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Trai Forrester is the World's Acknowledged Leading Authority on DVD Studio Pro®

Trai got his start with DVD Studio Pro in the spring of 1999 when the program was known as Astarte DVDirector. Trai became the world's leading Astarte Dealer/Distributor by fall of 1999, traveling throughout the country, installing and training on the new system, helping bring in scores of early adopting studios into DVD Production.

Apple hires Trai Forrester as a private consultant in April, 2001, to help introduce DVD Studio Pro 1.0, at NAB. Photo credit: Lou Skriba

Trai introduces the first (and still only) comprehensive DVD Studio Pro Scripting Tutorials disc in July, 2001.

"Trai's scripting disc taught me how to 'think DVD' - Marc McCoy

Trai Founded TFDVD.com a DVD Studio Pro support site, in 2001.

"I'm beginning to understand. All DVD Studio Pro roads lead to Trai" - A Poster on 2-Pop, Spring, 2002

Unsolicited comments from TFDVD.com members, during 2002/2003

Trai collaborates with John Brisbin Releasing the "TFDVDSP Engine",the first and still only, professional DVD Studio Pro Advanced Play List Project Templates - early 2002

Trai released the "TFDVD-9 Maker" the workaround to DVD SP's DVD-9 formatting bug - summer 2002'. For almost 2 years afterwards, it's the only way to guarantee a spec compliant DVD-9 in DVD Studio Pro®.

Trai led the development of DVDAfterEdit, beginning in Fall, 2002. The program was originally designed to extend DVD Studio Pro's capabilities.


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Some unsolicited comments from TFDVD.com members:

Posted Feb 05,2003 11:03 AM p______j

I'm psyched. This kind of advice would cost me thousands. I know I've looked into having a consultant engineer and could not afford it.

message Posted By Posted Feb 09,2003 9:14 PM N________U Dear Trai,

Thanks so much again! Everyone I meet who shares my enthusiasm in DVD production, the first thing I tell them is to join your web site!

Like I said, quite simply the best on the Net. Nothing else comes close!

Thanks, Trai.
Editors note: This next recommendation (which Trai reports has meant a lot to him) came after a TFDVD member threw up his hands with DVD SP (regarding the dual layer bug, and other issues), saying he was leaving DVD SP and the Mac; and then revealed that he only reluctantly had gotten DVD SP and a Mac, in the first place. His studio was all along a Scenarist based DVD authoring studio.

This reply came after Trai had replied to his previous "leaving DVD SP" post by saying; "We'll miss you".

Posted Dec 07,2002 10:11 AM y_______

Hey I'm not leaving the boards. I'm just leaving the Mac! Hee Hee! I can't thank you enough for all the help you've given me through that very painful learning experience.

The information on this site, and in your brain (Which you generously provide to members) have been invaluable to my own understanding. I'm sure everyone else here feels the same way. Thanks Trai.

There is plenty of info here for DVDers even if they choose not to use DVDSP.

As for the Scenarist Menu question. I thought that's what it meant. A couple of programmers at work and I are gonna' sit down and work out a program and GUI that exports a Scenarist script for the photoshop menu functionality. It will take a while, but I'll keep you posted.

Thanks again, DY

Posted Aug 23,2002 12:59 AM Ascension

While I am not the expert that you and some of my colleagues here on the board are, I feel that the knowledge I have gained on this project is like a masters level course at a university. If you truly want to understand DVD and not just be a button clicker then this is the site to participate in.

Posted Dec 19,2002 11:33 PM natteau

Dear Trai,

Thanks so much. Once again, you've saved the day. Asked FCP Pro tech support. They gave me 3 different solutions and none worked. You were right on target!

Thanks again


The day or two I was 'offline' from TFDVD I resorted to the other DVDSP message boards and found it far less productive/helpful than your site. I really appreciate all that you and the other members do - seriously without your help my first major DVD launch (17,500 copies) would not have been possible.

