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Adobe Encore software is a versatile, interactive authoring tool you can use to deliver projects for DVD, Blu-ray Disc, or web DVD, which is a full-featured SWF file viewable with Adobe Flash Player. Bundled with Adobe Premiere Pro. No longer developed.

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Version:CS 6.0 History
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  Latest version:
CS 6.0 (June 18, 2012)


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Supported operating systems:
Windows


More information and other downloads:
Adobe Encore DVD subtitle converters:

sami or srt to Adobe Encore DVD Subtitles converter.

Subtitle Workshop to Adobe Encore DVD converter.

.srt to Adobe Encore DVD subtitles converter


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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Adobe Encore CC

Editing Finesse
Link & Locate
Lumetri Deep Color Engine
Precise audio control
Adobe Anywhere Integration
Mezzanine codecs, native formats
Closed Captioning
Improved Mercury Playback Engine
High-fidelity interchange
Sync Settings

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Alternative to Adobe Encore DVD:
DVD Architect Studio
DVD Menu Studio
DVD-lab
DVD-lab PRO



Guides and How to's:
How to Author an Audio DVD from MP3's with Adobe Encore DVD - Read
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Tool features, DVD Author(BETA!):

Acronyms / Also Known As:
adobe encore, encore dvd

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I have been using encore to make DVDs with custom menus for many years. When it works it works ok. It is difficult to create custom video buttons, and difficult to format text with drop shadow (either you use the built-in template or make your own).

The worst thing about this software is it is buggy. Sometimes it crashes, sometimes it become very sluggish. When saving a project it sometimes save useless resources, making the project unnecessarily large.

Right now I'm trying to find an alternative to encore.



Posted October 19, 2013 by . Tool version CS4 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10


Note that the updated information for "CC" (Creative Cloud) or 7.0 is not correct. There is no "Encore" in the new CC - Cloud subscribers can install Encore from CS6. There is no dynamic link, Encore will not see further development, and it will not be supported other than Windows 7 and OSX 10.6.8 and 10.7. There was no functioning trial for CS6, which installs with Premiere CS6.

http://www.adobe.com/products/encore/faq.html



Posted June 20, 2013 by . Tool version CS6 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 7 of 10
Guides: http://helpx.adobe.com/encore/topics.html


Bugs,bugs,bugs. I have created around 20 DVDs with custom menus and playing options. Encore has very nice user interface, can do almost anything but has a lots of bugs. If you work on one DVD and then load project for second it will get stuck. Sometimes you can restart program but sometimes you have to restart windows. Audio can disappear without reason and "Media Cache" files which are used to sync audio can be 2/3 of original MPG file that will be transferred to DVD without re-encoding.

If you are a masochist, this is a must use.



Posted October 17, 2010 by . Tool version CS5 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 3 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 3 of 10 Overall score 4 of 10


Subtitling with Encore is not an easy task. I find working with Subtitle Workshop 4 much better but I need Encore's features as well. The problem is that although Subtitle Workshop Can output .txt subtitle file compatible to Encore, it can't be imported. Found the cure (!) guys please check my tutorial at


Posted October 14, 2010 by . Tool version 5.0.0.508 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 6 of 10 Value for money 4 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10
Guides: http://blog.krama.tv/convert-srt-subtitles-from-s ... ncore-cs5/


IF this software functioned the way Adobe claims it should, it would be heaven, but it is instead HELL! Just spend a few minutes searching Google for such phrases as "Blu-ray Error: "fatal error", Code: "6", Note: "Play item OUT time must be later than IN time" or visit Creative Cow forums and read the anguished cries of people trying to get ONE good Blu-ray authoring project out of this software, and you'll stay away! Those who claim that the people who are dissing Encore are probably Adobe employees! If you work in Standard Def and or do very short, simple Blu-ray projects and are willing to totally wipe and reinstall this software every 3 months, YOU MIGHT find it worthwhile, but others find themselves staring at bizarre, undeciperable error messages at 2AM with a deadline breathing down their necks and a company that REFUSES to acknowledge problems with their software. Avoid, stay away, you'll be sorry! I ditched this junkware and bought the plain, utilitiarian Sonic DVDit Pro HD which, while it won't win any beauty contests and is a bit clunky, it WORKS and it works predictably! Do your research and I think you'll find this is software to avoid.


