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CD/DVD DuplicationTips – Should You Print at Home or Use a Company

Written by Lucy Scott on Tuesday, 09 October 2012. cd duplication, cd printing, dvd duplication, dvd printing

When it comes to CD/DVD duplication, you will be able to choose from a couple of options. The first option is home CD/DVD duplication, which has its pros and cons. The second option is outsourcing the task to a skilled CD/DVD duplication company that will do all of the time-consuming, tedious work for you.

To help you learn more about how home CD/DVD duplication compares to outsourced CD/DVD duplication, we’ve compiled a helpful quick guide:

Pros and Cons of Home CD/DVD Duplication - If you have a master CD or DVD and you want to make copies that you may sell or otherwise distribute to your target audience (of course, you may also want these copies for your own personal needs); you need to know the pros and cons of home CD/DVD duplication. When you use this method, you’ll need the right equipment, and this can get a bit expensive. However, if you can afford it, buying a CD duplicator, which functions like a photocopier for CDs and DVDs, may be a feasible option for you. These machines are fairly easy to use; however, they are rarely a cost-effective option for people who only need to copy CDs and DVDs occasionally.

If you can’t afford a home CD/DVD duplicator, you’ll need to burn copies one by one, using your home computer. Suffice is to say that when large numbers of CDs or DVDs are required, this isn’t a very pleasant task, as it will take hours upon hours to get the quantities that you need. However, if you don’t need to copy many CDs or DVDs, this is probably the most practical way to get the copies that you want.

Pros and Cons of Using a Company for CD Printing – When you need CD/DVD printing on a larger scale, hiring a company that performs CD/DVD duplication will be a very wise decision. This type of company may be accessed via the World Wide Web for total ease and convenience. You may also find companies that perform this task in your own community. Typically, prices for CD printing are not that high, which makes it possible to enjoy top-notch CD/DVD duplication for a very good price. Outsourcing this task to a professional, reputable company has very little downside. As long as you’re working with a trustworthy, experienced provider with a solid business reputation, you’ll access excellent copies, fast turnaround times, and great service. Companies can also do just the printing, leaving the discs blank for you to burn your own data.

As you can see, selecting a company to produce copies of your master CD or DVD is probably the best way to enjoy superior CD/DVD duplication and printing services. However, you may also do the job yourself, as long as you have the right equipment and many hours to spare.

The Different Types of CD and DVD Printing

on Friday, 15 February 2013. cd printing, dvd printing

CD and DVD printing is very important for anyone who creates discs for distribution, regardless of the reason. Whether they are music CDs or DVDs of old family movies, quality of a disc cover is important to those receiving it.

Stick-on labels are cheap and seem like they may be a viable option, but over time, they not only start to peel off, but also can damage the lasers of disc drives. Therefore, using a CD/DVD printer is the best option, not only for long term cost savings, but for quality and peace of mind as well.

There are a handful of different kinds of CD/DVD printers.
The most common types are:

  • inkjet printers
  • thermal cd/dvd printers
  • thermal retransfer printers
  • auto loading disc printers
  • integrated disc drive printers

Inkjet Printers

Inkjet printing has been around for quite a while, and is used for a great deal of applications. The most common use of inkjet printers has been to print on standard, 8-inch by 11-inch paper, but there are inkjet printers that can print straight onto CDs and DVDs. All inkjet printers use ink cartridges, which can be expensive to replace, but offer up to a 4800 dpi resolution, allowing for high quality images on discs.

Thermal CD/DVD Printers

These printers connect in a similar way to computers as inkjet printers do (via USB cables), but they offer a much lower (300 x 600 dpi) resolution. They transfer the color onto the discs they are printing on not from ink cartridges however, but from color coated ribbons. They are quick and work well for plain text or simple designs, but for complex designs, users will want to stay away from these printers, as they do not mix colors near as well as other printers.

Thermal Retransfer Printers

Thermal retransfer printers offer the highest possible quality prints onto discs available. This is made possible by using the same technology as standard thermal printers and adding an extra step. The image is first transferred to a transfer ribbon, which helps mix the colors before putting the image onto the disc itself. The results of this single step are worlds apart from thermal printers.

