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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.