Instead of simply granting my request for an extended license to Quick BD Menu, the program I had inquired about, he countered with a much more generous offer. He suggested that I might prefer to write some guides for what at the time was essentially the full range of DVD-Logic's Blu-ray authoring sotware and gave me a sort of extended trial license so I could continue using it far beyond the normal 21 day trial period.
That was a little more than nine months ago and I've spent much of the intervening time learning not just how to use EasyBD, Quick BD Menu, and IGEditor, but also about Blu-ray itself. One of the first things I realized when I finally decided I was ready to get to work on the tutorials for those programs I will begin unleashing on the public later today was that it was too complex a subject to expect anyone to follow along if I began in the middle - yet that's certainly what it would mean to just jump into the authoring process.
It's the journey and the destination
Considering how much I had to learn, and further understanding I knew far more about the subject when I started than the average AfterDawn reader, I realized I would need to take a more deliberate and thorough approach.Over the past several months regular AfterDawn visitors may have noticed that our Guides section has become home to an entire series of guides.
The AfterDawn Blu-ray Encoding Tutorial was began as an attempt to lay the groundwork so my upcoming authoring tutorials would be more accessible.In order to make the authoring process as predictable as possible and provide a
At the same time I wrote the ten guides which currently make up our Blu-ray encoding tutorial. On a personal level it served as documentation for the process to help me get a better feel for all the steps and moving parts which were involved. But as I got further along, as two lessons turned into three and three turned into six and eventually six turned into ten, I decided there was one final piece of the puzzle I would need to put in place to help the reader prepare for authoring a Blu-ray disc.
The home stretch
Today that step is complete with the publication of a new guide titled Preparing Assets For AfterDawn Blu-ray Authoring Tutorials. Just like the name suggests the entire purpose of this guide is to provide instructions for preparing the video, audio, and subtitle assets, along with various other assets which will be used in the Blu-ray authoring guides AfterDawn will be publishing in the coming weeks.
But if you are interested in Blu-ray authoring, if you have any thoughts about making use of these upcoming tutorials, it would be to your advantage to get all the encoding, all the analyzing video and audio, and all the basic preparation out of the way before you start. It should give you a better understanding of the preparation which must be done ahead of time while also making it easier to focus on what for most people will likely represent a steep learning curve later.
The first day of the rest of our site
And one last thing while we're on the subject of AfterDawn content, I guess you could call it a request for some assistance from you. If I'm doing my job anywhere near right you have hopefully seen some slight changes to our content - both in the guides I've been working on and some of the articles we've been publishing here on the front page.
The little changes we have made to date are barely a hint of our bigger plans for the future. I can't be more specific than that - simply because I don't know a lot just yet - but what I do know is this. Over the last few months we, and by that I mean everyone from the top of the company on down, have been focused on rededicating ourselves, and by extension the whole of AfterDawn, to you - the people who make it possible for us to do this stuff for a living. In my case that includes making some changes to the content I've been creating, both the substance and the style.
I began by trying to better connect the guides I'm writing with our forums, and by extension the people who visit AfterDawn. My goal in all this is simply to engage our readers. In part this is merely a selfish ploy to convince you to
Other placees to give us your opinion
For anyone who does make a habit of reading our guides this is a perfect time for you to do just that. For various reasons, some having to do with the content itself but some of it a result of some deliberate rethinking on my part, there are some (hopefully) subtle changes to the overall presentation and design with the goal of both practical and aesthetic improvements. Now it's your chance to let me know if I'm on the right track.
If you look at this guide and think to yourself, "what an ugly mess," don't hold back. I'll get over it. Or maybe you don't see anything different. Maybe it's not actually all that different except in my head. Maybe there's nothing that needs changed in the first place or perhaps there's just an obvious change we (and by we I mean me) are missing. However you feel about it - even if you just don't feel like wasting your time reading it, this is your official platform to let the powers that be here at AfterDawn know about it.
Don't hold back. Let us know how you really feel.
Written by: Rich Fiscus @ 10 Oct 2012 6:48