...and yes, I've got the DVD Hat - it's right next to my other one - I'm starting my own trophy collection!



Posted Oct 30,2002 11:54 AM sfnooner

Thanks to you, I considerably upped my income by offering DVD authoring to my clients.
Posted Nov 05,2002 7:52 PM rick

Trai- It worked! I don't know why it worked but it worked! Thanks for saving the day!
Posted Dec 06,2002 2:40 AM A____ A____

Trai, this is absolutely AWESOME!. Big kudos to you and all involved.
Posted Dec 13,2002 4:20 PM LK

Wow Trai, You RULE!!! THANK YOU!!!
Posted Oct 09,2002 9:59 PM N____

Dear Trai,

Congratulations on this awesome web site.
Posted Aug 22,2002 2:08 PM lowella

Just want to thank Trai publicly for everything he's done - just talked to him and I would have yelled and screamed in excitement if my government agency director was not in the next room over :) Trai you're amazing!!! You stuck with this project for FOUR weeks (even more, with my earlier phone calls, emails and pestering) despite people tell you it couldn't be done, and you'll always get the answers before the other guys because you persist and you're one of a very few optimists out there.
Posted Dec 11,2002 12:01 PM A_____

Trai this is absolutely AWESOME news.

In my opinion this is something as big as TFDVD-9 Maker. Congratulations and many thanks. So now I can safely retire Astarte DVDirector. I actually was going to ask if you still have some licenses to sell, as I was fully prepared to go with it for a foreseeble future.
Posted Dec 13,2002 3:15 PM Enrique

I couldn't believe it'd be possible to do this! This has bitten me one too many times with clients. Thanks, Trai and all you guys behind the scenes. Best to all!
Posted Sep 24,2002 8:27 AM jguffee

Trai, thank you VERY MUCH for your reply! This has opened up some exciting possibilities. I'm looking forward to experimenting with this today.

Thanks again.
Posted Sep 10,2002 2:20 PM yagerd

Thanks Trai, I'm always amazed at the responses you give.
Posted Jul 31,2002 10:19 AM L_____

Hey Trai et al.

I must give a public thank you & congrats to Trai - the man is amazing and has performed the impossible!! He's the one guy in the WORLD that could have solved this problem with apple dvdsp, and now thanks to him we've got a working project that WILL play in virtually any player (otherwise, your dvdsp projects will not!)

So Trai - you're the man. It was great meeting you the other day and I can never thank you enough! You've given me hope that I can actually succeed with this stuff after all. When I first had the call that it "didn't work", I was pretty dumbfounded and depressed.

Thanks again!

If you're caught in a jam for anything concerning DVD production, TFDVD.com run by Trai Forrester is the place to go! During my initiation into DVD authoring and mastering I had several issues and problems (some not to common), and every step of the way Trai was right there, going above and beyond the call of duty at times, to help me resolve these issues. On more than one occasion I had a deadline to meet and without Trai I may have failed and severely disappointed my client. Nobody knows this stuff better!

Bob Douglas FX Productions

Great Stuff!

I've never had to wait more than a couple hours for the right answer that works. It puts you ahead of the pack. It has saved me on a couple deadlines where I was stuck. To me the right answer when I need it isn't expensive, It's priceless.

I'm a member of Trai's forum. I think it's an invaluable resource. I've paid far more for much less tech support than Trai offers every day. I've authored dozens of commercially available DVDs, and I still learn something new almost every time I visit the site. Highly recommended!

Robert Powers
I joined a few days ago and have already recouped my $50 investment at least twice, assuming my time is worth something. I am a software engineer and find most of DVD Studio well documented and easy to figure out, but have been mystified by some of the oddities and glitches I've encountered. His site is by far the most responsive and informative on such problems, plus he has links to some very useful tools. Highly recommmended.

