||Author: Jim Taylor|
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (22 December, 2000)
Sales Rank: 5,344
Average Customer Rating: 4.08 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 4 out of 5
IN THE BATTLE FOR A BOOK VERSUS GOOD OLD GOOGLE...
..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.
Rating: 5 out of 5
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.
Rating: 5 out of 5
DVD Demystified - the industry insider's bible
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.
· DVD Demystified Third Edition
· Video Compression Demystified
· DVD Authoring and Production
· Video Demystified, 3rd Edition
· From VHS to DVD