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Sams teach yourself DVD authoring in 24 hours
Sengstack, Jeff.
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, Ind. : Sams ; London : Pearson Education, 2003.

Physical Description:
xv, 522 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.)
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TK7882.D93 .S46 2004 Book and Software Set Non-Fiction Area
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A quick, clear introduction to editing and authoring high-quality DVDs using the latest products and technologies.

Author Notes

Jeff Sengstack has worn many hats: TV news reporter/anchor, video producer, writer focusing on PC technology, radio station disk jockey, music publisher marketing director, high school math and science teacher, and (presently) school board trustee. As a news reporter, he won a regional Emmy and two Society of Professional Journalists first-place awards. He's an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) on Premiere, is writing a higher-education DV curriculum guide for Adobe, and has written 300 articles and four books, including Sams Teach Yourself Adobe Premiere 6.5 in 24 Hours.

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Library Journal Review

People have been interested in creating DVDs for some time, but it has only recently become affordable for home users; these guides are for that audience. After an introduction to DVD and VCD (Video CD), Create highlights features of various editors, then covers capturing video and creating movies in each editor. Its CD includes demos of several DVD authoring, burning, and player packages. A good illustrated overview for all libraries; supplement with more thorough guides to individual packages. More in-depth than Create, SAMS teaches authoring to beginners through straightforward chapter objectives, summaries, workshops, quizzes, tasks, and exercises. Its DVD contains demo and shareware players and video authoring, music creation, and image-editing tools; it also covers choosing a DVD authoring product and includes more information on burning data DVDs, adding and creating music, and more advanced editing techniques. For all libraries; choose if you can afford only one overview. Intermediate users and more ambitious beginners will gravitate to Idea Book, which addresses creating different types of videos, from home movies and wedding tapes to features and documentaries. It provides more background on how and why to create "good" video rather than just how to use software and also offers tips for choosing camcorders and other equipment. Its CD includes sample clips and projects; a companion web site was inactive at the time of this review. For intermediate video authors seeking ideas on jazzing up their projects, 50 Fast contains step-by-step instructions for 50 different video techniques, organized into chapters from special effects and titles to exporting and CD or DVD. Its CD contains demo and shareware video, music, and image software; project video; finished examples; and sound effects clips. A full-color glossy insert further illustrates some techniques, each of which is described both in iMovie and Windows Movie Maker. Idea Book and 50 Fast are appropriate for medium and larger public libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

DVDs Dominate the Video Market
How This Book Will Help You Make Terrific DVDs
How This Book Is Organized
What's on the DVD? Exciting Times
Conventions Used in This Book
I Producing Your First DVDs
Hour 1 Discovering What DVDs and DVD Authoring Software Can Do for You
How Converging Technologies Got Us to This Point
Enhancing Your Media with DVDs
Delving into DVD Project Ideas
What DVD Authoring Software Can Do for You
Hour 2 Getting Your Gear in Order-DVD Recorders and Media
Clearing Up the DVD Recording Media Confusion
Selecting a PC DVD Recorder
Evaluating Three DVD Software Movie Players
Hour 3 Burning Data DVDs
Using Windows XP to Burn Data Files to a CD
Using Bundled Software to Burn a DVD
Taking a Quick Tour of Roxio's Easy CD & DVD Creator
Hour 4 Authoring Your First DVD Project Using MyDVD
Part I Introducing the Authoring Process
Checking Out the MyDVD 5 Interface and Features
Using MyDVD's Scene Detection Module
Hour 5 Authoring Your First DVD Project Using MyDVD
Part II Editing Video with MyDVD
Assembling Assets and Building Menus Using MyDVD
Setting Part Points and Adding a Slideshow
Hour 6 Authoring Your First DVD Project Using MyDVD
Part III Previewing Your Work-in-Progress
Editing the Menu Style
Creating Templates and Sharing Them on the Web
Burning Your DVD Project to a Recordable Disc
II Creating Media
Hour 7 Creating Still Images
Digital or Film Cameras-What Will Work for You
Making High-Quality Photos-Tips and Tricks
Selecting a Scanner for Your Video and DVD Projects
Hour 8 Acquiring Audio
Ripping Music CDs
Licensing Music or Buying Royalty-Free Music
Creating Custom Music with SmartSound Movie Maestro
Recording High-Quality Narrations
Hour 9 Making Videos
Making a Case for Digital Video
Choosing a Digital Camcorder
Evaluating Two Popular Consumer Camcorders
DVD Camcorders-Not There Yet
Video Shooting Tips
Hour 10 Capturing Video-Transferring Videos to Your PC
Transferring Digital Videos to Your PC
Trying Two Free Video Capture Software Products
Capturing Analog Video Easily and Inexpensively
Overview of Three Full-featured Video Capture Cards
III Editing Media
Hour 11 Crafting Your Story and Selecting Video Editing Software
Organizing Your Assets
Creating Your Story
Evaluating Four Video Editing Software Titles
Hour 12 Editing Video with Pinnacle Studio
8 Getting Acquainted with Pinnacle Studio
8 Using the Storyboard and Timeline for Cuts-only Editing
Adding Transitions
Using Special Effec