~Duplicating Within Your Budget

 If you plan to produce, market, and sell your own

CDs, you have the need for high quality CD

duplication.  If you have the need for great

quality and great prices, you should thing about

things before you turn to one company to do all

of the duplicating for you.  

No matter what you use it for, CD duplication is

an expense that shouldn't take over your budget

at all.  Below, you'll find several tips on how

to keep duplication within your budget.

1.  Shop with comparison

All companies out there need to able to find the

company that is going to give them the best possible

price.  If you have access to the internet, you 

can do this online.  Look from one company to 

another until you find the best price that fits

your budget.

2.  Keep within your budget

Although this is easier said than done, it's 

very important to find a company that can work

within your budget or you'll need to get a bigger

budget.  Even though you may not realize it now,

doing these types of things on credit can hurt

you later on down the road.

3.  Quality

If your music or other CDs mean a lot to you,

then you should put them in the hands of a reliable

duplicator - and never skimp on quality.  Always

make sure you a guarantee of the quality of their

work as well, to protect yourself.

CD duplication is a must have for the movie and

music business.  There's no doubt that you need

this type of service, although you should take the

time to find the best company for the job.  When

it comes to developing your product - you'll

want to have only the best.

Duplication 101

If you've been shopping for blank CDs or blank DVDs
recently, you may have found yourself a bit 
confused by all of the choices - CD-R, CD-RW, 
DVD+R, DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD+RW.  Trying to 
figure out the abbreviations between them can be 
a bit mind racking indeed.

To make matters worse for those who aren't up on
the lastest marvels of technology is the rate at
which the industry of technology is evolving.  
Just when you think you've caught on to the 
concepts of MP3s and burning CD and DVD media, 
new twists on blank media hits the market and 
you found yourself confused more than you were to
start with.

The "R" found in CD-R and DVD+/-R media stands for
recordable.  It will tell consumers that these 
disks are blank recordable media.  You can record
movies, data, music, and photos on the disc, but
the discs cannot be erased.

The "RW" on CD-RW and DVD+/-RW media stands for
rewritable.  This lets you know that media with 
RW on them can be recorded and erased several 
times.  Even though the prices for blank CD and 
DVD media is inexpensive, you can expect to pay
a bit more for RW type media.

The biggest source of confusion stems from DVD-R
and DVD-RW and how they are different from DVD+R
and DVD+RW media.  In order to avoid a long 
technical speech on the differences, you simply
need to know that each DVD types can record
movies just like the next type.

DVD+R and DVD+RW are a newer more expensive 
technology that offers a few technical advantages
over DVD-R and DVD-RW.  None the less, DVD-R has
greater compatibility with more DVD players than
any other format of blank DVDs.

If you have a newer DVD player or if you use your
computer to play back media, you should have no
problems with DVD+R/DVD+RW media.  Some say that
they provide a better range of quality, although
the quality is indeed similar.

Keep in mind that all recordable CD and DVD media
do the same thing regardless of their particular
brand or extension.  Because there is not an 
industry standard that involves DVD technology,
not every DVD player is compatible with each and
every format you see on retail store shelves.

For this very reason, you should always check with
DVD player manual to see which type of recordable
media it will play back.  This way, you'll know
what to buy the next time you go shopping for
blank CD or DVD media.

Essentials Of CDR

The simple rule of thumb is that whatever you have
stored as a file on any other storage medium can
also be stored as a file on a CD-ROM.  To the 
recorder, a file is a file, and an ISO doesn't
care whether or not the file contains pictures, text,
or even audio sound.  

There are a few special cases, as to where you 
would want to record a file to a CD in a special 
type of format.  The most obvious here is CD-DA
audio.  If you wanted to record an audio file to
a CD so that you could play it back on your home
stereo, you would need to write a CD-DA (or Digital
Audio) disk.

When you copy data to a CD, you need to ensure that
your data doesn't exceed the capacity of the CD
that you will be recording to.  Due to the audio
requirements of CDs, the amount of information a
CD can hold is measured in minutes/seconds/sectors.
Each second can contain 75 sectors, each of which
are capable of holding 2,048 bytes of Mode 1 user

By using the CD Size command in the edit menu, you
can set the capacity of the set you wish to 
produce, which will help you to prevent exceeding
it.  The status bar will show you how much space
you have used, how much remains free, and the
percentage of each one.

Even though this may sound a bit confusing at 
first, keep in mind that it may take some time if
you are new to computers.  Even though copying a
CD is quite easy, knowing the limits and how things
work is a bit more complex.  Give it some time,
and you'll be copying files to CD like the pros
do it.

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