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MacroSystem Digital Video DVD-Arabesk 2 User manual
User manual
DVD-Arabesk 2
for Casablanca
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1. General............................................................................................................... 5
2. Installation and Starting the Program ............................................................. 5
3. The DVD-Arabesk 2 Menu ................................................................................ 6
3.1 Creation.................................................................................................. 6
3.2 Info / Play ............................................................................................... 12
3.3 Miscellaneous........................................................................................ 14
4. Practice Example for Layout of a DVD Menu.................................................. 16
4.1 Menu layout with DVD-Arabesk 2........................................................ 16
4.2 Menu layout with PIP-Studio ............................................................... 19
5. Practice Excercises for Specifying the Background Menu............................. 22
5.1 Animated DVD title text........................................................................ 22
5.2 Moving background with Liquid Images ............................................ 23
5.3 Moving background with Particle Magic ............................................ 24
5.4 Moving background with Akaba – New Concept............................... 25
5.5 Suggestions for layout ......................................................................... 26
1. General
Thank you for buying “DVD-Arabesk 2”!
We thank you for your trust and hope that this
product will meet your expectations.
If you want to install “DVD-Arabesk 2” as a
demo version only (also possible for Casablanca
systems without a DVD burner), select the
program in the list and click “activate”.
This guide will show you how to easily create
your own DVD.
If you are working with SMART EDIT version 2.5
or higher, click on the “Cancel” button in the
displayed number code window.
We are available for any questions or
suggestions you may have. You will find
addresses and telephone numbers in the
Casablanca manual.
If you are working with SMART EDIT version
3.1 or higher, click on the “Demo” button in the
displayed number code window.
Please have your device’s serial number or your
customer number ready when contacting us.
The word Demo now appears after the program
name. Click on “Ok” to confirm and then
remove the SmartMedia card.
2. Installing and Starting the
“DVD-Arabesk 2” is now installed as a demo
Note: In demo mode only 200 MB of the total
In order to install “DVD-Arabesk 2” you will
need the SMART EDIT system software (at least
version 2.5).
4.7 GB DVD capacity are available for inserting a
film. Demo mode therefore allows you to work
with only very short projects!
Leave your Casablanca turned on and select the
“Install Product” button in “System Settings”.
After the corresponding window has appeared,
insert the installation SmartMedia card into the
Casablanca drive so that the gold contacts are
facing down and the folded corner is pointing
forward to the left (in the direction of the
In order to use the “DVD-Arabesk 2” program,
enter the “Finish” menu of your Casablanca.
You will see the program “DVD-Arabesk 2”
displayed in the list in the lower left area. Select
it now if it has not already been automatically
After you have inserted the card, you will see
the software “DVD-Arabesk 2” displayed in
the window. Select it in the list and click on
“activate”. A numeric keypad is displayed for
entering the key code you have obtained from
your dealer.
After that, a message is displayed indicating that
installation is finished. You can then remove
the SmartMedia card which will restart the
Casablanca system.
After you have created the complete video with
transitions, titles and audiom, click on the “Start
program” button to the right in order to start
“DVD-Arabesk 2”.
In case a message is shown indicating that your
firmware is too old, you can obtain this software
update free of charge from your dealer.
You will then be able to fully use or demo “DVDArabesk 2”.
3. The DVD-Arabesk 2 Menu
Now you see the “DVD-Arabesk 2” menu, which
is divided into three different blocks.
can select the desired film or project.
You can see that the active project is the same
one you were last working on.
It is not necessary to enter “Project settings” in
order to change the project. This can be done
from the DVD menu.
Note: Only those projects marked with a white
point contain video material.
• You also see the information “Project length”,
which indicates the length of the inserted
The buttons will be described in the order in
which they are used for the simple creation of
a DVD. You will also find references to buttons
that are fully explained later in the text.
3.1 Creation
This section explains the three functions
contained in the block “Creation“. This block lets
you layout and create a DVD.
3.1 Creation: Add Film
(1) Clicking on the button “Add Film” causes a
window with several functions to be displayed:
• You can specify the “Image quality” of the
project after conversion to the DVD standard by
clicking on the selection control.
There are Four levels available:
“Reduced”, “Normal”, “High” and “Maximum”.
The image quality is determined by the data
rate (level of compression)- the better the image
quality, the more memory is needed.
High or maximum quality will fill up the DVD
more quickly then normal or low quality.
“Reduced” image quality guarantees that you
can write more than two hours of video material
to the DVD. Of course, this results in somewhat
lesser image quality. The program will warn you
of this with an appropriate message.
“Normal” quality corresponds to the quality
usually to be found on commercial DVDs.
“High” image quality corresponds to the
demands made by the DVD standard on
playback devices. This video should be able to
be played back just as normal quality is.
• You can now specify the desired project you
would like to add. Clicking on the button “Select
project” causes project selection (similar to
“Project settings”) to be displayed, in which you
The “Maximum” quality level makes full use of
the DVD standard. Not all DVD players support
this quality level. This may be the reason if your
video should flicker or cause error messages.
Clicking on “Ok” displays an appropriate
warning message.
• The button “Audio mode” is used to specify
the audio quality: “uncompressed” or
Compressed audio requires only a fraction of
the capacity, but at the cost of slightly reduced
quality. When creating a music video, it is
recommended that you use uncompressed
Note for the technically interested:
Uncompressed audio uses PCM audio with 16
bits and 48 kHz. Compressed audio uses MPEG
• You are also shown the “Size approximation”
for this project. The calculation takes account
of the quality level (discussed above) and the
duration of the project. The value displayed is
only an approximation; the actual amount of
required memory, once created, may be slightly
more or less than this amount.
