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Sell Your Products Digitally:9th July 2020

Thursday, July 9th, 2020
Sell Your Digital Products
Music/video/information
From Your Website

Pay As You Go

If you don’t sell anything you don’t pay anything.

No monthly subscription.

  • Sign up for free and upload your content to our servers
  • Copy the code we provide to create buy buttons
  • Use the buy buttons on your website/emails/social media
  • Your customer orders and pays via PayPal
  • All the money goes straight into your PayPal Account
  • We action the digital delivery to your customer
  • Commission on sales 10% billed monthly
  • If you don’t sell anything – we don’t bill you anything
  • If you haven’t got a website, we create one for you for free

All you need is customers who want to buy your products and a PayPal account.

Interested? Have a look at our website

https://www.thedigitalpublishingcenter.com/

 

 

 

Ordering Online: May 29th 2020

Friday, May 29th, 2020

In the duplication process we have to use a hard copy disc master to work from, and in the past our customers have largley sent these to us by post…..and many still do!

We have however found it particularly helpful during the lockdown period that we are able to accept customers masters digitally and create a hard copy master to work from here. With queues at the Post Offices because of social distancing and less staff working it has been a really helpful.

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We can create masters from your files if you have an electronic image in ISO, JMG, NRG, DDP or BIN /CUE or you can send us audio or video files which need authoring.

If you need any more information about this the FAQ’s on the website can help you or you can call us on 01702-530 354 and ask any questions.

https://www.duplicationcentre.co.uk/faq.html

CD Audio Time Capacity: 24th April 2020

Friday, April 24th, 2020

A standard CD Audio will hold 80 minutes of sound…hope this helps when you decide how many tracks to put on your album.

https://emessy pile of cds in cellowrap for customer salen.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compact_disc

Easter at Duplication Centre: 9th April 2020

Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Hello Everyone.

Just to let you know that although we close the office for the Easter break you can still get a quote & order online .

You can upload your art and content to us so we can get to work straight after the Easter break (Tuesday 14th April),this way your order will not be held up.

Visit the website to get a quote and also to download our free artwork creation tool.

www.duplicationcentre.co.uk

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Brand New Music Platform: 6th March 2020

Friday, March 6th, 2020

We are pleased to let you know about a brand new music platform launched recently by a Star Globe.

Thestarglobe.com is Brand new social media tailored for the music industry.

You can network with other artists & producers, discover recording studios, music venues, music video services locally or globally and much more!

Check out the link below to see and learn about this new venture…..

thestarglobe.com

Helping with your order: 4th October 2019

Friday, October 4th, 2019

It’s nearly two years now since we moved our phone lines from a Call Centre, to taking your calls directly here at our office and production rooms.

This has meant better and quicker service for our customers who can get speak to experienced and knowledgeable staff straight away .

We have found this more hands on approach in the company has led to us getting to know our customers needs and requirements more, and so provide an even faster response when you most need help .

We love to advise and help with new customer enquiries sharing our wealth of experience with you to help you get the right product.

Call us on 01702 530354 and let us help you with your CD, DVD or Blu-Ray duplication

Or visit the web-site for live chat and general information in our FAQ & Weekly Blog.

 

24 Hour Turnaround: 20th September 2019

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Here at Duplication Centre we offer the fastest service of any in the industry.

We have 24 hour turnaround and in some instances if you talk to us…faster than that.

We always try to help customers if they get in a tight spot 🙂

 

It’s always worth giving us a call …if we can help we will; sometimes customers will come and collect their orders directly from us to save time.

 

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Give us a call if you need help or advice.

Sending CD’s and DVD’s in the post: 6th September 2019

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Just a little practical help for you with  posting out your CD’s and DVD’s; especially if you might be considering selling via social media or your own website.

Always use a Mailite or Jiffy bubble bag for protection if you have chosen to use Standard or Slimline Jewell case or a Plastic DVD Case. If you don’t they are likely to get broken and it will cost you more to replace the case for your customer.

Card cases obviously  don’t break but can bend and of course the disc inside can break …so they still need  protection.

Either use a bubble bag or stiff card envelope.

For Royal Mail this takes you into the “Large Letter ” pricing category so dont be tempted to just stick a small stamp on!!! They won’t deliver it if you get it wrong!!

The actual price of the stamp depends on the weight of the contents but when you are sending just 1 unit it will usually be in the first category (up to 100g) or possibly just into the second.

 

Don’t forget to cost the price of the postage into the price you charge your customer….it all adds up!!

You can check your pricing here:

https://www.royalmail.com/price-finder

Jargon Buster Part 3 – Audio & Video Files: 12th August 2019

Monday, August 12th, 2019

This is the third and final article by Mark Smith our Director of Technology here at Duplication Centre; helping you to understand some of the terminology and abbreviations used in the industry.

