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DVD Studio Pro 3: In the Studio by Marc Loy

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Chapter 9. DVDs and Computers

If you need to include data with your DVDs, you’ve come to the right chapter. We’ll look at including a data portion on your disc so that computer users can access content beyond the video portion of your DVD. We’ll also look at supporting the web-enabled features provided by DVDSP.

Computer Features

From the very beginning, DVDs have had a place in the hearts and minds of computer users. Software outgrew the floppy over the course of a decade and migrated to CDs. Judging by the number of multi-CD software applications out there now, it won’t be long before DVDs are the distribution mechanism du jour. One disc (albeit in double-sided, dual-layer mode) can hold 18GB of data. Final Cut Pro and a full array of add-ons almost fill that already!

But DVDs aren’t just about space. They’re also about entertainment. We’ve been building projects all along that are meant to entertain and amuse. What’s the one thing missing from all this entertainment? That’s right: advertising. Well, OK, you might not really miss it, but a DVD playing in a computer also can link to a related web site. That way, anything that is missing from your DVD can be presented. And why not go ahead and add a banner ad for your next theatrical release?

DVD disc layout

So, where does the extra stuff go? Let’s take a quick look at the files and folders that are stored on a regular DVD (see Figure 9-1).

The main folders are the VIDEO_TS and AUDIO_TS ...

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