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CD ROM replication pressing solutions.

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Companies looking for the most cost efficient disc pressing solutions would usually consider CD ROM replication. This manufacturing method for optical discs yields very high quality CD’s at very reasonable costs. Pressing of discs can take between 1 and 2 weeks, usually dependant on size of order and any special packaging requirements.

The CD replication solution is usually preferable over duplication when orders are quite large, greater than around 350 discs. The end product of replication pressing is a CD-ROM that contains the data or audio embedded or “pressed” into the polycarbonate. This pressing ensures the information is permanently contained within the disc, unlike duplication where the information can deteriorate over the years.

Many media and print companies look to these replication solutions for mass production and copying of digital information. Despite advances in internet transfer of large data files the CD and DVD is still a preferred delivery format. Although these physical discs need to be distributed by normal transport methods the advantage is that the disc will enable a physical archive of its information.

The replicated CD-ROM is still used by most software companies for the distribution and retail of their products. We all know that it only takes a computer virus to result in the loss of digitally downloaded software. With a physical disc it always make re-install of important valuable software a lot smoother.

Manchester DVD duplication services.

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Manchester based Testa-Rossa Studios Ltd offers a comprehensive range of DVD duplication services. Duplicated DVD discs are available from just 50 units and at very reasonable pricing. Discs are supplied with very high quality grayscale or full colour glossy print using the Rimage Everest method of thermal transfer.

DVD duplication prices with a range of packaging and print options can be found on the Manchester UK, Testa-Rossa website. DVD copies are produced using the highest quality Sony discs that have a white gloss printable surface and feature a silver underside. This recordable underside does have a slight magenta tinge to the silver which is characteristic of all recordable DVD-R media.

The use of premium Sony media for duplication ensures that maximum reliability and playback compatibility is achieved. Sony DVD duplication is the closest possible quality to fully glass mastered, replicated discs. Playback of these duplicated discs is identical to a replicated DVD however as a rule of thumb a replicated disc will always have a longer life span than a duplicated disc.

If you are seeking the highest possible quality of service for short run duplication of DVD the combination of Sony discs and Manchester based Testa-Rossa studios is a wise choice. There are many other companies across the UK offering cheaper DVD duplication services using inferior blank media. However for peace of mind and superior service level choosing Testa-Rossa and Sony is a no brainer.

Printed Card Wallets For CD Duplication.

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

One of the best value packaging options for CD duplication is the 5″ printed card wallet. This printed wallet is the type of packaging product you will find with Sunday newspaper CD and DVD giveaways. The product is usually made from 190GSM card board and is printed using an extremely high quality offset litho printing press process.

Due to the initial set up cost of manufacturing these wallets the product is considered to be cost effective from 500 units upwards. The card wallet is therefore more widely used with replication rather than DVD or CD duplication of smaller quantities. At very high quantities of 20,000 and over this printed packaging is even cheaper than a basic clear plastic wallet and can even be printed on a slightly more economical grade of board.

The size of a card wallet is usually quoted as 5″ square but more accurately the dimensions are 124mm by 124mm. The size of this wallet means that CD, DVD or blu-ray can easily be accommodated. It is extremely important that the wallet is manufactured to this exact 124mm square dimensions so that the disc fits perfectly in the wallet. If the wallet is too small then problems can occur during machine packing. If the wallet is too large the disc can easily fall out of the wallet during distribution or handling.

Artwork for a printed card wallet should be submitted on a CTP template, in CMYK colour and with image resolution of at least 300 pixel per inch. It is also wide to submit artwork with all text as vector information or outlines rather than rendering text down to pixel information. Another issue to check is that no artwork covers the “glue flap” area of the artwork as this can lead to failure of the print finishing if the glue cannot adhere to the printed area of card.

CD and DVD Duplication for wedding memories.

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

For many couples it is the most important day of their lives, so why not capture that special day with the help of CD and DVD duplication services.

All weddings involve a wedding photographer and many now a videographer. Whether it be amateur camcorder footage or a more professional video or film company the end product can be duplicated to CD or DVD for distribution to guests and family.

