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Creating your own great dvds & cds : the official hp guide
Chambers, Mark A.
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Publication Information:
Upper Saddle River, NJ : Prentice Hall PTR, [2003]

Physical Description:
xxii, 344 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"The fast, easy, and fun way to create great audio CDs, VCDs, and DVD movies ; Covers MusicMatch Jukebox, Roxio Easy CD Creator, HP RecordNow, HP DLA, Sonic MyDVD, and more!"--Cover.

Includes "Glossary" (p. 331-338) and index.
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TK7882.D93 C53 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The only guide authorized by Hewlett-Packard, this book shows how to make the most out of a DVD or CD recorder, one step at a time. Through start-to-finish projects, the reader can learn to create every type of DVD, CD, and VCD, and record video, photographs, music and data. Topics covered include: comparing and choosing the right recorder for your needs; installing an internal or external CD-RW or DVD+RW drive; preparing your PC to record DVDs and CDs reliably; ripping songs from a CD, or downloading songs from the Internet and creating a compilation CD; using software bundled with HP's CD Writers and DVD Writers and other leading DVD and CD recording tools; recording CD slide shows with digital photographs; enhancing your discs with labels and on-disc menus; troubleshooting recording problems; and using your recorder to combine video, digital images, music and data onto one disc.

Author Notes

MARK L. CHAMBERS has been a PC and Macintosh hardware technician since 1989. He is author of CD and DVD Recording for Dummies , Building a PC for Dummies , The HP Official Recordable CD Handbook , The HP Official Digital Photography Handbook , Recordable CD Bible , and Scanners for Dummies , along with other digital media books for beginners.

Table of Contents

About the Author
1 How Does DVD Recording Work?
The Language of Computers
Reading Data from a Disc
Recording DVDs and Audio CDs
Identifying Your Media
Caring for Your Optical Pets
Things to Avoid
Storing Your Discs
Cleaning Discs the Right Way
A Word about Copy-Protected Discs
DVD Formats on Parade
2 Installing Your DVD Recorder
Before We Begin
What Do I Need?
Be Prepared
Time to Determine Your Settings
Determining Jumper Settings for an HP DVD-Writer
Determining Jumper Settings for Other DVD Recorders
Installing an Internal Drive
Installing an External Drive
Troubleshooting EIDE Installation Problems
Troubleshooting USB and FireWire Installation Problems
3 Preparing Your Computer and Material
Freeing Up Space on Your Hard Drive
Defragmenting Your Hard Drive
Disabling Scheduled Programs
Adding System Memory
Converting Files to Other Formats
Organizing FilesSummary
4 Burning Discs with HP RecordNow
Introducing HP RecordNow
Putting Computer Files on a Disc
Recording Your Music
Recording with Digital Audio Files
Recording Tracks from Existing Audio CDs
Copying a DiscProject: Recording a "Road Trip" Audio CD
Project: Creating a "Briefcase Backup" DVD
RequirementsProject: Copying a Backup Data CD for Archiving
5 Drag-and-Drop Recording with HP DLA
Formatting a DLA Disc
Writing Files to a DLA Disc
Ejecting a DLA Disc
Recording Additional Files to a DLA Disc
Making a DLA Disc Compatible
Project: Recording a DVD Genealogy Archive Disc
Project: Recording a "Working Copy" UDF Disc
Project: Recording and Finalizing a PowerPoint Presentation Disc
6 Recording a DVD with Existing Files
Introducing MyDVD
Using the Wizard
Adding a Menu Manually
Adding Video Clips Manually
Changing Menu Styles
Checking the Safe Zone
Previewing Your Work
Recording the Disc
Project: Recording a DVD Video Disc with MyDVD
Project: Recording a cDVD with a Custom Menu
7 Direct-to-DVD Recording
Connecting to the Source
Configuring Windows for Direct-to-DVD Recording
Using DMA Mode
Defragmenting Your Drive
Avoiding Multitasking
Selecting Capture Settings
Setting Chapter Points
Project: Recording Directly from a DV Camcorder
8 Watching DVD Video with PowerDVD
Loading and Playing a DVD Movie
Basic Video Controls Explained
Showing and Minimizing the Panel
Switching Between Window and Full Screen
Pausing and Stopping the Movie
Fast-Forward and Rewind
Selecting a Chapter
Using Next and Previous
Using Repeat
Setting the Volume Level
Selecting an Audio Stream
Switching Angles
Bookmarking Scenes
Displaying Subtitling
Using File Mode
Using the Menu Pad
Project: Capturing and E-mailing Images from Digital Video
9 Printing Disc Labels and Inserts
Do I Need Labels and Inserts?
Applying Labels
Project: Creating a Label
Project: Creating an Insert Set
10 Recording Advanced Formats and Video CD Discs
Introducing Easy CD Creator 5
Video CDs vsDVD Video Discs
Introducing Mixed-Mode Recording
Introducing Multisession Recording
Recording an Incremental Multisession Disc
Recording a Multivolume Multisession Disc
Selecting a Session from a Multivolume Multisession Disc
Recording with a Disc Image
Saving a Disc Image
Recording a CD from a Disc Image
Project: Creating a Video CD
Project: Recording a Promotional CD-Extra Disc
Project: Recording a Bootable CD-ROM
11 Recording Digital Photographs on CD
Introducing PhotoRelay
Creating a Thumbnail