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Table of Contents

  1. What is Blu-ray
  2. How much does Blu-ray cost to make?
  3. What’s the difference between replication and duplication?
  4. Which is a better disc. a duplicated disc or a replicated disc?
  5. Should I get replication or duplication ?
  6. Do I need a barcode?
  7. Will my song titles appear on the screen when I put my CD into a computer?
  8. Why don't my duplicated disc have CD-TEXT on them?
  9. What types of On Disc printing are there?
  10. How does duplication work:
  11. What is a ISRC code:

What is Blu-ray?

Blu-ray, also known as Blu-ray Disc (BD), is the name of a next-generation optical disc format jointly developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA, a group of the world’s leading consumer electronics, personal computer and media manufacturers (including Apple, Dell Hitachi, HP, JVC,, LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, TDK and Thomson). The format was developed to enable recording, rewriting and playback of high definition video (HD), as well as storing large amounts of data. The format offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs and can hold up to 25GB on a single-layer disc and 50 GB on a dual-layer disc. This extra capacity combined with the use of advance video and audio codec's will offer consumers an unprecedented HD experience

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How much does Blu-ray cost to make?

A: Blu-ray utilizes the Advanced Access Content System (AACS). This system is designed to prevent illegal copying of  DVDs and it’s inclusion is mandatory on all Blu-ray disks. As with Macrovision for SD DVDs, AACS has licensing and royalty fees. The client applies for an AACS license with a one-time fee of $3000. Then there’s an AACS per title fee ranging from $1500 - $2000, a $.05 per disc fee, mastering fees, and other miscellaneous fees.  These do not include the cost of authoring or replication.

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What’s the difference between replication and duplication?

A: Replicated discs (often referred to as pressed discs) are created by physically creating your disc from raw plastic, which is heated to the melting point and then pressed into a mold of the disc, whereas duplicated discs (often referred to as burned discs) encode your data onto the disc by changing the state of the dye layer of a recordable CD or DVD. Replicated discs are the standard for major commercial releases; however, duplicated discs have lots of advantages, too.

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Which is a better disc, A duplicated disc or a replicated disc?

A.  Replicated disc are more reliable and will work in most CD players, Duplicated however may not play as well in older CD players,  There is more of a chance of a customer having playability issues with duplicated disc. 

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Should I get replication or duplication?

A: It depends on your application. Replication is more cost effective on orders of over 500 discs, but the turn time is normally 7 to 10 working days and offers a more wide variety of packaging options. Duplication is more cost effective on orders of fewer than 500 discs and can be significantly faster than replication on shorter runs, as quick as same day. To help make your choice, call your Sales department at 760-747-2734

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Do I need a barcode?

A: To sell your product in stores, you’ll need a barcode. To buy one yourself would cost $750 and would take several weeks. We'll give you a genuine unique UPC bar code that can be tracked by any distributor or retailer inventory system for only $10.  This barcode becomes yours forever.  It is registered to your project.  Each time you create a new album you will need to get a new barcode for that particular album or project.

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Will my song titles appear on the screen when I put my CD into a computer?

A: When album information is displayed on a computer, it’s a result of your CD being registered in an online database (also known as CDDB). We will register your CD with CDDB as part of our Online Sales and Distribution Bundle, which is $29.00 extra. A similar but different technology is that of CD-TEXT, which shows album information that is actually encoded on your supplied master disc. This must be done by the person creating your master. CD-TEXT will only display on players that support it. The most common CD-TEXT capable players available today are aftermarket car stereos. If you don’t know whether or not your master has been encoded with CD-TEXT, let us know and we’ll be happy to check for you.  We can accommodate your needs, simply ask your Sales Specialist for more information.

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Why don't my duplicated disc have CD-TEXT on them?

A: ISRC and CD Text are not supported in our automated duplication process and will not be transferred from your master disc to subsequent copies. If support for ISRC codes or CD Text is required to be copied from your mailed-in master, you must contact us prior to placing the order for special processing and ordering instructions. Additional charges may apply for the specialized handling of the duplication process. Uploaded files do not support ISRC or CD Text.

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What types of On Disc printing are there?

A: In the CD and DVD industry, the term label refers to the printed image on a CD or DVD. There are basically four ways to print a label on your disc.

Screen printing is generally regarded as the highest quality method of label printing. Replicated discs are printed using the silkscreen method, which can be set up for Spot (PMS) colors, Full-Color CMYK Process, or Offset. All of these methods are available on CDs Direct's replicated discs, and all  are also available on CDs Directs screened blank CD-R and DVD-R discs.

Thermal printing is a durable, professional label at a rock-bottom per-disc cost of only 20¢ per disc. While the resolution of thermal printing doesn’t offer the same level of detail as other methods, it is an excellent choice for text and line art on silver or white discs. Thermal printing also requires no dry time, and thermally printed images will not smear or peel off.

Inkjet printing is a great way to get high resolution and great color without investing a lot in equipment. This method of printing requires the use of inkjet-compatible blank media. Because ink is being applied to a less absorbent surface than paper, inkjet-printed discs require time to dry, and can smear if exposed to excessive moisture. However, CDs Direct also offers Clear coating of inkjet printed Disc, which seals the ink in and will not smear and gives your disc that professional screen printed look.

Paper Labels are still a favorite for user-friendly application and low cost. Kits like those made by Neato offer the capability to design simple labels, print them on your home printer, and affix them squarely and securely to any CD-R or DVD-R media.

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How does duplication work:

A:  The process of ‘burning’ audio or data files onto a recordable CD. DVD duplication is the standard in which smaller quantities of CDs or DVDs are manufactured. The process is simpler than CD replication. The pre manufactured blank CDR media is loaded into CDR burners and copied, without having to create any glass master or templates. The information is digitally extracted from the master source (usually a master CD-R or DVD-R) and copied to the blank discs. The information is typically verified and the copy will then be accepted or rejected. Then the disc are placed into a high tech printers where your art work is then placed on the face of the disc.

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What is a ISRC code:

The ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is the international identification system for sound recordings and music video recordings. Each ISRC is a unique and permanent identifier for a specific recording, independent of the format on which it appears (CD, audio file, etc) or the rights holders involved. Only one ISRC should be issued to a track, and an ISRC can never represent more than one unique recording.

ISRCs are widely used in digital commerce by download sites and collecting societies. An ISRC can also be permanently encoded into a product as its digital fingerprint. Encoded ISRC provide the means to automatically identify recordings for royalty payments. For more information go to:

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