Blu-ray and DVD Audio Disc Authoring

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Desire for high quality audio is as strong as ever, and a growing market for audio-only discs in DVD and Blu-ray format is furthering that demand.

Utilizing 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound technology, audio-only DVD and Blu-ray discs respectively are an audiophiles dream, with audio quality capable of up to 96kHz/24bit quality.

DVD audio discs have been around for several years now, with classics like Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and the Eagles’ “Hotel California” being released on the high quality DVD audio format.

But with the increase of Blu-ray technology usage and the availability of 7.1 surround sound on Blu-ray, Blu-ray audio only discs have emerged as a contender among audiophile choices for listening to music.

Artists have utilized the Blu-ray audio medium for many releases already, like Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” live concert, Stevie Wonder’s “Song in the Key of Life” and Beethoven symphonies.

Universal Music Group is planning to release hundreds of titles in the Blu-ray audio format by the end of 2014, and many artists are including a Blu-ray or DVD audio only version of their albums in remaster packages and box sets.

The professionals at DVD Copycat are experienced at authoring and producing DVD and Blu-ray audio discs of the highest quality. Visit our website to learn more about Blu-ray and DVD authoring, or contact one of our experts at 866-210-8768 or email contact@dvdcopycat.com to begin building your project today.

Blu-ray Adoption and Duplication needs continue to rise

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To Bluray or not to Bluray? That is the question.

Since 2008 both the entertainment industry and the data industry have been watching the general trends of blu-ray disc sales. The consistent question is how fast is the adoption of bluray progressing.

Commercial Blu-ray Disc Movies adoption rate :
Here there are a few things to consider. Back in the VHS days, the quality jump to DVD was a slam dunk to make DVD the next video format of choice. It was clear that this smaller disc with higher quality and no quality degradation was a superior product to magnetic tape, hence the rapid adoption of DVD and the rapid decline of VHS.

DVD to Blu-ray adoption is a little different but still showing surprising statistics: Read the rest of this entry »

Bluray Duplication Quality varies with Cheap Blanks

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As the bluray market continues to develop and become more mainstream, we have seen prices drop for bluray disc duplication. Some of our competitors are offering very low prices.
As with all of our products, DVD Copycat provides a higher quality disc that will ensure better playback and longevity of your Bluray Discs.
The cost of our blank Bluray media is approximately double that of the low cost, low quality blanks often sourced and used by our competitors. We deliberately choose this higher quality media as we want to ensure that at this “finicky” stage of bluray disc compatibility and performance, we are delivering the very best bluray disc that is available in the market.
Problems will be dramatically reduced and you will have much more solid experience with our discs.
Within the next 3 years, we anticipate releasing a “Standard” line of bluray discs for duplication which come at a lower cost, however, we do not feel the quality standards can be met to make this product available at this current time.

Ultimately, we believe that making the choice to pay more for a higher quality disc, will pay off in the long run with less complaints and less problems.
If you have any questions about our Bluray Duplication or Authoring services, please feel free to call us at: 1-866-210-8768.

DVD Copycat to Introduce New Website

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We are quickly approaching the release of our new website.  For the last 2-3 years, we have wanted to revamp our website but have focused on other marketing efforts.  However, our new website nearing completion and is scheduled to be released in late July and will have a much wider selection of product options than our current site.  We have also added USB flash drives to our product mix and the overall site has a much more contemporary look and feel.

We will now be focusing all of our manufacturing efforts on USB Flash Drives, DVD duplication and Replication, CD Duplication and Replication and Blu-ray Duplication and Replication services.  We could not be happier with the current progress of this considerable effort.

New to the site will be the ability to place an order online via e-commerce along with an additional 25% more products and many more pricing options and turn times.  If you have any questions about our transition to the new site, or have comments about the new look, please let us know.  We would love to hear from you.

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

PAL vs NTSC DVD Basics

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For DVDs, there are two world wide standards that are followed for the video formatting of a DVD.  NTSC and PAL are these two standards.

There are a few distinctions between PAL DVDs and NTSC DVDs.

NTSC DVDs have a frame rate of 29.97 frames per second and have a screen resolutions of  720 X 480.  NTSC is the more widely used and accepted format for DVDs.

