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Archive for February, 2011

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.

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.

Shooting Footage For A College Recruitment Video by CC Video Duplication

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Do you have a son or daughter in sports, music, or drama and want to shoot great video for a college recruitment video?  Here are some tips that will help you get great footage of your child.

1.  Have a good camera.  Using a flip camera or cell phone camera won’t cut it.  Get a nice video camera.  Some HD cameras can be found for $500 or under.

2.  Get a tripod.  Tripods are cheap and make a world of difference between a steady shot and a shot that is shaky.

3.  Focus on your child.  Wide shots are good for couple of shots but for the most part you will want just footage of your child.

4.  Keep zooming in and out to a minimum.  For non-fast action footage (concerts or acting) the shot should be head to toe or from waist to head.  For sports be close enough to where you can follow the action and not lose the individual.

5.  Find an unobstructed spot and stay there.  In sporting events the best shots are from the bleachers.  I prefer to stay away from the student section.  Your tripod will steady a camera but if kids are jumping up and down the tripod will too.

6.  After shooting label the tape or name the file.  If it was a  sporting event, put the date as well as who the game was played against.  If it was a concert, put the date and name of concert.

7.  Log the footage.  Write down the beginning and ending times of the best footage.

8.  Bring the edit list, your footage, pictures for stat and contact pages and the information for the stat and contact pages into CC Video Duplication.  We will make a college recruitment DVD that will get your child noticed.