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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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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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…


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 beta. This…

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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…

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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…


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 blocks, but it doesn’t…

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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 titles released so far. The…

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