The rapid drop in costs and the improved functionality of authoring software has brought DVD production within the scope of every home moviemaker. A good-looking and functional menu is critical to the success of any DVD - without it, end users cannot find their way to the real content.
Designing DVD Menus provides both hobbyist moviemakers and design professionals at any level of expertise with all the information and inspiration they need to create slick, stylish, exciting DVDs. It demystifies the jargon and explains technical issues in simple language. Employing plenty of easy-to-follow, step-by-step work-throughs, it encourages readers to focus on getting creative with their ideas. It is full of projects that show how to use animation, picture-within-picture, background movie clips, and audio and imaging effects to create stunning titles, menu screens, transitions, and interactive features. Overall, it offers a wealth of tips and tricks to give DVD designs that cool, professional edge.
Michael Burns is a freelance journalist writing about the creative computer graphics, digital technology, and new media and design industries. George Cairns is a freelance video producer, artist and writer with 10 years' experience teaching Photoshop and video editing at UK Universities.