If not enough memory is present, then you must
either reduce image/audio quality or remove
other projects.
A message appears before a film is added if this
would cause the project to become too large to
fit on the DVD. In some cases the project could
still fit on the DVD, because the calculated value
is only an approximation.
• The displayed “free capacity” indicates how
much space is still free on the DVD.
• You can divide your project into chapters by
clicking on the button “Edit Chapters”. These
chapters can be individually selected later when
playing the DVD (with the remote control unit,
not with the DVD menu). This is a significant
help, especially with large projects.
Selecting the function “Edit Chapters” opens
a window in which the individual storyboard
scenes are displayed. The scenes are displayed,
for example, as follows:
Chapter 1
A chapter must always begin at the start of a
scene, so scroll through the scenes displayed in
this window and decide where you would like to
set the beginning of a chapter. Select the line of
the desired scene and click on the corresponding
button “Start Chapter”.
The subsequent Chapters are numbered
automatically by the system to reflect your
set chapters. (Clicking on the button “Undo
Chapter” removes the chapter point.)
After having set the chapter, leave this menu
by clicking on “Ok” so that you are again in
the “Add Film” window. Click on “Ok”, so that
your settings are automatically calculated and
the films are added to the “DVD-Arabesk 2”
program. This can take some time, depending
on the size of the project
Note: For very detailed video material the film
might not fit on the DVD, even though the
approximation seemed to predict enough space.
If this should happen, it will be at the end of the
calculation. In this case try again with a lower
quality level or with compressed audio.
After the project has been inserted, you can
call up the “Add Film” window again in order
to select another project, which is then also
automatically added. Please note that only a
maximum of six films can be added to one DVD.
Note: You can of course remove an already
added film if you wish. You can also change the
film sequence. For more on this, please read 3.2
Information / Play, item (4).
3.1 Creation: Edit Menu
(2) Click on the “Edit Menu” button and you
will see the title“Casablanca DVD” in the
background (or the title of the previously edited
DVD) and the first image of each of the added
film projects with the project name appearing
below it. The foreground displays an operating
panel containing various options for laying out
the DVD menu.
At the upper edge of the panel you will see
the selection button named“Menu” that lets
you access the nine different settings that are
described below.
DVD is inserted. After the first film ends, the
menu appears, but you now do not see the first
film listed in the DVD menu screen. It is now
not possible to start the first film again from the
“Trailer + Menu”
This setting plays the first film automatically, but
also displays the film in the DVD menu, where
can now be selected again.
• “Background”
This function is used to specify the background
of the DVD menu.
The bottom portion of the operating panel
displays the individual options of the current
“Menu” setting.
• “Control”: Here you can make the settings that
effect how the finished DVD is played when put
into a DVD player.
This button provides the choice of a “Color”,
“Pattern” or “Scene” for your DVD menu
background. After this is designated, you can
use the “Select” control lying below to call up
the color box, the image pool or a specific scene
from any of your projects.
“1. Film”
This function gives you the chance to specify
whether the first film projects is automatically
played or simply listed in the menu.
With this option, the DVD menu appears when
the DVD is inserted into the player, and the first
film is not automatically played.
“Trailer only”
This plays the first film automatically when the
If you decide to use “Scene”, then you can
select a project of your choice in the “Select
project” window. The scene bin for the project
appears when you click on “Ok”. Now you can
select the scene in the same manner you would
select a scen in the main Edit screen: either by
clicking directly on it with the arrow, with the
controls to the right and left that allow you to go
directly to the beginning or the end of the scene
The first image of the scene is used. If you want
another frame in the scene other than the first
image, go to the main “Edit” menu and trim
the scene or split it into two scenes and select
the second half of the scene as your icon stamp
The “Mode” button gives you the choice of
“Still” or “Animated”, so that you can specify a
fixed or moving background scene. The duration
of a moving background scene is limited to one
minute. You can choose a scene that lasts longer
than a minute, but the material will loop after
the first minute.
The DVD menu is played in an infinite loop.
(Please read the practice example 4.2 “Menu
layout with PIP-Studio”).
If you have specified either “Color” or “Pattern”
under “Type”, then of course only the setting
“Still” is possible.
If on the other hand you have picked “Scene”
under “Type” and “Animated” under “Mode”,
then the audio of your scene can be heard
during background display if you activate the
“Audio” control.
• “Title”: You can use this function to give the
background menu a proper title.
If you are working with SMART EDIT version 2.5,
then to start a new line enter a backslash “\” and
then the letter “n”. Both these characters appear
then appear after the previously entered letters.
Now you can enter the words meant for the next
line. The first such letter appears directly after
the “n” entered together with the backslash.
After you press “Ok”, you will see the text you
have entered appear as a multi-line title.
If you have the Power Key-Option, then you can
exit the screen keyboard with the Return key.
If you are using SMART EDIT version 3.1, then
simply press (also with Power Key-Option) the
key combination “Alt, Return” if you want to
move to a new line. The “Return” character then
appears directly after the previously entered
letter. Now you can enter the words destined for
the next line. These words are displayed directly
after the “Return” character. Clicking on “Ok”
(or pressing the “Return” key with the Power
Key-Option) lets you see the text you have
entered as a multi-line heading.
Clicking on “Font style/size” causes the usual
font selection panel to be called up. You can use
this to select the font and font size from every
font in your Casablanca.
The button “Style” calls up the window “Text
Style” in which you can set further attributes.
You can use the button “Position” to position
the heading exactly where you would like it,
e.g. at the upper or lower screen edge. The text
appears in a dashed-line frame that you can
reposition with the trackball. You confirm the
chosen position by clicking with the left trackball
Clicking on the button “Text” causes the screen
keyboard to be called up, with which you can
enter a title after you have deleted the existing
You can enter a text consisting of several lines.
