The benefits of printed pockets and wallets for DVD or CD projects

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Choosing the right packaging for your DVD or CD project can be difficult. With so many options out there – including the more traditional DVD amaray and CD jewel cases – one could find themselves overwhelmed deciding what to place their duplication or replication project in.

Printed pockets and wallets have emerged in recent years as the go-to for eco-friendly, affordable and efficient packaging for CDs and DVDs alike. As an alternative to plastic jewel cases and DVD boxes, pockets and wallets don’t run this risk of cracking or shattering during transit or movement like traditional plastic cases.

Artwork printing onto pockets and wallets are completely customizable with electronic templates as well, and the finished texture makes an impression with a paper coat that lacks the light glare that many plastic cases reflect.

Electronic templates make placement of custom artwork simple and easily finetunable. No matter how much artwork needs to go on the packaging, pockets and wallets from 2-panel up to 8-panel are all available and carry the same eco-friendly and contemporary feel.

The Bay Area experts at DVD Copycat are well-versed in producing high quality custom packaging for DVD and CD discs. For help with your custom project, contact DVD Copycat at (866) 210-8768 or contact@dvdcopycat.com.

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.

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

Directions to DVD Copycat

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101 From South (Palo Alto, San Jose)

Take exit 434B toward Fell St/Octavia Blvd 0.4 mi
Merge onto Octavia St 0.3 mi
Turn left at Fell St 0.4 mi
Turn right at Fillmore St 0.1 mi

I 80 from the East (Oakland Berkeley)

Take exit 1B to merge onto US-101 N 0.7 mi
Take exit 434B toward Fell St/Octavia Blvd 0.4 mi
Merge onto Octavia St 0.3 mi
Turn left at Fell St 0.4 mi
Turn right at Fillmore St 0.1 mi

US 101 From the North (Sausalito, San Rafael)

Head southeast on US-101 S 5.1 mi
Exit onto Richardson Ave/US-101 toward Lombard St Continue to follow US-101 0.7 mi
Turn right at Divisadero St 1.7 mi
Turn left at Hayes St 0.4 mi
Turn left at Fillmore St 230 ft

I-280 from the south (Pacifica)

Take the exit on the left onto US-101 N 2.5 mi
Take the US-101 exit on the left 0.2 mi
Keep left at the fork to continue toward US-101 N and merge onto US-101 N 0.6 mi
Take exit 434B toward Fell St/Octavia Blvd 0.4 mi
Merge onto Octavia St 0.3 mi
Turn left at Fell St 0.4 mi
Turn right at Fillmore St 0.1 mi
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Burn a Reliable Audio CD-R

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There are a couple of simple things to remember and implement when burning an audio CD.  The first is to alway use good blank CD-R media.  You usually get what you pay for, so buck up for some good media.  Sony, Verbatim, Taiyo Yuden, are three of the best.

Secondly, most people don’t know this, but when you burn an audio CD there is no self correction to the data writing.  This means that you have to be careful not to burn your discs while you have too many applications running.  Other applications will eat up memory and potentially cause a hiccup in you disc.  Also, you should burn your discs at 16X.  If you burn them at the default 48X or 52X you may burn them faster, but you run the risk of having a data error on you disc.

Following these simple steps should ensure that you have a robust, quality CD to play time and time again.

If you need more information on CD Duplication or DVD Duplication Services give us a call at:

DVD Copycat

300 Broadway, #23

San Francisco, CA 94133

1-866-210-8768

415-929-1581

www.dvdcopycat.com

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

Tough Economic Times Makes Blu-ray Adoption More Difficult

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Well it seems like there has been very little good news on the economic front these days. I personally have many friends and colleagues that are feeling the direct impact of this economic downturn.
With pocketbooks shrinking, it makes it even more difficult for the average consumer to go out and buy that new blu-ray player. Even though I have been seeing specials for Blu-ray Disc (BD) player under $200 dollars, I will be curious to see how many consumers have the extra money to buck up for the latest and greatest in Hi-def video.
I personally like Blu-ray. We have a player in our home and I enjoy the better picture, and just as importantly ,I get a bit of a personal rush when I know its the newest thing for Video. When our Netflix comes in the mail and it has a blu-ray disc in it, it is a bit more fun.
That being said, I believe this Christmas Season will be very tell-tale for the future of Blu-ray Disc.