Photographs can be compiled to a CD master as JPEG data or used to produce a slideshow presentation CD. Once a CD master has been burnt this master can be duplicated hundreds of times with addition of colour print to the disc surface. Simply choose your favourite wedding photo and use this for the CD on body print.

With video footage a DVD master can be prepared that can contain menus and other authoring. Again once this master has been successfully prepared DVD duplication services can be used to make further copies.

Once the CD or DVD copies have been produced they can be packaged to either a clear plastic wallet or a clear clam shell. This packaging will help protect your discs and precious memories for many years. For an even more special presentation DVD inlays could be printed, again using photographs from the wedding. The DVD inlays can be inserted to high DVD amaray style cases together with the duplicated disc.

Error checking prior to CD Duplication

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

One essential part of the CD duplication process is the checking of masters for any errors. At Testa-Rossa we run a disc check on all masters received using Plextools. This analysis software checks the CD master for any read errors, ideally we need the errors to be zero. Read errors are usually the result of a badly prepared master, poor CD-R media or a damaged disc.

To eliminate or reduce the risk of disc read errors we always advise clients to use as high quality CD-R as possible. If your master is for duplication of CD audio then we would recommend using a high quality audio specific CD-R such as Sony or HHB. Always avoid burning the master at the maximum speed your burner allows, usually x2 or x4 burning speed is a good starting point. When your master is ready please ensure that the underneath is not scratched or marked as this can contribute towards disc errors.

DVD Replication Of Video And Film

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

These days the most popular form of video distribution involves the process of DVD replication. The DVD or Digital Versatile Disc has been around for over 15 years now and has become the biggest selling format for video and film releases. The DVD format has killed off the old VHS video tape with virtually no commercial film releases now being available on VHS.

The replication of video or film firstly relies on the production of an error free DVD-R master. Exabyte masters can still be accepted by some plants but the predominate master format is now DVD-R. The master disc is used to create a special set of files known as a DDP fileset. The DDP fileset is then used to create a DVD glass master using lasers and sputtering. This glass master can then be used to create positive and negatives and a final stamper used to press the discs.

Pressing the DVD discs involves the stampers and a “sandwich” of polycarbonate with a thin layer of nickel or silver. The video information is pressed into one layer of the polycarbonate by a series of pits, each pit relates to a bit of digital data. The layer of silver is to reflect the lasers of DVD players, basically the laser shines through the polycarbonate and reflects off the silver layer and back into the DVD player. Digital data is “read” by the laser and values dependant on the depth of the pit pressed into the disc.

DVD replication produces a very reliable and durable disc, unlike the old VHS format it is very hard to damage a disc or for it to become jammed up inside the player. I’m sure we have all experienced our VHS player chewing up the tape of our favourite film! Fortunately with the advent of DVD this is one issue that has been overcome.

Christmas CD Replication Leatimes

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Well it’s that time of year again, everyone wants their latest album manufactured in time for Christmas but they are late supplying production parts. At present our DVD and CD replication leadtimes are still running at around 7 working days for bulk supply of discs only and around 10 working days for fully packaged products with printed parts. Therefore as long as customers can supply suitable production parts by 2nd week of December then delivery of CD replication orders in time for Christmas should be achievable.

If you are already behind schedule with production of masters and artwork then please ensure you check that all specifications are correct when you supply these production parts. Christmas CD replication leadtimes are critically based on us receiving suitable artwork and CD masters to required specifications. If we need to refer artwork or masters back to a customer then there will be a good chance that Christmas deadlines may not be achieved.

For artwork please make sure that files are supplied in correct CMYK colour mode and not in RGB. Please ensure all artwork has 3mm bleed where required and that dimensions are exact to specifications on our templates. Also make sure that resolution is at least 300 pixel per inch and that text is supplied in vector format where possible. These are really simple essential requirements but we are always surprised by how many customers supply unsuitable artwork for CD and DVD replication.

