A Beginners Help guide to DVD and CD Compact disc Duplication

DVD and Compact disc duplication may be the fastest and simplest method to create multiple copies for an array of media. Inside the corporate sector you can use it for training videos, internal marketing, product catalogues, media presentations, training manuals, reviews and company marketing. It is also employed for more creative reasons inside the commercial world for example software releases, band releases, e-books, films and gaming. No matter its purpose, disc production is certainly a more affordable and convenient method for data/video/audio storage and delivery. Nearly every business, non-profit organization and individual may use cheap DVD duplication for their advantage.

To be able to understand DVD duplication and it is advantages you have to be conscious of the terminology and have the ability to separate DVD duplication and DVD replication. DVD Duplication is the procedure of copying data onto a current pre-made disc (also called “burning”). These dvds, referred to as a DVD-R (short for Digital Versatile Disc Recordable), are loaded into writers where the details are removed through digital means in the master source. Information is then etched onto recordable DVD-R media utilizing a small laser present in drive writers or duplicator machines. The details are verified and also the machine either accepts or rejects the replicated version. After verification the disc moves to the printing stage (if printing is needed). This is when inkjet or thermal ink jet printers (using graphic files referred to as “artwork”) print to the upper the surface of each new Compact disc-R or DVD-R. This method is simple to use (developing a quick lead time) and fewer costly than replication because of the minimal setup costs. If a small amount of dvds are needed, usually under 1000 models, duplication may be the preferred process.

Replication (also called “pressing”) can be used when mass amounts of the disc are necessary. It’s a more professional manufacturing process where recyclables tell you large disc-moulding machines that leave the fundamental DVD. First of all, glass masters are produced in the client provided originals, the information is physically placed or pressed in to the other blank dvds (then covered and guarded with thermoplastic plastic). Many of these processes are fully automated with replication (only re-writing your data once to the glass master) and also the cost per unit cost less when orders are above one 1000 models. A down side of replication is it includes a longer lead some time and may have a about face two days or even more.

Comprehending the distinction between replication and duplication enables you to decide on the right process according to your requirements. The essential impact on bear in mind is cost-effectiveness in relation to quantity as well as your needed turnaround. When it comes to the finished product, there’s no alteration in quality or consistency from a duplicated along with a copied disc. Generally, DVD technologies are moving in a extremely fast pace and there’s a whole new generation of optical dvds (SL 4.7GB, DL 8.5GB and DS 9.4GB). DVD duplication provides endless possibility of digital media storage and exhibition, delivering stunning video resolution and audio performance for home theatre and also the professional market.

DVD Preparation Guide.

Digital files

Video files: (AVI, Quicktime) on CDR, DVD-R, Firewire or USB Hard Drive.

Still images: Formats: TIF, JPG, PSD, PDF, EPS Resolutions: NTSC DV 720×480, HDV 1280×720, HDV 1440×1080, HDV 1920×1080, PAL DV 720×576

NOTE: PAL and NTSC conversion is available with additional cost

You already have a DVD master

If you have a DVD master but no menu.

We can author a new DVD master with menus, in the context of our Deluxe DVD authoring package.
If you have a DVD master and you like to edit or add video.
We can author a new DVD master form the video or from multiple DVD sources, in the context of our Platinum DVD authoring package.

Region codes and Countries included in region

Region codes exist for the benefit of the owner or distributor of a DVD title, and they protect the rights of a distributor in one region from encroachment by a distributor from another region. Region codes are very simple in concept. A DVD can be set to be playable in single and/or multiple regions during the authoring stage. DVD players sold in a particular region will only accept DVDs authorized for that region.

  1. U.S., Canada, U.S. Territories
  2. Japan, Europe, South Africa and Middle East (including Egypt)
  3. Southeast Asia and East Asia (including Hong Kong)
  4. Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean
  5. Eastern Europe (Former Soviet Union), Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
  6. China
  7. Reserved
  8. Special international venues (airplanes, cruise ships, etc.)

