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1. Blu-ray Disc Demystified


The Latest Tips and Techniques for Getting the Maximum from Blu-ray Technology

Blu-ray Disc Demystified provides the most current information and applications available for this popular high-definition optical disc format. Written by a team of experts with a wide range of experience in DVD and high-definition production, this thorough, skill-building guide details Blu-ray's many features, formats, and applications.

Blu-ray Disc Demystified provides exhaustive coverage of the multitude of production and authoring processes, while explaining how the standard and high-definition DVD specifications dovetail and/or clash with related digital media standards. The authors also provide detailed descriptions of Blu-ray's strengths, as well as frank assessments of its weaknesses and common traps that often ensnare new users. Blu-ray Disc Demystified is the most comprehensive and practical guide available for navigating the numerous challenges, changes, and opportunities associated with Blu-ray technology.

Blu-ray Disc Demystified provides:

  • Detailed overview of Blu-ray technology
  • In-depth coverage of formats, features, and applications
  • The latest news on content protection
  • Tips on using Blu-ray in the home, office, and school
  • The facts behind the myths surrounding Blu-ray
  • Essential information regarding production
  • Interaction paradigms
  • Honest assessments of Blu-ray's pitfalls

About the Author

Jim Taylor is senior vice president and general manager of the Advanced Technology Group at Sonic Solutions.

Charles G. Crawford is co-founder of Television Production Services, Inc.

Chirsten M. Armbrust is director of research and development at Technicolor

Michael Zink is director of advanced technology at Technicolor.



2. Programming HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc


The ultimate book/DVD package for HD and Blu-Ray DVD applications

This complete book/DVD package covers everything you need to know in order to write optical working code for HD and Blu-Ray DVD applications.This comprehensive tutorial not only teaches the new programming skills but also includes large chunks of reusable code and demonstrates actual code outcomes.

About the Author
Michael Zink is the Director of Advanced Technology at Technicolor and responsible for establishing the HD-DVD and Blu-ray production lines in the company’s Burbank facility. Phil Carl Starner is a Software Engineer with Javelin Ventures LLC, and the author of more than 400 DVDs. His game “Who Wants to Be King of the Jungle” won a DVDX Award for Best Games and Interactivities. Bill Foote is a Senior Staff Engineer with Sun Microsystems, who authored many portions of Sun’s Java TV and DVB-MHP specifications.



3. High-Definition DVD Handbook: Producing for HD-DVD and Blu-Ray Disc


Everything you need to design and produce high definition DVDs-from three of the most well-known specialists in the industry

High Definition DVD Handbook is your one-stop resource for mastering the new HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc formats and successfully applying them to the entire DVD process-from authoring to design to production. You'll see how to fully utilize the amazing new resolution and features of high definition DVD, understand the major differences between the formats, navigate complex specs, and set up for either small- or large-scale production. Featuring a foreword by Jim Taylor, coauthor of DVD Demystified, this practical, irreverent guide:

  • Gives you comprehensive, up-to-date coverage of both new competing high definition DVD formats
  • Covers all-new, high definition authoring tools
  • Includes chapters devoted to audio and video acquisition, graphics design, compression, quality control, and replication
  • Reveals how to achieve new levels of interactivity through graphic user interfaces (GUIs)
  • Provides proven advice on avoiding production pitfalls and troubleshooting
  • Helps you navigate and utilize content protection and digital rights management as well as the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) standard

Taking DVD Demystified to the next level, High Definition DVD Handbook is your guide to the new wave of DVD production.

“should be required reading in any world-class DVD facility.” -Benn Carr, VP of New Technology, Walt Disney Studios, Burbank, CA

About the Author

Mark Johnson is vice president of technology at Technology Creative Services, a Thomson company.

Charles Crawford is the cofounder of Televised Production Services and Heritage Series, LLC, production companies.

Christen Armbrust is a senior process engineer at Technicolor Creative Services.