Posted December 04, 2009 by . Tool version 3.0.1.008 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 2 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


I put a lot of work in learninng everything about this program and I learned. I started with the first version. I have a dedicated computer with 4 GB of memory - just for video software and I couldn't finish 1 DVD. It might work for 1 title with one menu but not much more and in the end the program will still take for ever to build a DVD or stop and give an error. Lots of bugs, lots of problems. Requires enormous resources and wastes lots of GB of harddrive. It has some good features - but even if it would work they are still limited to only the standards. This program is not worth more than 15 dollars. If you can get it at this price go for it :-) Otherwise most likely the worst price per value authoring program you can get.


Posted December 30, 2006 by . Tool version 2 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 2 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


Its functionallity is great, but it is unworkable on a system older than a year...
I started using encore with version 1, then used 1.5, and because I was experiencing problems again, updated to 1.5.1.
And again problems => 2.0.
Sometimes I needed to update or reinstall because of software bugs, but I experienced also alot of system problems with it.
If you don't use your PC for anything else, then encore will stay working (I suppose), but I had too much trouble with it over the years, and am now looking for another tool.

Encore can do great things, if it would keep working.
I don't use it that much, but I can't imagine having so much problems with for example ms office after not using it a few months...

So my advice: stay away from it and invest your time in learning a more stable tool.



Posted December 24, 2006 by . Tool version 2.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


I've been using Encore since its 1.5 version. That one was very buggy & 1.5.1 wasn't an excellent update. There was a guy saying that he has made a lot of projects (something like 70... he thinks thats a lot.. good for him) I've created AT LEAST 450 projects and to be brief, a lot ended up in coasters. Now I've bought the 2.0 version, I realized Adobe resist to admit that their subtitle format is the worst ever done. In 1.5/1.5.1 subs were the most weak part of it(changing a sub of character format took up to 1 min!). Now that lag is gone... but at a price: if you want to get some italics anywhere, Encore changes THE WHOLE STREAM to italics, even if you just select it for one or two subs. They preview correctly, but when burnt, the DVD will show ONLY ITALICS. Shame on this matter for the so called "Encore Creation Group".

Another bothering nd very confusing detail: When burning I was expecting to se again like in ol 1.5.x version, this kind of info: estimated time: (hh:mm:ss) progress: xx.xx MB/GB of xx.xxGB
Now.... what you really get is something like (and this is literally): 2.5234EX + 3EB completed... WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN??? Someone thought a DVD builder would die to know WHAT BLOCK CELL or DISK SEGMENT is Encore burning at every second? I doubt it. I want to know the data size of my project not the cell numbers!

Dont get me wrong, these are very disturbing things in such a great software, i still believe it is, but I just wanted to point out that software new versions are supposed to enhance the product... and this is not one of those cases.



Posted April 01, 2006 by . Tool version 2.0.0.48678 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 6 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10


WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY WITH AMD PROCESSORS!! Have a high-end Athlon 64 FX-55 and Encore 2.0 will not work with it. Goes out to lunch after about 10 clicks. Tried buying a whole new drive and putting nothing but XP and Encore on it - then called Adobe. Encore is "not tested or supported on AMD processors". If you have an AMD processor, keep moving (hence the low oevrall rating).

By the way, 1.5 was a dog, but at least worked on this machine.



Posted February 04, 2006 by . Tool version 2.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 5 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10


When I first used it (an older version) I was deeply disapointed with this program. I just gave the newer version a try (the trial version) only for the AC3 capability. I used to encode my audio to AC3 using BeSweet, and I had some issues with the DVDs (not fully compatible, bugs). Well, I had a very nice surprise.

It seams that Adobe first comes with a "1.0" version to test the "waters," than a more stable, more complex, more capable "1.5" version, and only than the "pro" versions. Still, as with InDesigh and Premiere Pro, version 1.5 for Encore is a good, "usefull" one.

P.S. I used to play around with few DVD authoring programs at different stages in my "life," and until recently, DVD-lab was my choise. (Adobe Encore DVD, DVD-lab, DVD Maestro, neoDVD, Sonic DVDit SE/PE, Sonic MyDVD, Sonic Scenarist)



Posted August 29, 2005 by . Tool version 1.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


I really liked this authoring program until I noticed it only supports video resolutions of 720 and 704 x 480 and 576 now I'd have to say it's kind of useless. If you can live with being limited to only those resolutions though, it's definitely worth a look.


