The concept of authoring comes from the field of interactive multimedia. In essence, authoring is a media integration process, where individual media elements – audio, video, graphics and text – are combined into a unified whole, with navigational pathways linking the various parts. The greater the number of individual elements, and the more flexible the navigation between parts (the interactivity), the more complex the authoring task.
For consumer audio and video devices, the need to author material for release in a given format is pretty much a new concept, which makes authoring potentially the least-understood stage in pre-mastering for video and audio professionals. With VHS, for instance, there is no need (or capability) ...