on October 3, 2001
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.
on September 14, 2001
"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!
on September 9, 2001
I ordered this book a few months ago but publication of it was delayed. When it finally I arrived, I was disappointed. This book is primarily aimed at people wanting to open a DVD authoring business and spends much more time on business models, work orders and project work flow than on the technical details of creating DVDs. The included DVD is a planetarium-style slide show of astronomical information. While it is interesting, it does not illustrate the full flexibility of a DVD or even many of the options commonly used in feature film DVDs.
Jim Taylor's DVD Demystified is far more useful to me.
on September 29, 2001
I was eagerly looking forward to reading this book. I was dissappointed by it's contents. Despite the title there is very little information about how to actually produce a DVD. It concentrates more on the business aspect.
A shame considering the authors experience. His reluctance to delve deeper into an authoring program of choice (obviously Scenarist) results in a shallow example of how you produce a DVD. As of this writing, still no book exists that actually teaches you the production process. Amazing considering it's rapidly growing popularity.