Posted July 06, 2005 by . Tool version 1.5.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 3 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


People who complained about crashes and other bugs have to maintained their computers better. If you don't tune your machine right it will get back to you and you will blame every thing around but never yourself. I've accomplished dozens of complicated projects and not even ONE gave me problem! And I used most of the features Encore can offer. Video encoding is fast and accurate, audio encoding is as good as it can get (but I mostly use Vegas for 5.1 surround audio). Animated buttons - just perfect, chapters - can't be easier, menus - motion and stills - beautiful and many other features which I utilize are just right! I've done many professionally looking DVDs that people can't believe it was done at home. Very good application.


Posted May 06, 2005 by . Tool version 1.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


This software is very good to make DVDs. If you don't know what you are doing you are wasting your time, we can make a lot of things, it's all customized, i have spent a few hours to learn how to work with it and i have learned enough to make my DVDs, i'm really happy with this software. To me it's a lot better than TMPGEnc DVD Author(it's a lot easy to work).



Posted January 03, 2005 by . Tool version 1.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


One comment.......using this software along with Premiere and DVD WorkShop for certain projects I only had great results. In 2004 I worked on approx 25 projects about 2Hrs in length for each one and never had an issue like system crash or coasters. On the other hand.....almost every program coming from Europe like Pinnacle, Magix, DVD Lab etc turned out to be pure JUNK. I am surprised people still buy that crap. I actually had reps from those companies admitting to me that there is not a lot they can do since European companies don't give a squat about US consumers. The only explanation is that people either use that stuff for very short projects or they only use a few basic features and they don't run into any troubles otherwise is beyond me why they spend their money on that usless stuff.


Posted January 03, 2005 by . Tool version 1.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Please note that Adobe Encore runs only on Windows XP. If you are a die-hard Windows 2000 user, Adobe Encore is totally useless.


Posted November 30, 2004 by . Tool version 1.5 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10


Underwhelmed for several reasons:
1) Very slow transcoding. Rung dual Xeon 2.8ghz w. 2gis ram, avg. cpu use on transcode is no more than %28 - no acceptable.
2) Poor default configs with menus - this has been discussed - the basics should be defuault (like Ulead) wtih customization as user choice
3) Unstable. Since November 1st I (along with scorse of others) have been getting 'non specific' errors when encoding ac3.
4) disc image should adhere to standards for disc burning software like Nero
5) Edit function on timeline need to be refined, including trims, chapter inserts, chapter icons, etc...
6) Photoshop is a great tool for menu creation, but a better variety of templates would be nice - find the basics to be pretty boring considering all the great skinners and graphic artis out there....

that's it for now, but the lists gets longer every time I use it - not a good sign.


cheers

jt



Posted November 28, 2004 by . Tool version encore 1.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 3 of 10 Functionality 4 of 10 Value for money 3 of 10 Overall score 3 of 10


As kerberus posted in another comment concerning Encore, it is extremely buggy when it comes to subtitle editing. Recovery files saved after crash warning are useless. I lost days of work, on a 90-minute film one track subtitle. Again and again experienced the same problem. After checking out Adobe's users forum I discovered this is a widespread bug, affecting people with high-end specs, (1.5 ram, etc). Adobe should get its act together.


Posted November 22, 2004 by . Tool version 1.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 5 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10


Best Authoring tool out there!!!!


Posted September 18, 2004 by . Tool version 1.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 8 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


The beta version had many issues but the final version works just fine. If you want to create your own custom menus and buttons I would use encore because it works in harmony with photoshop. The only minor improvement I could wish for is dockable palletes in a DVD Meastro style. Otherwise I would say this product is outstanding for a 1.0 newbie dvd authorer. If you are a DVD programming code geek stick with Scenerist and all its complexity.


Posted July 10, 2004 by . Tool version 1.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10


By far, the best DVD authoring tool for "home professionals". Don´t listen to the people who says that the prog crashes and ruins DVDs...all PCs are different and working under different conditions. Encore will do everything you ask for (even subtitles...the first tool to import subs the right way, no hassle). Just log to http://www.tvedten.com/subtitleconverter/ for real time sub2encore conversion. (this link is posted on the official adobe forum).