Auto Loading Disc Printers

As the name describes, these printers load the discs automatically, which is great for bulk printing jobs. These printers come in many different varieties, including inkjet and thermal, which have already been explained.

Integrated CD/DVD Printers and Duplicators

These types of printers are a step up from the auto loading disc printers. Not only do they print images directly onto discs, but they also duplicate the entire discs, making copying CDs and printing the same image on each one a breeze. As with the traditional auto loading printers, these also come in all of the different varieties previously described.

Decisions, Decisions

When choosing which of the above types of CD/DVD printers to buy, it is important to keep in mind the needs of your projects and the costs of the machines. If you are only creating a couple of CDs or DVDs for personal use, perhaps an inkjet would be a more viable choice than an auto loading thermal printer that is suited for more industrial work.

Mini CD

on Friday, 03 May 2013. cd duplication, cd printing, cd replication, mini cd

Mini CDs are sometimes known as pocket CDs in the industry. These discs are around a third of the size of a standard CD, though they have the same storage abilities as a full sized disc. These CDs function the same way a standard disc would, though they are smaller in size. They can be used for text, storage, audio or video files with the proper formatting.

Formatting for Mini CDs

There are different types of mini CDs that can be used for different promotional purposes.

  • Single mini CDs are typically used for audio formatting the way a vinyl would have been used several years ago. In most cases these can hold up to 210 MB of information.
  • Business card CDs are often truncated to the size of a business card, offering 30-100 MB of data. These CDs usually have wings added to the side to make them rectangular, but these are removed later on when the disc is to be played.

Additional formats for mini CDs include a 24 minute “pocket” cd for data storage and a 185 MB disk that can hold a condensed version of a 650 MB CD. In many places these are known as CD3s while a standard sized disc is a CD5. This refers to the metric units associated with the production of the disc.

Compatibility of Mini CDs

In most cases mini CDs can be played in a standard CD player, but there are some considerations that can help ensure they work properly.

  • Mini CD players were sold throughout the later portion of the 20th century, but these have largely been discontinued.
  • Consoles that have users insert a CD vertically rather than horizontally cannot take Mini CDs.

People often recommend mini CDs for use in CD players that have a center spindle. These will hold the disc in place so they will not slide around. Should the disc slide out of place it can cause a graphic error or result in the disc becoming stuck in the machine.

Using Mini CDs for Promotional Materials

People often prefer to use mini CDs for promotional materials because they have a wide variety of packaging options and make for a unique presentation.

  • Smaller discs require less packaging and protection so it is easier to send them out as part of a promotional offer for less money.
  • Some cases are so small they can even be inserted into a wallet without the risk that it will damage the case.
  • Due to the smaller data size, mini CDs can easily be replicated in a short amount of time.

Many people choose to buy mini CDs in bulk because they are less expensive than a standard sized CD and easier to transport. You can easily wind up with three times the promotional materials for the same price you would have paid to get a single stack of traditional CDs.

Those that have a brief message that needs to be sent to a large group of people can rely on mini CDs to promote their work.

Digipack and other Packaging Options for CDs and DVDs

on Friday, 03 May 2013. cd artwork, cd printing, dvd printing

CDs and DVDs are still very popular promotional materials. They are inexpensive to produce and easy to send through mailers. If you are creating promotional materials for your organization, you want to make sure you have followed the best way to showcase your materials while still being practical.

In the past, most people used plastic jewel cases for their CDs, but these can break easily and don’t create a very professional look for DVDs. Digipacks are also commonly used as a promotional tool.

Basics of Digipacks

A Digipack is a gatefold style CD case made from cardstock.

  • In most cases, these cases are designed with an outer fold made from card stock or paperboard. Inside there is a plastic tray that contains a “soft spot” that holds the CD in place.
  • Many companies use these for special releases or limited edition CDs . They are still relatively inexpensive to produce, although costing slightly more compared to a standard jewel case, they tend to be less prone to breaking, which assists with the distribution of the product.
  • Most versions of the Digipack are covered in a UV coating that helps ensure that the design will not get bent or fade during transport or over time as it sits in the user’s collection.

