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    Hi all
    I’m putting together an information and support DVD for people who have recently discovered that they have failing vision caused by a range of eye conditions that can't be cured. That may sound odd - a DVD may not at first seem the best medium to communicate with visually impaired people. But actually it could well be far more accessible than a website or a leaflet.
    This is my query:
    I want to split the programme in to at least 5 parts – it’s an hour long. Is there any way I can create a front end menu that includes audio for spoken instructions?
    Of the whole DVD, navigating conventional a menu is likely to be the hardest bit for this audience, partly because it’s harder to see, and partly because many of the users are likely to be older and perhaps less familiar with more than the basic functions of a DVD player. A “push-in the-disc-and it-just-plays” option would be my ideal, but I do need to include some way of selecting which section to view.
    For example, could I make ia menu say “On your remote, press button 1 for part 1, 2 for part 2 . . . “ and so on. And can I configure the disc to get the remote buttons to work like that?
    All suggestions gratefully welcome. Up till now I have always used Edius’s own DVD authoring features, but I am guessing this requirement can’t be done that way?
    I do also have Adobe Encore CS3 but haven’t used it before.
    Edius 6.07

  • #2
    EDIUS can't help you in that way.
    I did a DVD-authoring some years ago & I have to say that this was one of the most complex projects I ever did in DVD-authoring.

    I have done a two way navigation:
    The first screen was a standard screen with audio decription where the audience could choose between two options, standard navigation & a guided navigation for the visually impaired.
    The audio decription says which button or option is selected/highlighted in every single stage of the guided navigation.

    This can be realized fine by a menu for every single button state. All menus have their own audio description.
    If the button moves in any direction auto action takes effect & jumps to the next (similar) menu,
    highlights the desired button & starts the audio description for the new selected button.

    To give people with limited visual capabilities the possibility to read the menu entries,
    we have adapted a very easy graphical design:
    - gray background with black menu items
    - big black bar for button highlighting

    I do not know what Encore can do or if there are limitations to realize it the same way.
    But this is the way I would like to suggest to remove or lower barriers for the visual impaired people.

    Just to give you an idea how this can be looking I have attached two menu screens shots.

    Cheers
    Andreas
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    Last edited by Andreas_Gumm; 11-07-2012, 12:56 PM.
    Andreas Gumm
    post production / authoring
    PC 1Intel Core i7-970 (6 x 3.20 GHz),
    ASUS P6T Deluxe V2, 12 GB RAM, Geforce 9800GT
    Windows 7 Ultimate,
    GV software: EDIUS 7.42, VisTitle v2.5,
    GV hardware: 3G Storm
    software SONY DoStudio Indie + EX 4.0.11
    PC 2
    Intel Core i7-3770, GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H F14, 16GB RAM,
    Geforce 650 GTX, 5x HDD, Windows 7,
    GV software: EDIUS 7.42, ProCoder 3.0
    GV hardware: HD SPARK
    software: Telestream Switch, DTS-HD MAS, Dolby Media Meter

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    • #3
      Andreas's way sounds good (pardon the pun).

      Since you likely will need a more advanced DVD authoring system anyway... here's "pie in the sky"
      Motion menu with audio to explain what to do.
      Menu "holds" for a few seconds (then will auto-repeat automatically).

      The high-contrast is an important point - just be careful not to use pure black or white as that will not be broadcast-safe colors.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by GrassValley_BH View Post
        Andreas's way sounds good (pardon the pun).
        Sorry,
        I'm not that familar with puns & since I'm sadly not a native english speaker
        may I can't read between lines, sadly. ;)

        Originally posted by GrassValley_BH View Post
        Since you likely will need a more advanced DVD authoring system anyway... here's "pie in the sky"
        Motion menu with audio to explain what to do.
        Menu "holds" for a few seconds (then will auto-repeat automatically).
        I do not know if Encore works with 'stills with audio' without a loop at the end, but I think so.
        It seems that Encore supports auto activate buttons functionality too:
        http://help.adobe.com/en_US/encore/c...D-63BC0A0AB162

        Originally posted by GrassValley_BH View Post
        The high-contrast is an important point - just be careful not to use pure black or white as that will not be broadcast-safe colors.
        It depends on the authoring tools if full RGB values will be converted reliable or not with images (TIFF, PSD).

