Configuring the Menu Inspector for Standard Menus

The tabs within the Menu Inspector provide a variety of menu configuration settings. These settings control everything from background and overlay configuration, to transition and timeout settings.

The Menu Inspector has five tabs: General, Menu, Transition, Colors, and Advanced.

The Colors tab changes depending on whether you are using simple or advanced overlay color mapping.

Settings at the Top of the Menu Inspector for Standard Menus

There are three settings at the top of the Menu Inspector:

Figure. Top section of the Menu Inspector.
  • Name: Enter the name for this menu.
  • Est. Size: Displays the estimated amount of disc space the menu requires based on the type and duration of the assigned assets.
  • Background: Choose the menu’s background. See Choosing the Menu’s Background for more information.

General Tab in the Menu Inspector for Standard Menus

The General tab in the Menu Inspector is divided into four sections: The upper section contains basic menu settings, the next section contains settings for motion menus and menu timeout actions, the next section contains the overlay selection settings, and the bottom section contains the audio file settings.

Figure. General tab of the Menu Inspector showing the motion menu settings, menu timeout and jump actions, overlay, and audio settings sections.
Motion Menu Settings

The motion menu settings apply whenever you assign a video asset as the menu’s background or add audio to the menu. See Configuring Motion Menu Settings for more details on these settings.

  • Start: Defines the starting frame for the motion background. Use either the slider or timecode field to set this value.
  • Loop Point: Defines the frame that is jumped back to when the motion background is looped. By default this frame is set to be the same as the Start timecode. This is also the point where button highlights appear and the viewer can begin navigating the buttons. (Because button highlights are still images, you may want to delay their appearance until the buttons stop moving if you are flying them onto the screen.) Use either the slider or timecode field to set this value. This value can also be set by a chapter marker in the background video.
  • End: Defines the last frame for the motion background. The At End setting becomes active once this frame is reached. Use either the slider or timecode field to set this value.
  • Duration: Adjusts automatically to match the time between the Start and End settings. Adjusting Duration only affects the End setting.
  • Single Field: Optimizes playback when using field-based video sources. This is especially important with video that has fast motion, and will reduce any motion artifacts. Selecting Single Field with frame-based video sources results in reduced resolution (edges may appear jagged).
Menu Timeout and Jump Action

You can set whether a menu appears indefinitely or has a timeout duration. If you set a timeout duration, the title jumps to the element chosen in the Action pop-up menu after the specified amount of time. If the menu has a video asset assigned as the background, the timeout’s countdown does not start until the video finishes playing. You’d generally use a timeout setting with titles played at a sales kiosk, where you want to have something playing onscreen as much as possible.

  • Sec: Enter the amount of time, in seconds, that the menu appears if no button is selected.
Overlay Selections

You use these settings only if you are using an overlay with this menu.

Audio Settings

See Adding Audio to a Menu for more information on using the settings in this area.

  • Filename area: Lists the audio files assigned to the menu. You can add audio files to the menu by dragging them here. You can rearrange their order by dragging the filenames to a new position.
  • Add (+): Opens the file selection dialog, allowing you to add one or more audio files to the menu.
  • Delete (–): Removes the selected audio file from the menu.
  • Total Audio Duration: Shows the combined duration of all audio files assigned to the menu.

Menu Tab in the Menu Inspector for Standard Menus

Most settings in the Menu tab in the Menu Inspector are optional. Exceptions are the Resolution and Display Mode settings, which must be set correctly for each menu, and the Background Layers area that is used when a Photoshop layered file (PSD) is assigned as the background.

Figure. Menu tab of the menu Inspector showing the miscellaneous menu settings, PSD background layer selections, and drop shadow settings sections.
Miscellaneous Menu Settings
  • Btn Offset: You can use this setting to offset button numbers so they make sense to a viewer who wants to select a button by entering its number. For example, you may have a set of scene selection menus with numbered scenes. One of the menus may have scenes 23 to 34, with the button for scene 23 being the first button on the menu. If you enter an offset value of 22 for this menu, when the viewer enters 23 on the remote control, 22 is subtracted from it, with the result being 1—the button’s actual number.
Background Layers Selections
  • Background Layers: This table becomes active whenever you assign a PSD file with layers as the menu’s background. A list of all layers in the file appears, with checkboxes so that you can select which ones to use for the background.

    See Choosing a Menu’s Background from a Layered Photoshop File for details on these settings.