• “Stamps”: With this function you can specify
the type of beginning images that represent
your films on the DVD. The first picture of this
scene will later represent the film in the DVD
Please note that only one beginning image can
be selected for each film, i.e. you can specify a
maximum of six beginning images on the DVD.
• “Film Texts”: If you have set this function,
activate the desired stamp icon.
As soon as you select the menu “Stamps”,
a dashed-line frame appears around one of
the scene icons. Now activate the desired
film simply by clicking on the image currently
representing it. The frame now surrounds this
If you click on the button “Type”, you have two
options: the function “Stamp f. scene” causes
your film to be represented by the first image
of a scene. The setting “Background-Stamp”
causes the image to be transparent so that you
can create an “Easter Egg”, a button that can be
clicked on, but not seen, that plays one of your
film projects.
Clicking on the button “Select Scene” (active of
course only if you previously selected the option
“Stamp f. scene”) calls up project selection
where you mark the desired project and confirm,
so that the corresponding scene bin appears,
from which you can select a scene that then
replaces the previously set image.
Then you can call up the keyboard with the
button “Text” and use it (or a connected
external keyboard) to rename the currently
active title.
Here too you can enter several lines of text if
the text is located below the icon. This functions
according to the same principle as entering
headings. Take note of the version number of
your software. You use the button “Position” to
specify the position of the text in relation to the
• “Film Text-attributes”: Here you can globally
change film titling, (change them all at once).
With “Size” you specify the size of the image
or whether only the text is to be displayed (“no
With “Position” you specify the position of the
image or text. If you have specified “no Stamp”,
then a frame is automatically put around the
film name belonging to the project. In order to
suppress this frame later in the DVD menu, set
the stamp icon border width to the value 0 (see
You can use the button “Select font” to change
the font and font size. The button “Select Style”
is used to call up the window “Text Style”, in
which you can make further settings, such as
text color, italic setting, frame size, shadowing,
stamp icon the DVD menu screen when played
in a DVD player.
• “Borders”: With this function you can specify
the border style options of the inactive film
stamps in the DVD menu.
The button “Selection Color” specifies color of
the border of the film stamp when it is active.
“Activation Color” defines the color the frame
shows momentarily when the frame is selected.
• ”Shadow”: This function lets you specify the
shadow that is thrown by the icon.
You can specify the “Size” and “Color” or
“Pattern” (a window is called up with which
you can call up either the color box or the image
These are global settings that affect all of
the film stamp borders. If you set the border
thickness of a frame to the value 0, then you will
see no frame around the reference icons in the
DVD menu once created.
However, the frames must later be able to be
selected in this menu. A frame is put around the
icon you have selected as long as it is active (see
“active Borders”).
• “active Borders”: Here you can specify the
appearance of the border of the active film
You can set the “Color”, “Size”, “Border” and
“Direction” of the shadow.
At the left edge of the operating panel you
will find the familiar controls that allow you to
reduce the size of the panel or move it to the
other screen edge.
To the right you see the button “Archives” that
lets you save your settings and restore them
later. For example, if you have created a menu
with complex settings (shadows, frames, italic
text, etc.), the archive gives you the possibility
of creating a new DVD later in the same style
settings. You use the “Load” function to access
the attributes you have previously defined and
saved. Clicking on “Ok” confirms your settings
and you then exit the menu.
Note: Before the DVD is played or written,
the settings you have made under “Edit
Menu” must be created. You can do this, for
example, in the menu “All” (please read item
(5)). Alternatively, the calculation will be done
automatically as needed.
3.1 Creation: Write DVD
(3) You can write the DVD after you have made
all the settings in the previous menus. To do
this, click on the button “Write DVD”, open the
cover on the front of your machine and press the
button of the drive that is now visible in order
to open the drawer for the DVD. Put an unused
DVD-R or DVD-RW into the drawer and the
system automatically createss the settings made
in the previous menu (assuming this has not
already been done in the menu “All”) and then
begins to write the DVD.
You can remove the DVD when Casablanca has
finished writing and when the diode is off. Now
you can try out the DVD in your Casablanca DVD
Player or in another DVD player. Most newer
DVD players accept DVD-R media.
Note: DVD-RW media that have already been
written once can only be written again if the
entire content is deleted (please read section
3.3, item (8)). Even if only a few minutes of video
material is already on the DVD, then it is not
possible to add further material.
Note: Please note that only DVD-R and
DVD-RW media can be used, not DVD+RW
media! There are different kinds of DVD writers.
The more recent writers also support DVD+R
3.2 Info / Play
media. (You can see the info for the built-in drive
and the possible formats in the corresponding
display in the window “Settings”. Further
information on this can be found under item (9).)
If you have accidentally inserted a nonsupported medium, then a warning is given at
the begin of the write process.
yet been written) and offers complete playback
of any or all of the selections before you burn
the DVD. The three functions contained in this
block are described below.
A progress bar informs you on the remaining
duration of writing (divided into two phases).
During the second phase no progress bar may
be visible - please wait until the light diode in
the DVD drive turns off before removing the
DVD! This diode is on while the DVD is being
The second main section, labeled “Info/Play”
displays the contents of the DVD (that has not
3.2 Info / Play: Film
(4) When you click on the button “Film” the
window “Film-Info” is opened, in whose upper
area a list is displayed of each of the film
projects that have been added, and its duration.
Caution: Very short videos require a
proportionally longer length of time. The DVD
writer always writes about 20% of the media,
even when the actual data volume is much
less. Writing duration becomes proportional for
projects of 20 minutes length or more.
