the completed project used to create this tutorial by locating the file named VegasTutorialMenu1.veg. It can be found in the same directory with the unzipped "window" video file. For the project to open properly, this folder MUST be located on your the root directory of your C: drive.

NOTE: The video file used for the video"windows" was retrieved from a sampling of
Sonic Foundry's Vision Series clips. You'll receive a sample disc if you order the full version of Vegas Video 4.0. You can also order their complete collections for $80/volume. This is a bargain price compared to many other collections I've seen.

NOTE: This project was designed to start its user off with some basic skills on how to build a professional looking motion menu. Once you made a few, you can begin to experiment with more advanced techniques. For example, you can adjust a video stream so that it will loop perfectly, and there would be no need to "fade" the edges. When using "fades" you can also be sure the menu fades to the same color as your subpictures, so they do not end up "standing" on top of black for a couple seconds. There'll be more tutorials in the future to show more of these techniques.

20. Congratulations! You're done.