Drop Shadow Settings

Transition Tab in the Menu Inspector for Standard Menus

The Transition tab is used to configure a button transition for this menu. See Transition Tab in the Menu and Button Inspectors for details on this tab.

Figure. Transition tab of the Menu Inspector.

Colors Tab in the Menu Inspector with Simple Selected

The following settings are available in the Colors tab in the Menu Inspector when you select the simple overlay color mode.

Colors tab of the Menu Inspector with Simple overlay selected.
  • Overlay Colors: Select the overlay color method to use.
    • Simple: Select Simple if you are using a simple overlay.
    • Advanced: Select Advanced if you are using an advanced overlay.
  • Set: Select the color mapping set (1, 2, or 3) to configure. You cannot assign sets to buttons from the Menu Inspector; you must select a button or group of buttons and select their set in the Button Inspector. All new buttons use set 1.

    Note: These sets apply only to the selected and activated states of the buttons. The normal state color mapping setting applies to the entire overlay graphic unless a button’s active area is selected or activated. See Color Mapping Sets for more information.

  • Color: Choose the color for each of the three button states from the current Color Palette.

    Note: This also sets the highlight colors for the black overlay color if an advanced overlay is also used on this menu.

  • Opacity: Set the opacity for each of the highlight colors. You can use the slider or enter a value from 0 (completely transparent) to 15 (completely opaque).

    Note: This also sets the opacity for the black overlay color if an advanced overlay is also used on the menu.

  • Save As Default: Saves this color mapping configuration as the default to be used on all new menus you create.

    Simple and advanced overlays use the same default mapping configuration.

  • Restore Defaults: Replaces the existing settings with those of the default color mapping configuration.
  • Edit Palette: Displays the Color Palette window, which you can use to change colors within the palette.

Colors Tab in the Menu Inspector with Advanced Selected

The following settings are available in the Colors tab in the Menu Inspector when you select the advanced overlay color mode.

Figure. Colors tab of the Menu Inspector with Advanced overlay selected.
  • Overlay Colors: Select the overlay color method to use.
    • Simple: Select Simple if you are using a simple overlay.
    • Advanced: Select Advanced if you are using an advanced overlay.
  • Mapping Type: Select the colors used to create the overlay graphic.
    • Chroma: Chroma uses black, red, blue, and white as the overlay colors.
    • Grayscale: Grayscale uses black, dark gray, light gray, and white as the overlay colors.
  • Selection State: Select the button state you want to configure. This setting also determines which state’s colors and transparencies to display.
    • Normal: Selects the normal state for configuration and display.
    • Selected: Selects the selected state for configuration and display.
    • Advanced: Selects the advanced state for configuration and display.
  • Set: Select the color mapping set (1, 2, or 3) to configure. You cannot assign sets to buttons from the Menu Inspector—you must select a button or group of buttons and select their set in the Button Inspector. All new buttons use set 1.

    Note: These sets apply only to the selected and activated states. The normal state color mapping setting applies to the entire overlay graphic unless a button’s active area is selected or activated.

  • Key: Shows the overlay file’s colors as selected with the Mapping Type.
  • Color: Choose the color for each of the four overlay colors from this pop-up menu, which displays the current Color Palette. You must do this for all three button states.
  • Opacity: Set the opacity for each of the highlight colors. You can use the slider or enter a value from 0 (completely transparent) to 15 (completely opaque).
  • Save As Default: Saves this color mapping configuration as the default to be used on all new menus you create.

    Simple and advanced overlays use the same default mapping configuration.

  • Restore Defaults: Replaces the existing settings with those of the default color mapping configuration.
  • Edit Palette: Displays the Color Palette window, which you can use to change colors within the palette.

Advanced Tab in the Menu Inspector for Standard Menus

The Advanced tab in the Menu Inspector for standard menus contains settings that are used only in specialized projects.

Figure. Advanced tab of the menu Inspector showing the Disabled User Operations and Playback Options sections.
Disabled User Operations Settings
  • Disabled User Operations: Select the functions that you want to be disabled while this menu plays. See User Operations for more information.
Playback Options Settings
  • DVD@CCESS: Selecting this checkbox allows you to add DVD@CCESS links, which provide additional functionality to your title when played on a computer. See DVD@CCESS for more information.
  • Display Condition: Selecting this checkbox enables the Display Condition settings that control whether or not this menu should be displayed and to define what should be displayed if not this menu. See Display Condition for more information.