Problem: My HD slide shows set to music--my HD "music videos"--range in length up to a maximum of about 12 minutes. If I use standard 25GB Blu-ray disks to share these, then
1) there is a lot of wasted space 2) I haven't been able to find blank Blu-rays disks that accept Lightscribe labelling, which my clients and I really like and 3) the blank Blu-ray disks are expensive
Last but not least: I can't burn the HD files to an HD folder.
Solution: Sony's DVD Architect Studio 5.0 software ($39 for the download) accompanied by Steve's recent new book on how to use it.
Not only can I burn my HD timelines to folder but also I can output Blu-ray quality to inexpensive SD discs that will play in any Blu-ray layer. This feature alone covers the cost of the software and book.
It's a trite phrase, but one that's very apt in this case: this is the missing manual for the software. In this book Steve thoroughly disassembles DVD Architect Studio 5, piece by piece, and explains each in a way that's accessible and understandable. Rather than just being a piece of software that allows a user to create a disc menu, the program allows users to assemble professional-looking, multi-faceted menus... a feat that would be totally impossible without this well written guide. Don't get the app without also getting this book -- both are well worth it!
It's great when you can open a book to any page and learn what you need to know now without having to start at the beginning. That's how this and all of Steve's books seem to work. Everything is clearly explained, complete with references to other portions of the book which may help to expand upon the topic. And as a bonus, you can actually go to muvipix.com and ask questions on the free forum and receive answers from knowlegeable people, including the author himself!
Ditto on all the comments made by others. I thought I knew DVDA fairly well and hesitated to spend money on a book. Well, I'm only half way through it now and realize how much better my earlier productions could have been. This book is EXCELLENT!
Before trying the actual Architect 5.0 program or buying the Grisetti book, one might think the price of the book is a tad high. But when one considers the many hours saved by not having to figure out this somewhat complex DVD authoring program by hunt and peck, the original opinion regarding high price of the book changes. Steve Grisetti's "DVD Architect 5.0" is well worth it, as it's organized in step by step progressions that make it much quicker and easier putting together a simple or complex DVD or Blu-Ray that will satisfy its creator. The many illustrations add to the readers' comprehension of how things are done, and the writing is clear and informative. You could trying figuring out the program yourself. But why?
Unless you have experience such as a professional I consider this book "A Must Have" to learn the ins and outs sof Sony Plantinum 12. For the most part this book has answered my questions related to operating the Sony program. There are some minor improvements that could be made that would save time in learning. I know that DVD Architect Studio is another program and another book has been written that deals with that program, however, since Platninum 12 requires using DVD AStudio to set up a disc menu it would be good if a basic explanation of its use be given. Also, most important is the need for a more comprehensive index. This would save anyone significant time. The book would serve as a practical manual if it had a better index. Reading the book through is beneficial, however, no one retains everything that they read and at some point must go back to the book and find where an operation is explained, and a better index for key words would be very time-saving.
Written by a guy who not only knows the software inside out, but also has the ability to put it across to the beginner. Before I got the book I was really floundering, even though I was fairly adept with a different authoring programme. Having a hard copy to hand means that you can walk off to another room for a physical break.The only possible faults are a wee bit of repetition (no bad thing, maybe?) and the occasional reference to the wrong software (PE!). Well worth the money.
Using Sony Vegas left me unsure of how to finish my project properly. This book is first rate as Steve Grisetti explains the various options very clearly - which is needed by a novice to move on. First class.