Many designers like the idea of using a Digipack to market their media because the trifold design offers plenty of space for artwork and other promotional materials. Standard jewel cases must have other materials inserted inside to get the same effect.

Other Options for CD or DVD Packaging

There are wide varieties of packaging options considered standard for DVD and CD packaging.

  • The 6 panel digipak are similar to the digipack, but offering a two fold design instead of one
  • Single CD sleeves can be designed for easy mailing. Taller versions are available for DVDs, mimicking the look of a standard movie case, though the sleeve will be much thinner. Sleeves can also be produced from recycled materials for a more environmentally friendly packaging option.
  • While many sleeves are made from reinforced card stock, you can create versions that are much thinner, made from paper or a light plastic with a cellophane window that will show off the product inside. Those that are planning to focus their design work on the CD can also design a vinyl sleeve for added protection.

Other versions of these CD or DVD cases can be designed to hold multiple discs. This makes it easier for you to offer your clients a set that includes all of your material without having to pay for extra packaging or extra shipping.

When selecting a packaging option for CDs and DVDs, you want to consider how the product will be handled. You want to find the balance between creating an inexpensive option and providing the disc plenty of support as it travels to your customers.

Free Artwork Design Service

on Thursday, 09 May 2013. cd artwork, cd printing, dvd printing

The free artwork design service from MaxDuplication gives you a chance to have your artwork created without having to worry about learning complicated design applications, or worrying about file formats and phrases such as JPG, PDF and DPI's

MaxDuplication tries to stand out from the crowd and find unique ways to offer extra service to its clients. Many people were having trouble with how to create and design their artwork and were finding it expensive to pay a professional designer.

Many companies charge to design your artwork and even charge if they have to make small amendments to it, as MaxDuplication the whole process is free of charge allowing you to concentrate on creating your music or data.

Our professional design service will help ensure that you get the perfect, polished look you are looking for.

Make Your Design Stand Out

Although its perfectly acceptable to have a plain disc with just some text or wording on it, nothing stands out like colour. Making a colorful disc using a photograph or vibrant colours adds to the professional look of the finished product.

MaxDuplication's free design service is created specially to make sure that our customers are getting exactly what they want. You can make as many revisions to the design that you like until you are happy with the final look.

If you want to design it yourself

  • Make sure your text is large enough to read, but not so large that it will overwhelm the space on your disk.
  • Do not put any text within 3mm of the edge of the disk and avoid putting any media whatsoever in an area that would be cut off by the hole in the disc.
  • Make sure you are using high resolution images that will be easy to see and create a quality looking print. It is recommended that artwork is 300 dpi.

If you already have artwork such as a company logo or text that you have used in other areas of your business, email them to us and we will lay them out on our templates to show you what they will look like.

Which CD Type Should You be Using?

on Saturday, 26 October 2013. cd artwork, cd duplication, cd printing, cd replication

CDs or Compact Discs are available in many types and it is for the user to decide which among them is the best suited for their requirements. You will have two broad categories to choose from when deciding which disc to store your data on, namely CDs and DVDs (Digital Video Disc)

The main difference between a CD and DVD is the amount of space that they have available to them. The CDs are low on memory and can only store a limited amount of data while the DVDs have more memory and can store a much larger amount of data. This is why DVDs are the preferred CD type for games and films while CDs are suitable for recording songs and music.

Types of CDs you can choose from

The CDs are available in a number of types, each having their own benefits and limitations.

  • The CD-ROM has a limited memory and cannot be used for re-recording purposes, but it can be played by all players.
  • The CD-R has a fast recording speed and is cheap to duplicate. It is also low on memory.
  • The CD-RW can be used for re-recording up to 1000 times, but have a lesser recording speed.

The biggest advantage of using any type of CD for recording is that they are cheap and easy to record, while their most infuriating drawback is their limited memory space.

