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Installing and using Encore DVD

By Rich Young | June 18, 2013

Abode Encore reached its end-of-life with CS6, but you can still install it with Creative Cloud, with a few extra steps.

You can download all CS6 apps from the Creative Cloud Download Center on the Adobe website or click More information inside the CC app, as noted in Creative Cloud Help/ Download previous versions of Adobe Creative applications. Since Encore is part of the Premiere CS6 Family installer, you download that installer. If you already have Premiere CS6 installed, you'll have to uninstall it and start over (and you might end up with Premiere CS6 even if you don't need it).

Note that you can download full library content/functional content from Encore Help. Adobe Premiere Pro and Encore CS6 Functional Content is available here. You just put the unzipped folder into the same folder as the Encore app, and the next time you launch Encore -- and click on the Library > General pulldown -- the templates will load. It's a bit of pain but worth it for jump-starting designs that can easily be modified in Photoshop. Encore made it very easy to build and modify menus in Photoshop and After Effects.

Later, Jan Ozer noted that "Dynamic Link from Premiere Pro CC to Encore CS6 is gone [but] ...Dynamic Link from Premiere Pro CS6 to Encore CS6 works fine, and you can still import a sequence from a Premiere Pro CS6 project in Encore CS6." He doesn't mention if copy & paste across suite version works.

You can find more details on the new workflow and installing Encore CS6 from Adobe's Dave Helmly in Installing Premiere CC & Encore CS6 and Using Encore CS6 with PremierePro CC. Dave also posted Using Premiere Pro CC & Encore CS6 for Bluray, DVD, and Interactive Video for iPad,ATV, and Mobil.


If you're new to Encore (Help), check out Abobe TV, the Adobe Encore Basics series from Andrew Devis, and 2 hours or so of free Adobe Encore tutorials by Jeff Sengstack. Here's some samples:

Update: Jeremiah Hall added some recommendations for other software at Doddle in Adobe Encore Reaches End-Of-Life:
There are several flavors of videography who still require DVD / Blu-Ray creation: wedding and event videographers, corporate environments, as well as the indy producer. There are still other DVD creation software choices available, though at the pro and semi-pro end most seem to be Windows-centric. Sony offers several solutions for the pro-end and semi-pro end Windows-based user.
Vegas Pro 12, Vegas Pro 12 Premium and Vegas Pro 12 Suite all ship with DVD Architect Pro 6.0 for DVD and Blu-Ray authoring. DVD Architect Pro 5.0 is still available for individual purchase from Sony Creative Software’s website at a low $39.95.
And if you have serious Blu-Ray creation needs, Sony’s DoStudio product family of software is available, starting at $2395.00. Sony also has the Blu-Print 6 Blu-Ray disc authoring system available, designed for pro high-volume disc production houses (contact Sony for pricing). Mac users who need Blu-Ray authoring can turn to Avid. Avid Media Composer 7 ships with Avid DVD, though it is a Windows-based program. Avid says Mac users will need to use Windows-emulation software on their machines in order to use it.
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lightprismtv: | June, 23, 2013

While Helmly’s workaround to partially overcome the failure of including Encore in Adobe CC, it does not resolve the loss of Dynamic Link. This Adobe decision to EOL Encore is a very bad decision. BluRay and DVD delivery media are both still used in all kinds of biz models.

When this shocker was revealed, I have spoken to many folks and there is not a single person who was not seriously disappointed. The decision just makes no good sense. Why drop a fine working program that is used by many?

Rich Young: | June, 24, 2013

I didn’t use it with After Effects that much, so I haven’t missed that part. I recently finished 3 DVDs with it though and still used the Edit in Photoshop function. For me that the what made Encore.

I hadn’t done a DVD in over 2 years, and did some re-authoring of old material from someone else to change mistakes. I did notice some bugs in the handling of VOB files, especially on the PC. It was better on the Mac, changing the name to MPG, but I still ended up with dropped video frames on the first seam between files.

