A Handy Checklist to Guide Your DVD Project
Here’s a four-step checklist to get you started on your DVD.
Step 1: Plan your project. What kind of DVD do you want to produce? This article features a few
suggestions, but the possibilities are almost limitless.
Step 2: Assemble your active ingredients. What digital video, audio, photos and graphics do you want to include? What will your user interface look like?
Step 3: Convert your material to DVD friendly format, a.k.a. encoding. This is where you decide on a data compression rate, video and audio formats, aspect ratio and other elements of your DVD.
Step 4: The authoring process - this is where it all comes together. This is the creative part, where your idea and content combine video and audio, intertwine with navigational elements and determine what the whole DVD project will look and act like.
What’s the Difference Between DVD-R and DVD+R?
Blank recordable DVD’s come in five different versions:
What’s the difference?
As with CDs, R version of DVDs can be written to once. RW and RAM DVDs are reusable, and can be recorded to more than once.
Things get less familiar when you introduce the + and - DVD versions. Neither one is a “better” format either one will serve your creativity well.
The most important thing to know: they are completely different recording standards. Not all DVD burners will burn both + and - formats. Not all DVD players will play them. And blank DVDs come in either + or - format.
Remember VHS versus Betamax? The DVD difference is similar, and there’s a similar battle for market dominance. It’s not clear which one will prevail, or even if such a resolution will happen.