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DVDs and Blu-ray Are Still A Popular Choice

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

While there are streaming video services like Hulu Plus, Netflix and Amazon Prime that are attracting a lot of media attention, consumers still prefer to have a physical product like a DVD or Blu-ray disc. According to some reports, productions and rental numbers for Blu-ray and DVD movies are both up.

Technicolor just stated that their revenues have increased by 17%.  Since Technicolor produces a great deal of the DVDs and Blu-ray discs, that translates to a greater demand for packaged movies.

Reason #1:  Convenience.  One of reasons for this is the convenience of DVD and Blu-ray rentals.  RedBox, which is huge in kiosk rentals, has had more than 1.5 billion rentals since its inception in 2004. RedBox has machines located at over 25,000 stores, gas stations, and other locations in the United States. Blockbuster offers movie trailers online, so you can choose your movie before you go. 

Reason #2:  No monthly fees.  Another reason for disc popularity is that RedBox and Blockbuster do not require any monthly subscription fees.  Streaming video services charge a monthly fee whether you use them or not.  RedBox rents movies for $1.00 from a convenient touch-screen.   Blockbuster’s prices range from $1.99 to .99 cents.  Recently they have been running a .49 cent Sunday Special for any movie.

Reason #3:   Playability.  Sometimes streaming movies don’t stream fast enough depending on your computer or your internet connection.

Reason #4:  Ownership.  DVD and Blu-ray discs are still popular because of ownership.  People still like to own their own movies because of various reasons.  Some people collect them and others like the convenience of always having a good movie around.

For lower cost, increasing convenience, better playability and ownership, DVD and Blu-ray discs are still a popular choice.  If you need any DVD or Blu-ray disc duplicated, call CC Video Duplication at 321-872-0300 or click on the DVD Duplication link.

Has the Disaster in Japan affected CD & DVD supplies?

Friday, July 1st, 2011

 The short answer is yes the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011 has had an affect on CD & DVD supplies.  A major supplier, Taiyo Yuden, has shutdown their factory in Fukushima.  Fukushima was hard hit by the disaster.  Other popular brands such as TDK, Memorex, Verbatim, Ritek, and Imation all have stated we can expect shortages of BD, CD & DVD discs.
We at CC Video Duplication will continue to have the lowest price possible on Blu-ray, DVD & CD Duplication.  Click on the DVD duplication link and CD duplication link for more details.

What Are The Differences Between Inkjet And Thermal Discs?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

The main difference between Inkjet and Thermal Discs are the surfaces.  Just like in normal printing, the type of paper you use determines the type of print quality you will receive.  If you print on regular copy paper you won’t have a glossy eye-popping surface.  If you print on photographic paper the color and contrast will pop and it will be a glossy finish. 

Unlike regular silver DVDs, Inkjet discs are manufactured with a special Inkjet white coating.  The coating is course by design to allow the micro-droplets of ink from the printer to absorb into the surface.   Inkject discs have a matte type finish and are not glossy. 

When you look at a Thermal Disc there is a notable difference.  A Thermal DVD printer, unlike a inkjet printer, has a 4-color ribbon of solid pigment that is transferred on a disc under a combination of heat and pressure. The disc itself has a smooth glossy finish because no ink needs to be absorbed.  This creates a beautiful, high quality image that has a professional gloss and shine.

Because there is such a drastic difference between how the surfaces of the discs are designed, using the wrong type of disc in a printer it is not designed for can be disasterous.  Always use discs that are recommended for your printer. 

At CC Video Duplication, we use high quality Thermal Discs for short-run duplication to give you the best possible product.  Stop by, or visit our contact page to call or email us to request a sample.

What is Short Run CD or DVD Duplication?

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
There are two types of duplication, large and small quantity. Large quantity duplication, duplication over 1,000 discs, is usually not duplication at all. For large orders they are usually replicated where the actual disc is poured and stamped with the information. 
Small quantity or Short Run CD or DVD duplication is done by burning pre-made discs. For small orders, under 1,000, Short-Run DVD or CD Duplication is the preferred method. There are certain qualifications that will tell you if you need Short Run Duplication: 

1. Time Frame: If you need it in a week or less. 

2. Need under 1,000 discs 

3. Don’t want to make a huge investment all at once 

This is used for the band who wants 100 CDs for a weekend performance or for a company that needs 25 sets of 4 discs each. Short run duplication is also great for people who want to run a trial balloon on a CD or DVD project or just don’t have the cash for investing in a 1,000 discs or more. 

At CC Video Duplication, we also allow you to combine masters on duplication orders, so you can get the lowest price. For example, if you have a 4 disc set and you need 25 of them, we would give you the 100 disc price instead of the 25 disc price. That saves you a great deal of money. 

