NOVEMBER 2002 JOINT MEETING
THE DVD REVOLUTION: TRENDS & FUTURES
Sandra Benedetto, Pioneer Electronics
Ralph LaBarge, Alpha DVD
Hosted by Douglas Dixon, Sarnoff Corporation
DVD is indeed a major revolution, in the living room, on computers, and for video production. As the fastest-growing new consumer electronics product, DVD sales have surpassed VCRs, and movies on DVD are supplanting tapes for sales and rental. Meanwhile, on the computer, prices for DVD burners, recordable discs, and authoring software continue to drop, making desktop DVD authoring feasible for professionals, business, and now consumers.
This evening will explore the state of the DVD industry, especially for recordable formats, and examine the current trends and future possibilities for the DVD revolution:
Sandra Benedetto is Director of Product Development for Pioneer Electronics USA, Business Solutions Division. She is responsible for DVD product and application development for the professional, industrial and educational markets. With more than fifteen years of experience in the interactive technology, optical disc, and multimedia industries, Ms. Benedetto has worked in hardware, software and content development for LaserDisc, CD-ROM and now DVD technologies.
Ralph LaBarge is an independent DVD title developer, and author of "DVD Authoring & Production" published by CMP Books. He is a member of the DVD Association (DVDA) Board of Directors, and a columnist for DV magazine. With master's degrees in electrical engineering and computer science and over 12 years of practical experience in the fields of digital video compression and DVD, Ralph is widely recognized as a DVD expert. He specializes in the development of cutting-edge consumer DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, and WebDVD titles, including AVIA Guide to Home Theater, Mars: The Red Planet, the Naxos Musical Journey series, The Planet Earth series, StarGaze and USA on DVD.
Douglas Dixon develops multimedia products at Sarnoff Corporation. He is a contributing editor for Camcorder and Computer Video magazine, and writes for the U.S. 1 Newspaper in Princeton. His new book, "Desktop DVD Authoring," is being published in October by New Riders, and a new edition of his "How to Use Adobe Premiere 6.5" book will be published in November.
A pre-meeting dinner with the speaker is held at 6 p.m. at the Rusty Scupper on Alexander Road in Princeton. If you would like to attend, please RSVP with an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Princeton ACM / IEEE Computer Society meeting are open to the public. Students and their parents are welcome. There is no admission charge, and refreshments are served.