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Adobe Encore DVD: In the Studio (O'Reilly Digital Studio) Paperback – 3 Oct 2004


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Douglas Dixon is an independent technology consultant, author, and speaker specializing in digital media. He is currently editor-at-large for IRMA's Mediaware magazine, Technical Editor for Camcorder and Computer Video magazine, and a contributor to DV Magazine and CNET Reviews. His most recent books are "Adobe Encore DVD: In The Studio" and "Desktop DVD Authoring." Doug shares his articles and technical references on his Manifest Technology website.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Well illustrated, organized and informative 7 Nov 2004
By Jack D. Herrington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a very will written guide that covers all of the basic operations of Encore. The author starts with the basics of DVDs, then takes you through projects, timelines, menus, links, and into burning DVDs. He also demonstrates how to use Encore in conjunction with other Adobe applications.

I was very impressed with the quality of the book. The illustrations are beautiful and very effective. The text is readable, but doesn't pander like a step by step book. Screenshots aren't used in an overwhelming way.

Given the introductory level of the book I would have liked to have seen a chapter on DVD examples. This would give us some inspiration in what we build and not just cover the how-to aspect. But this is a minor gripe and the book gets along very well without such a chapter.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
well integrated with Photoshop 8 Oct 2004
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Adobe has spent considerable effort to make DVD authoring as easy as using Photoshop. Dixon goes through and shows in copious detailed text and diagrams how you can author your own DVDs. Photoshop users will see some familiar features here, like layer sets to build compound images. Still, Photoshop knowledge is not a prerequisite.

Quite aside from authoring, you should peruse Chapter 2. A nice explanation of the various DVD formats and their history. Good overview of what a DVD really is.

Now as far as authoring goes, the book does show a tight integration with Photoshop. Perhaps the greatest benefit is that Encore can deal with layer sets, as mentioned above. So Photoshop images do not have to be flattened. Which means that Encore is not faced with a flat bit image. Giving you easier control.

Those of you into game programming should consult the last chapter. It talks about special features like secret item menus (Easter eggs) and invisible or inaccessible buttons. Very cool stuff.

The power of this book can be enhanced by hardware developments still unfolding. Like Blu-Ray. This promises to make DVDs of even greater capacity than the current maximum of 18Gb. If so, the methods of this book may give you more creative freedom.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A must for a newbie to encore 6 Mar 2006
By Halifax Creative User Group - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This has to be the best companion I have found todate for use with Encore. The book is very well organized and is useful as a step through guide when creating your DVD project. Somewhat familiar with the product, this was a better companion than the information and help files that came with Encore. The book is used constantly to check on items, see the process of how to implement what I want and reference to see if there is alternative to the process I am employing.

This is pretty dry stuff and not really a book one cozy's up to on the couch, but it certainly works to answer in depth the questions one invariably has in any video project.

After looking at a few other Encore books, this one is a cut above. Shoots straight, no padding, answers clearly and in-depth.
For Encore V1.5 but useful for the basics 5 Oct 2013
By Tharwo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I purchased this book knowing full well that it was for a very old version of Encore (V1.5). However, after reviewing some of the content online, it contained some very useful concepts in Encore that are still valid for the newer versions. The book is very cheap due to the validity ($6) so well worth the money.
If you have any version of Encore and you just want to understand some basic concepts of professional DVD authoring, I recommend this book if you can get it for around $5.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2004 book! 15 May 2011
By David - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In computer terms, this is like the King James Version!
How about a new book on this 2010 CS5 software? This is almost useless!
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