Create Your Own DVDs

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Go Hollywood or stay in your living room. It's your choice with this helpful resource, which provides clear instruction on everything from recording TV broadcasts or movies directly using a specialized DVD recorder or delving into complexities such as video editing, photo touch-ups, and narration recording.
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Overview

Go Hollywood or stay in your living room. It's your choice with this helpful resource, which provides clear instruction on everything from recording TV broadcasts or movies directly using a specialized DVD recorder or delving into complexities such as video editing, photo touch-ups, and narration recording.
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The DVD-burning revolution is under way. The software’s getting better, and DVD burners are getting affordable in a hurry. If you want to make your own movies on DVD, this is your book. If you don’t have a DVD burner yet, but you do have a CD-RW, this is your book, too: You can get started today with VCDs. Brian Underdahl doesn’t just demystify this stuff, he actually makes it pretty darned easy.

Underdahl assumes virtually no experience on your part. He starts by walking you through the process of creating a DVD (or VCD) movie, then introduces the leading tools -- basic, mainstream, and professional. (The emphasis is definitely on the simple, “home user” stuff.) Next, he presents a complete moviemaking primer: storyboards, timelines, effects, audio, titles, DVD menus, output formats, and more.

The heart of the book consists of step-by-step instructions for creating DVDs and VCDs with five leading tools: Sonic’s MyDVD and DVD-It!, Pinnacle Expression and Studio, and Roxio VideoWave Movie Creator. (You’ll find demos of Sonic’s entire suite of media creation tools on the accompanying CD-ROM.)

