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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.

Labeling or Writing On CDs

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

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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. 

  
 

CD Mastering Basics by CC Video Duplication in Brevard County, FL

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Before you deliver a CD Audio master, it is best that it is authored under the “Red Book Audio Standard”. The basic specifications are a maximum playing time of 79.8 minutes, a minimum duration for a track is 4 seconds including a 2-second pause, a maximum of 99 tracks, the maximum number of index points or subdivisions of a track is 99 with no maximum time limit and if possible the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) should be included.

If you would like to have text show up on your CD, embedded metadata and ISRC codes, you should have your CD mastered at a credible mastering studio with an experienced audio engineer.

If you cannot afford an audio engineer in your budget, you can create your master with a number of affordable audio programs. This method will work if you don’t care about having CD text, metadata or ISRC codes embedded in your music.

Data CDs are usually mastered with an auto-load program with executable files. When the CD is placed in the computer, as the name suggests, the file automatically loads and starts playing the content without any action by the user.

Whether it is an audio CD or a data CD, you should send the master on the disc and not over the internet. If you send the CD over the internet, the duplicating company will probably have to charge you for making the master and then they will have to send you a proof before copying anyway. This wastes time and money.

The copy will be identical to the disc, so before you send it, make sure you have watched or listened to the content all the way through. Do not spot check it. If there are any executable files on a data CD make sure they load properly and menu items work the way they should.

If you need your CD master duplicated, consider CC Video Duplication as your duplication source. We offer Thermal On-Disc printing as well as paper labels if you are on a budget. There are also several packaging options available. Click on the CD Duplication link for more details.

How much can I put onto a CD from a Duplicator in Central Florida

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Recently we had a client ask, “Can I put five, sixty minute audio cassettes onto a single CD?”  The answer is it depends.  CDs hold 700MBs of information or roughly 80 minutes of uncompressed audio.  The key word is uncompressed.  The most common uncompressed audio file format is Microsoft’s  .wav file.  With this format you can get 80 minutes of audio on a standard CD.   For compressed audio files, by far the most common is .mp3.  A .mp3 file is compressed around one tenth the size of a .wav file.  This is great if you want to pack as much audio onto a CD as possible, but in doing so you sacrifice quality.  Today with MP3 players, iPods, and such the .mp3 format is becoming the format of choice of many people.

How big is 700mbs?  With 700mbs you can store an entire encyclopedia with all its text and pictures onto one CD.   Speaking of pictures, CDs are great for storing pictures.  The amount of pictures you can put on a CD depends on resolution.  The lower the resolution the more pictures.  The higher the resolution the less pictures.   If you are archiving pictures, always use a high resolution.  CDs don’t cost that much, but your memories are priceless.

If you have any questions or comments, please call CC Video Duplication at 321-872-0300 or email us a info@ccvideoduplication.com.

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