Originally posted by Dennis Loomis:
I'm assuming that the cost of everything prior to duping to Tape or DVD is the same in either case. Not sure what Tim means by authoring. If he's talking about the script for the shoot, thats going to be the same either way, or is this some technical term relating to the shoot, editing or mastering or the raw footage?
That's an incorrect assumption. What Tim means by authoring is the process of setting up the various chapters of the DVD, that is, designating where on the DVD each section that you can jump to from the table of contents should start, the structure of the table of contents, etc. It takes a lot more time than you'd imagine, and, when you think about it, it logically should take much more time than a tape. With a tape, you just have to have it in the order you want from start to finish; with a DVD you need to design the menu system, any title screens for each chapter, name the chapters, put them in order, etc. It's not a quick and dirty process.
A linear DVD, without all this, would take no longer than a tape to make, but other than the benefit of digital quality and lifetime, you'd lose all the benefits that people love about having videos available on DVD.