Underdahl covers capturing and importing video; editing clips; adding stills, audio, transitions, and other elements; creating menus, previewing, burning, and more. Two things you won’t find here: guidance on copying Hollywood’s protected DVDs (doable, though of questionable legality), and (mentioned only in passing) using your DVD to back up data files. But if you view your DVD burner as an amazing new creativity tool, you’re in the right place. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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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. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072227314
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 3/27/2003
  • Series: Digital Photography Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Part I Introduction to DVDs and VCDs
Chapter 1 Getting Started with DVDs and VCDs 3
Understanding DVDs and VCDs 4
What You Can Do with DVDs 6
What You Can Do with VCDs 7
Understanding DVD Standards 9
DVD-R/RW 9
DVD+R/RW 10
DVD-RAM 11
Understanding the Basics of the DVD/VCD Creation Process 12
Creating Your Video Content 12
Capturing Your Video 14
Editing Your Movie 17
Creating Your Disc 20
Hardware Basics 21
What Kind of Computer Do You Need? 21
What Computer Add-Ons Do You Need? 22
Chapter 2 Introduction to DVD Creation Tools 25
Introducing Some Basic Video Editors 27
Sonic MyDVD 27
Pinnacle Expression 32
VideoWave Movie Creator 34
A Few Final Words on Basic Video Editors 37
A Look at Mainstream Video Editors 37
Pinnacle Studio 38
Sonic DVDit! 41
Roxio VideoWave Power Edition 43
A Few Final Words on Mainstream Video Editors 44
A Glance at Pro Level Video Editors 45
Adobe Premiere 45
Pinnacle Edition 46
Sonic ReelDVD 48
Sonic DVD Producer 49
The Final Word on Pro Level Editors 50
Chapter 3 Capturing Your Video 51
Understanding Video Sources 52
Using DV Camcorders 53
Using Analog Video 54
Using Existing Video Files 54
A Look at Your Video Capture Options 54
FireWire (IEEE-1394) 54
Analog Video 56
RF (TV Tuners) 57
Understanding Your Audio Sources 58
Using the Recorded Soundtrack 58
Adding Music from Audio CDs 58
Using Music Samples 59
Adding Sound Effects 60
Using Other Content 60
Adding Images from a Digital Camera 60
Scanning Old Photos 61
Part II Movie Making Concepts
Chapter 4 Storyboards and Timelines 65
Understanding Storyboards 66
How Storyboards Work 67
Adding Content to Storyboards 67
Moving Scenes on the Storyboard 69
Editing Scenes on the Storyboard 69
Understanding Timelines 70
How Timelines Work 71
Adjusting Clips on the Timeline 72
Slow Motion and Fast Motion Effects 73
Understanding Scenes 75
Chapter 5 Transitions and Special Effects 77
What Are Transitions? 78
Applying Scene Transitions 82
Transition Considerations 82
Adding Transitions 83
Adjusting Transitions 84
Rippling Transitions 85
Editing Transitions 87
Using Special Effects 88
Chapter 6 Audio Tracks for Your Movies 95
Audio Track Sources 96
Using Recorded Audio 97
Ripping Audio CDs 99
Using Pro Soundtracks 102
Using Recorded Sound Effects 103
Adding a Narration Track 104
Manipulating Audio Tracks 106
Adjusting the Volume Levels 106
Splitting Recorded Audio Tracks from the Video Track 108
Combining Multiple Audio Tracks 110
Chapter 7 Titles for Your Movies 113
Title Basics 114
Understanding Title Types 114
Title Safe Areas 116
TVs and Title Readability 117
Creating Titles 118
Selecting a Title Style 119
Editing the Title 120
Adding Background Images 121
Adjusting the Text Effects 123
Adding Title Special Effects 126
Moving Titles 126
Title Fades 127
Creating Fancy Title Effects with Title Overlays 128
Chapter 8 Menus for Your Movies 131
Understanding How DVD Menus Work 132
What Are DVDs? 132
Getting a Handle on DVD Menus 133
Creating DVD Menus 135
Adding a Menu to the Timeline 136
Editing Your Menu 137
Linking Menus 140
Adding Background Music to Your Menus 142
VCD Menu Considerations 143
Chapter 9 Choosing Output Formats for Your Movies 145
Choosing the Proper Output Format 146
Writing to Tape 147
Writing to DV Camcorders 149
Writing to a VCR 150
Creating AVI Files 151
Choosing Your Video Output Options 152
Choosing Your Audio Output Options 154
Creating MPEG Files 155
Selecting the Video Settings 156
Selecting the Audio Settings 157
Creating Streaming Video 157
Creating RealVideo Files 158
Creating Windows Media Files 160
Burning Discs 161
Choosing an Output Format 162
Selecting the Quality Settings 163
Choosing Your Burn Options 164
Selecting the Media and Device Options 165
Burning That Disc 166
Part III Creating Your Movies
Chapter 10 Creating a Movie in Sonic MyDVD 171
Starting a Project 172
Importing Your Video 175
Capturing Video 175
Using Existing Video 179
Adding Still Images 181
Modifying Your Menus 183
Adding Additional Menus 184
Selecting a Menu Style 185
Modifying the Text 188
Adding a Soundtrack 191
Editing Your Video 191
Sending Your Video to ArcSoft ShowBiz 192
Editing Video Clips 194
Modifying the Soundtrack 196
Adding Transitions 198
Adding Titles 200
Adding Special Effects 201
Returning Your Video to Sonic MyDVD 202
Previewing Your Movie 203
Burning Your DVD or VCD 205
Chapter 11 Creating a Movie in Pinnacle Expression 207
Capturing Your Video 208
Capturing from a DV Camcorder 209
Using Existing Video Files 211
Adding Digital Photos 212
Modifying the Video Files 213
Choosing a Menu Style 214
Choosing a Template 214
Customizing Menus 215
Adding Titles 217
Editing Clips 218
Rearranging Chapters 220
Splitting and Combining Clips 220
Setting Scene Options 224
Choosing a Different Thumbnail 226
Previewing Your Movie 227
Burning Your Discs 228
Labeling Your Discs 232
Chapter 12 Creating a Movie in Roxio VideoWave Movie Creator 235
Using Easy Capture 236
Selecting a Video Source 237
Choosing Your Settings 239
Capturing Your Video 240
Making a Music Video with CineMagic 242
Naming Your Production 242
Adding Your Video 242
Adding Your Audio 243
Choosing a Style 244
Completing Your Video 245
Using StoryBuilder 246
Setting Up Your Movie 247
Adding an Opening Title 248
Adding Your Content 249
Adding an Ending 251
Finishing Your Video 251
Enhancing Your Movie with StoryLine Editor 251
Starting Your Production 251
Adding and Editing Your Video 252
Adding Titles 259
Adding Audio Content 261
Preparing Your Movie for Output 263
Burning Your Disc with VideoCD/DVD Maker 264
Opening Your Project 264
Choosing a Disc Format 265
Selecting a Menu Template 266
Adding New Video and Finalizing Your Settings 266
Burning Your Disc 266
Chapter 13 Creating a Movie in Sonic DVDit! 269
Starting a New Project 270
Understanding the DVDit! Screen 271
Importing Your Video 273
Previewing Your Video Clips 275
Selecting a First Play 275
Adding Menus 276
Editing Your Menus 278
Adding Titles 284
Adding Soundtracks 287
Preparing Audio Files 287
Adding Audio to Menus or Movie Clips 288
Previewing Your Movie 289
Burning Your Disc 290
Chapter 14 Creating a Movie in Pinnacle Studio 293
Capturing Your Video 294
Choosing Your Capture Settings 296
Capturing Video from Your DV Camcorder 298
Importing Video Files 298
Using the Video Scenes Album 299
Working with the Timeline 300
Adding Scenes 300
Trimming Scenes 302
Adjusting the Playback Speed 302
Adjusting Scene Properties 305
Using Transitions 306
Choosing Transitions 306
Adding Transitions 307
Adding Titles 309
Using Title Templates 309
Creating Your Own Titles 310
Adding Sounds 312
Separating the Recorded Audio Track from the Video 313
Adding Music 314
Adding Voice-Overs 316
Adding Sound Effects 317
Creating Menus 319
Adding Menus 320
Controlling Links 321
Creating the Final Output 322
Choosing Your Output Medium 322
Burning Your Disc 324
Chapter 15 Creating a Movie in Roxio VideoWave Power Edition 325
Understanding the Roxio VideoWave Power Edition Screen 326
Adding Video to a Project 329
Capturing Your Video 329
Importing Your Video 334
Using Scene Detection 335
Creating Your Movie 336
Adding Video to the Storyline 337
Editing Video Clips 338
Adding Transitions 346
Adding Text 348
Adding Sound 349
Burning Your Disc 350
Producing Your Movie 350
Choosing the Output Format 351
Adding Menus 352
Finalizing the Disc 355
Appendix A A New Type of Recordable DVD Drive 357
Appendix B Using Your DVD Burner for Data and Music 361
Index 365
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