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In the properties panel, it is pretty much where all the magic happens in Encore because this properties panel has something to do with everything in this application. For instance, if I go back to my menu and I click—well, it is already on scene index, it will show me the information that revolves around scene index. You know, here is the name of it. It is my number 2 button, what type of button it is. The links is pretty much, I believe is that most important part of this properties panel because I can link to anything when I am here. Here are all my options there. And then, we got a few options underneath there. Let’s go ahead and click something else.
Now, this is just for the button in this menu. What happens if I click a menu? The menus have their own options. There is the name of the menu. I can add descriptions, I can add end actions. There is just a lot of information here that you can customize. I can even click my timeline and the properties panel changes again and you will notice that there is an end action. I definitely want to point this one out. This end action here after this timeline is done, we will do what this is linked to. So, when you are ever looking for an option or a way to do something, if you click it, chances are there is something you can do to it in the properties panel. Right behind the properties panel, we have the character panel and this is pretty much how you change any kind of textile in your menus. Right now, I am showing the properties of the timeline in my project panel. That is the last thing that I clicked. I am going to click scene index again and here is the text properties for scene index. Now right above it, I have the play button. They should be exactly the same if I click play. There it is. Those are my character styles.
All right. Let us zoom on down here to the timeline and let me show you the functionality in the timeline panel. This might be very familiar to you if you are an editor. It is very similar to a timeline that you will see in an editing program. The only difference is that you really do not do editing in this panel. It is pretty much to show you the duration of the assets in your project. And if I wanted to, I could actually put a bunch of assets one right next to the other. And if I did not want to have that type of style DVD, I can just make multiple timelines and link my project that way. In the timeline, this is where you set most of your chapter markers. I like to do them in the timeline. You will notice that I have chapter markers here and here. The properties for these chapter markers show up in the properties panel. I want to show you how those work so I will click the properties panel. There it is. I got a name and a description. I have where the chapter marker starts and then I have the time code for the poster frame. That poster frame is pretty much what you see in your menu. They are the same thing so there is no difference. But for instance, if I started the chapter but I wanted to start with a poster frame further into that chapter, I could move the poster frame over and I will show you that later in the series. But, those are what these properties are.
Let us come back down here to the timeline panel and we got similar functionality with zooming. This might look familiar to you from your pro if you are using Premier Pro. The zoom slider works just like that. And, I got an interesting option here in the audio track, and that is language. If I open this up, I get a huge dropdown with a bunch of languages. It is not like it is going to change the language of my audio track. It is just how I am labeling that audio track. So for instance, if I wanted different languages on my DVD, I can add those extra language tracks and then link them using properties so that when you select the language you want to view your movie in, that is the audio track at place.