Audio Files:

Unlike the disc image formats above, these are just individual audio files used by computers. They require ‘Authoring’ to a disc. Authoring a CD means taking the audio (in any of the formats) and writing it into a format and structure a simple CD player can understand and play

WAV

These are high quality audio files, very similar to standard CD-Audio. This is a very common format used in recording studios .

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAV

AIFF

AIFF is practically identical to WAV, but this format was developed by Apple in the late 80’s. Another very common format in recording studios.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_Interchange_File_Format

MP3

This is a digital music format created for sending audio over the internet. The great attraction of the MP3 format is its ability to compress files, allowing them to use much less space. Technically lower quality than the above audio formats, but not really in any noticeable way

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MP3

FLAC

The Free Lossless Audio Codec. This is a newer format which is able to compress audio to take up space just like an MP3, but does so in a ‘lossless’ way. This means the audio quality should not be degraded  in any way, but the file size will be noticeably smaller. A useful format that has only seen uptake in technical and audiophile community.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FLAC

Video Files:

This section may appear a bit short, but I had to draw the line somewhere.  There are a very large number of video formats that have existed over the years, far too many to discuss here. In practice there are 2 very common ones.

All video formats will require ‘Authoring’ to make a standard DVD-Video disc (OR a Blu-Ray-Video disc) to be player in a standard player.  Simply burning a video file on a disc will not necessarily allow it to play in a standard player.

MP4

A modern high quality video format widely used in consumer and professional markets.

MOV

Another modern high quality video format widely used in consumer and professional markets. Developed by Apple.

 

 

Jargon Buster Part 1 – Master Discs:8th July 2019

Monday, July 8th, 2019

As in most Industries there are many terms and abbreviations which are used in duplication, that have become part of our ordinary language. For the uninitiated these terms can sometimes appear complicated and a bit daunting. This is especially true of file formats as some terms are used to define different entity’s even when working in the same markets!

 

Our Director of Technology Mark Smith has written a series for articles that we will publish over the next 3 weeks explaining  some of the most used terms,in relation the the optical media (CD, DVD and Blu-Ray) market. With links for more detailed explanations:

 

Physical Masters:

This simply means a hard copy CD or DVD which we can use to duplicate from.

 

Disc Image Formats:

The type of images here are not photographic images. The term relates to a ‘snapshot’ of the contents of a disc, the format and the exact layout.

The most important thing when working with disc images is you are sure you have formatted them correctly. Failing to do this will result in any discs made from them to be faulty. If there is any doubt, or you are new to this area, ask for help and advice. We have a team here who are always available for email, phone or online chat and will be very happy to help and advise you.

 

ISOnrg

An .iso image is a computer file that is an exact copy of an existing file system. ISO files are typically created through a software application that will extract the contents of a CD or DVD, and then write then as an exact electronic copy of the original disc to a file (a .iso file). This allows us to burn to burn an exact copy of the original onto CD or DVD.

Iso files are perfectly acceptable for CD-Rom and DVD-Video, but should not be used for CD-Audio due to technical restrictions

 

IMG

This format is very similar to a .ISO image with a few subtle changes and features which are beyond the scope of this article. For our purpose they can be used the same as an ISO, but more in depth information can be found in this article should you wish to learn more.

Like ISO files, .img should not be used for CD-Audio discs.

 

NRG

These files are a relatively new proprietary optical disc image file format. NRG files are used in the same way as other image formats, but are a more advanced and very versatile.

NRG files can be used for any type and format of disc, CD-ROM, CD-Audio, DVD-Video, Blu-Ray, etc.

NRG files on Wikipedia

 

DDP

This stands for Disc Description Protocol and is commonly used for delivery of disc pre-masters for commercial Glass Master Replication. The DDP format is compatible with all CD and DVD discs and is the industry professional format used in mass manufacture of discs. Although becoming more common, its a relatively unknown format used mainly within the optical media industry for transporting discs electronically between production facility’s and mastering houses.

DDP files can be accepted the same as all other listed image formats for duplication, but are not a specific requirement in any way. Further more detailed information on this format is available here.

 

Bin/Cue

This is a versatile image file format particularly useful for CD-Audio. The consist of two files,

  1. a binary data file (.bin file), This is the raw data of a disc, a solid block of information with no organisation.
  2. a Cue sheet (.cue file). This is a descriptive file, used to give structure and organisation to the raw binary (.bin) file.

Each of the Bin & Cue files are meaningless on their own, and must be provided together with their specific and matching partner, never mixed or edited. Further information of this file type can be found here.

 

 

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