Dvd Demystified: The Guidebook for Dvd-Video and Dvd-Rom

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Digital Video Disc is the all-in-one storage technology destined to alter the landscape of home entertainment and business computing. Now is the time to learn about DVD and how to use it to its best advantage. Jim Taylor, an industry insider, paints the full DVD picture in this friendly, not-too-big, not-too-technical introduction.

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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. --David Wall

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DVD (digital versatile disk) technology promises to change the world of CD-ROMs?or at least make it much more unstable. DVDs do not have a single standard everyone is designing toward, but that isn't stopping all sorts of folks from producing hardware that may be useless in a year. If you are in the information business and making hardware purchases, you need this book just for background knowledge.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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