We also offer many packaging options and the choice of paper labels or on-disc thermal printing. If you have anymore questions click on the DVD Duplication or the CD Duplication link. 

  
 

DVD Mastering Basics

Monday, February 28th, 2011

When you submit your DVD master for duplication, you will get an exact copy of the product, so check it throughly.  Make sure that the product is completely edited, has all the menus, the buttons connect to the appropriate scene and is compressed into a working DVD.

I can’t stress enough to watch the whole DVD and do not spot check it.  Have as many people as possible look at the master to catch possible errors that you might miss.  Sometimes the people who are closest to the project miss big errors.  It is always best to have a fresh set of eyes to watch the project.  Sometimes there will be spelling or content errors or a menu malfunction that might be caught by another person.  It is better to catch it now than to end up with 500 duplicated discs that become lovely coasters instead of an effective marketing campaign.

Some popular editing programs are, iDVD, Adobe Encore, DVD Studio and Nero to name a few.  When you finally are ready to submit your master, the best way is to mail a fully functional DVD to CC Video Duplication or the company of your choice.  If you send the master over the internet, the company will have to charge you to recreate your master and then send you a proof copy before they duplicate it, so in the long run, it is cheaper and quicker to send your master DVD in the mail.

You should also put all the artwork for your label or On-Disc Printing and DVD case wrap on a CD and send that along with your DVD.  Do not put labels on original master DVDs sent for duplication.  Take a “Sharpie” permanent marker  and write a description of each disc.

The staff at CC Video Duplication has been doing DVD duplication for over 20 years.  If you have any questions, we would be happy to help you with your next project.

How to Properly Burn a DVD from a Duplicator in Central Florida

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

If you want to burn a DVD for duplication, so that it will have no errors, do these few simple steps:

1. Close all other programs while burning the DVD: In this world where multi-tasking is king, we all try to save time by doing more than one thing at a time. Fight that temptation when you burn a DVD master. If you are using other programs while burning, they might interrupt the burn temporarily and cause problems with the playing of the disc.

2. Buy high quality DVD media: I know we are all pinching our pennies these days, but don’t scrimp on your DVD media. If you want a high quality master, start with high quality media. It doesn’t make sense to make a beautiful master and then at the final stage, use sub-standard DVD media.

3. Verify the DVD after burning: In every burning software there is a place that you check to verify your DVD media. This will make sure that the DVD has no flaws that could prevent the playback of your DVD.

4. Do not put labels on master DVDs: Most duplicators do not like to use masters with labels because labels can eventually damage the DVD. Always use a “Sharpie” pen to label you master DVD.

If you do all these steps, you will have a quality master that will last for years to come. If you have any questions, contact CC Video Duplication for all your DVD Duplication needs.

CD and DVD Packaging Options from a Duplicator in Florida

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

CD and DVD packaging options can vary depending on your needs.

CD Duplication Packaging Options: For CDs the most common packaging option is the Jewel Case.  Jewel Cases allow you to have a front cover or booklet and a back cover. Slim Jewel Cases allow you to have a front cover or booklet, but unlike the standard Jewel case, there is no back insert.

DVD Duplication Packaging Options: For DVD options, the choice is usually a black Amry like case.  These are the cases you see in the stores where you buy your DVD movies.  They are usually black, but they do come in different colors.  These cases can hold 1-10 DVDs depending on the size of the case.  These cases require a “wrap” which is inserted in the front of the case.

There are some packaging options that can be used for both DVDs and CDs.

  1. Media Vault: A single Media Vault can hold up to 20 discs and a double Media Vault can hold up to 30 discs.  A Media Vault is a plastic case with vinyl sleeves inside.  Each sleeve holds 2 discs back to back.
  2. Clamshells: Clamshells, as the name implies, look like a clam shell.  They are plastic and hold one CD or DVD.  There are also double clamshells that hold two discs.  These are great to for sending CDs in the mail because they don’t crack like a Jewel Case might do.  Clam Shells also allow you to put a business card inside.
  3. Paper Sleeves: Paper sleeves are the most economical choice.  The envelope style sleeve has a see-through window, so you can see your label.

As you can see, there are a great variety of packaging options to choose from.  If you need further assistance, click on the link for CC Video Duplication and we will do our best to help you.

CD-DVD Replication vs. CD-DVD Duplication

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

The main differences between CD-DVD replication and CD-DVD duplication are the way information is placed on the disc, labeling options, number of copies required and turn-around time.

