Aids to Navigation
Master index and table of contents
In the master index, the stuctures that are listed correspond closely to those shown in the on-screen indexes of the DVDs. In the master table of contents, the major sections that are listed are the same as the sections shown in the on-screen tables of contents. In addition, in the master table of contents, lengthy sections are divided into shorter sub-sections, with notes to outline the contents of each.
The master index and table of contents give location by disk, title number, and chapter number. The terms "title" and "chapter" are technical terms belonging to the terminology of the DVD format. Each disk is divided into titles. A title is one continuous piece of video. Each title is punctuated by chapters. A "chapter" is a defined starting point within a title. Many DVD-playing software programs let you navigate by title number and by chapter number.
Navigation by title and chapter number
PC computers come equipped with a variety of built-in DVD playing software. In some cases the software is quite basic, and may not permit navigation by title and chapter. You may want to upgrade your computer's DVD playing ability by purchasing a third party DVD software program such as PowerDVD, which lets you navigate by title and chapter.
Macintosh computers come equipped with Apple's DVD Player software. This permits navigation by title and chapter, using either the "Go" pull-down menu, or the Navigator window.
Use in the classroom: bookmarks
If you aim to use portions of the DVD Atlas in the classroom, you will want to go straight to the part you want, without having to click through a sequence of on-screen menus. The better DVD playing software programs, including PowerDVD and Apple's DVD Player, let you set up "bookmarks" for any disk. A bookmark is a user-determined starting point. Once you have set up the bookmarks you want, you can take the disk out. The program remembers the bookmarks, so you can use them whenever you put the disk in.