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DVD Authoring Seminars - Abstracts and Downloads
by Douglas Dixon
Abstracts of recent seminar presentations, with notes posted
( Downloads are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format)
See Schedule of Upcoming and Recent Presentations
Contents -- DVD Authoring Seminars
We are collecting libraries of videotape to preserve the important moments of
our lives, both personal and professional. Yet videotape is a transient analog
medium that wears out and decays, and is also inconvenient to access. The
tremendous growth of DVD offers a powerful alternative: archive your videos to
digital format on DVD. With DVD, you can create a more permanent digital copy of
your videos, and make perfect copies to share with others. And with DVD menus
and random access, your videos are much easier to search and play.
This presentation reviews several options for transferring your videos to
DVD: outsource to DVD conversion services, using set-top DVD recorders, and on
personal computers with desktop DVD authoring software. Now you can unlock all
those memories stored in your piles of old tapes, to enjoy and share now, and to
preserve for the future.
Videotape and DVD
Recordable Formats, Compatibility
DVD Conversion Services
YesVideo and HomeMovie.cpm
Set-Top DVD Recorders
Pioneer, Philips, Panasonic
Desktop DVD Authoring
Automated, Personal, Professional
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DVD Fundamentals / The DVD Revolution (Intermed./Intro.)
DVD is the hottest consumer electronics product of the decade. Explore what
is happening with DVD: as a format, in consumer products, and on computers.
the different DVD formats, and how DVD is expanding into the future, including
Fundamentals (5/2005, 42 pp. -- PDF, 827 KB)
Consumer DVD - On the set-top
DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD, DualDisc
Video CD, Super VCD
Disc Sizes / Mathematics, Dual-Layer
R/RW, RAM, Dash / Plus -- Compatibility
Desktop DVD - For computers
DVD Trends and Futures
Re-Edit, Web DVD, WMV HD, Blu-ray / HD DVD, Next-Gen
Desktop DVD Authoring Tools Workshop
Consumer / Professional (Sonic MyDVD to
Adobe Encore DVD)
Get started creating DVDs quickly and easily with automated tools such as
Sonic MyDVD and Ulead DVD MovieFactory. Preview step by step how to create
good-looking DVDs, complete with chapter indexes and motion menus, titles and
Then step up to more flexible DVD authoring tools with corporate tools such
as Sonic DVDit and Adobe Encore DVD to create your own DVD designs. Learn how to
create custom menus with dynamic navigation, and lay out clips with multiple
audio tracks and subtitle overlays.
DVD Authoring Tools (5/2005, 21 pp. -- PDF, 783 KB)
Disc Suites, Video Editing Tools
Personal / Automated DVD Authoring
Capture - Layout - Burn, Direct to DVD, $30 - $100
Apple iDVD, Sonic MyDVD, Ulead DVD MovieFactory
Corporate / Professional DVD Authoring
More customized, $300, $500 - $700
Apple DVD Studio Pro, Adobe Encore DVD
Sonic DVDit / ReelDVD, Ulead DVD Workshop
"Hollywood" / Feature
Commercial titles, hardware encoders, $10K's
Sonic DVD Producer, Sonic Scenarist
Extended DVD: eDVD / WMV HD
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Learn how to create professional-quality DVDs using tools such as Adobe
Encore DVD and Sonic Solutions DVD authoring tools.
Technology - Seminar Notes (5/2005, 23 pp. -- PDF, 62 KB)
- Sonic DVD Authoring Workshop
Learn how to create professional-quality DVDs using the Sonic Solutions DVD
authoring tools, from corporate to high-end professional.
- Quickly author custom DVDs on the desktop with Sonic DVDit, including
custom menus and navigation.
- Step up to professional DVD authoring with Sonic DVD Producer, including
professional mastering and real-time encoding hardware.
- Author your HD content to DVD with Windows Media Video HD and Sonic DVD
- Enhance DVD titles with Sonic eDVD, adding weblinks to the Internet and
on-disc bonus materials.
- Adobe Encore DVD Authoring Workshop
Harness the power of Adobe Encore DVD to design professional-looking DVDs,
including direct integration with Photoshop CS.
Start with drag-and-drop editing and built-in templates to quickly create a
disc from scratch. Then use the Photoshop integration to design custom menus,
buttons, and styles. Go beyond the usual with custom navigation design,
background transcoding, and project management.
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Constrained by the 4.7 GB capacity of today's DVDs? Getting into
high-definition video production with the new HDV format, and wondering how to
actually deliver HD content? Hope is at hand with high-def DVD on blue-laser
disc, promising capacities of 20+ GB on the street as early as the end of 2005.
However, just when you thought you had all the competing DVD formats figured
out -- R / RW / RAM -- dash / plus -- and the new double-layer DL -- high-def
DVD is also arriving with yet another format war to further confuse the picture,
this time between Blu-ray and HD-DVD.
But why wait for new disc formats? Microsoft's Windows Media HD can deliver
HD video at standard-definition rates today, playable on standard PCs. And the
WM HD DVD format even can package HD productions on standard DVD discs, complete
with a DVD-like interface. And other formats are using MPEG-4 in similar ways.
Confused yet? It gets worse -- These next-generation HD formats will require
dramatic changes to today's DVD authoring tools and processes. These formats
blow away the limitations of today's DVD specification, moving from basic menus
and links to a fully programmable interface, requiring new authoring skills more
like multimedia and Web programming.
High-Def DVD (5/2005, 52 pp. -- PDF, 2493 KB)
The HD Problem
Where's the Delivery Format?
New DVD Formats
Layers and Sides: DualDisc, DL
Higher Density - HD DVD / Blu-ray
Better Compression - WMV HD DVD
Sonic DVD Producer HD
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