CD and DVD masters must be error free, the replication process will not allow for any master disc errors whatsoever. The most obvious advice is to always use as high quality media as possible and burn masters at low speeds. Also take extreme care not to damage or scratch the underside of the disc as this can easily lead to read errors and the master being rejected.

Questions And Answers – Can I supply JPEG Artwork For CD Duplication?

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

I am about to submit an order for CD duplication, can I supply the artwork as JPEG?

Ideally the answer is no. JPEG is a format generally used for digital cameras and computer based photographs. JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group, this is the organisation that developed this format. JPEGS are not generally suitable for commercial print although artwork can contain JPEG elements. For CD duplication on body and paper parts print we would always recommend you supply artwork in either photoshop .psd or ideally print ready high quality .pdf.

One of the problems with JPEGs is that images are compressed and text is converted into pixel information. This pixel information can print clearly if the resolution is high enough, at least 300 pixel per inch or preferably 600 pixel per inch. Although, with small fine text, a resolution of 300 pixels per inch can still give poor print results where the text will appear jagged or pixilated and often illegible. For CD duplication print it is often necessary to use small text and therefore JPEGs do prove problematic.

For best CD duplication print results the text content of artwork should be supplied in vector format. This can be achieved by converting all text to outlines, paths or shapes. It is not possible to embed text as vector within a JPEG file which makes the JPEG format problematic for high quality commercial CD printing.

Another problem with JPEGs is that they are usually in RGB colour format. RGB colour is not suitable for print so any JPEG artwork would need to be converted to CMYK. If you are working with RGB colour JPEGs they should all be turned into CMYK colour within your design application and then ideally the compiled artwork should be output as a .pdf file in CMYK high resolution.

Fast Turnaround For Christmas CD Duplication

Monday, November 15th, 2010

CD duplication or replication in time for Christmas seems to be a popular enquiry in November. As usual at this time of year some of our customers may be a little behind with production of CD masters and artwork. Unfortunately due to high demand our CD duplication and replication services can take slightly longer on the approach to Christmas. Therefore when customers ask if turnaround can be achieved any faster the answer is quite often “no, sorry”.

Of course though CD or DVD duplication is a faster production technique so for some orders our customers may have to choose duplication in order to receive the discs for their deadline. Duplication of a disc can be achieved in just a day compared to replication which is 7 days minimum. If you are seeking replication of a CD album with packaging and printed parts then the manufacture will take at least 10 days. If Christmas deadlines are looming and you need the discs faster then the option of CD duplication can reduce this manufacture time.

Even with our CD duplication package prices in most cases the printed parts are still offset litho printed. So even though you may be opting for a faster duplicated disc you will still benefit from very high quality litho printed booklets and inlays. This combination of duplicated CD’s with offset litho printing for the paper parts gives a very high quality, professional end product.

Submitting CD Duplication Orders

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Another common question we are asked by telephone is how to submit a CD duplication order. The way in which an order for CD duplication or replication is submitted can affect how quickly the order is processed and consequently the turnaround time. If an order is submitted with all production parts clearly labelled and to correct specification then this makes our job of processing run a little smoother and quicker.

It is also important to supply a purchase order, covering letter or one of our downloadable order forms. For each CD duplication order it is important that all the following information is provided:

• Address for invoice.
• Delivery address.
• Delivery contact telephone number.
• Email address.
• Order specifications.
• Quantity.
• Choice of proofing – hard copy or email PDF.
• Any email correspondence offering prices or estimate.
• Any specific deadline.
• Additional mastering requirements.

All of the above information should be provided together with production parts usually consisting of:

• CD or DVD master disc, please supply in as high quality format as possible.
• Artwork disc, please ensure all artwork files are supplied to required specifications
• Hard copy printed content proofs if available.

If we receive a CD duplication or CD replication order that consists of suitable production parts and all the information listed in this article then it is usually possible to process within a couple of hours. Once the order is raised on our system one of our customer services representatives will email over a pro forma invoice and soft copy proofs usually in PDF format.

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