Larry Applegate
Trai's site is great, it is an amazing resource. Trai is usually a step ahead with most everything related to DVD. A lot of industry insiders frequent the message boards. The best part is Trai, genuinely cares... He isn't getting rich (at least I don't think), he really likes what he is doing and I think he takes great satisfaction from helping everyone with DVD. The members of the site, are great contributors as well, it has really become a pretty tight nit community. I have been a member of TFDVD.com since it's inception, and will definitely renew my membership.

Dustin Hood
One can usually expect an answer within an hour, if not minutes, and if not by Trai himself, then one of his knowledgeable disciples.

Thinking back to a couple of the questions--usually pretty newbie-like--that I asked and got the answer for, if I hadn't gotten those answers I'd still be sitting on my hands trying to figure out what to do.

No free site I've been to comes within 20 light years.

Nicholas Robinson
If you are serious about DVDSP and DVD, there is no better resource, at any price. One can learn more real-world useful info from Trai and our community in 1 hour than from any book or course.

Trai's site is well worth the money! I've found it to be an invaluable well for everyone who is doing DVD authoring. Lots of knowledgeable persons there, besides Trai "da man"!

Regards Enrique Londaits
Trai was one of the best resources when we wrote our book on DVD authoring (in German), together with many others we all mentioned there (our book got pretty good reviews in the German speaking commmunity). But with what he's at now in terms of work-arounds for things that seem impossible in DVDSP, it's definitely one of the best investments into your own future you can make.

After we didn't find an American publisher, I'm trying to pay back some of my debts to him by translating parts of our book for his site. One large chapter on subpictures is already online.

Uli Plank


A TFDVD.com member vigorously replies to why he posted a recommendation of TFDVD.com on a Public site; in regards to one of Trai’s breakthrough discoveries;

I understand what you're saying and I appreciate you not directing your comment at me (I hate spam myself!)- except that I simply don't have time at the moment to write up a 10 page article on how you do this technique, and I don't view my post as "spam".

And besides that, I'm not about to publish someone else's idea or procedure - there are some ethical concerns with that. Not to mention I really don't understand everything he did yet!

Think of it this way, scientists and professionals subscribe to journals all the time that cost the same amount of money, for current research techniques. This is what Trai provides, except that it is online and you can see people's immediate responses & feedback (a lot of the journals are heading that way as well).

Trai is very conservative with his fees and services, and provides a lot of knowledge. He's also a great person. We all have to earn our income somehow, you do it by selling your services to others, and he's doing the same thing. I don't think people realize that he spends ALL of his time on this stuff, and doesn't have all that many members yet, considering... This is a huge breakthrough and people need to know where to find the answer, and Trai has to make some money off of his venture (and I can tell you he's not robbing people at all, and I was also at his house this week for the one-on-one help - he is very conservative, and loves teaching and helping people).

I don't mind helping others keep food on their tables if I get this much from them. Do you realize that the nominal fee I paid for his site probably got me nearly 40 hours of his time; and personal responses within minutes or a couple hours of posting the question? I usually do NOT get that on 2-pop, as much as I love the forum. Sometimes you can't wait for someone to post the answer if you have a deadline to meet. I would call that pretty reasonable, and I think it's unfair that people call it spam when someone else points them to the place they can find the answer. I want everyone to know that there IS an answer and it's worth paying for to get the articles that will appear on it. I don't have the gift of teaching (especially in my typed emails), but Trai does.

Everyone who has posted on Trai's boards has been extremely happy with the service they get, for what they paid. You could pay a tiny one time fee and get everything off his site from the last year and never pay him again, and you'd have enough reading material to keep you busy for the next six months!

In short, I will not apologize for my post because it did not say "Trai Forrester, DVD god extraordinaire, will solve all your problems" – it said a lot more than that, and if I were looking for an answer, that would have saved my butt BIG time this week, and I'm sorry to say it but you wouldn't have.

Please don't take my response personally either, I just want to defend why I posted what I did, and I think most people will enjoy knowing that the answer exists and is readily attainable.