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TitleDvd Demystified: The Guidebook for Dvd-Video and Dvd-Rom
Author(s)Jim Taylor
ISBN0070648417
LanguageEnglish
PublishedDecember 1997
PublisherMcGraw Hill Text
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A sort of protracted Popular Science-style article about digital video disc (DVD) technology and its applications, DVD Demystified provides readers with almost every technical and practical detail about this new means of encoding data on disks. This book teaches you how data (computer data, sound, video, or a combination of the three) are encoded on DVD and how DVD readers extract it. This guide includes plenty of information about bandwidth, aspect ratios, and the other technical details that go into storing, transmitting, and retrieving video information--media nerds will have a field day. A nifty quiz helps you decide whether DVD equipment is worth buying in your case. Furthermore, DVD Demystified shows you how DVD fits into the historical progression of recording media--it's sort of a shock to be reminded that Thomas Edison made his first wax-cylinder recordings in 1880. While Taylor's assertion that "DVD is the future" may or may not prove to be true, his thought-provoking responses to various criticisms of DVD make entertaining and informative reading. He also goes into detail about how DVD fits into various environments, including home video, personal computing, and business applications. He even includes a cable-by-cable guide to hooking up a DVD player. Simply put, this is the best encyclopedia of DVD information on the market, as it helps you understand DVD thoroughly from both technical and consumer perspectives.
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Storage media may have come and gone, but the "killer" technology has finally arrived: DVD (Digital Video Disk). Its 4.7 gigabytes of storage per disk (CD offers 650) make it the imminent successor to audio CD, videocassette, laserdics, and CD-ROM. Here's the first plain-English guide to help professionals cut through the highly technical standards documents and really get to grips with working and designing with DVD, including hardware and software requirements, Internet applications, next generation technology, and much more. Includes a DVD-ROM with product demos.

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