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DVD Demystified - the industry insider's bible
on September 10, 2002
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.