4. Practical Home Theater: A Guide to Video and Audio Systems (2009 Edition)

How can an average person navigate the maze of audio/video technologies in a home theater system? Turn to Mark Fleischmann's Practical Home Theater: A Guide to Video and Audio Systems, now in its eighth edition, thoroughly revised and updated for 2009. The ultimate answer book, it tells you everything you need to know when shopping for HDTV and surround gear-including how to read a spec sheet, how to separate fact from hype, and how to get good value for your money. It weighs the pros and cons of HDTV display technologies such as plasma, LCD, DLP, and tube-based sets. It explains the differences between Dolby and DTS surround, including the new Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master standards. It dispels the confusion surrounding such topics as HDMI and 1080p. And it covers all formats under the sun including the new Blu-ray disc and anything that plays in an iPod. The book also explores often ignored topics such as buying a DTV antenna, power-line accessories, and cables. A richly detailed connections chapter tells how to hook up every component and how to solve common problems. By knowledgably guiding readers through the briar patch of video and audio, Practical Home Theater has become the standard reference work for home theater buffs. Future annual editions will continue to track changes in home theater technology.

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5. Home Theater For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))

Overwhelmed with big screen TV and home theater audio options? What do you need to build the perfect home theater experience? Home Theater For Dummies, 3rd Edition shows you how to plan a home theater system and choose components that fit your budget and your room.

Beginning with the most basic information, this guide helps you choose what you need and put it all together. It explains DLP, 3LCD, HDMI, DTV, and HDTV so you can talk intelligently with salespeople at the electronics store. You’ll find out about Blu-ray, explore HD and satellite radio options, and see how to incorporate a Wii, Xbox, or Playstation 3 into your set-up. Learn to:

  • Choose among plasma, LCD, and projection TVs
  • Know the difference between digital TV and HDTV
  • Assess and choose an LCD TV, a new 3D TV, or an HD radio
  • Set up your audio system and TV for maximum performance
  • Use a Media Center or Home Theater PC
  • Fine-tune your system and add cool touches such as accessing home theater content from your cell phone
  • Explore HD and satellite radio options, CD players, DVD-Audio disks, and options for old cassettes and vinyl
  • Set up your system with the proper cables for each component, or learn what it takes to go wireless
  • Calibrate your video with a calibration disk, an optical comparator, or a DVD containing THX Optimizer

Get the perfect home theater experience by following the expert tips and techniques presented in Home Theater For Dummies, 3rd Edition. You’ll be watching movies and listening to audio in no time!

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6. Home Theater Design: Planning and Decorating Media-Savvy Interiors

New in Paperback!

Technical tips for how to achieve a "movie theater" experience in your own home.Home Theater Design is the comprehensive guide to planning all types of entertainment spaces in the home. Author Krissy Rushing reveals how to choose and place acoustic and audio/visual systems to the best advantage; how to plan a home theater or music room; and how to display, store, and care for all types of media formats.

This book looks at the aesthetics, too with a "whole interior" approach to home entertaining. The book offers information on a variety of design considerations - furnishings, comfort, setting up entertainment spaces, hosting get-togethers, accommodating guests - while factoring in style, functionality, new technology, acoustic planning, soundproofing, lighting, and environmental and personal health considerations.

About the Author
Krissy Rushing is the executive and entertainment editor of Stereophile Guide to Home Theater and Home Theater Buyer's Guide, former executive editor of Home Theater magazine and Digital Home Entertainment. With an in-depth knowledge of mid-level and high-end systems, along with A/V architecture and design integration, audio/video componentry, home automation, and digital technology, Ms. Rushing has been a frequent contributor to other high-tech publications including Wired and Audio/Video Interiors.



7. Build the Ultimate Home Theater PC

The best of both worlds-now THIS is entertainment

You love tinkering with technology. The digital lifestyle is your lifestyle. So building your own Home Theater PC just might be as entertaining as using it. In these pages, a couple of fellow tinkerers explain the components and subsystems of a Home Theater PC and help you choose and pur- chase parts, assemble and test the PC, install Windows(r) Media Center Edition, and get the whole thing up and running. Then, invite your friends over and watch 'em turn green.

