Online Ordering of CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray Discs

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Digital Copycat recently released our new Online Quoting System. Consumers and businesses alike have become more comfortable with the security of paying for goods and services online. We recognize this trend and have developed a new online product browsing and ordering system.

Our goal was to make it easier and more convenient for customers and potential new clients to find the style or type of DVD, CD or Blu-ray product and to purchase it online. We still offer the same great customer service when you need us, however, if it’s off hours or you just know what you want, you can now place your order without the help of an account manager with ease.

Please take a look at our new Quote System and let us know how you like it.  Your feedback is greatly appreciated as we are always looking for ways to make your experience easier.

If you cannot find what you need on our web site and have a need for any CD, DVD, or Blu-ray products, please contact us here or just call us at 1-866-210-8768.

DVD-R & CD-R Printing in the San Francisco Bay Area

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If you have a need for CD-R or DVD-R products but your content that is constantly changing, we have a very popular solution for you. In many cases a very cost effective solution is to buy bulk printed DVD-Rs or CD-Rs.
We provide an extremely high quality print onto the surface of our premium or standard DVD-Rs or CD-Rs. When you want to change your content, you can just burn your own disc and still have a provisionally printed result.
This solution is best for data, or any other type of CD or DVD product that will change rapidly.

Movie directors and producers who are doing final edits.
Data that is periodically updated and distributed.
Medical CD-Rs and Medical DVD-Rs that are distributed to patients.
“Screeners” for movies where you can change your edit and content to tailor to your audience.

All of these uses are very common and cost effective for printed blank DVD-Rs and CD-Rs.

If you have a need for any CD, DVD, or Blu-ray products, please contact us here or just call us at 1-866-210-8768.

If you need help with your DVD or Blu-ray Authoring or Design Work we do that too!

Data Verified DVD and CD Duplication and copying

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A little know fact about cd and dvd duplication is that when a duplicator burns copies of your disc, they normally do not verify that the data has been properly burned onto the disc.
The normal procedure is to check that the master disc or data is correct, then the data is burned onto the disc. For most applications this usually suffices, as the dropout rate for poorly burned discs is usually less than 1/10 of a percent. As long as your duplicator uses good blank media, your project should be trouble free.

However, for software or data critical discs, the need for a much higher degree of accuracy is required. For these applications and clients we typically run a verify on every disc. What does this mean? When we run a verify on every disc, our equipment is set to record the master data, then write the data to the disc. Normally this is the end of the process, however, for a verify, our equipment keeps an image of the data being burned on a hard drive, then instructs the burners to read the data that has just been burned on the disc. It then does a low level bit for bit comparison of every disc sector against the hard drive data image to ensure that the data has been accurately burned onto the disc.

For clients who need 100% confidence that their delivered discs will be accurate, this data verify process is unbeatable. Always keep in mind that burned discs use an organic dye to store the data and that it will degrade in time. So if your duplicator uses cheap discs that are out of spec, the initial burn may be ok, but 6 months or a year later, the dye can degrade to the point of making the data unreadable. So make sure your duplicator can provide evidence that they are using high quality blanks along with there data verification process.

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

How To Prepare your master for Duplication or Replication

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Data integrity is always the most important factor when considering the delivery method of your CD, DVD or Blu-ray master.  Below I will outline some simple tips to make sure your  master is ready and your content produces great duplications or replications that are on time.

DVD Masters:

The Basics :

DVD Masters need to be submitted as an authored DVD.  This means that if you have been through editing, you need to get your edited project on an authoring platform and create your menus, compression, and final DVD.  Some common authoring platforms are: DVD Studio Pro, iDVD, Sonic Scenarist, Nero, Adobe Encore.  If you are not sure that you have authored your DVD just give us a call and we should be able to determine the state of your project.

Once your project is complete and you have an authored master, in most circumstances we recommend that you submit a fully working DVD-R master that you have thoroughly watched, have checked all menu functionality and are completely satisfied with the quality of your final master.  Once we receive your master we guarantee to give you exact copies of your project back, so be sure you are happy with your master before you end up with 2000 discs you don’t like or cannot use.

Electronic Submission of DVD Master:

Some times we have clients that would like to save a day or two of snail mail and submit their DVD disc image master electronically.  We typically discourage this as in most circumstances we would charge to create the DVD master from a disc image, then, to insure the content and integrity of the master, would typically send that master disc back to our client for final approval on the master.  Ultimately this would result in longer approval time.  The best way to ensure we do a great job on your project is to submit a hard master that has been thoroughly checked for functionality and quality.

The only caveat to this method of master delivery is if you would like CSS copy protection on your DVD video.  In this circumstance, you will need to submit your master as either a DDP master or a DLT master.

CD Masters:

CD Audio Master Basics :

For submitting CD Audio masters, the best standard to submit you master under is the “Red Book Audio Standard”.  Particularly when replicating your disc, if you want your audio to be flawless and manufacturing to go smooth.  If you would like to address things like having the text show up on your CD, embedded metadata and ISRC codes, look up the Red Book Audio Standards, have your music mastered at a credible mastering studio with an experienced audio engineer.

If you are working on a budget and cannot afford an audio engineer, you can create you master with any number of commercially available audio programs.  This method is often very successful, particularly if you have limited requirements for you CD,…ie. do not need CD text to show, do not need metadata or ISRC codes embedded in your music.

Electronic Submission of CD Master:

On occasion we do receive requests from clients who would like to upload their tracks to us and have DVD Copycat create the master.  Again, we usually recommend that you submit a hard copy CD-R master according to Red Book Audio standards.  If you would like us to assemble your master, we can drop your tracks on a CD, but this often times is problematic, as mistakes can be made or preferences can be set not according to the expectations of our clients.  ie, time between tracks is to long or short, track order is not correct, etc.  For these reasons, when we do create audio masters, we do send that master back to the client for approval before manufacturing.

