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Centralis and Warner Home Video set new standards for Blu-ray menu design

July 29, 2008: Centralis and Warner Home Video have defined new standards for Blu-ray Disc menu usability and appeal.  These standards provide a compelling viewing experience by helping Blu-ray users more easily access movies, adjust settings and explore special features.

Watching a movie at home should be a fun, relaxing experience, but navigating disc menus can be cumbersome and frustrating.  To provide an enjoyable interaction with the expanded content and features available on the Blu-ray Disc format, Warner Home Video asked Centralis to establish a set of guidelines for Blu-ray Disc menu design. 

Centralis brought users into Centralis Lab to test five distinct approaches to disc menu design.  Users were asked to play the movies, turn on subtitles, move to specific scenes and explore special features like Director’s Cuts and deleted scenes.  Centralis used the results from usability testing to design a template for Blu-ray menus that help viewers explore content efficiently while providing an enjoyable, engaging experience.

Warner Home Video will begin incorporating the new standards on its home video releases for the 2008 holiday season.

About Warner Home Video
With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.  For more information on Warner Home Video, go to www.warnerbros.com.

About Centralis
Centralis helps clients succeed by making their products, services, software and websites easier to use.  Founded in 2001, Centralis is a leader in User Experience, a field that integrates interface design, user research and business strategy to ensure that products meet the needs of both businesses and customers.  Our services include user research, experience design, usability testing and training.  We have an onsite research lab custom-designed for user experience research, as well as a mobile lab for studying users wherever they are.  For more information on Centralis, go to www.centralis.com.