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Live Chat : Real People: 4th June 2024

Tuesday, June 4th, 2024

If you have a quick question to ask us about CD/DVD duplication its nice and easy to speak to us on our Live Chat, which is available all day in our office hours.

And as we have been asked so many times …we are not robots …we are real people who are very happy to explain or help you with any aspect of ordering.

 

persons arm streching through a computer screen to shake hands and help

Selling DVD’s in Today’s Marketplace: 20th July 2023

Thursday, July 20th, 2023

If you thought that the end of the DVD is nigh, you might want to think again. Like anything else in life it’s not straight forward anymore, but little nuggets exist under rocks if you seek them out. The question we are often asked is that “people don’t have DVD players anymore” so how can our customer play them?

 

DVD PLAYERS

The above is generally true but, older people still have DVD players and use them, a lot, so don’t ignore this market.

CD/DVD DRIVES ON PCs & MACS

Lots of people still have drives on their main systems so don’t forget they can play DVDs.

GAMERS

X Boxes and PS 3s 4s 5s all play DVDs!

Most households have a gamer – young or old – so don’t miss this and remind your customers!

SELLING DIGITALLY

We enable you to sell you DVD video content online. Instead of buying a DVD, your customer buys a file to download and play.

This is not streaming. This is you selling them the digital file for viewing on any player that supports MP4s so PCs/Macs/Tablets/TVs with that functionality etc see www.thedigitalpublishingcenter.com It’s a self service website and relies on you setting everything up, but once you have done it you are away.

BLURAY

BluRay works beautifully on Gamers Xboxes and PS 3/4/5 too so make sure you don’t miss this.

The key is to make your customers aware of the above.

Uploading to Us : 3rd July 2023

Monday, July 3rd, 2023

It really couldnt be easier to send us your art and content .

We have a dedicated WeTransfer site that allows you to easily send everything to us …at the touch of a few buttons!

We will send you this link when you order and all you do is add your email address, add your order nuber and any notes you wish to say to us then press + to upload. Drop your files and send .

 

The screen will look like this:

 

https://uploadcentre.wetransfer.com/?to=upload@duplicationcentre.co.uk&msg=DC%20Order%20number%20

 

You will be notified when we download them.

As your files are labelled with your order number we can allocate them straight away to your client art file here for checking .

 

As always if you have any queries please dont hesitiate to call ( 01702 530354 )or email (support@duplicationcentre.co.uk) and we can help with anything you need to ask us about the process.

Artwork files: 27th March 2023

Monday, March 27th, 2023

This is the third article in our series to help you unlock some of the technical gargon, associated with the Duplciation process.

Artwork Files:

Beware, we are now moving into the area of artwork and the word image no longer relates to a disc image! When talking about artwork, and image is simply a picture, a graphic or photograph

 

PDF

PDF stands for “portable document format.” Adobe Systems designed this format, which has become the standard for exchanging electronic documents. Its a very complex and powerful format used extensively in artwork design and printing, perfect for supplying your artwork supporting the other artwork formats below, as well as special print formats, colours and vector graphics.

 

JPEG,  TIFF, and PNG

These image formats are ideal for photos and similar images containing many colours offering good quality and acceptable sizes are possible. The quality / file size of a jpeg can be altered through the use of compression.

The three formats all vary slightly in the way they apply compression to the images, each with its own advantages. For printing its best to keep the compression at a minimum so the files are larger and better quality.

 

PSD

This format is only used by the graphics programs Photoshop. The files are generally large and contain lots of additional information and layers which are not needed for print. The complexity of the files make them perfect for editing and designing, BUT not ideal for printing. You should save your artwork to PDF or JPEG when ready to submit for printing.

To learn more about artwork formats this article is a good place to start, offering beginner guides to the various types: Further information on artwork formats.

Understanding the Terminology in Duplication: Part 2: Audio & Video Files:20th March 2023

Monday, March 20th, 2023
This is the second part of our terminilogy articles, which are explaining some of the commonly used terms in the duplication process, and relate specifically to Audio and Video files.

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.

Understanding the Terminology in Duplication: Part 1: The Master: 13th March 2023

Monday, March 13th, 2023

As in most Industries there are many terms and abbreviations which are used in duplication, which  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 for the “master”or content for your duplication order.

 

I am republishing, over the next 3 weeks a series of  explanations of some of the most used terms, in relation 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  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 matchingpartner, never mixed or edited. Further information of this file type can be found here.

Next week we will look at Audio files …….

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