I set out to write this book for one simple reason: I want you to have fun making your own movies with your camcorder and your PC. I want to help you get up to speed so that you can easily create movies that your friends and family will actually watch.
Although the title of this book might suggest that it is strictly for people who want to create DVDs, I’m also going to tell you how you can create movies on CDs and videos for your Web site and even make videotape copies for people who still use VCRs. Hey, I know that you might not quite be ready to take the plunge and jump all the way into making actual DVDs yet—that’s okay. In this book, you’ll learn that you can get your feet wet gradually (probably with the PC you already own). If you decide that making DVDs sounds like something you’d like to do after you’ve had a little practice, what you’ll learn by reading this book will help you make better choices in selecting your hardware and software upgrades.
I’ve divided this book into three parts. In Part I, I’ll give you an introduction to digital video editing, the basics of creating DVDs, and information about how to get your movies into your PC so that you can do something with them. In Part II, I’ll show you each of the steps along the way of creating and editing your movies on your PC. I’ll make certain that you will gain an understanding of the whole process, so that making movies will seem like the step-by-step logical process that it should be rather than some overwhelming task that is beyond comprehension. Finally, in Part III, I’ll show you how to go from the beginning to the end of the movie-making process using several different popular video editing programs. In all likelihood, your current video editor will be one of them, but even if you’re still deciding which program to use, you’ll find the comparisons among the different programs interesting and useful.