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Date

December 22, 2000

Format

Electronic book text, 516 pages

ISBN

0071391886 / 9780071391887

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Overview


Main description

"…without doubt the definitive reference book on DVD.”*

DVD is the all-in-one storage technology that is altering the landscape of home entertainment, professional video, business communications, and multimedia computing. Now is the time to learn about DVD and how to use it to its best advantage. In DVD Demystified, Second Edition, industry insider Jim Taylor paints a full, up-to-date DVD picture with a friendly technical introduction. You MUST read it if you’re a multimedia developer, work with educational technology or industrial training, if you’re a filmmaker or musician – or simply want to understand this fascinating technology with potentially huge worldwide impact.

"This is not merely ‘a’ good book to help you make sense of DVD, it is ‘the’ book that you will return to over and over as you explore and come to understand this exciting new optical media format." -- Geoffrey Tully, Multimedia Technology Consultant; former Senior VP of Production, Divx Entertainment

“As one of the DVD industry’s leading experts, Jim Taylor covers every aspect of DVD."-- Ralph LaBarge, Managing Partner, Alpha DVD

DVD contains: Hybrid DVD-Video/DVD-ROM has samples from Broadcast DVD, Dolby, THX, DTS, Joe Kane Productions, Widescreen Review, and others, plus test images, WebDVD HTML files, spreadsheets, and more


Table of contents

What Is DVD?. The World Before DVD. DVD Technology Primer. DVD Overview. Disc and Data Details. Application Details: DVD-Video and DVD-Audio. What's Wrong with DVD. DVD Comparison. DVD at Home. DVD in Business and Education. DVD on Computers. Essentials of DVD Production. The Future of DVD. Appendices.


Author comments

Jim Taylor has been hip deep in DVD since 1995. Called a "minor tech legend" by E! Online, Jim created the official Internet DVD FAQ, writes articles and columns about DVD, serves as President of the DVD Association, was named one of the 21 most influential DVD executives by DVD Report, and received the 2000 DVD Pro Discus Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry. Jim has worked with interactive media for over 20 years, developing educational software, laserdiscs, CD-ROMs, Web sites, and DVDs; and teaching workshops and courses on multimedia, computer-based education, computer applications, and DVD. Formerly VP of Information Technology at Videodiscovery, an educational multimedia publishing company, Jim championed the format as Microsoft’s DVD Evangelist before joining as Chief Technology Officer. Jim Taylor is based in Seattle, Washington.


Back cover copy

"In DVD Demystified, Jim Taylor combines the technical expertise of an engineer with the imagination of a visionary. The book is a must-read for those who require factual information about the great potential of DVD technology for delivering digital video content."- Dana Parker, Consultant, DVD Diva, and coauthor of the CD Recordable Handbook

"DVD Demystified is required reading for everyone involved in DVD. If you are new to the DVD business this book will save you time and money. If you are an old hand at DVD, this is an excellent reference book for those times when you just cant remember a critical detail. As one of the DVD industry’s leading experts, Jim Taylor covers every aspect of DVD."- Ralph LaBarge, Managing Partner, Alpha DVD

"Jim Taylor's DVD Demystified is without doubt the definitive reference book on DVD. DVD Demystified is aptly titled. Jim Taylor takes a subject that is still mired in confusion and lays all the cards on the table. He then proceeds to describe each card in a detailed but easy to understand style."- One-to-One magazine (Bob Starrett)

"This is not merely ‘a’ good book to help you make sense of DVD, it is ‘the’ book that you will return to over and over as you explore and come to understand this exciting new optical media format." -Geoffrey Tully, Multimedia Technology Consultant; former Senior VP of Production, Divx Entertainment

DVD is the all-in-one storage technology that is altering the landscape of home entertainment, professional video, business communications, and multimedia computing.

Now is the time to learn about DVD and how to use it to its best advantage. Jim Taylor, an industry insider, paints the full DVD picture in this friendly technical introduction. You MUST read it if . . .

"In DVD Demystified, Jim Taylor combines the technical expertise of an engineer with the imagination of a visionary. The book is a must-read for those who require factual information about the great potential of DVD technology for delivering digital video content."- Dana Parker, Consultant, DVD Diva, and coauthor of the CD Recordable Handbook

"DVD Demystified is required reading for everyone involved in DVD. If you are new to the DVD business this book will save you time and money. If you are an old hand at DVD, this is an excellent reference book for those times when you just cant remember a critical detail. As one of the DVD industry’s leading experts, Jim Taylor covers every aspect of DVD." - Ralph LaBarge, Managing Partner, Alpha DVD

"Jim Taylor's DVD Demystified is without doubt the definitive reference book on DVD. DVD Demystified is aptly titled. Jim Taylor takes a subject that is still mired in confusion and lays all the cards on the table. He then proceeds to describe each card in a detailed but easy to understand style." - One-to-One magazine (Bob Starrett)

"This is not merely ‘a’ good book to help you make sense of DVD, it is ‘the’ book that you will return to over and over as you explore and come to understand this exciting new optical media format." - Geoffrey Tully, Multimedia Technology Consultant; former Senior VP of Production, Divx Entertainment

DVD is the all-in-one storage technology that is altering the landscape of home entertainment, professional video, business communications, and multimedia computing.

Now is the time to learn about DVD and how to use it to its best advantage. Jim Taylor, an industry insider, paints the full DVD picture in this friendly technical introduction. You MUST read it if . . .

Now is the time to learn about DVD and how to use it to its best advantage. Jim Taylor, an industry insider, paints the full DVD picture in this friendly technical introduction. You MUST read it if . . .

You produce or sell DVD products, or are thinking of doing so
*You’re in the AV business
*You’re a multimedia developer
*You work with educational technology or industrial training
*You’re a technology consultant or IT professional
*You produce or publish videotapes, audio CDs, or cassette tapes
*You’re a filmmaker or musician
*You cover cutting-edge technology as a journalist or analyst
*You want to break the broadband Internet barrier
*You can’t afford $5,000 for the official DVD specification books
*You read the DVD spec but didn’t understand it
*You’re a technovideophile
*You simply want to be up to speed on this fascinating technology with potentially huge worldwide impact





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