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Subject: Re: DocBook Inquiries
I'm not aware of any DocBook video tutorials. Perhaps others can chime in on this subject.
Since you included me on the To: line of your query, I presume you have seen my website and my book "DocBook XSL: The Complete Guide", which is available free for browsing at http://www.sagehill.net/docbookxsl/index.html. My book covers how to use DocBook XSL to accomplish publishing tasks. It does not cover how to create DocBook markup or which elements to use for each purpose. But it does describe most of the interesting and useful features of DocBook, especially in Part IV "Special DocBook features". You might browse that part, skipping over the implementation details for now, in order to get a feel for what you do with DocBook tools.
Regarding open-source trial software, I would suggest you separate "open-source" and "trial". The open-source tools such as the DocBook XSL stylesheets and the FOP XSL-FO processor are fully functioning free products and don't need a trial version. There are many commercial products that support DocBook that are available in trial versions that are nearly fully functional during the trial period. You can get a really good feel for what they can do with the trial versions.
Here is my list of products you should look at, and perhaps others could add to it.