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Archive for December, 2010

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.

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.

How much can I put on a DVD? By a DVD Duplicator in Central Florida

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Many people ask us how many minutes can I put on a DVD when I convert my video tapes to DVD?  When we convert video to DVD we like to recommend that people not go over 2 hours on their DVDs.  One hour is the best quality, but most people have 2 hour VHS tapes.  If you go over 2 hours, the picture quality starts to get a little digital looking.

To understand this better, let me take you back to the VHS days.  When you got a VHS tape you could either get 2 hours in SP, 4 hours in LP, or 6 hours in EP.  SP referred to “Standard Play”, LP referred to “Long Play”, and EP referred to “Extended Play”.  The good thing about the different speeds was that you got more video on the tape.  However, like everything in the world, there is always a trade off.  With EP especially, the quality of the video goes down so much, that the saving on the cost of the tape was not worth it.  Nothing saddened us more than when someone would video tape their wedding in EP to save tape.   That is why we don’t do conversions for any longer than 2 hours per DVD.  The quality of the conversion goes way down after the 2 hour mode and since we want to do a quality product for our customers, we stay within the 2 hour time limit.

If you are archiving  your footage, the best speed is XP which is the one hour mode.  If something is really important to you like a wedding, a graduation or some other special event, you may want to consider using the XP or one hour mode.  This is the best possible quality for a VHS to DVD conversion.

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.