DVD Duplication – back up your treasures, data, movies and more!

June 22, 2009

DVD duplication lets you make high quality backup of your favorite DVD movies using your own DVD burner. You can backup your entire DVD movie – including menus, trailers and special features to a single DVD disc. DVD duplication refers to burned DVD’s — like the DVD burner that we’ve all seen on personal computers. Burned DVD’s have playability issues in some older DVD players. DVD-R can be screen-printed, labeled and creatively packaged.

DVD Duplication is the copying of data from your master DVD onto recordable DVD’s. Commonly referred to as backup or burning. While DVD’s are extremely versatile mediums, it is important to note that a DVD-R holds up to 25 times more data than a CD-R.

DVD duplication can be done on anything from your personal computer to larger, custom burning professional equipment. Additionally, DVD’s are able to backup multiple sound and subtitle tracks while also providing added protection against digital piracy. DVD-R stands for DVD Recordable and DVD-RW for DVD Re-Writeable.

DVD duplication is best for quantities of up to 100 DVD’s. You can duplicate or backup your master disc onto high quality General Purpose DVD-R media. DVD technology is moving at a rapid pace. This new generation of optical discs offers the greatest storage capacity to date up to 4.7GB (DVD-5), 8.5GB (DVD-9) and 9.4GB (DVD-10).

DVD duplication has endless value for the professional or any DVD filmmaker. DVD is fast becoming the most popular form of digital media in use today. DVD-R delivers stunning video resolution and audio performance. The vast storage capacity for backup and fast access times available makes it ideal for multimedia presentations.


What is DVD replication?

June 15, 2009

DVD ROM replication is a process with which quality copies are created from the original DVD’s. Usually this process is used to make bulk replication. The entire process facilitates you to do a lot of things. The process allows you to copy, store or transfer your important data. To allow smooth functioning of your daily work, in this computerized world, this process is a genuine solution to keep your data in store safely.

As the DVD’s have a massive storage capacity, you can easily use this method as a genuine tool in your day to day life. You can use this process to replicate DVD’s of different standard. Whether your DVD is of 8 cm mini or business card with curved and rectangular models, you can easily avail the process.

Bulk DVD replication is best for business purpose. If you are handling a project with more than 1000 copies, this is the best option for you.

With the increasing demand of DVD ROM replication process, a lot of different options have also come up. Thus to hunt for a better service is not a very difficult task. If the DVD ROM replication is done in mass quantity, the process becomes cost effective. But surely check out the relevancy of the company and the price rate before you sign up with the companies. Compare the price of different companies, discuss with your known or acquaintances and then decide.

The DVD ROM replication process is costlier than DVD duplication. So always try to analyze the requirement before delivering the copies. If replication is done in bulk, then the process will be cost effective. Both the DVD ROM replication process and the CD replication process are identical, but they use different dye layers. Bulk DVD ROM replication guarantees compatibility for your materials. However, DVD ROM replication process is best for those in business.

With the increasing popularity of DVD ROM replication, there has been a rising demand of the DVD ROM replication technology to store data. Now, this process is also used to present media contents apart from storage of data. Perhaps for the dual benefit and the quality service people try to cling to this process more and more.

Usually, in the bulk DVD ROM replication process, customers are given the first copy for quality check. This is because the qualities of all the other copies solely depend on the master copy.


What exactly is CD Replication?

June 15, 2009

What in the world is CD replication? Isn’t it the same thing as duplication? While the finished disc products may look to be the same on the surface, there is more difference to them than meets the eye.

Replication provides the highest quality and most durable method for manufacturing your optical media discs. When you purchase the Audio CDs of major record labels or the CD-ROM discs from software companies, computer game producers, etc., you are most certainly buying the professional quality of a replicated disc.

The life of a replicated disc begins as raw polycarbonate pellets which are injection-molded into the finished size and shape of the disc. The injection-molded blank discs then go through processes where they are physically imprinted with data and a clear protective coat is applied. When the manufacturing process is finished the discs are taken to have the graphics printed on the non-data side.

Due to the set-up requirements for this custom-manufacturing process the cost effectiveness for CD replication begins at 500 units and improves dramatically when you reach 1,000 units or greater. When you require a smaller number of discs (ie: less than 500 units) it doesn’t make as much economic sense to replicate them, so this is when disc ‘duplication‘ typically comes into play.

