Creating a Digital Portfolio

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  1. billchase2 macrumors 68000

    billchase2

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    right now i'm in the middle of creating my digital portfolio since i graduate from college in less than a month. i'm currently making it in iDVD 5. i'm a visual communication technology major so i'll be focusing on my design work, video work, and photography. is iDVD a good choice in order to create a portfolio on DVD? or would something like DVD studio pro be better?

    any tips at all in regards to creating a digital portfolio would be appreciated as i haven't done this before. thanks!
     
  2. scan300 macrumors 6502

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    There would be not much difference if your DVD is simple, but if your DVD has a lot of menu options, or a lot of customisation you'll need DVD pro.

    My tip for you portfolio would be to create several folios. One should be a 'best of' all your work. The others should focus each on one of your specialisations, eg A design focused version, with a small section on your other skills. A video focused version with a small section on your other skills. etc

    Then use the portfolio which matches the job you are applying for.
     
  3. billchase2 thread starter macrumors 68000

    billchase2

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    thanks for the advice. what i've been doing is putting together an overall portfolio with a little bit of everything in it. i have been using iDVD and it seems to meet the requirements i need. i have also created a portfolio website that shows a little bit of my work... but i have links for employers to order my portfolio DVD which showcases a lot more. i figured this could be a good route to take.
     
  4. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    Using a lackluster barebones and "kid friendly" program to basically "sell yourself", is only selling yourself short.

    There is ALOT iDVD can not and will not do, that DVDSP can do, and IMO do it easier, quicker and with less fuss.

    YES, DVDSP is not for idiots and you have to be very careful as you author your disk. Last thing you want is to have one of your buttons go to the button to the left when you press right on the remote. Things like that, though slightly automated in DVDSP can be a nasty downfall.

    But iDVD, doesnt let you have creative control over menus, like DVDSP does.

    And in all honesty, if you are making a digital portfolio and the DVD it is on isnt part of your portfolio, you are losing out.

    Take your time, DVD portfolios can be just a list, or another piece of art.


    In the very real sense, you are going to be offering a DVD of your work to someone to possibly hire you. You would want them to be as WOWED as possible, and I dont think using iDVD is the way to go.

    Think of it this way. Digital artists all know the tricks of the trade. I cant count how many Apple Sound Loops I hear completely unedited on television. Or how many LiveType presets without any customizations make it into commercials and porno.

    In other words, if the person you arre showing this DVD to, knows iDVD he will be able to spot it right away.

    When someone makes a movie in iMovie, the general audience is wowed. But those who know of iMovie know it took 2 seconds and absolutely NO talent. Is that what you want possible employers thinking of you?
     

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