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

New Pro Silver Bottom CD-R

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DVD Copycat is proud to announce the release of a new CD-R that is pure silver on the bottom. These burnable CD-Rs look just like replicated CDs that you buy in music stores. Now you can get truly professional looking CDs for your next gig at volumes as low as 25 pcs.

For more information about these CDs, give us a call or look us up on the web.

Toll Free 1-866-210-8768
Local 415-929-1581
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Do it yourself DVD Duplication – DVD Burning

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Occasionally we receive requests to burn 1-5 DVDs for some of our clients.  This is usually a pretty expensive proposition since we have to setup art and a duplicator for just a few discs.

If you would like to save some money and do the DVD Duplication yourself, there are some steps that will result in a good duplication.

Step 1: is to make sure you have a good quality DVD burner.  If you have purchased a DVD burner that is a no-name brand, you may be jeopardizing a good burn.  You do get what you pay for in burners.  A good avenue would be to locate a technical consumer review of DVD burners.  The Internet has a long list of available research on burners.

Step 2: is to make sure you use good quality media.  Inferior media will result in poor results.  Once again you get what you pay for, Sony, Verbatim, Taiyo Yuden all make a reliable burnable DVD.

Step 3: Make sure you leave your computer alone while burning your DVD.  If you are using other programs while your DVD is burning, this may cause a problem with the burn.

Step 4:  Verify your burn!  Most burning software programs have a check box that will have the DVD read after the burn and compared to the original disc image.  If they match up ok, the software will tell you that your DVD has been verified and it is a good disc.

If you need any more information on manufacturing optical media, Please contact us at:

415-929-1581

1-866-210-8768

DVD Copycat, Inc.

300 Broadway, #23

San Francisco, CA 94133

www.dvdcopycat.com

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

Blu-ray Disc (BD) Duplication Costs Dropping

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Over the past year we have seen the cost of blank Blu-ray disc media come down pretty substantially. Within the last year, BD-R(burnable blu-ray) media costs have come down about 40%. This trend reminds me of DVD-R in 2000. I suspect over the next 2 years we will see BD-R costs drop enough to make publishing Hi-def video projects affordable to most video and film professionals.
We are not there yet, but with the most recent release of BD(Blu-ray) players being under $200, I suspect the market will begin to adopt much more quickly.
This Christmas Season will be very tell-tale for the Blu-ray Disc Industry.

For more information on Blu-ray Duplication, you can contact us at:

415-929-1581

Written by:  Brian G Fisher

Blu-ray AACS Liscenscing Too Expensive, Preventing Growth

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Video and Film professionals who wish to shoot and publish their projects in Hi-Def have, to this point, been frustrated with the prohibitive costs associated with manufacturing a Blu-ray Disc.

Say an average filmmaker or video professional wants to make 1000 copies of their film and put it on Blu-ray(BD) Disc.   Unlike DVD, they will have to pay a mandatory up front AACS licensing fee.  Going rate is about $1500 to $2000 plus an ongoing royalty.

After paying this mandatory licensing fee, it will cost approximately $3.5 per unit to manufacture a Blu-ray package that is ready for distribution and sale.

For a typical standard definition DVD, there is no mandatory licensing fee for encryption and the cost would be approximately $1.49 per unit to manufacture.

Comparing these costs, a filmmaker  will have to pay an extra 266% over the cost of a standard DVD to publish on Blu-ray Disc.  Almost every client I have spoken to about these costs has declined to go Blu-ray.

As economies of scale take effect, the costs to manufacture Blu-ray Discs will likely come down and eventually be similar to DVD costs.  However, the real barrier to smaller companies adopting hi-def is the mandatory AACS licensing fee imposed by AACS Licensing Administrator, LLC.  This additional $1500-$2000 (plus per piece royalty), will likely be too expensive for most, and is just one more barrier to widespread adoption of Blu-ray Disc technology.

My hopes are that AACS Licensing Administrator, LLC. drops the mandatory licensing fee for smaller Blu-ray Disc orders.  If they do not, I suspect that an entire market of filmmakers and video professionals will be choosing DVD over Blu-ray Disc for the distribution of their projects.

For more information on Blu-ray Disc Duplication and Replication you can contact us directly:

Brian G Fisher

DVD Copycat

150 Executive Park Blvd #2150
San Francisco, CA 94134

www.dvdcopycat.com

415-929-1581

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