The read/write diode is on during the write
process. It can happen that Casablanca is
finished writing (the write window closes) but
that the diode is still on. In this case wait until
the diode turns off before removing the DVD!
Damage to the DVD may otherwise result.
Selecting a film project in this list enables you
to see its corresponding information in the area
The button “Film” is used to call up the
keyboard so that you can change the name of
the film that is activated in the upper list. Please
note that changing the name also causes the
film name in the DVD menu to be changed!
virtual DVD exists on the hard disk but has not
yet been written to an actual DVD.
The information fields “Image quality” and
“Audio mode” let you review the settings you
made in the window “Add Film”. They cannot
be changed.
By clicking on the button “Remove Film” you
delete (after a warning message) the selected
film, so that the deleted film is not written to the
DVD during the write process.
With the help of the up and down arrow keys
next to the “Remove Film”button, you can
change the sequence of the films that have
already been added. To do this you activate a
film in the upper list and then click on one of
the arrow keys. This moves the film either up or
down one position in the list. In this way you can
maneuver the films to the desired position .
Clicking on the Play button causes the activated
film to be played. The following operating panel
You can see the number of film projects, the
total playback duration, the space used, and the
free space still remaining.
A click on the button “Create” causes the
settings you have made for the menu to be
created. This calculation duration depends on
the layout of the background. Moving material
of course requires more computing time.
After the settings have been created, if you click
on the Play button, the player is started and you
can play the DVD as it is momentarily defined.
Afterward you see the player menu displayed:
With the button to the left you can move the
operating panel to the upper screen edge.
You can also see the time-code display and the
following five functions (from left to right):
- “<” button to jump to the previous chapter
- “>” button to jump to the next chapter
- “Stop” button to stop playback and to call up
the “Film Info” window.
- “Play”, in order to playback the activated film.
- “Pause”, in order to stop playback temporarily.
3.2 Info / Play: All
(5) Clicking on the “All” button calls up the
“Info” window, in which you can see the
contents on the compiled virtual DVD. This
In the background you see your menu, in the
foreground an operating panel is displayed.
The arrow buttons combined in a cross serve to
navigate through the films in the same manner
as a DVD remote. You can thus use these
buttons to move through the menu.
If you click either on the “Ok” button in the
middle or on the play button, then the selection
is confirmed and playback begins. After the DVD
has been played, you are returned to the main
DVD menu.
If you click on the button “Menu”, you are
instantly returned to the main menu of the
DVD and the operating panel remains in the
With the “Chapter” button you enter a selection
list in which you can directly access each
chapter so long as it has already been created
(see section 3.1, item (1) Edit chapter).
The button “Film” has a function comparable
to the button “Chapter”. With its help you can
move film-by-film through the menu.
With the two buttons in the bottom line you can
move chapter-by-chapter through the menu.
With the Stop, Play and Pause buttons in the
upper line you can abort playback, play the
desired film or stop temporarily.
Note: At first you see the trailer, assuming that
you have set the function “Trailer only” under
“Control”. Then the menu is displayed. During
this time you may click the right trackball key
at any time to display the operating panel
without interrupting the running film. The panel
disappears again when you press Play to start
another film from the menu.
3.2 Info / Play: DVD
(6) Clicking on the button “DVD” causes the DVD
in the drive to be played. The DVD must be a
DVD that has been written with “DVD-Arabesk”.
If the DVD has been created under an earlier
version of “DVD-Arabesk”, then you will see
the films represented not with icons, but with
the terms “Film 1”, “Film 2”, etc., which can be
3.3 Miscellaneous
In this section describes the three functions
contained in the third block named
This block provides additional options for using
3.3 Miscellaneous: Read DVD
(7) With “DVD-Arabesk 2” you can make copies
of DVDs that you have written with “DVDArabesk 2” or “DVD-Arabesk”.
To make a DVD copy, you Read the source DVD
to the hard disk and then write a DVD-R or RW.
The result is a 100% copy without loss.
This function is meant to let you copy your
own finished DVDs after you have deleted the
project from the hard disk and you still require
additional copies.
Copying automatically includes all menus,
chapter information, etc. You don’t have to make
these settings again.
Note: If you wish to make a 1:1 copy of your
DVD, you should not make any further changes
before writing (e.g. insert projects, change
background menu), because the DVD menu will
not be correctly displayed once written.
An additional possibility is to modify an already
existing DVD: Imagine that you have an old DVD
containing video material of a vacation spot you
have visited. Imagine further that you spent last
summer at the same spot and you would now
like to archive your new film material together
with the older material.
With “DVD-Arabesk 2” you can read in
the original DVD, insert additional projects
(assuming enough space on the DVD) and write
a new DVD.
In doing so you should take account of the
When you read in a DVD that has been created
with “DVD-Arabesk 2” then in the window
“Edit Menu” you will see your original menu.
Moving backgrounds are an exception. These
cannot be restored but can only be represented
as gray fixed images. If your original DVD has
been created with a previous version of “DVDArabesk”, then it is not possible to restore the
original menu.
Instead, a background image appears in which
the films existing on the DVD are represented by
text. Only the films themselves can be restored.
With the help of “DVD-Arabesk 2” you can
create a completely new menu.
two different speeds with the help of the
selection button, “Normal” and “High”.
For DVDs with small data volume the write
duration can be significantly less than the actual
film length, even for “Normal” speed.
Of course the original films remain unchanged.
Warning: Only DVDs with a capacity of 4.7
GB can be read in. A greater capacity is not
To read in a DVD you require an empty DVD
hard disc section.
