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Welcome to Jim Taylor's DVD Demystified site, where all (ok, most) of your DVD questions are answered in the DVD FAQ.

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The UltraViolet FAQ is up!

UltraViolet is the upcoming system for buying, download, and streaming movies over the Internet. More information in Jim's new UltraViolet FAQ.  

Blu-ray Disc Demystified

Blu-ray Disc Demystified was published in November 2008. Blu-ray has been given the "Demystified" treatment with details on development, physical format, logical formats, applications, myth busting, advantages/disadvantages, and more. More information at the BDDemystified Web site. 

 

DVD Demystified, Third Edition, published by McGraw-Hill (11/2005)

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Jim has been joined by renowned DVD developer Mark Johnson and award-winning video director Chuck Crawford to update DVD Demystified with details of the latest developments and formats.
  • Detailed descriptions of DVD, HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc (BD), UMD, and more.
  • Over 200 information-packed charts and figures, including a quick reference section.
  • Clear and understandable explanations of features and technologies.
  • Includes a DVD with samples from Broadcast DVD, Dolby, DTS, Joe Kane Productions, Microsoft, Ovation Software, THX, Widescreen Review, and others, plus WebDVD HTML files, spreadsheets, and more.

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DVD Demystified 2nd edition is available in Japanese.


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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About DVD, published by McGraw-Hill (11/2003)

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  • The most comprehensive, quick look-up guide to DVD facts, figures, and formats available anywhere
  • General DVD information
  • DVD's relationship to other products and technologies
  • DVD technical details
  • DVDs and the computer
  • DVD production
This is the DVD FAQ in print. If you've ever wished you had a copy of the FAQ to read on the bus, at breakfast, or in the bathroom, your wish has been granted.

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The Official DVD FAQ

  • DVD FAQ - The official Frequently Asked Questions list of the rec.video.dvd newsgroups.
  • Reader comments about the DVD FAQ.

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More Stuff From Jim Taylor

I keep a separate list of my presentations, publications, and other productions. Here are a few selections:

Stuff From Other Jim Taylors

Related Stuff

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