It kind of makes me wish I had kept an old machine running an old OS and an CS3-5. BTW, I think the original engineers moved on to greener pastures a few years ago. Also, I didn’t have a Mac for awhile and hadn’t realized that iDVD is gone too.

wsmith: | July, 04, 2013

Woe! I was not aware of this decision by Adobe to EOL Encore.  Another reason for me jump Adobe’s ship? (I am already disgruntled by their subscriber ransom scheme and I am resisting it).

I realize the above re downloading and installing Encore separately (if going to to Adobe’s CC cloud. But of course this means that Adobe will eventually discontinue supporting it. Then what?

I am currently supplying a local cable broadcaster with a regular show for a realtor, in South Florida.  For some lame reason that cable co requires me to deliver the programs (shot in HD) on standard DVDs.

Go ahead and laugh at that. The cable co is the so called “Advanced” Cable serving Weston and Coral Springs, FL.  So, if they are still requiring delivery on DVD I suspect they are not alone among cable cos (I really wouldn’t know; this is my first program broadcast by a cable co)

By the way, I guess this means that Adobe will no longer have to be concerned with fixing a major bug in Encore (if they ever were concerned…). I’m referring to the dual layer burning bug which prevents Encore from properly handle the seamless transition from layer 1 to layer 2 during playback of burned discs.

After a protracted tech support experienced involving support escalation, I was finally able to force Adobe to acknowledge that there is indeed a bug in that particular section of code. Adobe fully places the blame on the “Sonic Fire” burning engine which they licensed from Sonic, at the time of Encore’s introduction. Adobe stated that they were powerless to get Sonic to rectify the bug.  The Adobe Encore forum is replete with many suggestions that you should only use only Verbatim discs (nothing to do with that), and etc. etc re third party apps to work around it, which apparently do work. It also had nothing to do with where the layer transition is placed (as long as it is not at exactly at the 50 percent point, timewise. Thankfully my replicator is able to take my discs and work around it with those same third party apps suggested on the forums. 

My point is that Adobe has been completely lame on this issue and getting acknowledgement of the bug was a major and protracted hassle that left me in the dark as to how to find a work around. That I should not have been subjected to by Adobe.

But I digress a bit. I really wish DVD would go away and be replaced by BluRay as a deliverable (with the cost of blank BluRay hopefully coming down). 

Is BluRay really going to become a thing of the past too, as a deliverable or end-user media, in this industry?  Or is this simply more like Adobe killing off something because they were unable to fix a major bug? Or, perhaps because they are getting tired of licensing an app that the developer is unable to fix?  EOL-ing Encore is certainly one way to make the dual layer bug go away.

Can anyone suggest the best authoring and burning app to use?  One that is able to handle dual layer transitions seamlessly?

Oh, and by the way, after Adobe acknowledged the bug I purchased Sony’s DVD Architect (roughly 50.00 as I recall for the entry level version). It handle the transition insofar as the burned discs played through the layer break just fine in my players, the replicator’s very, very, expensive analysis app found a problem with the break and had to use the same apps suggested in the forums to rectify the problem for me.  So apparently Sony is lame too.

What else is there that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg that works?







Rich Young: | July, 05, 2013

I hadn’t done DVDs for 3 years and was surprised by a sudden recent request by a client. Sales communication, inventory handling, and shipping costs made for poor returns, except perhaps for very large markets.

I used Encore since it first came out and never tried to burn dual-layer discs for delivery. Some of my DVDs were in some stores, but only one ever got protection. I’m not surprised there are problems, given that Sonic Solutions faded away and disc-based media is on its way out (though software ownership is not so good for consumers).

It seems like SONY might be the best choice if you must move forward, but I’d dedicate an older machine to Encore DVD authoring—and avoid any OS or media architecture updates.

Rich Young: | July, 15, 2013

Jeremiah Hall added some recommendations for other DVD creation software at Doddle; see the article update above.

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