PAL DVDs have a frame rate of 25 frames per second and have a screen resolution of 720 X 576.  All PAL DVD players can also play NTSC DVDs, however, the converse is not true.  Most NTSC DVD players cannot play PAL DVDs.

It is for this reason that the best format choice to distribute your DVD project would be NTSC.

Most authoring platforms will author both NTSC and PAL DVDs, however, it is very difficult to convert one to the other once the format has been chosen.  The reasoning behind this is that the vertical resolution of an NTSC to PAL comparison is 480 to 576, so if conversion was to occur between the two formats, there would be some vertical squeezing or stretching of the video depending on which way the conversion went.  So you end up with people and objects that either look unusually tall or unusually short, or you will have to cut of some of the screen, all are un-natural looks.

So if you are deciding whether to create a project in PAL vs NTSC, your best bet is to shoot, edit and author all in the same format.  Mixing format, example: shooting in PAL and editing and authoring in NTSC will still result in a skewed perspective.

So know your format, your target audience, and choose accordingly.

If you have questions and would like to inquire about our DVD Authoring Services, Contact us today.  We would be happy to provide you with a great finished product.

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Written by:  Brian G Fisher

Blu-ray(BD) Duplication Services now within Reach

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Well its finally happening.  The costs for genuinely good quality blank Blu-ray media has been progressively coming down and is now within reach of many customers for both data and hi-def video jobs.  Most credible duplicators have not been at a reasonable price point until now, as the supply of solid BD-Rs has been very pricey.   With the most recent reduction in blank bluray discs, on average, a blu-ray disc is now prices about $2 above the current price of a standard DVD.  We are seeing more and more interest in Bluray duplication as a viable delivery medium.  The availability of Blu-ray drives and blu-ray players in the home  and in the workplace are now, in my opinion, abundant enough to make this possible.

Film Festivals:

Here is another area that we are seeing good influx of blu-ray requests.   It seems that more and more film festivals are requesting submissions on bluray.  At DVD Coypcat we are fielding many calls from clients who have hi-def source material that need to be converted to a Blu-ray Master then duplicated for distribution to film festivals.

Bluray Authoring Platforms:

Blu-ray authoring platforms are also becoming more robust and I have been seeing less and less frustration with BD master creation these days.  I personally have experienced a good deal of frustration with some Platforms over the past two years and have only recently had more regular success with some of the more up to date systems.

Archiving using Blu-ray Discs:

Here is another popular use for bluray discs.  Archiving everything from tens of thousands of family photos, to sensitive data for businesses.

All and all, we are projecting the first significant inroads for Blu-ray Duplication in 2011 and we expect to see this continue strongly through 2012 and 2013.

For more information, take a look at our Blu-ray Duplication and Services page for more information and pricing, or just give us a call at 1-866-210-8768.

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

Blu-ray Disc Duplication Continues its Rise but still has some hurdles to overcome

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In the second half of 2010 we have been receiving more and more blu-ray duplication inquiries.  In the first half of the year, most blu-ray duplication inquiries were never closed on.  More often than not, the high cost of the discs was not the determining factor, it was getting the high def content onto the master to submit to us for duplication.  Most Video Professionals when faced with the task of getting their high def content onto a BD-R(burnable bluray disc) the get discouraged as the authoring software  is often glitchy, or difficult to work with.  Their only option is to move their project to a high end authoring suite or outsource the service to a Bluray authoring facility.  Most video professionals these days are so used to firing up their Mac and knocking out an easy DVD through DVD Studio Pro or IDVD, that they don’t realize that making the jump to Blu-ray authoring is much more time consuming, costly, and frustrating, so they don’t incorporate that learning curve into their high def budgets.  Consequently, when faced with the Blu-ray duplication option, they usually go back to standard def DVD to deliver to their clients.  Sometimes the cost of a Blu-ray burner alone is a major deciding factor.

I suspect that in one more year authoring systems will be much more robust and cost effective.  This will be the real key to seeing more Blu-ray duplication business.  We are seeing BD Duplication orders steadily rising this year and strongly suspect that delivering high def video on Blu-ray for the ordinary video or film maker is only about a year away from really starting and about 2-3 years to go mainstream.