All you need to know

Clear, step-by-step instructions, complete with parts lists, pictures, and diagrams
* What makes it an HTPC
* Choosing the CPU and memory
* Graphics, video, and HTPC audio
* Monitors and displays
* Networking your HTPC
* Remotes-and how many you can lose
* Installing MCE 2005
* Your choice-P4, Pentium M, or Athlon 64
* Maximizing your multimedia experience
* . . . and more!

From the Back Cover
The best of both worlds—now THIS is entertainment

You love tinkering with technology. The digital lifestyle is your lifestyle. So building your own Home Theater PC just might be as entertaining as using it. In these pages, a couple of fellow tinkerers explain the components and subsystems of a Home Theater PC and help you choose and pur- chase parts, assemble and test the PC, install Windows® Media Center Edition, and get the whole thing up and running. Then, invite your friends over and watch 'em turn green.

All you need to know

Clear, step-by-step instructions, complete with parts lists, pictures, and diagrams

  • What makes it an HTPC
  • Choosing the CPU and memory
  • Graphics, video, and HTPC audio
  • Monitors and displays
  • Networking your HTPC
  • Remotes—and how many you can lose
  • Installing MCE 2005
  • Your choice—P4, Pentium M, or Athlon 64
  • Maximizing your multimedia experience
  • . . . and more!

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8. Great Escapes: New Designs for Home Theaters by Theo Kalomirakis

"Theo is obsessed with his work and embarked upon a quest for an elusive ideal theater that can exist only in dreams. Each time that he makes a dream theater into a reality, no matter how stunning the creation, it never quite fulfills the ideal in his mind-and off he goes again in the enthusiastic pursuit of impossible perfection."-Dean Koontz

In the 21st century, more and more people "go out" to the movies at home. This lifestyle change has led to the biggest innovation in residential design today: the home theater, be it a custom-installed system or an elaborate private screening room. At the high end, Theo Kalomirakis reigns supreme as the leading designer of private theaters in the home.

Kalomirakis tailors each of his designs to fit the needs of a specific client, using styles that range from ultra-traditional to cutting-edge. His theaters even have their own marquee names: The Moonlight, The First Run, The Miami Beach. Great Escapes showcases nine of these incredible spaces through superb color photographs and descriptions of the technology that make this revolution in entertainment and design possible. Although Kalomirakis's extravagant creations are for wealthy clients, they will also serve as inspiration for home owners who want to integrate cinema quality with home comfort on a more modest budget.

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9. How Home Theater and HDTV Work (How It Works)

Home theater and HDTV are hot, but most consumers know little or nothing about these technologies. You no longer have to rely on sales people to direct you to underpowered and overpriced equipment that doesn't meet your needs and is quickly outdated. Take matters into your own hands with How HDTV and Home Theater Works. Armed with this book, you will not only understand what you want, but why you want it and how to hook it all up. This book covers topics and most likely interest and confuse you, including:

  • Broadcast vs. cable vs. satellite television
  • Standard defintion vs. high definition TV
  • Surround sound
  • DVD and TiVo recorders
With all of this great information, presented to you in a highly-visual, four-color format, How HDTV and Home Theater Work is the only home theater book that you'll need to not only show you how to hook up your system, but how to maximize its performance.

About the Author
Michael Miller has authored more than 50 best-selling books over the past 15 years, including Absolute Beginner's Guide to eBay and Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, as well as The Complete Idiot's Guide to Home Theater Systems. Mr. Miller has established a reputation for clearly explaining technical topics to non-technical readers, and for offering useful real-world advice about complicated topics. More information can be found at the author's Web site, located at He can be contacted via e-mail at



10. Home Theater for Everyone: A Practical Guide to Today's Home Entertainment Systems

With this consumer's guide, buyers of home theater systems will be taken through the technology and components of home entertainment and learn how they suit their individual needs. Consumers will discover the best components, how to be a savvy shopper, how to avoid buying the wrong technology, and how to set up and fine-tune a system. In addition, all the technologies behind home theater are explained. These technologies include DVD players, audio/video receivers, multichannel speaker systems, high-definition television (HDTV), and digital satellite systems.

