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Chapter 15. Authoring: An overview of the DVD assembly process

Authoring is the digital crossroad in the DVD process where everything finally comes together. It's the step where all the individual media pieces are imported, arranged, and then merged into a single cohesive, exciting presentation. The current range of authoring software offers many different approaches to building DVDs, from simple programs with limited abilities to sophisticated applications with mind-boggling complexity and extensive control.

This chapter will help you understand the general capabilities of DVD authoring software and familiarize you with the most common features and settings. The final part of the chapter presents overviews of many popular authoring software packages, with brief descriptions and interface screens from entry-level to high-end. If you're in the market to buy an authoring application, this section will identify your options and assist you in matching the right software with your needs.


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