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Archive for November, 2010

College Recruitment DVD or College Highlight DVD

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Do you have a son or daughter in high school?  Do they participate in sports or in the band?  Maybe they play the piano or violin or they might be a drama student or dancer.  If your high school student is planning on going to college, they could cut the cost of college drastically with a scholarship.  To get those scholarships, colleges need to see your son or daughter in action.  The best way is with a College Recruitment DVD. These videos let coaches, band directors, or drama department heads see your son or daughter in the best light.  Colleges get thousands of requests for scholarships.  A College Recruitment DVD can show off your son or daughters skills.  Losing a scholarship can cost you thousands.  Colleges cannot see every prospect so the next best thing is to bring the talent to them.  A highlight DVD between 3-5 minutes is the most effective way to get noticed.

To make a College Recruitment DVD gather all of your footage of your son or daughter that is relevant and watch your footage.  Make an edit log of the scenes that you want to include in your DVD.  If your video is on VHS or 8mm rewind the tape and clear the counter to zero.  On MiniDV, MiniDisc or Hard Drive Cameras the time starts at zero as a default.  You may want to have the display visible on the screen while playing the video to make it easier to record the times.  The edit log should look like this:

Edit 1  Start 5:30                 End 5:56

Edit 2  Start 7:16                 End 8:08

Edit 3  Start 10:00               End 11:20

After you have an edit log, bring in or mail your in footage and log.  We will edit your video and add graphics to make a College Recruitment DVD that will get your son or daughter noticed.

Contact CC Video Duplication at info@ccvideoduplication.com for more information.

How to Organize Your Photos Or Slides For Photo Montage on DVD

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

A great gift for Christmas, Birthday or an Anniversary is a photo montage on DVD.  The key to a great photo memory on DVD, like everything else in the world, is proper planning.

The tools you will need are sticky notes, a Sharpie pen with fast drying ink and manila envelopes big enough for your pictures and CDs.  Why sticky notes and Sharpie pens?  This keeps you from writing directly on your photographs.  Do not use a ball point pen because they leave an indentation on your photographs and the ink sometimes gets on the photos below it.

If you have photo albums, go through them and remove the pictures you might want to use.  Take two sticky notes and place the same letter on both.  Put one sticky note on the back of the picture and the other in the photo album where the picture was.  Why the back?  We put the sticky notes on the back because we have to scan the pictures, so nothing can be on the front.  When you are done, you will know where each picture went and you can put them back easily.  What happens if I have more pictures than the alphabet?  Just use AA, BB, etc.

We are not done with the sticky notes yet.  Now that you have pulled all the pictures you might use, go through them and put them in the order you want.  When you are happy with the order, put numbers on sticky notes and place them on the back of each photo.

Decide which pictures go with each song.  Usually you want each picture to be up for a minimum of 5 seconds and a maximum of 10 seconds.   On the manila envelope, write the name of the song and the pictures that correspond to the song (i.e. Song Title – Pictures 1-30).  Put the pictures and the CD for that song in the manila envelope.

If you are using digital photographs, write a “picture log” like the example below:

Song 1 (Song Name)

DSC101 (Picture Name) on CD#1 (CD where picture is found)

DSC102

DSC103

Song 2

DSC155

DSC156

DSC157

If you do these tips, it will make it easier for you and for CC Video Duplication to put your photos to DVD.

Transfer Hard Drive Camera Files to DVD

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

When buying a video camera, consumers have many choices.  The old standbys like MiniDV, Digital 8mm, and even DVD cameras are out-dated but available.  Today’s modern consumer cameras come in two styles, Flash Memory and Hard Drive.

CC Video Duplication has been seeing more Hard Drive cameras by customers looking to convert to DVD what they have shot and stored on the camera’s hard drive.  Hard Drive cameras can hold hours of footage.  Customers frequently ask us, “What do I do with footage on the hard drive after we convert it to DVD?”  Don’t delete your footage until you have saved your files!  Deleting will wipe the hard drive and your footage is gone for good.  Save the files to your home computer’s hard drive.  By saving the files to a hard drive you now have a backup in case the DVD is lost or damaged.  Second, many people have the capability to play videos from their home computer straight to their HD televisions.  Third, if your camera is HD, later on you may want your files on a Blue Ray disc instead of DVD.

New video cameras with hard drives are far smaller, have better optics, and many now are available in High Definition.  Hard Drive cameras come in various storage sizes.  Hard Drive sizes range from 30 GB (Gigabyte) up to 120 GB.  A 30 GB drive can hold about 6 to 7 hours of good quality footage and in a lower quality setting around 12 to 14 hours.  As with any camera a hard drive camera is fragile.  If the camera’s hard drive is in use when dropped the camera maybe seriously damaged and the entire camera will have to be replaced.  Currently there are no replacement hard drives for cameras.  If you do buy a hard drive camera make sure it is a brand name such as: Panasonic, Sony, JVC, or Canon.

Overall Hard Drive Cameras are great for travelers, families on vacation, and people who need to record events without stopping to change tapes.

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