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Desktop DVD Authoring Paperback – October 11, 2002
"A well-focused introduction to all the popular DVD authoring applications." -- Jim Taylor, Author of DVD Demystified, Chief of DVD Technology, Sonic
"Clear, concise, balanced. No matter what hardware and software you buy, read Desktop DVD Authoring first." -- Tony Jasionowski, North American Program Director, Recordable DVD Council (RDVDC)
About the Author
Douglas Dixon is a technologist and author who has worked in the "Video Valley" of Princeton, N.J. for more than 20 years, at the bleeding edge where advanced consumer video applications meet personal computers. He recently authored How to Use Adobe Premiere 6.5, and also writes regularly on technology and business for Camcorder and Computer Video magazine and the U.S. 1 Newspaper in Princeton.
As a technology leader at Sarnoff Corp., and previously as a software product manager at Intel Corp., Doug has extensive experience developing multimedia and web technology into consumer products. As a technology writer, Doug is a contributing editor for Camcorder and Computer Video and Digital Photographer magazines.
Although he writes about new and cutting-edge technology, Doug's focus is on making technology understandable and useful for real people. For more on these topics, see his Manifest Technology web site at www.manifest-tech.com.
Top Customer Reviews
Purchase this book if you intend to attain a software product and are unsure which to select among the many choices out there.
It is a good overview of these products and would be a very useful book for this purpose.
There is discussion about DVD authoring but it is weak and vastly incomplete. As a long time author and owner of several products, and all books on the subject I am dissappointed with this book. I would have liked to have seen at least some command sequence examples. There are none. If you wish to learn the intricacies of DVD authoring,do a course.
"Desktop DVD Authoring" really cuts through the complexities of DVD, focuses exclusively on what matters, and provides a remarkably up-to-date breakdown on what is available in the market as of late 2002/early 2003. The authors are also to be commended for taking a very "platform independent" approach to the topic, with equal weight given to both Windows and Mac platforms.
Also impressive is the logical way the material is organized, and the way it scales from "Automated DVD Authoring" for absolute beginners, to "Personal DVD Authoring" for those who crave more customization in their work, to "Professional DVD Authoring" for professional and feature film production. Considering that companies in the digital video and DVD authoring application industry do such a poor job in their marketing and dissemination of this information, "Desktop DVD Authoring" is an invaluable and unique resource for getting through the hype, and understanding exactly what is required to do your own high-quality productions.
Again, I cannot recommend highly enough that you pick up this book *before* heading off to the store to buy anything to make your own DVDs. Doing so will save you a great deal of the time, money and pain currently associated with trying to get your own videos onto DVD. And unlike many technical books, this is an easy and pleasurable read without any hardware or software in front of you.
Kudos to the authors and New Riders Publishing for delivering a fluff-free, timely resource for DVD authoring, and for filling a gap that exists right now.