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Using a graphic to indicate which button is highlighted creates a very professional looking menu.  It is also very professional to have the button text animate onto the menu. When creating the genealogical history video for the O'Toole job, it would be quite appropriate to have a shamrock appear next to the active button.

advanced-button-highlight.gifTo do this you simply create an overlay with a shamrock in every position you will want it to appear on your menu. When creating your buttons, you make sure that each button range includes a shamrock. Only the shamrock associated with the active button will be visible.







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The first step is to decide where on your menu you want the button to be. Since we will be using Live Type to create our animated text, I am going to create the overlay in Live Type. After exporting a single frame of the Live Type Canvas with four shamrocks, I will create a separate Live Type Project for the text of each button as well as the title of the project. Choosing the same effect and effect duration will allow the buttons to animate onto the menu at the same time. Live Type can be a great tool for creating menu backgrounds for DVD Studio Pro.
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Once you have placed the Live Type project as the background of the menu you will want to bring the single frame export of the four shamrocks and set it as the overlay.  With the overlay set, you now just need to create button ranges over each button.  It is most important that you keep one of the four shamrocks in each button range, because that is the visible indicator to the viewer. Whatever area you can include in addition is great, but make sure you include the graphic.



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