CD-DVD Replication: If you have ever bought a movie in a store, it was probably made with the replication process.  In the replication process, a glass master is made of each master DVD.  Then each replicated disc is “poured” with the information already on the disc.  Replication always comes with screen-printing unless you specifically ask for no labeling.  This process is cheaper in the long run, but requires large quantities (usually at least 500 discs).  Replication has a longer turn around time than duplication orders (usually 10-14 business days).  Replication is also the most compatible with a wide variety of DVD players.

CD-DVD Duplication: The duplication process is the process that most people are familiar with.  Duplication uses blank pre-made discs and then the information is “burned” on the disc.  Companies that do DVD and CD duplication, use towers that burn several discs at once.  Duplicated DVDs have a compatibility of about 95%, meaning there are older DVDs that may not play a “burned” DVD.  When you order CD or DVD duplication, you have the option of on-disc printing or paper labels.  You can also order smaller orders of discs from 1-1000.  One advantage is that duplication has a faster turn-around rate than replication (usually 2-3 business days depending on the size of the order).

So as you can see, there is quite a difference between CD-DVD Replication and CD-DVD Duplication.  The bottom line is if you want fewer than 500 copies or you need them quickly, you would use the duplication process.  If you need over 500 CDs or DVDs and your deadline is 2-3 weeks in the future, then the replication process is the best for you.

How to handle and take care of a DVD or CD

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Many people come to CC Video Duplication saying that their favorite DVD or CD skips or pauses while playing.  Usually a quick look at the disc can tell us why.  Fingerprints, big smudges, and scratches will cause all types of playback problems.  DVDs and CDs are not indestructible.  They can be damaged by the simplest things.  Here is a list of tips on how to handle and take care of DVDs and CDs.

1.      Always hold a disc from hole and edge of the disc.  Fingerprints may seem harmless but the oils from fingerprints over time can delaminate a disc.  Discs are made of layers pressed together.  Greasy fingerprints eat away at the layers.  No matter how clean your hands are, there is a certain amount of oil that will be transferred to the disc.

2.     Always store discs in proper cases.  Protect them from direct sunlight, extreme cold or heat, and high humidity.

3.     To clean a disc start by using a soft dry lint-free cloth or camera lens tissue. Then by holding the disc by its outer edges or center hole gently wipe outward from the center hub toward the outside edge of the disc.  Do not wipe in a circular motion.

4.     For more stubborn stains and oils there a commercially available cleaning fluids.  Do not use the following:  vinyl record cleaners, lacquer thinner, gasoline, kerosene, benzene or other solvents.  They will damage the disc by softening the plastic sub-layers making the disc useless.

5.  Don’t use regular pens to write on DVDs or CDs.  Use a “Sharpie” with quick drying ink to write on your disc.  Also, paper labels are not great for long term disc health.  See the

Thermal On-Disc Printing or Paper Labels, Which is the best for you?

article for more information.

Thermal On-Disc Printing or Paper Labels, Which is the best for you?

Monday, November 8th, 2010

A frequent question we get at CC Video Duplication is, which is better thermal on-disc printing or paper labels?  The question really is which is best for my needs and budget?  Here are the differences and some good uses for both of them.

Thermal Printing Pros: If you want a long lasting professional print job, thermal printing is the way to go.  Thermal printing offers a glossy, high quality professional look along with durability.  Thermal printing is done by a specialized machine that prints directly onto a disc.  Thermal printing also is better in the long run for the health of the DVD itself.

Thermal Printing Cons: Thermal printing, however, does cost more, but the results are stunning.

Who Can Benefits from Thermal Printing? Musicians, high-tech firms, financial companies, and anyone else who would sell their DVD or CD to the general public on a regular basis would benefit the most from using thermal printing.

Paper Label Pros: Paper labels are the most economical form of labeling.  Labels are printed on an adhesive laser paper then applied by hand to the disc.  While not as glossy as thermal printing, they are a step above inkjet printing.  Paper labels are great for those who need labeling but are on a tight budget.

Paper Label Cons: Paper labels are not recommended for long-term disc health.  If this is a disc that needs to be kept for years to come, paper labels are not the best choice.

Who Can Benefits from Paper Labels? Companies and individuals looking for a one-time distribution of a disc or a disc with a short “shelf life” would be a prime candidate for paper labels.  Paper labels would be fine for a Realtor’s DVD of sales listings or a business doing a sales promotion.  If the discs are being sent for free and will be looked at within a month, paper labels can be a good choice.

Whichever type you choose, CC Video Duplication, will give you the best quality, lowest price, and fastest service.  Contact CC Video Duplication at 321-872-0300 or email us at info@ccvideoduplication.com