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11. Home Theater Hacks: 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tools

It might be the long lines at the theater, the $4.00 for a small bag of popcorn, or the cutting-edge technology that's now so readily available to the home market. Whatever the reason, the home theater market today is booming like the soundtrack to Star Wars! Want proof? A Google search for home theater reveals over three million results. Yikes!

It's simply undeniable: More and more people prefer watching their favorite movies, television shows, and videos from the comfort of their own sofas and couches. What's also undeniable is the inexperience of most people who choose to install or upgrade their home theaters.

Until now, the knowledge, technique, and experiences of those who've encountered similar conditions to yours could only be accessed through laborious web searches, stacks of magazines, and water cooler conversations. Home Theater Hacks from O'Reilly is the perfect remedy for this group.

A smart collection of insider tips and tricks, Home Theater Hacks covers home theater installation from start to finish, purchase to experience. Just imagine: no frustrating trial-and-error process and better yet, no expensive appointments with installation experts. Home Theater Hacks prevents both by imparting down-and-dirty technique not found anywhere else.

The book begins with a quick glossary of terms so you can speak the lingo when you go shopping, and then dives right into hush-hush, insider tricks. It's all covered where to find the right audio and video components, how to deal with speakers and wiring, understanding cable connectivity, mastering remote controls, how to fully grasp TiVo, and so much more. And to top it off, each of these insider tips is presented in a concise yet delightfully entertaining style. Bringing the Jurassic Park dinosaurs into your living room has never been so easy!

A seasoned veteran with numerous O'Reilly titles under his belt, author Brett McLaughlin leaves no stone unturned in helping you customize your home theater experience to your own personal environment.

About the Author
McLaughlin has been working in computers since the Logo days. He currently specializes in building application infrastructure using Java and Java-related technologies.



12. Build Your Own Home Theater (Second Edition)

Editorial Reviews

The book provides information for the beginner to the experienced home theater owner. -Connected Home, May 2002 -- Review

The book provides information for the beginner to the experienced home theater owner. -Connected Home, May 2002

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13. Complete Idiot's Guide to Home Theater Systems

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14. Digitally Daunted: The Consumer's Guide to Taking Control of the Technology in Your Life

Wi-fi or wired? Cable or fiber optic? HDMI or RCA? MP3 or AAC? Do you feel overwhelmed when you hear these terms? You re not alone smart people everywhere feel intimidated by the technology in their life. Standing in an electronics store trying to decode the specs on a purchase can make anyone feel powerless. Worse it can leave you with costly mistakes that you can barely get out of the packaging. But it doesn t have to be that way. With the right education, you can regain the control you need to survive and thrive in the digital world. In Digitally Daunted, an IT pro and his practical wife show you how to demystify the mumbo jumbo and become a confident consumer of all the things that are supposed to make your life easier. You ll learn how to shop for and manage the electronics in your household: PCs to phone systems, televisions, cameras, and music and movie software and hardware. Digitally Daunted will help you:

* Choose, use, and maintain all the modern appliances you need or want

* Decide what to buy, how to buy, and how much to spend

* Be prepared for the digital television conversion

* Get and stay connected on the Internet the fastest, cheapest, most secure way possible

* Discover everything you needed to know about phone service, both landline and cellular

* Determine what you need and want from your television, DVD player, DVD recorder, and service

* Get the most out of digital cameras still and video

* Learn about new ways to enjoy your music, photos and videos

* Introduce you to the latest in home gaming systems

* Figure out what to do when things go wrong

* Organize your tech stuff with checklists for shopping, maintenance, and service calls

Also includes a glossary of all the tech terms you need to know, green tips and some suggested web resources.

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15. Build Your Home Theater In a Weekend

Want a front-row seat at your own movie theater? If you are interested in re-creating the movie experience at home, then look no further! Filled with information on the hottest trends in consumer electronics, this book will help you choose video, system-integration, and acoustics equipment. It also offers basic installation information and news on the hottest electronics, including HDTV and DVD. This do-it-yourself guide will help you find out how easy it is to build a home theater in just one weekend.



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