Casino Royale… no PS 3?

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 a recent article where the…

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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’re not all in an ACA file). Whether or…

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“Live” vs “Loaded” DOM

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 is an in-memory representation of an XML document. Really there is nothing special about these two things; the spec…

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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…

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iRiver Clix First Impressions

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 at the gym) but I wasn’t going to buy one…

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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…

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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 simultaneous…

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Using unsetProperty With Script Animations

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 style properties, and this behaviour was not clearly specified in the original version…

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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…

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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 release 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” movie that…

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