Showtime—your epic is finally done. The color corrections you meticulously crafted are perfect, and the audio tracks in the edit timeline are speckled with fades and dissolves—evidence of a carefully-blended soundtrack. You click on Save As and rip the project to DVD. It’s showtime.
Rambunctious friends and relatives, even the family dog, gather in front of the digital hearth for your premiere. As they’re hooting and hollering and throwing popcorn, you dare to wonder if there might be larger audiences in grander places who might appreciate your opus.
Try to imagine a packed nineteenth-century ...