Authoring in DVD Studio Pro
Authoring in DVD Studio Pro
in the lafcpug Store
Review by Steve
You get a full sequence of lessons in DVD
Authoring in DVD Studio Pro. The only thing left for you to do,
is practice, practice, practice.
Training DVD tutorial DVDs have brought to the Final Cut Pro
community some of the very finest tutorial discs for most of
the applications this editing community has utilized. They bring
consistent excellence and continuity to their discs and quality
is always synonymous with each offering.
DVD Authoring in DVD Studio Pro
is no exemption to that rule and is simply typical of each tutorial
from Ripple Training that I have had the opportunity to preview.
This, like the many excellent others, presents both superb visual
and audio clarity.
Hosted by Steve Martin, a man whose
name has also become synonymous with outstanding instruction
and tutorials, DVD Authoring in DVD Studio Pro covers all the
bases from first to home plate. Sixteen chapters from A to Z
are provided in this 3 hour, 50 minute tutorial disc but plan
on spending considerably more time than that if you're new to
DVD Studio Pro and intend to start at the beginning.
Steve will have you working through a project from beginning
to end, starting in a basic layout and proceeding through the
increasingly advanced skills and techniques that will help you
towards your mastery of this application. Like any good tutorial,
one is prepared for the project that lies ahead with a thorough
review of the basics and application interface including the
various templates included in DVD Studio Pro, as well as coverage
of the Palette, Button and Text Styles, the video and audio tabs
and creating and saving your projects. As Steve points out, it
is better to create your own customized palettes, and he shows
you how to do that as well as the best ways to assign your assets,
create slideshows, subtitles, the utilization and creation of
alpha transitions and a great deal more. Additional chapters
regarding the use of high definition assets, encoding and utilizing
Compressor were especially interesting for me.
The project itself that you will be creating
is one about the underwater marine life in Catalina. Both underwater
videos as well as stills of Avalon, the social and business center
of the island, are provided.
Not only do you learn
how to create and use markers
but Steve Martin shows you a great shortcut towards creating
them all at one time.
Utilizing the graphical
view of your project is just one of the ways you will be building
This is not a tutorial disc for one who simply hopes to scan
it quickly and think they will come out knowing all. Be prepared
to spend plenty of quality time learning and relearning all that
this tutorial has to offer. By the time you are done you will
have truly learned the best way to work with tracks and markers,
using stories to alter track playback, adding weblinks to your
menus, utilizing subtitles from Final Cut Pro, authoring dual
layer DVDs and so much more.
You will get better performance by dragging
the lesson and project files which are supplied to you on the
disc to your hard drive. These are all easily accessed. Once
on, you may watch each lesson as an individual QuickTime movie
or, as I usually do with Ripple Training discs, go right to the
'Whole Enchilada' which plays the entire set of 16 chapter lessons
from beginning to end. At any point you may go to the convenient
drop down menu to repeat a lesson or skip to another one. It
is always best to learn by doing rather than simply listening
and that is why all the project assets are included with the
disc. However, you can easily substitute your own material working
in DVD Studio Pro as you follow along with the tutorial. This
is the one area that might prove difficult to the novice learning
DVD Studio Pro for the first time. Due to the tremendous amount
of information, number of tasks and skills covered in this disc,
the narration tends to move rather quickly in parts and switching
back and forth between the tutorial and your own project may
be very time consuming and tedious. When I needed to go back
a few sentences because of one of those 'What did he say?' moments,
I found it difficult to drag the position indicator and reverted
to going to the lesson drop down to begin it again.
My bottom line on Ripple Training's DVD
Authoring in DVD Studio Pro is that for those, of any level of
expertise, who are serious about either learning DVD Studio Pro
or improving their skills and techniques than your search for
a training aid has come to a halt. This is the disc you have
been looking for and it is well worth the dinero.
Available in the lafcpug Store
Steve Douglas is an underwater
videographer and contributor to numerous film festivals around
the world. A winner of the 1999 Pacific Coast Underwater Film
Competition, 2003 IVIE competition, 2004 Los Angeles Underwater
Photographic competition, and the prestigious 2005 International
Beneath the Sea Film Competition, where he also won the Stan
Waterman Award for Excellence in Underwater Videography and 'Diver
of the Year', Steve was a safety diver on the feature film "The
Deep Blue Sea", contributed footage to the Seaworld Park's
Atlantis production, and a recent History channel MegaDisaster
show. Steve is one of the founding organizers of the San Diego
UnderSea Film Exhibition and leads both underwater filming expeditions
and African safaris with upcoming excursions to Kenya, Bali &
Komodo in 2007, and Costa Rica and Palau in 2008. Feel free to
contact him if you are interested in joining Steve on any of
these exciting trips. www.worldfilmsandtravel.com
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