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  • Blog Post: What Now?

    I have had some readers ask what is to become of this blog. Well, it started out discussing Office Development , then it covered Threat Modelling , and most recently it has been about HDi . There have been several posts about the Pet Shop Boys and then there was this little post , too. That's the cool...
  • Blog Post: A Concert with PowerPoint Slides?

    As you may know, Howard Jones played an acoustic show in Seattle last night with Robin Boult on guitar. The performance was fantastic, and the venue ( The Triple Door ) was actually quite nice with a limited menu coming from the kitchens of Wild Ginger . (Although I enjoyed the food, I am not really...
  • Blog Post: Good News

    Not one but two bits of good news this morning! Firstly, TWICE reported on Toshiba's plans for HD DVD this year. Probably the biggest news was that the entry-level HD-A3 player will have a new recommended price of only $149 and that the higher-end models will get similar price cuts. And in other...
  • Blog Post: HD DVD Emulator for Xbox 360!

    It's finally here! The Xbox 360 HD DVD Emulator went live today, enabling content authors to test their HD DVD content in a real-world consumer player before committing it to a shiny disc. This can save a lot of time and a lot of money for those folks building advanced HD DVD titles. It might help you...
  • Blog Post: “Open Season” Hits #2; World Scratches Head

    If you follow the High-Definition format war at all, you're probably familiar with the weekly sales breakdown published in Home Media Magazine and other places. If you checked them last week , you would have seen something strange. Something very strange. At #1, you have Live Free or Die Hard on...
  • Blog Post: Wikipedia editing

    Short post: In the interests of full disclosure, I've started editing Wikipedia on various topics related to HD DVD. Initially I made several "anonymous" edits, but decided to create an account for transparency and so I can "watch" pages as they change. Basically I am just posting this here so nobody...
  • Blog Post: Helpful Tracing Routines

    Last time we looked at conditional compilation , and how using it with HDiSim could aid with interactive debugging of runtime exceptions. But as useful as interactive debugging is, there are three major cases where it is impractical or impossible: When the bug is timing related, and using a debugger...
  • Blog Post: link

    No, not the application.link API. A web link. Or two. Some of you may have noticed a new name on the HD DVD Forums of late: Amy Dullard . She also has a great blog that focuses on getting people up-and-running with HDi. Check it out at http://blogs.msdn.com/amyd . Another person you might recognise...
  • Blog Post: HD DVD creation on the Mac and PC

    Although I tend to blog about HDi and advanced interactivity in HD DVD, many customers simply want to release their high-definition video quickly and cheaply. If you are a professional videographer shooting things like weddings, corporate events, marketing collateral, industrial films, digital shorts...
  • Blog Post: Script Execution Order in HD DVD

    An HDi application can use multiple script files so that you can better manage your code (more manageable files; easier source control; etc.). You do this simply by listing the files inside <Script> elements inside the manifest (and of course add the appropriate <Resource> elements if they...
  • Blog Post: Toggling Menus with the Menu button in 100% Markup

    Here's a quick one: How do you have an HD DVD menu that opens and closes when you click the Menu button, but doesn't require any script? It's pretty easy, but it relies on using a dummy element to hold your state; in this case whether the menu "can open" or whether the menu "can close." For this example...
  • Blog Post: Bare Bones HD DVD Interactivity

    We spend a fair amount of time focusing on "cool" menus in HD DVD -- with animations, transparency, and so on -- but sometimes you just want to get a title out and all you really needs is a basic menu system. You may even have some assets already set up from your standard-def DVD that you can just re...
  • Blog Post: Adding Picture-In-Picture to an HD DVD Title

    Picture-in-Picture (PIP) is one of those "cool" features in HD DVD that looks really difficult but is really easy to do -- contrast that with so many other things that look simple or are taken for granted, but take forever to implement... That's not to say it's easy for the player manufacturer to support...
  • Blog Post: Scrolling Menus in 100% Pure Markup

    After looking at drop-down menus in 100% pure markup , we turn our attention to scrolling lists. These can be used for things like chapter menus or other long lists of items. This demo is horizontal, but you could do it vertically also (and in fact, I have a different sample that takes a different approach...
  • Blog Post: First European HD DVD Title is Open Source

    Well, this should get the Slashdot folks on our side :-) Andrew pinged me this morning about the Elephants Dream HD DVD relea s e in Europe. The name was familiar to me, but I didn’t know why... had it won an Oscar(R) or something? No, it’s because Elephants Dream is the world’s first “open source...
  • Blog Post: How do I get started with iHD?

    Many DVD authoring professionals may be wondering how they can get started with HD DVD. Probably the first thing to do is to download the iHD Jumpstart kit and get yourself a good XML editor (like the free Visual Studio Web Developer edition ) and a graphics program like Photoshop or the Microsoft Expressions...
  • Blog Post: More Interlaced / Progressive Info

    Seems not everyone believes me when I say that for filmed content (24fps), 30i gives the same end result as 30p. Well, check out the latest review of the Samsung BD-P1000 player for a bit of a hint. The review very clearly states (and you can confirm for yourself if you search the web ) that the Samsung...
  • Blog Post: Pretty Buttons

    Tonight's sample is for animating buttons in a generic way. As with all the samples on my blog, this is just one way you can approach things in iHD; nothing says it is the only way (or even the best way). The animation will be a simple "roll-over" effect whereby buttons highlight when the mouse is over...
  • Blog Post: Radio Groups in iHD

    One of the things you take for granted in many programming environments is the default "widget" set that includes things like buttons, text boxes, and so on. These widgets make up the basic UI that your applications displays to users to display data and receive input. iHD provides these basic building...
  • Blog Post: Beyond "Beyond High Definition"?

    There have been a lot of reviews of the new Blu-ray discs recently... and none of them are positive. Again and again and again and again , reviewers are dinging Blu-ray on the high-priced player, low-quality picture, and missing special features versus the Toshiba HD DVD player and the ~30 amazing t...
  • Blog Post: Consumer HD DVD site on microsoft.com

    Microsoft just launched a consumer-oriented page for HD DVD at http://www.microsoft.com/hddvd . T his joins the existing page for content authors that has been up for a few weeks now. Nothing new here for the folks that are already well-versed in HD DVD, but hopefully we'll see more exciting things...
  • Blog Post: Would the Real "Bourne Supremacy" Please Stand Up?

    If you were at CES or NAB this year, you probably saw Microsoft's "concept" demo for Universal Pictures' The Bourne Supremacy HD DVD. One of the main reasons we showed off this demo -- even though we had real discs like Serenity and Phantom of the Opera to demo -- was that it included a "picture-in...
  • Blog Post: HD DVD Commercial

    This message was sent with low priority. Toshiba has a cool HD DVD commercial up on their website at http://www.tacp.toshiba.com/hddvd/ Unfortunately it's a Flash page so I can't give you a direct link <sigh> but you can just click on the image of the helicopter on the right-hand-side...
  • Blog Post: Hello World, Part 4: Script and a Movie! [Part iv: The Script]

    The light at the end of the tunnel! We've looked at the Playlist and the Manifest file , and the markup file , and now it's on to the actual script file. Anyone familiar with JScript programming for web pages (or WSH or other hosts) shouldn't have a problem following along here. Script.js Here...
  • Blog Post: Hello World, Part 4: Script and a Movie! [Part iii: The Markup]

    Now we've looked at the Playlist and the Manifest file for our sample, let's look at the markup file. Markup.xmu The markup file is not radically different from our previous attempts, but there are a few new things in it. Sorry if the line wrapping is ugly on your screen :-/ <? xml version...
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