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DVD Studio Pro 4, 2nd Edition (Apple Pro Training Series) Paperback – 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0321501899 ISBN-10: 0321501896 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 2nd edition (2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321501896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321501899
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Now the best-selling book on DVD Studio Pro is even better. Fully updated for DVD Studio Pro 4 and with complete coverage of the new version of Compressor, the industrial-strength encoder that dramatically speeds up encoding of MPEG-2 and H.264 HD DVD video, this self-paced guide is the fastest way to learn to author professional, interactive DVDs. Master trainers Martin Sitter and Adrian Ramseier begin with the basics of DVD authoring and take you all the way through DVD Studio Pro’s powerful advanced features. Each chapter presents a complete lesson on an aspect of DVD creation, with hands-on projects for you to complete as you go. All the files are included on the accompanying DVD.

After learning how to storyboard a DVD and plan its interactions, you’ll set chapter markers, build still, layered, and motion menus, and add subtitles and Web links. You’ll also learn sophisticated techniques for juggling multiple audio tracks and camera angles, creating custom transitions, building advanced overlays, and scripting. By the end of the book, you’ll have created four full DVDs.

The Apple Pro Training Series is both a self-paced learning tool and the official curriculum of the Apple Pro Training and Certification Program. Upon completing the course material in this book, you can become a certified Apple Pro b taking the certification exam at an Apple Authorized Training Center. To find an Authorized Training Center near you, go to www.apple.com/software/pro/training.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Martin Sitter is the founder and CEO of macProVideo.com, a leading software education publisher and
training Web site. A veteran audio producer, multimedia artist, and Apple Certified Trainer specializing in track-based video and audio applications, Martin is the author of Apple Pro Training Series: Logic Pro 7 and Express 7 and Apple Pro Training Series: Soundtrack Pro 2.

Adrian Ramseier
is the founder and principal of All4DVD, an award-winning DVD authoring and production house that also specializes in training and curriculum development. All4DVD’s team of noted instructors has created DVDs for clients including Sony Pictures, BMW Motorcycle, and Reuters.


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Every thing is well written and easy to understand.
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I love this Apple training series, you get straight into the lessons and hands on immediately.
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The book was a HUGE help for learning the software.
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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By George Mauro on December 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I've been in a fight w/ Apple and Peachpit over this 'new' version of DVDSP4.

I'm an Apple cert. instructor for this and other ProApps. When I started reading the new book I found the same mistakes from version 3 had been copied over to version 4.

Granted, the new compressor app is great but nowhere does it explain the new features of DVDSP4 like support for external video, VTS editing and the whole HD support. I was told by Apple and Peachpit that this version of the book was intended to be an 'revision' of the old book; however, the general advertising of this book says 'Fully Update' instead of 'Fully Revised'... a bit misleading to the people who thought this version would help instruct students on how to best use the new features. We'll have to wait.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By H. G. Hourigan on April 10, 2007
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Good illustrations but not that easy for a DVD STudio Pro 'Dummy'. I found that I had to go to the Apple DVD Studio Pro manual from the net to work out what to do. Then, after I had a basic understanding, and a few hours of fiddling on the computer,this book came to life for me and was very useful. Particularly the project workshops.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brown Sugar26 on August 1, 2009
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The first time I opened DVD Studio I was lost and I knew I was in over my head. Then I purchased this book and I just want to tell you that I have hit the ground running designing my own menus and buttons in less than two hours and four chapters of this book. Buy this book to unlock the secrets of DVD Studio that are unknown on the surface you will be happy that you did.....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eric Fuerschbach on May 10, 2009
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I used this book to teach my DVD Studio Pro class at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University. This book presents a concise and comprehensive view into the world of DVD authoring. It is great for beginners, and provides valuable information for intermediate users as well.

The exercises in this book consist of practical use of DVD Studio Pro and applying the concepts learned to increasingly more complex situations. If you want to learn DVD Studio Pro, get this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Eaton on September 2, 2009
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I love this Apple training series, you get straight into the lessons and hands on immediately. I have 3 books in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teacher on March 13, 2009
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Teaching Final Cut Pro Studio 2 in college presents itself with problems that requires research and study beyond the norm. DVD Studio Pro 4, the book with DVD, has given me an edge and the ability to understand this program to a point to present it in a knowledgeable and professional way. If you want to learn more and are willing to give it the time, DVD Studio Pro 4 will give you the knowledge. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SunnySam on February 9, 2009
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This was a great book. I'm glad I bought it. It explains the many facets of DVD Studio Pro in a clear, step by step way. Before, I didn't know much about how to make DVD menus before; now that I've read DVD Studio Pro 4 manual, it's all clear to me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By m.morris on July 9, 2010
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I have found this book to be very useful and helpful. I am a film student learning Editing and this was a required book for my first editing class.
I love the lessons. Every thing is well written and easy to understand.
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