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|DVD Authoring is
the process of collecting various content assets such as video,
audio, photographs, subtitles, and menus, connecting them
together and burning them to a master dvd disc.
The assets themselves are generated in a variety of applications such as
video editing, post-production, image editing and subtitling.
They are then compiled in a DVD authoring application such as
Ulead DVD Movie Factory on the PC or DVD Studio Pro on the Mac.
The process of authoring is very much like building a website.
The menu screen on a DVD is analgous to the homepage of a
website in that it contains links to all the content on the DVD.
Menu screens usually link to the main feature, chapters within the feature,
additional scenes not contained in the feature, photographic
slideshows, and additional audio content. The main menu screen
can also contain links to sub-menus, which helps avoid
cluttering the main menu with too many options.
In addition to setting up menu selections on the main menu, the DVD
authoring application allows the producer to set-up additional
features such as subtitles. Within the authoring application,
each item is given the metaphor of a container. A container can
hold any type of supported content and is linked to a menu
selection, either on the main menu or a sub-menu.
DVD authoring applications also usually support the creation of multi-angle
content (where viewers can decide to watch a different passage
of video with the same soundtrack and subtitles) and Dolby 5.1
Using this method it is very easy for even a comparitive novice to create a
fairly sophisticated DVD disc with most of the features found on
a commercial disc. Indeed the biggest challenge for the
prospective DVD author is the aesthetic design itself. Getting
all the bits to work properly is one thing, but making it look
good and intuitive to use is another.
Once the content of the disc has been laid out in the authoring application,
it is then previewed to make sure everything works properly. It
is then 'multiplexed' (the content is linked together) and the
master disc can be burned.
About the author:
Kenny Hemphill is the editor and publisher of Master DVD
(http://www.masterdvd.com), a website which provides
information, articles, and tutorials on issues and products
related to recordable DVD.