Data CDs and CD-ROMs:

In most circumstances Data CDs and CD-ROMs must be submitted as a hard master on CD-R.  Data CDs can often have auto executable files or complex software  applications, or too many files to accurately transfer over the internet.  So when submitting this type of master, we recommend sending us a fully functional CD-R.  In some circumstances we will create a master for you, but in this exception we will need to send you a copy of the master we created for your approval.

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

CD Duplication and Replication Orders show Increase in 2010

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At DVD Copycat we are happy to announce that we have had another successful year.  We want to thank all of our great clientele who have stuck with us and enjoyed the services we provide.  One of the big surprises was the increase in CD sales.  We showed moderate to strong double digit growth in both our CD Duplication services and CD Replication services for 2010.

As always, we are looking for ways to provide our clients with top notch service and a great product.  If you have suggestions on how we can make improvements, please contact us and tell us about it.  We are looking forward to another successful year in 2011 and look forward to serving all of our current great clients and picking up some new ones too.

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

Showing CD Audio Text for CD Replication

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Getting your CD’s Track names and  to show on the CD player is often a confusing topic.  There are two different ways this can be achieved, but only one will work for both computers and stand alone boom box or car CD player.  The other way will only work on devices that have access to the internet.

The best way to make sure the track names show on your CD is to use a CD TOC or Table of Contents.  This TOC must be created and properly embedded into your CD by your audio engineer.  What gets confusing is that you can accomplish getting your track names to appear on your CD by also using I Tunes or similar program and submitting your track names to the CDDB or Grace-note database.  This solution only works, however, if you have an internet connection which can access the Grace-note database and download the track names to your player.  So without internet connection, all you will see is “Track 1”, “Track 2”, etc. on your player.

To make things a little more complicated, there is also additional information called ISRC(International Standard Recording Code) codes that can be used as a “digital fingerprint” as a unique identifier for your particular audio track.  You can get these codes by contacting usISRC.org and applying for them.  These codes also must be embedded by your audio engineer and are primarily used to identify your song for online purchase or general identification.

In short, getting your CD Text to show is not as easy as you might think, but with the right advice and audio expert you can cover all of your bases.

ISRC Codes, TOC(CD Table of Contents) and Gracenote or CDDB database must all be considered to make sure your CDs content is traceable and identifiable and that the CD Text shows on all players.

After you have finished all of these steps, you are then ready for your CD Replication or CD Duplication Job.

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

DVD Copycat’s New Location

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DVD is pleased to announce that we have formally moved to our new location in 2010.  We are now located in a much more convenient neighborhood in the Financial District with plenty of street parking.

We are now located at:

300 Broadway Street, #23

San Francisco, CA 94133

Phone numbers and emails have remained the same.

We planned for, and accomplished, a seamless transition.    Already we have realized improved delivery efficiencies, production accuracy, and the overall quality of our work with the additional space.

Our continuing goal is to make it easy to do business with DVD Copycat.  We are here to provide you with great DVD and CD Duplication and Replication products, delivered on time.

If you need to contact us or have an upcoming job, you can response to this email or give us a quick call!

415-929-1581

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

CD Duplication of Copyright Protected Music

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We get several calls a month asking DVD Copycat to duplication compiliation CDs for Wedding, events, etc with copyright music on them.  In all circumstances we have to turn these jobs away.  Whether you are using these copies for personal use or for giveaways, it is illegal to copy any music that has been copywritten.  The only way to legally do this is to contact the copywrite holder and get written permission to copy their material.

Secondly, many people ask if they sign a waiver that exempts us from liability, can we make the duplications for them.  Again this is another work around, but still just as illegal and is something that we cannot do.

Plain and simple, you should not be attempting to make multiple copies of any music that has a copywrite without express written consent of the copyright holder.

If you need more information regarding this topic please don’t hesitate to call us or write.

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

for CD Replication Jewel Cases are out, printed pockets are in!

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At DVD Copycat we used to sell lots and lots of standard CDs in jewel cases.  You remember, we all had our library cases of hundreds of CDs in those little plastic boxes with a front booklet and a tray card.

I am sure you know what I am going to say next.  With the advent of digital content and sharing for music, like napster, itunes and the like, physical CD sales have dropped quite dramatically over the good old days of CDs manufacturing.  However, there is another change that is transforming the music CD manufacturing world.  Most clients now a days prefer printed cardboard pockets or fold out cardboard wallets.  There are several advantages to this packaging over the old jewel cases.

Advantage #1:  They are more eco friendly – this packaging uses all biodegradable paper and inks, unlike the plastic jewel cases that will be around for the next 1000 years in some landfill.

Advantage #2: No breaking – since the pacakging is all cardboard, there is no potential for getting a cracked case.

Advantage #3: Shipping is about 1/2 the weight of jewel cases, so if you are spending $110 to ship your5 boxes at 180 lbs of 1000 CDs across the country in jewel cases, now you can ship two boxes at 35 lbs apiece and only pay $65.  They also travel much better in suitcases(a great advantage to the traveling band).

Given all of these benefits, and really no detriments, I am surprised that the industry has not moved this way may years ago.  It is a very good thing that more and more people are thinking “green” and getting some additional benefits for their intentions.

If you have any more questions about our CD Duplication and Replication products, give us a holler at: 1-866-210-8768 or email me at brian@dvdcopycat.com.  I would be happy to discuss more.

Written by:  Brian G Fisher
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