If you have not deleted all existing data, then a
message is issued after you have clicked on the
“Read DVD” button. If you confirm this message
with “Ok”, the data will be deleted automatically
after you have inserted the DVD.
A DVD that has been read in can be written any
number of times to a DVD-R or RW.
3.3 Miscellaneous: Erase DVD-RW
(8) You also have the option to erase a DVD-RW.
Click on the button “Erase DVD RW” and then
insert a written DVD-RW. When the drive closes,
the DVD is erased.
Note: With “DVD-Arabesk 2” you can write
both DVD-R and DVD-RW media. New drives
also support DVD+R media. (You can find out
the installed drive and the supported formats
in the corresponding display in the window
“Settings”. Further information can be found
under item (9).) The DVD-R media can only
be written once and cannot be erased. The
advantage is that they work without problems
in most DVD players. DVD-RWs can be erased
and rewritten, but they are somewhat more
expensive and do not work with all players.
3.3 Miscellaneous: Settings
(9) A click on the button “Settings” opens a
window in which you can specify the “Write
Speed”. You have the possibility of specifying
The setting “High” causes the DVDs to be
written at a faster rate.
Whether or not high speed is supported
depends on several factors, e.g.
- Casablanca model
- Type of DVD drive
- media used (manufacturer, type)
- firmware
If high speed is to be used, then the DVDs must
always be high-speed media appropriated for
high-speed writing. Fast writing is not just a
factor of high-speed media, because the factors
listed above also play an important role.
Some DVD players may have a problem playing
high-speed media.
If high-speed writing is not possible, even
though it is set, the DVD will automatically be
written at normal speed.
Warning: Casablanca Avio does not support
high-speed writing.
In addition, in the window “Settings” you see
an information field with details on your DVD
software, hardware, firmware and supported
(10) With a click on the menu symbol in the
lower right corner of the “DVD-Arabesk 2” menu
you return to the “Finish” menu.
Note: When you exit the program “DVDArabesk 2” you will find yourself in the project
from which you started “DVD-Arabesk 2”.
4. Practice Example for Layout of a
DVD Menu
The following section offers two practice
examples to introduce you to the creation of
DVD menus.
It is not necessary to write a DVD for these
practice examples. You can view the result with
the built-in player, because the virtual DVD is on
the hard disk.
4.1 Menu layout with DVD-Arabesk 2
In this practice example we would like to
demonstrate the possibilities of the program
“DVD-Arabesk 2” that you have already learned
about in the previous reference sections.
You will learn how to specify a layout for a DVD
menu and how to use various functions.
In this example we assume that you have
already created three different film projects on
your Casablanca system and that these projects
are ready to be written. Of course it can be more
or less projects than this.
Create a short leader introducing your DVD. You
can use e.g. a black scene of 20 to 30 seconds
duration that has been given a title, or think up
something spectacular, whatever you wish!
Use PIP-Studio to let pictures fly in, let images
be paged or use the many possibilities of the
Casablanca supplementary programs to create
a leader that makes your viewers curious and
anxious to see your film!
Now enter the menu “Finish” and start the
program “DVD-Arabesk 2”.
After a moment you will see the DVD-Arabesk
menu. Now click on the button “Add Film” at
the upper left so that the corresponding window
Clicking on “Select project” opens the project
selection in which you can now select the
project of your choice. It does not matter which
project you choose first, because you can
specify the film sequence later.
Under “Project length” you can observe the
duration of the project you have just chosen.
Now select a “normal image quality” for
this example (the meanings of the individual
quality levels are explained in Chapter 3) and
“uncompressed audio”.
Now click on the button “Edit Chapters”. A
window opens in which the individual scenes
of your storyboard are displayed. Here you can
scroll through the scene list and decide which
scene should be a new chapter beginning.
Simply mark the desired line and click on “Start
After you have set the chapter, exit the window
by clicking on “Ok”. You are now in the “Add
Film” window again. Close this window with
“Ok” in order to confirm the entries so that the
project is inserted.
After this process (which can last awhile) is
finished, open the “Add Film” window again
in order to add another project. Use the same
procedure as before. The display “Size approx.”
tells you how much space each added project
will require.
“Free capacity” shows you how much free
space is still available on the DVD. This lets you
know if additional projects can be added.
In the lower portion of the window the selection
button “1. Film” is displayed, that you now set
to the function “Trailer only”.
After you have inserted four projects including
a leader (this should be enough for this practice
example), click in the DVD-Arabesk menu on the
button “Film” so that a window opens in which
your inserted films are displayed in the upper
In the lower portion of the window the name,
image quality and audio quality of the films
activated in the upper list are displayed. Here
you can put the films into the proper sequence
by marking a film and moving it to the desired
position with the arrow keys.
You see that the image of the film selected as
Of course, you position the film to be used as
the leader to the top position.
leader is now not visible in the menu.
Now set the selection button “Menu” to
“Background” in order to specify the layout of
the DVD menu.
The button “Type” provides you with several
possibilities. Select “Scene”.
Use the “Select” button to open the project
selection in order to call up one of your prepared
projects containing an appropriate scene. (A
scene is appropriate as background scene if it
only contains slight movements.)
After the films are sequenced properly, you can
begin to specify the layout of the DVD menu.
Click on the button “Edit Menu” and you will
see in the background the heading “Casablanca
DVD” (or the previously entered heading) and
the first image of each of the four inserted
projects with the corresponding project name
The foreground displays an operating panel in
which you see the button “Menu”, that you now
set to the option “Control”.
After you have confirmed your project selection
by clicking on “Ok”, the scene bin of the
selected project appears, in which you can select
the desired scene with the help of the slider.