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Blu-ray Duplication on the Rise

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Blu-ray Duplication is finally catching on for some of our clients.  The costs for Blu-ray(BD) Duplication has come down very dramatically over the last year which has sparked renewed interest and orders in 2010.  We were paying $14 for a quality Blank BD Disc from TDK at this time last year.  Our blank prices now are near $6.  that is a dramatic reductions.  Some of the lower quality suppliers are closer to $3 per blank, so we are really getting into the affordable range for many of our cutting edge clients who want high def delivery.

Blu-ray player costs have dropped very rapidly also, which is helping to further instigate adoption.

The last real roadblock in making BD more mainstream is the authoring software out there.  So many platforms are still “glitchy” when it comes to outputting your final high def content out to master.  Hopefully as the market adopts, more software developers will add resources into making their platforms more robust.

We have accepted both BD master and hard drives with the BDMV files on them.  We do prefer the BD (blu-ray) master to the hard drive, though, as we have to up-charge for the transfer to the first master disc.

If you need more info for your next Blu-ray Duplication project, just give us a holler at 1-866-210-8768 or email me at brian@dvdcopycat.com.  We will be more than willing to help.

If you are looking for standard DVD,  just jump over here.

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

Continued Price Pressure Will not Compromise CD and DVD Quality

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This has been a very interesting year so far for DVD Copycat. In Jan of 09, we saw one of the worst months we have ever had. This seemed to be an industry wide experience as clients unsure of the economic downturn had a wait and see approach for new budgets in 09. After that things picked up to a reasonable level as the Industry Giants started promoting very agressive price reductions. Our current challenge has been how to continue our high level of service while going through the pains of shrinking margins. We are steadfastly commited to the quality of our DVD and CD Duplication and Replication products and even more commited to maintaining our level of customer service. Personalized service is just words these days in marketing campaigns. Our goal is to be able to provide a level of service that makes a genuine positive impact on our client base. Over the second quarter of 09 DVD Copycat has seen some good growth which I believe is a good indicator that service and attention is still valued, even in this economy.
Our pledge to our customer base is to alway preserve our standards of quality to make a positive impact on their projects while trying to stay within reasonable industry norms for pricing on DVD, CD and Blu-ray Replication and Duplication.

For More Information take a look at our website here optical disc manufacturing.
Or give us a call at 1-866-210-8768

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

Blu-ray (BD) Replication Costs Coming Down

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Up until this point in time , Blu-ray manufacturing costs have been cost prohibitive for most smaller Video and Film Professionals.  Just one year ago if one of our clients wanted to publish 1000 retail ready blu-ray discs the rough costs would be approximately $2500 for the mandatory AACS encryption and about $5.50 per unit retail ready.   As the Blu-ray market develops we are seeing manufacturing costs becoming more reasonable and closer to being available to smaller Video and Film creatives.

Currently we are seeing AACS costs at a one time fee of $1500 and a cost of approximately $3.00 per unit for 1000 retail ready Blu-ray units.  Overall compared to last year this is about a 50% reduction in cost to our clients.

In contrast to this are standard definition DVDs which have no mandatory encryption fees and are approximately $1.29 per unit for 1000 retail ready DVDs.

So Blu-ray Replication is about $4.50 per unit for the first 1000 units and $3.00 after that per 1000.

DVD Replication conversly is still much more affordable at $1.29 per unit, but the general cost trends are coming down for Blu-ray Replication.

As Eric Manning pointed out to me in a previous post about the mandatory AACS fee, the Blu-ray Association has required all manufacturers to pay a mandatory AACS fee for every new title produced.  If the Blu-ray Association were to consider an AACS waiver for small producers it would open the flood gate for small producers to go Blu-ray (BD).  This is the only way that I can see Blu-ray Replication truly replacing DVD as a mainstream video medium for ALL video and film producers, not just the big studios.

However, I do feel that we are headed in the right direction. Costs are coming down and the 5% of our clients that can afford Blu-ray Replication can now realize their Hi-def vision.

More information about our San Francisco Bay Area Blu-ray Duplication and Replication can be found here.

If you have questions about standard def and DVD Duplication and Replication, contact us at 1-866-210-8768.

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