Difference between the NTSC and PAL Video standard

Video that is intended for viewing on a television, whether on a tape, a DVD, or delivered via satellite or cable, needs to meet the standards of the country in which it will be viewed. In North America, that is NTSC , ( National Television System Committee ). NTSC video is 29.97 frames per second or fps, at a size of 720×486. The NTSC standard is also used in other countries including Japan, South Korea, and most of Central and South America. You will notice that does not include Europe, China, Australia, and most other Asian countries. These areas use another standard known as PAL ( Phase Alternation Line ). PAL video is 25 fps, at a size of 768×576. Based on the NTSC system, it was modified to avoid color distortion. Broadcast started in 1967. Just for good measure lets mention SECAM , ( Sequential Couleur Avec Memoire ), developed in France. Broadcast started in 1967 and used by France and many former French colonies

NOTE: We can make a DVD that will play anywhere.

Best format or formats for your project

We have prepared the following information to help you judge the best format or formats for your project.

Computer playback – Fortunately, any computer that can playback a DVD- video will be able to use both NTSC and PAL.

Most PAL DVD players will read NTSC discs – there are two parts to this equation: the DVD player and the TV. Nearly all PAL DVD players will read NTSC DVDs, and output some interpretation of the signal to the TV. Most, but not all modern PAL televisions can display this signal, but you will not achieve 100% perfect playback for all your viewers. A common complaint is the loss of color information resulting in black and white playback. PAL and SECAM are nearly identical – in areas concerning DVD we will treat SECAM as PAL.

NTSC DVD players will not read PAL discs – with the exception of a few specialty players, North American NTSC DVD players do not play PAL discs, period. If you are planning on importing a European video program to the US, plan on a complete rebuild of the project, staring with the video source.

A PAL DVD cannot be directly converted to NTSC – It is important to understand that it is not the physical DVD that is in one format or another, it is the underlying video content. As described above, the differences between NTSC and PAL video are in the image size and the frame rate. To create the NTSC, one has to start with an NTSC video source and the menu assets for the DVD, and then re-author the project from the ground up. This often means taking the original PAL video (tape) master and have a professional standards conversion done.

A web link

We can add web links, email links and links to files that are included on your DVD when we are authoring a Deluxe DVD package (these links will only be active when the DVD is viewed on a computer). The user may need to install a small software program prior to the first use of these links, which we include on any web-enabled DVD master that we author.

The difference between a DVD- 5, 9 and 10

  • DVD-5: Capacity 4.7GB, video minutes 133, sides 1, layers 1.
  • DVD-9: Capacity 8.5GB, video minutes 240, sides 1, layers 2.
  • DVD-10: Capacity 9.4GB, video minutes 266, sides 2, layers 2.

DVD Masteres

DVD+or-R for DVD-5 is standerd and DVD+R DL for DVD-9

Yes, we are accepting Dual Layer (DL) DVD+R masters. We advise you to use great care in preparing your master and be sure your authoring software fully supports burning to Dual Layer recordable media.

DVD Audio

DVDs support several configurations of audio, including mono, stereo and “surround”. Mono or stereo audio may be uncompressed PCM (equivalent to CD audio) or Dolby Digital a format for audio data compression also known as AC-3. Multi-channel or surround audio is supported via Dolby Digital in several configurations, most commonly 5.1.

NOTE: We can accept WAV or AIFF files for authoring DVDs with surround audio.

Contact your Consultant for a custom quote if your authoring project will include surround audio

MPEG-2 is an alternative compression format for audio, which may include multiple channels like Dolby Digital. However, MPEG-2 is not included in the specifications for NTSC DVD players, though some players in fact do support the format. But the format is considered “out-of-spec” for North America, so we have to reject any DVD master which uses this as the primary audio format.

NOTE: Prior to authoring your DVD project, check the default parameters for your encoding or authoring software to disable MPEG-2 audio.

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