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    Using Conditional Compilation in HDi

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    One of the cardinal rules for developing HD DVD applications is, "let no exception go unhandled." The reason for this is simple – if you fail to handle an exception, the player will kill your application and stop the disc. This leads many developers to...
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    link

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    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...
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    A Game of Chance that Pirates like to Play

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    Ahoy there me laddies! Yarrrr you better be readin' this blog then matey, or you'll be feelin' the lick o' the cat come nightfall! No, it's not Talk Like a Pirate Day ; it's Let's Post Another HDi Game Day . The other week I posted an HDi sample based...
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    HD DVD creation on the Mac and PC

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    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...
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    Coloured Blocks Advancing on a Moving Block

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    This blog would be titled Space Invaders , but I don't own that trademark so I had to choose something a bit more generic. This is a preliminary post to show a very hacked up version of the popular game in HDi. Note that I hope to follow up with a more...
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    Tech Acronym of the Day

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    TPM (Trusted Platform Module): noun . A dedicated chip that performs cryptographic operations and cannot be inspected or tampered with unless you have frickin' sharks with electron-tunnelling microscopes attached to their heads. OK, so it made someone...
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    The Difference Between “Selected” and “Current” tracks

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    In HD DVD, there are two ways to figure out which subtitle or audio track the user has chosen. The selectedAudioTrackNumber (and selectedAudioLanguageCode / selectedAudioLanguageCodeExtension ) properties refer to the track (language) that the user has...
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    A tip for writing script for HD DVD

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    A very quick tip today, although this one trips me up a lot . When you write script files for your HDi applications, always include a blank line at the start of the file and at the end of the file. This is because the player will concatenate all the...
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    Red Box Debugging

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    Today I have a simple debugging tip. Sometimes when you have an obscure bug, you need to answer the question "is my code even getting executed?" Often you can find that really obscure bugs are caused simply by a bad conditional, a typo, an unexpected...
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    Paperless

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    I fly pretty regularly, but in the past seven years I've never had a paper ticket. I always just zip through the electronic check-in counter, passing mild looks of disdain at those other people milling around with their pieces of paper stuck in long...
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    Simple Pre-Processor for HDi

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    Hope you all had a good break. I haven't blogged for a while due to travel (both business and pleasure) and laziness… but I thought I'd start off today with simple pre-processor for HDi. One of the things that is missing from HD DVD is a good pre-processor;...
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    Casino Royale… no PS 3?

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    I went to see the new James Bond film yesterday (aka Casino Royale ) and it was probably the best Bond film of recent times. Don't get me wrong – I love Pierce Brosnan – but the films were just getting too over-the-top on techno gadgets and so on. I read...
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    Script Execution Order in HD DVD

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    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...
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    “Live” vs “Loaded” DOM

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    One of the potentially confusing aspects of HDi is the notion of the "live" and "loaded" DOMs. The "DOM" is the "Document Object Model", and you can read more about it at http://www.w3.org/TR/2000/REC-DOM-Level-2-Core-20001113/core.html -- basically it...
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    Toggling Menus with the Menu button in 100% Markup

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    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...
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    iRiver Clix First Impressions

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    My trusty old Rio Carbon died the other day when it fell out of its little carrying case and was abruptly introduced to the cold, harsh reality of a concrete parking garage floor. RIP, Rio. I needed a replacement (otherwise I can't bear spending time...
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    Bare Bones HD DVD Interactivity

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    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...
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    Adding Picture-In-Picture to an HD DVD Title

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    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...
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    Using unsetProperty With Script Animations

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    A common theme lately has been confusion about the unsetProperty API used by scripts in HD DVD, but it's actually quite simple once you know the rules. One complication is the behaviour of the state properties, which act slightly differently than the...
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    Scrolling Menus in 100% Pure Markup

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    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...
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    First European HD DVD Title is Open Source

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    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...
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    Looks like I'll be down $300 on November 14th

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    But what better way to spend it than 236 episodes of Friends ? Thank you, Warner Bros. I hope they offer it on HD DVD so I don't have to have 40+ DVDs lying around...
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    Updates coming

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    I know it's been a while since I last blogged anything -- I was on holiday last week and I've been busy this week. I will try to post more iHD samples (and part 3 of the inheritance series) sometime soon...
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    How do I get started with iHD?

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    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...
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    Random Post about Music

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    Armin van Buuren's State of Trance 2006 is a must-have CD for any trance fans. I recently learnt that the BBC chose the Pet Shop Boys' track Numb for their World Cup Montage [no hyperlink; it was taken down]. And the Pet Shop Boys will be in Seattle...
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