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DVD Demystified [Paperback]

Jim Taylor
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Dec 22 2000 0071350268 978-0071350266 2
"…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


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"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

About the Author

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Demystified - the industry insider's bible Sept. 10 2002
Format:Paperback
DVD authoring pros and interested beginners as well use DVD Demystified as their handbook to the "DVD standard". True industry insiders pay ten thousand dollars to join the DVD Forum to get a copy of the "real" standard plus thousands more for each extension. In DVD Demystified, Jim Taylor not only reveals the important parts of the spec but also helps you to understand where it came from and, as best can be explained, why it is the way it is.
In addition to the valuable book, an included DVD has some very valuable examples of nearly every trick that can be done on a DVD-Video with ROM and web extensions. It is used as a standard in the industry to study some of the finer details. The author's website which carries the title's name-dot-com is a continually updated resource and is simply the most up-to-date available on the industry.
As a DVD author myself and full-time multimedia worker since before the word was coined, I still refer to sections of this work on a frequent basis. I'm willing to wager that almost every one of the members of the DVD Forum who have access to the multi-thousand dollar spec books also have a well-worn copy of DVD Demystified at their desk.
If you want to do anything beyond the most casual creation of DVD's for home, you should own a copy of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book if you want to know about DVD! Sept. 10 2002
Format:Paperback
There are lots of books that purport to be a full and complete reference about something, but Jim delivers the goods about DVD in this edition. An invaluable reference book for anyone seeking in-depth knowledge about this very technical subject, it does not seek to be a Schwann Guide for DVD titles, nor a review of DVD players. Instead, this book covers the whys and wherefores of DVD - how the format began, its roots, its basics, chapter after chapter of notes on its capabilities, its possibilities, and most importantly, its future!
Taken in conjunction with the included DVD disc (which demonstrates practically EVERY feature possible with DVD), and the DVD FAQ website ... (which further demonstrates the Web-DVD capabilities of the disc, and provides a forum for continuing updates on DVD Technology in between editions)), these materials constitute a VERY thorough, and more importantly, VERY ACCURATE review of a very technical optical disc format.
If you are a DVD professional, or want to be one, this book should be on your bookshelf.
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Format:Paperback
..this book may not exactly be a shining victor. Don't mean to crash the party, the book indeed does its job remarkably well and for those who prefer their information packed and printed into one huggable volume, this is perhaps the best there is.
But the first question that people like me ask is "What can I find here that I cannot find for FREE on the net?" And the answer to that is, unfortunately, not much because a lot of this info is accessible elsewhere. Even if you search for the words "DVD demystified" it turns up a whole slew of immediately relevant websites (on almost all search engines).
That said, it is a fantastic book that doesn't gloat over the merits of DVD versus older discs, or the engineering nitty gritty of the whole format. If you are looking for practical advice for getting busy with your DVD-R/W, and are lazy (or busy) enough to want a book for it, then this is great bang for your buck. For the rest of us there is always a search engine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is insane... Feb. 14 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
...it seems to have every minute detail about the DVD format. There is a history of photography through moving pictures to film and television into recording and finally DVDs. Full technical information on how DVD functions and was created, comparisons of the DVD format to every other popular format of recorded video, even examples of how to hook up a DVD player are included. DVD Demystified is a 700 page book, and obviously it will take a while to go through, but so far the 100 odd pages I've read are brilliant for defining DVD technology, and the rest of the book which I have flipped through appears to go in depth to an absolute degree. If you need a bible for the DVD format, get this book. I haven't stopped marveling at the anal ability of the author to compile this information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The single best resource for DVD production... Sept. 10 2002
Format:Paperback
For anyone who is a professional or serious about producing professional quality DVD, this book is an absolute "must have". Jim has managed to take a _very_ difficult subject and make the technical details of the specification understandable. I frequently train people in DVD production for feature films, and I use this book as my text. By most in the "business", this is considered to be "The Bible" and Jim is considered to be one of the most authoritative "voices" we have. And the accompanying DVD is a valuable addition, with excellent examples of what the spec is capable of.
My absolute highest recommendation!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not all There May 16 2002
Format:Paperback
This book is not all there. He misses many points about DVD and makes many mistakes. His mistakes range from why a CD-R can't play in a DVD player to the effects of Jitter. He does explain the pre-production process well, but misses on the production process. There is also more to testing a disc then watching the video and audio. If a disc is of poor quality from the manufacturing process it can cause play problems that he is not even aware of nor states in his book. By the way he has written this book you can tell what information he has and what he doesn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well written comprehensive, detailed
This book is well written, well edited, comprehensive, and as full of details as it can be without being a copy of the specifications. I highly recommend it.
Published on Oct. 22 2002 by N. Barbieri
2.0 out of 5 stars DVD Demystified Maybe two years ago
The search continues for a truly up-to-date review on the technology relevant to DVD players. Whether for home audio/video use or for computer DVD drives and burners, this book... Read more
Published on Aug. 17 2002 by Victor L. Frazee
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing Details
This book has a good history and digital video section. The book should be called Digital Video Demystified, it is lacking the disc part of the DVD. Read more
Published on May 22 2002 by carl
4.0 out of 5 stars Superior, but now dated
This book is excellent...a magnum opus. The connections between CD and DVD are fully incorporated. There are interesting, accurate, and detailed explanations of the development... Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Technical Guide!
Whether you want to author DVD's yourself or have someone else
author them for you, it helps to understand the technical details
of how DVDs work and what can be done on... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2001 by Darlene A. Cypser
4.0 out of 5 stars Great update on an industry standard book
Jim Taylor does a great job with this updated book. It goes over what DVD is in great detail.
What is missing is any list of DVD authoring tools. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2001
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