If you own a copy of Adobe Photoshop, you´ll be ready to design your own pro menus. Just learn the commands so Encore recognizes the layers as instances, and voilá...

The only con is it´s high price. But it´s nothing new...Adobe prices are allways unreachable for us poor individuals.

If you plan to be a pro dvd designer...go to college. If you wanna make commercial-like DVDs at home for your pleasure, get Encore.



Posted April 16, 2004 by . Tool version 1.0.1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


Difficult interface, poor help file (this is intended for professionals - why do I need the basics), no automatic tool to split chapters, would not import chapter files, support for subtitles is extremely poor - they don't give you many options to import from, no sup or srt files can be used and when I saved to an "Adobe Encore DVD" subtitle file (*.txt) using Subtitle workshop: guess what, it came with so many errors that I had to delete 98% of the subtitles. Finally it accepted the first 3 minutes of the movie and started to work on the subtitles just enough for it to figure out that it misses some converter. Doesn't really know what to do with a VOB or IFO file.
Anyhow, I guess you can still buy it for 208$ so it might have some value compared to other programs.



Posted February 21, 2004 by . Tool version 1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 2 of 10 Overall score 2 of 10


Very pleased with this tool. My only reservation is the price. Far too expensive for the average home user. Not as easy to learn as lot of other authoring apps on the market but it repays the effort with its feature richness and the quality of its in-built encoders.

The mainconcept mpeg2 encoder works like a charm. It needs to have the right file sizes (which you can easily fix avisynth scripts for with FitCD) but otherwise encodes all input files quickly and at good quality with lots of options to play with (vbr multipass possible). This means that aside from one quick detour to FitCD this app is practically all you need to make good looking DVD's. The encoders in other authoring apps are simply too slow or too clumsy to be usable. The speed of encore's amkes it a one-stop-shop. I




Posted January 24, 2004 by . Tool version 1 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


I openly admit I haven't used enough DVD authoring tools to make fair comparisons. Nevertheless, this program is best for those who want to go beyond the restrictions of other programs and desire more control over the outcome of their project.

The program itself is fairly simple once you get used to how the tools work. A wealth of tutorials exist on the internet, so reading is definately a requirement if you want to make the most out of the program. (Even the help file is not completely as bad as others make it out. With its guidance I was able to customize where the menu highlight goes depending on with direction you press).

You have full control over customizing buttons, providing you have a copy of Adobe Photoshop. The Adobe website gives a great tutorial on how to make layer sets that Encore interprets (it even shows you how to make a box as a placeholder for a video preview).

The program, however, has some serious bugs - inconvienient at best and destructive at worst. I've had to make a whole series of different save files because it doesn't take much for the project to get completely corrupted. The patch released last month may address some of these problems but I haven't fully tested the improvements yet.

Nevertheless, I've gotten a few DVDs burnt successfully with this program. Any shortcomings, I'm humbled to admit, is completely due to my error (or lack of understanding of a certain feature) and not due to any glitches.

$600 is bit steep for those who just want to throw a few clips on a DVD with no need for a slick presentation (the software that came with the burner, if any, would be fine in that case). But for those who want something to show off this may be the program of choice, but it may be wise to wait for the next release since this one needs a bit of tweaking.



Posted January 12, 2004 by . Tool version 1.0 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 6 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 4 of 10 Overall score 6 of 10


I'm using it for some time now and I must say, it's the best yet. Only the subtitle feature is slow and buggy but overall pretty good. For the subtitle part (you can import subtitles aswell as typing it in a monitor window) i've programmed a conversion tool, very easy to use. It converts a format created by someone else his tool to create subs from scratch and it converst the subrib (srt) format aswell, I'm even willing to add more formats if requested, see my site www.home.zonnet.nl/nice.cover, offcourse it's free !!


Posted January 05, 2004 by . Tool version 1.01 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10
Guides: Subtitle conversion tool for encore www.home.zonnet.nl/nice.cover


If you want to build advanced menus, this is not the tool for you. Using its basic interface is like trying to type with ski gloves. It's not as bad as being restricted to a template, the photoshop import/export option is an excellent tool (When it works) but I can't recommend buying it... If the burner you bought came with free software, you're probably better off using that, unless you've got the $600 to throw away...


Posted December 30, 2003 by . Tool version 1.01 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 4 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 4 of 10

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