Types of DVDs you can choose from

The DVDs are available in a numbers of formats as well, with each having a different benefit to offer you.

  • The DVD-ROM has a larger memory, but has a slow recording speed.
  • The DVD-R can only be recorded on once and are generally suitable for recording home videos.
  • The DVD-RW can be used for re-recording, but is very expensive.
  • The DVD-RAM can be re-recorded 100,000 times and has a very large time span too.

All of the types of DVDs have a larger memory space and time span than CDs, but are extremely expensive to record and have a slow recording speed.

If you have doubts about which CD types is ideal for you then ask the experts at MaxDuplication. They can provide you all the help you require in choosing the type of CD you should use. Call us now at 020-8492-3723.

CD Insert and Cover Layout Design Tips

on Tuesday, 29 October 2013. cd artwork, cd printing

The design of the CD Inserts is among the most important aspects of designing the cover of a music album. Since it is first thing that the buyers are going to see before listening to the music on a CD, it has to be designed in such a way that it creates a positive impact on the buyer and influences him to buy it.

Such is the importance of the cover layout design of the music CDs that their sales depend on how imaginative the covers are. Most music retailers would confirm that the music CDs having an appealing cover are sold more quickly than the ones that are simple and fail to impress the buyers. The following are some of the tips that can help you in coming up with a good design for the insert of your music CD.

Size of the CD Insert

The size of the CD insert plays a vital role in making the cover layout design of your music album more appealing to your fans.

  • The front cover should be no more than 4.75” in length and breadth.
  • If you are thinking about making a booklet, the dimensions should not exceed 9.5” and 4.75”.
  • The back cover size should be around 6” in length and 4.625” in breadth.

When choosing the size of the back insert do remember the spine on either side of the CD which would require about 0.25”.

Be Imaginative

Being imaginative is extremely important when designing a CD insert. The following tips in this regard can be useful for you.

  • Choose imagery that is in line with the topic of your album.
  • Choose the fonts which are easy to understand.
  • Give important information about the singer, record label and the name of the songs on the cover.

It is best to listen to the songs in the album while designing the artwork for your album’s cover. It will help you in coming up with a cover design that is according to the mood of your music CD.

If you are finding it difficult to come up with a suitable design layout for your CD insert then there is no need to worry! The experts at MaxDuplication can provide you all the help you need in this regard. Call MaxDuplication right away at 020-8492-3723.

How Important is it to Have a Good Quality Disc?

on Wednesday, 30 October 2013. cd artwork, cd cover printing, cd duplication, cd label printing, cd printing, cd replication, dvd cover printing, dvd label printing

CDs and DVDs are used for a variety of reasons these days. Discs are used for burning music, high quality image production. Companies also use discs to provide information about their business to their clients.

As with all things, quality matters in discs as well, and quality is not limited to the content present on the disc - the overall quality of production is also important.

All discs of high quality

Disc mastering is the process by which a ‘read only’ quality disc is produced in large numbers.

  • Disc mastering ensures that all discs produced are of high quality, because mastering involves replication of discs from a source rather than burning separate discs.
  • Each disc is checked for glitches to ensure that it works.

If some of the discs you distribute do not work it will degrade your reputation in the eyes of your customers. Disc mastering ensures that all discs that reach your customers actually work.

The quality of the cover

The quality of the CD label printing or the DVD label printing is also very important as it is the first thing that strikes your customers about your disc.

  • First impression is the last impression is an old saying that is true in most cases. No one is going to see the content of your disc, if its label is not of professional quality. They will simply perceive that the inner contents of the disc would be no different.
  • An attractive cover will go a long way in hooking up the interest of the customer in your product. In other words, he will be more willing to go through the contents of the disc if its cover is attractive.

An attractive cover of the highest quality will help your quality disc stand out from the rest of pack, and will ensure that it will never go into a pile of waste. It is almost impossible to produce a very high quality disc at home. You can call experts at MaxDuplication at 020-8492-3723 to get them to help you with your requirements.