After confirmation you see the button “Mode”
that you now set to “Animated”, because the
scene you have selected contains moving video
material.The duration of the moving scene is
restricted to one minute, so it only plays the first
minute of footage in a loop.
If the selected scene has audio, then activate the
function “Audio” so that a checkmark appears in
the checkmark box.
and set the position of the icon.
After you have made these settings for the
first image, you can do the same for the other
images. You might wish to vary some of the
settings, e.g. set another size.
After you have made these Background settings,
go to the menu item “Title”. Here you can give a
name to your background menu.
By clicking on the button “Text” you call up the
screen keyboard (or with the Power Key-Option)
with which you can enter a title of your choice,
e.g. “Vacation 2000 to 2003”. In Chapter 3.1 you
can read about how to enter multi-line text.
Finally, you specify the appearance and position
of your text with the functions “Font style/size”,
“Text Style” and “Position”.
The next option “Stamps” specifies the
appearance of the start images of the stamp
icons that represent the film projects in the DVD
menu screen.
Now enter the menu “Film Texts” in which you
also activate a stamp icon. After clicking on the
button “Text” the screen keyboard appears with
which you can rename the marked film. This is
useful when your projects e.g. were named “P1”
previously, or were titled with an inappropriate
name.(Text entry works according to the same
principle as “Title” entry or modification.)
Using the button “Position” you specify the
text’s position in relation to the icon. If you have
entered a multi-line text, the text can appear
only under the stamp icon.
After you have made the settings for the first
stamp, you can do the same for the others.
Now go to the menu “Film Text-attributes”, in
which you can change the appearance of the
film title with the buttons “Select font” and
“Select Style”. The changes you make in this
menu are global, so all the titles of all of the film
projects are affected.
Click on one of the project icons so that a
dashed-line frame appears around it.
Now go to the menu item “Borders” in order to
specify the frame type of the films that will be
inactive in the DVD menu, (i.e. have not been
selected to be played).
For this example , click the “Type”button and
select the option “Stamp f. scene”, so that the
film is represented by the first image of the
corresponding film project.
Set the “Size” to the value 4 and select a nice
green from “Color”.
You will now notice that the “Select Scene”
button is now active. It lets you call up the menu
from which you select the desired project, so
that the scene bin appears, from which you can
select a scene that replaces the default start
Click on the “Size” button and specify the option
“medium” and click on the“Position” button
After you have made these settings (that
automatically affect all films) go to the menu
“active Borders”. Here you can specify the
appearance of the active stamp icon selected
later in the DVD menu.
Use the button “Selection Color” (that defines
the frame color in its active state) to select a
deep yellow.
Use the button “Activation Color” to select a
nice blue. This defines the momentary frame
color when the frame is selected. These settings
also apply to all of the stamp icons.
Now you can begin to specify the layout of the
shadows cast by the icons. Make the settings for
a black “Color”, for “Size” 10, “Border” 8 and
any desired “Direction”, e.g. decreasing below
If you are satisfied with the result, then you can
go to the menu item “Settings” in which you
specify the write speed for burning the DVD
(please read Chapter 3.3, item (9)).
Finally, click on the button “Write DVD”, open
the front panel of your Casablanca system and
press the button on the drive to slide out the
After you have inserted a DVD, the system will
calculate the settings made (if needed) and
begin writing your DVD.
The writing process is finished only when the
read/write diode of the writer turns off. Only
then should you remove the DVD.
After you have made these setting under the
program item “Edit Menu”, exit this menu by
clicking on “Ok” and go to the menu “All”.
In the “All” menu, a window opens in which you
can see information on the virtual DVD (on the
hard disk) you have just designated.
Click on the button “Create” so the virtual DVD
is calculated. The duration of the calculation
depends on the background layout. After the
calculation is finished, click on the Play button to
begin playback of your DVD.
In this example, you first see your leader
because you have set the option “Trailer only”
under the menu item “Control”. When the trailer
ends, your DVD menu is displayed.
The operating panel can be displayed by clicking
on the right trackball key. In order to start a film
from the menu, activate first the desired film by
selecting it with the arrow keys in the operating
panel (as you would with a DVD remote), and
then clicking on the left trackball key. Then click
on the Play button.
If you are not satisfied with the virtual DVD,
then you can make further changes under “Edit
Menu”. And you check the changes again under
the menu item “All”.
Your DVD is now ready so that you can play it
either with the DVD player integrated into the
Casablanca system or with an external DVD
4.2 Menu layout with PIP-Studio
In this example you will learn how to create
the entire DVD menu with the help of the
supplementary program PIP-Studio (available
PIP-Studio offers you the possibility of creating
animated reference images.
Go to “DVD-Arabesk 2”, click on “Add Film” and
choose the desired film in the window “Select
Project”. Repeat this procedure until you have
inserted all desired projects.
Now exit “DVD-Arabesk 2” and go to the
“Edit” menu. There you create a Still Scene
of 20 seconds duration that will serve as the
background of the DVD menu. It should be
appropriate to the content of your films.
In our example we have used the background
“South Sea”, that you can find in the image pool
under “Product: DVD-Arabesk”, “Type: Images”.
Under “PIP” select “Single” and under “Effect”
set “Hard Cut” for “IN” and “OUT”.
Now select as “Shape” a “Rectangle” and set
the “Size” 120 x 96 (for NTSC 120 x 80) in order
to obtain an average-sized picture.
Note: In order to obtain a small reference
picture, select 80 x 64 (NTSC = 80 x 50), for a
large picture use 160 x 128 (NTSC = 160 x 100).
Note: You can also use a moving background,
but you should make sure that it does not have
a confusing effect in combination with moving
film reference images. Confusing effects can
sometimes be avoided by making the animated
background menu darker or fuzzier.