Duplication is the process commonly referred to as the ‘burning’ of discs. For all intents and purposes this is the same disc copying process that you perform on your computer
whereby the data from your master is copied onto a pre-manufactured CDR – the ‘R’ stands for ‘Recordable’. It must be noted, however, that the equipment used for mass duplication of discs allows for a greater volume of output than you can achieve on a personal computer with specially designed duplication ‘towers’ copy multiple discs at one time.

When you are looking for CD replication services you will find no lack of potential vendors for your work; the largest number of which will be brokers or re-sellers who act as middlemen between you and a replication plant but it is possible to deal factory-direct. It’s in your best interest to receive detailed written quotations from at least three separate businesses and ensure that you review their Terms Of Business and Product Warranty prior to entering into any agreements.

Take your time and shop around for the company that offers you the best combination of quality, price, customer-service, product knowledge and product turn-time. Other important factors that can help you in your decision making include: Make sure your written quotation specifically states CD replication, ask about the potential for charges that are not shown on your quotation, ask the vendor if they are a broker or actually the manufacturer, request samples, ask for their product warranty policy in writing, and confirm minimum order requirements.

The ultimate end-result must always be a quality product because the quality of your disc (and related packaging materials) is a reflection of you and your brand… good or bad. Often times you will get what you pay for so don’t be tempted by low price alone.


Good Trade Show Marketing Materials – Stay Noticed

June 8, 2009

There are many people going to trade shows and business fairs at any given time of the week, all of which are trying to break through with the next big thing, or make a connection to branch out. The problem is, how do you make sure you are remembered above everyone else?

In the ever constant struggle to make a name for yourself, you need to have an eye catching idea – and an eye catching business card.

Imagine your having a conversation that is going well, ideas are flowing, hand shakes are happening and business cards are changing hands. A week goes by and no calls.. What gives? Maybe it was your presentation. With a normal business card its just a piece of paper that goes into someone pocket and normally becomes trash, lets face it, its true.

Now imagine that you had your entire product and presentation on something your potential client can take home and watch, to share with other people, something like a CD or a DVD. Now your probably saying to yourself “CD’s are pretty big to be carrying around” and I would say your right, with the exception of Business Card and Mini CD/DVD Roms. Never heard of them? Its the answer you’ve been looking for. Able to hold up to 170mb CD or 1.5GB for a DVD’s worth of information, video, music,your entire presentation – along with a print directly to the disc and a sleeve to make sure it doesn’t get scratched. Its the perfect tool for you to remain on the cutting edge of business relationships and marketing endeavors.

So what are you waiting for, Stop with the old paper trash, and go digital!


What is the difference between “Offset” and “Silkscreen” Printing

June 8, 2009

There are lots of places offering a host of disc printing and labeling services for CD-R, DVD-R media and packaging material such as DVD box cover inserts…etc. CDR / DVDR printing is a more flexible solution when desired content changes too quickly for a mass-replication solution to make sense. Discs can be produced with a 5 color, durable silkscreen and offset printing.

Silk-Screen printing is the process of transferring ink through a fine mesh screen onto a substrate. CDs are printed in a similar fashion, but the equipment is more automated and the process is much faster and utilizes a 133 to 175 line screen (the number of lines or dots per inch on a halftone screen), providing excellent quality for PMS and four-color process (CMYK) printing.

For a better four-color process and to match your packaging materials…

Offset printing is a step up from Silkscreen printing and is used for a higher quality solution. it’s the process of using an intermediate blanket cylinder to transfer an image from the image carrier to the Disc. This process utilizes up to a 175 line screen, providing excellent overall quality. Keep in mind that we have to start with Good Quality Artwork with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi for this process.


Is Replication or Duplication right for my project?

May 29, 2009

The size and time frame of your next project will really dictate whether you will be Replicating or Duplicating your CDs or DVDs but either way a reputable duplication house can make even the smallest project look and sound great.

If you are going to have your project duplicated make sure the company you choose to use prints directly on the disc and does not use peel and stick labels, which can damage most CD and DVD players.


More Differences between Replication and Duplication

May 29, 2009

Another difference between the two processes are that CD’s & DVD’s that are replicated tend to be much more scratch resistant than duplicated media as well as the on disc screen printing for replication versus a full color digital inkjet or thermal print for duplication.

If the quantity of your project is going to be less than 500 pieces you will most likely have to have your project duplicated and not replicated as the industry standard for replication usually starts at 1000 pieces or more from a single master.

The only downside to replication seems to be the time frame for completing your project which typically tends to be 7 to 10 business days where as with duplication you have more flexibility, and depending on the quantity, projects can be completed in as little as 24 hours.