        Andreas
        Andreas Gumm
        post production / authoring
        PC 1Intel Core i7-970 (6 x 3.20 GHz),
        ASUS P6T Deluxe V2, 12 GB RAM, Geforce 9800GT
        Windows 7 Ultimate,
        GV software: EDIUS 7.42, VisTitle v2.5,
        GV hardware: 3G Storm
        software SONY DoStudio Indie + EX 4.0.11
        PC 2
        Intel Core i7-3770, GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H F14, 16GB RAM,
        Geforce 650 GTX, 5x HDD, Windows 7,
        GV software: EDIUS 7.42, ProCoder 3.0
        GV hardware: HD SPARK
        software: Telestream Switch, DTS-HD MAS, Dolby Media Meter

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Andreas_Gumm View Post
          Sorry,
          I'm not that familar with puns & since I'm sadly not a native english speaker
          may I can't read between lines, sadly. ;)
          We're talking about the seeing and hearing, so my mention of your method "sounding" good was an unintentional pun (play on words) as the OP's DVD needs to provide audio instructions.

          It's like saying a blind person has "seen the light" (come to an understanding) or they "see my point" (understand my point). English is overcomplicated. :)

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          • #6
            I'm not that familar with puns & since I'm sadly not a native english speaker
            click for best friend from all " not native english speaker" .... including me ;-))
            CentralEurope aka Hans
            voluntary / unpaid moderator from the german GV-forum ... Edius 4.61 up to Edius 9.xx
            i9-7980XE 18cores/36threads - M.2 960PRO 512GB - M.2 970PRO 1TB - div. 2 or4TB disks - 32GB DDR4-3600 - GTX 1080 8GB - Win_10prof
            [the AMD 1950X 16cores / 32 threads = go return because of massive problems, Not only I had these problems]

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            • #7
              Thank you Hans!

              'Pun' was not the point.
              I just didn't recognize what phrase has been meant to be pun inside Brandon's text. :)
              I think I have got my wires crossed somewhere yesterday. :)

              Andreas
              Andreas Gumm
              post production / authoring
              PC 1Intel Core i7-970 (6 x 3.20 GHz),
              ASUS P6T Deluxe V2, 12 GB RAM, Geforce 9800GT
              Windows 7 Ultimate,
              GV software: EDIUS 7.42, VisTitle v2.5,
              GV hardware: 3G Storm
              software SONY DoStudio Indie + EX 4.0.11
              PC 2
              Intel Core i7-3770, GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H F14, 16GB RAM,
              Geforce 650 GTX, 5x HDD, Windows 7,
              GV software: EDIUS 7.42, ProCoder 3.0
              GV hardware: HD SPARK
              software: Telestream Switch, DTS-HD MAS, Dolby Media Meter

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              • #8
                Originally posted by GrassValley_BH View Post
                It's like saying a blind person has "seen the light" (come to an understanding) or they "see my point" (understand my point).
                Thank you for clarifying. Now I got it. ;)

                Originally posted by GrassValley_BH View Post
                English is overcomplicated. :)
                That's why I have choosen german language! :D

                Andreas
                Last edited by Andreas_Gumm; 11-08-2012, 02:15 PM.
                Andreas Gumm
                post production / authoring
                PC 1Intel Core i7-970 (6 x 3.20 GHz),
                ASUS P6T Deluxe V2, 12 GB RAM, Geforce 9800GT
                Windows 7 Ultimate,
                GV software: EDIUS 7.42, VisTitle v2.5,
                GV hardware: 3G Storm
                software SONY DoStudio Indie + EX 4.0.11
                PC 2
                Intel Core i7-3770, GIGABYTE Z77X-UD5H F14, 16GB RAM,
                Geforce 650 GTX, 5x HDD, Windows 7,
                GV software: EDIUS 7.42, ProCoder 3.0
                GV hardware: HD SPARK
                software: Telestream Switch, DTS-HD MAS, Dolby Media Meter

                Comment

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