Now go to the menu “Border” and set both
“Size” and “Blur” to 0. Also, the value of
“Distance” in the menu “Shadow” should be
set to 0.
After you have made these settings you can
position the PIP. Click on “Position” and move
the picture, for example, to the upper right
corner to the position 512, 220.
Now create a scene of 20 seconds duration
containing video material corresponding in
content to the video material of the first project
you inserted with the program “DVD-Arabesk
2”. Insert this video scene into the storyboard
behind the fixed image.
Go to the transition effects menu and select PIPStudio. Insert it between the scenes previously
positioned and set the effect duration also to 20
seconds. Start the program.
You now see your background image and in
front of it your video scene as PIP.
Calculate the PIP-Studio effect and then create a
scene from it that you put in the storyboard.
Insert into the storyboard an additional
video scene with a length of 20 seconds that
corresponds in content to the second project
you inserted with the program “DVD-Arabesk
Create again a PIP with the same settings (only
the position must be different, of course),
calculate it and create a new scene from it.
In order to complete the example, make the
following settings for the displayed scene in the
When you are finished with the above, you will
have created with PIP-Studio the same number
of video scenes as you have inserted projects
with “DVD-Arabesk 2”.
You will also have a 20-second long background
image with several PIPs on it (and the complete
DVD menu). You can now set audio clips under
this scene. To do this, insert your new scene into
the storyboard and go to “Audio Mix”, set the
original audio off (in order to delete the audio of
the video scenes on the background image) and
insert an audio clip of your choice.
The menu is played repeatedly, so it is useful to
fade the audio clip in and out in order to avoid
an abrupt transition. Now go to the “Image
processing” effects menu and click on the
“Scene” button, so that the time-frame menu
Now only the most important thing is missing:
linking your inserted films with the PIPs.
Enter the menu item “Stamps”, click on an icon
of one of your projects, so that it is surrounded
by a dashed-line frame, and set the option
“Background-Stamp” under “Type”. You will
see that your previous reference image (except
for the frame) has completely disappeared, so
that you can see the South Sea picture at this
Select under “Size” the setting “medium”,
because you have also created a picture of
average size (120 x 96) with the program PIPStudio.
Now you only have to click on the button
“Position” and drag the project frame onto the
PIP-Studio icon, and you are finished!
Make sure by using the IN and OUT buttons that
you have really selected the menu scene, but
usually this 20-second long scene should appear
automatically for selection. Click on “Ok” and go
to the “Edit” menu.
Now your scene (menu and perhaps also music)
is in the middle frame of the scene bin. Start
“DVD-Arabesk 2” and go to the function “Edit
Menu”. Select the menu item “Background”
and set the option “Type” under “Scene”.
Clicking on the button “Select” below calls up
project selection. Confirm the activated project,
so that the corresponding scene bin appears, in
which you now call up the previously created
menu and confirm with “Ok”. Afterward set the
option “Animated” unter “Mode” and activate
additionally - in the case that you have put a
video clip under the DVD menu created with
PIP-Studio - the function “Audio”, so that a
checkmark appears.
Then set the “Size” under menu item “Borders”
at least to the value two. The alpha value of the
frame color (or frame pattern) must not be set to
Select an appropriate “Color” for the frames,
so that the frames can be seen clearly on the
You will see - surrounded by a frame - your new
picture, titled with the original film name.
Do the same for the rest of the projects until you
have put the frames for all of the projects on the
images created with PIP-Studio.
If desired, you can turn off the frame by
selecting the frame color and setting its alpha
value to 0%.
Now you can continue to specify the DVD menu
layout as described in Chapter 3 of this manual
(frame color, title, etc.)
animated heading for the DVD menu without
having to use a supplementary program.
Create a fixed image or a moving scene with a
nice motif from your video material representing
the contents of the films on the DVD. This scene
should be 15 seconds long.
Alternatively, you can use a 15-second pattern
scene from the image pool.
5. Practice Excercises for
Specifying the Background Menu
Using Supplementary Software
“DVD-Arabesk 2” offers you the possibility
of creating the DVD background menu with
other Casablanca programs. You can use all
the supplementary programs available for
Each of the following examples is an extension
of increased complexity over the previous
example. We therefore recommend that you
work through the examples in the order given.
It is assumed that you are familiar with the
basic operation of Casablanca, e.g. using the
text-entry menu, creating a scene, setting
effect duration, etc., and the operation of the
supplementary programs.
For these practice examples it is not necessary
to actually burn a DVD. The virtual DVD you
have created is on the hard disk and can be
played with the built-in player.
5.1 Animated DVD title text
In this example you will learn to create an
Insert this scene into the storyboard and go to
the menu “Titling”.
Select “Horizontal Scroller”, insert this effect
into the storyboard and set the effect length to
15 seconds (function “complete scene”).
Then click on “Enter/edit text” to enter the textentry menu and delete the existing text panel.
For your DVD menu enter a heading
representing the films on the DVD, e.g. “Trip to
Malta 2003” and specify the font (e.g. Manuel)
and the font size (80 in our example).
Position the new text panel to an appropriate
position with the help of the function “Move
box”. It should neither cover up video material
of the background picture nor be at a spot where
the stamp icons will later be placed.
Calculate the heading and create a scene from it,
so that the scene titled with “horizontal scroller”
is in the active frame of the scene bin.
Start “DVD-Arabesk 2” and click on “Edit
Menu”. Select the menu item “Background”,
and then select the function “Type” under
“Scene” and call up project selection with the
button “Select”. Confirm the activated project so
that the corresponding scene bin appears, and
confirm the selection of the previously created
scene by clicking on “Ok”.
