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All of these DVD acronyms can be pretty intimidating, but now you know better and as G.I. Joe used to say, "Knowing is half the battle." Not to mention this is only going to get easier and easier as the standards work themselves out.

The last point is this: it is worth it. The learning curve pays off the first time you sit down on your couch with your remote control and popcorn to watch a DVD that you (or your kids) made, and the alphabet soup of DVD will give way to the warm glow of a job well-done. Have fun.

Honda Shing is Chief Technology Officer for InterVideo which makes WinDVD, the world's most popular software DVD player. InterVideo ( also makes other audio and video software and will soon release WinProducer 2 DVD, a program to edit and burn your own DVDs.

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