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DVD Authoring and Production Bk&DVD Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1578200825
ISBN-10: 1578200822
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'Authoring' will happily companion DVD Demystified on any DVD author's bookshelf. -- Tim Frost, editor, One to One Magazine

... far more than a simple "how-to" book, it conveys the subtleties and nuances that can only come from hands-on experience. -- E.J. (Jerry) McFaul, computer scientist, US federal government

DVD Authoring & Production has already become the second essential book of any DVD library. -- eMedia Professional, November, 2001

No one knows the ins and outs, quirks and details, tricks and work-arounds of DVD authoring better than Ralph LaBarge. -- Dana J. Parker, DVD Diva, cdpage.com

This book takes up where DVD Demystified leaves off, explaining the vital details of designing, producing, and selling a DVD. -- Jim Taylor, Chief of DVD Technology, Sonic Solutions; author of DVD Demystified and the DVD FAQ

Whether you're a DVD novice or a professional, you'll certainly want to add this fine title to your library. -- Rodney Stevens, Charleston Daily News, Charleston, S.C.

[LaBarge] writes about the arcane art of DVD production in a clear, concrete, fair, experience-based language. -- Jean-Luc Renaud, editor and publisher, DVD Intelligence/DVD Primer

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SPECIAL FEATURE: A copy of the author's own DVD title, StarGaze, is included to provide real-world examples of each DVD authoring and production process. This book takes up where DVD Demystified leaves off, explaining the vital details of designing, producing, and selling a DVD. Don't make a disc without it. - Jim Taylor, Chief of DVD Technology, Sonic Solutions; author of DVD Demystified and the DVD FAQ No one knows the ins and outs, quirks and details, tricks and work-arounds of DVD authoring better than Ralph LaBarge. - Dana J. ... far more than a simple "How To" book, it is a work that conveys the subtleties and nuances that can only come from hands-on experience. - E.J. (Jerry) McFaul, Computer Scientist, US Federal Government

Ralph LaBarge is an independent DVD title developer with more than 200 DVD projects to his credit. He is a member of the DVD Association (DVDA) Board of Directors, a former chairman of the IMA/SPA DVD-ROM Technical Working Group, and a columnist for DV magazine. With masters degrees in electrical engineering and computer science, and over 12 years of practical experience in the fields of digital video compression and DVD, Ralph is widely recognized as a DVD expert. He specializes in the development of cutting-edge consumer DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, and WebDVD titles including AVIA Guide to Home Theatre, Mars: The Red Planet, the Naxos Musical Journey series, The Planet Earth series, StarGaze, and USA on DVD.

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Product Details

  • Series: DV Expert Series
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; Bk&DVD edition (August 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578200822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578200825
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,098,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Harpur on May 20, 2003
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I bought this book in the expectation that I would learn about theories of DVD authoring focusing on techniques and user interface design. DVD authoring is of interest to groups as diverse as wedding videographers and instructional designers. There is a lot of technical detail in the book of the type found in product catalogues. The description of DVD layers, and so forth, is very informative. There is also a chapter listing available DVD software vendors. In fact, the book has a lot to say about DVD as a format and a technology, but rather less to say about DVD authoring. The chapter on navigation is barely above interesting. One section discusses 'advanced' navigation and introduces program control constructs (IF-THEN, FOR, etc.). Potentially very interesting but the examples of the uses of the constructs are limited to one or two lines of code; and one never gets to understand the 'features in action' in a project.
The title of the book is misleading. Production issues are addressed but very little of interest is available on authoring. If you need to learn about authoring in depth, look elsewhere.
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I think both negative reviews are off base. One of them obviously sounds like they are from the direct competitor of this book - DVD Demystified.
This book to me touches on the aspects of producing a DVD as a independent producer, not a Movie Studio. The reviewer that said that it doesnt delve into the items a major studio does in DVD, needs to realize the person buying this book isnt a movie studio, but most likely a new business or producer delving into DVD for the first time. DVD Demystified is too heavy on content vs how-to in this book. The accompanying disc is nice because it is along the lines of a title someone would produce. Not a major motion picture.
The book DVD Authoring & Production" is much more of a how-to guide for developing DVD titles and touches on a lot of technical aspects that DVD Demystified does not touch on.
Also, Mr.LaBarge is a well known and wanted speaker around the globe on DVD. That merit alone makes the book a must read.
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this book has a lot of information on dvd production process. it is targeted to people who want to get into dvd production so the details on process (story board) and software application are very helpful. a good companion if you already own dvd demystified
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By A Customer on September 14, 2001
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"DVD Authoring & Production" is a must have book for DVD professionals, or for those aspiring to join the DVD authoring business. While the first few chapters cover some of the same ground as Jim Taylor's "DVD Demystified" there is enough new material to justify having both books. "DVD Authoring & Production" is much more of a how-to guide for developing DVD titles. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on advanced authoring techniques, WebDVD development, and the business of DVD.
If this book was available when I started working on DVD titles it would have saved me several weeks of learning through trial and error. The end of the advanced authoring chapter includes an extensive list of known DVD player compatibility problems. This detailed list was worth the purchase price all by itself!
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This purchase was a gift, it was meant for someone else who requested the book. It is a technical book and I have not read it.
The actual shipment was delayed and the gift arrived after this person left the US I am currently seeking someone to take the book to the person who requested it. Thank you
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