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