If you take more than 15 seconds to activate
a film in the DVD menu, the text will move
through the picture again, because the DVD
menu is played repeatedly.
Of course you can use supplementary programs
to modify the previously described titling.
For example, turning or self-changing
(morph technology) titles can be created with
Then set the function “Animated” under “Type”,
because using scrolled text - even if only for a
fixed image - means that an animated scene is
being used!
Tip: By using a title effect and with the help of
the “Scene” function you can put additional
text into the background menu. This is an ideal
way to display a box in the lower right corner
in which e.g. there is a reference to the film
Select the menu item “Title” and call up the
keyboard by clicking on the button “Text”.
Delete the existing text and confirm with “Ok”.
You do not yet see your new heading because it
is a scrolled text that is at the moment off-screen
to the right.
5.2 Moving background with Liquid
Insert your projects and create your DVD menu
by e.g. titling the projects or putting frames
around them, as described in Chapter 3.
When you calculate your DVD and play it in the
built-in player, you will see the heading moving
into the picture from the right.
Create a black scene with a length of 10 seconds.
Insert the scene twice into the storyboard and
enter the menu “Transition effects”.
Select the effect Liquid Images, insert it and set
the effect length to 10 seconds.
Then set the effect options as follows: Select a
shimmering yellow as color, under “Material”
set “Liquid”, under “Effect” set the option “Big
Slider” and under “Select effect” set the mask
Calculate the effect and create a scene from it
that should appear in the scene bin.
a white color with an alpha value of 50%, and
show a white frame with a thickness of 4.
Start “DVD-Arabesk 2” and enter the function
“Edit Menu”.
Center the text and calculate the effect over the
entire scene.
Then create a new scene from it and insert it into
the storyboard.
Now enter the menu Image Processing effects
and select the Particle Magic effect “PM Draw”
and insert it.
In the effect options click on the button
“Archives” and select the project “DR Burning
Calculate the effect and create a scene from it
that appears in the scene bin.
Select the menu item “Background” and under
“Type” set the option “Scene”. Clicking on the
button “Select” below opens project selection.
Confirm the active project so that the desired
scene bin appears. Call up the menu image
previously created with Liquid Images and
confirm with “Ok”.
Finally, set the option “Animated” under
5.3 Moving background with Particle
In this example you will use the supplementary
program Particle Magic to learn how to create a
nice background menu with little effort.
Create a black scene that lasts 30 seconds, insert
it in the storyboard and give it a nice title.
Enter the menu “Titling”, select the titling effect
“Horizontal Scroller” and insert it into the
storyboard. Set the effect duration to 30 seconds
and click on the button “Enter/edit text”.
In text entry mode delete the existing panel and
enter an appropriate title, e.g. “Videos 2003”.
In our example we have decided to use the
font Lynn at a size of 200. The text should have
Start “DVD-Arabesk 2”. Click on the button “Edit
Menu” and select the menu item “Background”.
Under “Type” pick the option “Scene” and use
“Select” to call up project selection. Confirm the
active project so that the corresponding scene
bin appears and confirm the selection of the
scene created previously by clicking on “Ok”.
Activate unter “Mode” the function “Animated”.
Now you can click on the button “Add Film” in
order to pick the desired films one after another.
The films then appear in the mode “Edit Menu”,
in which you can continue to refine your work
(position, frames, titling, etc.).
the magnifying glass) and drag the mouse to
size the rectangle.
A medium-sized background icon for “DVDArabesk 2” must be of size 102 x 96 (NTSC =
120 x 80). Add this value to the coordinates and
subtract 1 so that the rectangle is positioned at
the coordinates 565, 185 (NTSC = 565, 169).
Confirm by clicking on the left trackball key.
You have just created a window as a wall.
The background menu thus created could
appear as follows:
Then select the color green in the palette
window and click on the closed-polygon tool.
With the help of the crosshairs ( in the
magnifying-glass function) draw window frames
at the left and right edges of the window.
5.4 Moving background with Akaba New Concept
In this example you will learn to use the
program Akaba - New Concept to create the
entire background menu.
Pick an appropriate scene for a fixed image, for
example “Bricks” from the image pool (“Type:
Monochromatic”) and set its duration to 20
seconds. Then start Akaba - New Concept and
enter Drawmode.
At first, turn on the magnifying glass and select
the color white in the palette window, click on
the tool “open rectangle”.
Then position the upper left corner e.g. at the
coordinates 446,90 (displayed with the help of
With the selection button to the upper right
activate the option “Drawing” and cut out the
complete window including the frames by
using the rectangle brush. To do this draw an
enclosing rectangle around the object. Set the
fuzziness to 0%, the width to 100% and click on
the button “Stamp”.
Repeat stamping until you have four windows in
the wall.
5.5 Suggestions for layout
In the following you see some examples for
DVD backgrounds that have been created
with Casablanca and diverse supplementary
We hope to have given your creativity extra
impetus and recommend that you simply try out
all possible ideas!
Finally, exit Akaba - New Concept and click
on “Ok” in the “Special” menu so that the 20second scene is calculated.
Start “DVD-Arabesk 2” and enter the menu item
“Background”. Under “Mode” select the option
“Scene” and call up project selection with
“Select”. Confirm the active project so that the
corresponding scene bin appears, and confirm
the selection of the scene created previously
with Akaba - New Concept by clicking on “Ok”.
Under “Mode” activate the function “Still”.
In the menu item “Stamps” select under “Type”
the setting “Stamp f. Scene”, select a medium
size and position the icons next to each other by
using the button “Position” in the windows
created with Akaba - New Concept.
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