Who Should Read This Book
Everyone should read this book, of course, even people who use Windows computers. (My
All kidding aside, this book is for
Since iDVD is still a relatively new application, I make very few assumptions in this book, but I do assume that you know the basics of using your Mac, such as how to
How to Use This Book
The world of digital video uses specialized terms such as
and also uses some ordinary words such as
in special ways. Rather then stick the definitions in a Glossary at the end of the book where you'll never see it, I've tried to define each term when I first use it. If you forget a
All righty, then—let's move along to the fun stuff.
P.S. While I can't promise to answer every email message I receive, I do try to answer as many as I can. If you have a comment about this book, or a question about something I've written in it,
Part 1: Basic Training
Chapter 1. In the Beginning
When I was just a pup there was no such thing as a DVD. Heck, back then the "VHS vs. Beta wars" hadn't even been fought yet, much less won by the technically inferior format
Today DVD is poised to surpass the compact disc as the dominant medium of exchange for digital data. Most Macs (and many other computers) can now read DVDs, and computers equipped with a DVD-R drive (like the Apple SuperDrive) can burn video or more than 4 GB of data on blank discs that cost about $3 each. Best of all, the video DVDs you create can be
We've come a long way, baby.
In this, our first chapter together, we'll start out nice and easy with a bit of background on the technologies that make the whole thing—video, audio, editing, and disc-burning—work: QuickTime, FireWire, and SuperDrive (and, of course, a Macintosh). Then we'll have a brief overview, from beginning to end, of the process of making a DVD, so you have some idea of what it takes to produce a disc. Finally, we'll take a quick peek at the object of our newfound affection, iDVD itself.