When it comes to DVD Replication, it actually involves the process of making another copy of the master disc which will be like a clone of the original DVD. This is likely to be very different than what most of us are used to, as we are just copying information from a disc, using our computers or other copying devices.
Even if replicating DVDs and CDs can be done on any modern computers nowadays, when it comes to DVD duplication, the process will need to be done by a machine which is capable of duplicating the DVDs all at once, and not separately, as in the case of computers. So how do these machines really work? Well, they will read the information from the master disc and after that they will “burn” it on the blank disks. This is a fairly easy process and the information that needs to be burned can either come from a data stick, a DVD or another computer. This method allows the replication of dozens of blank discs, even if the master copy doesn’t exist yet.
There are a lot of such machines on the market today, but companies will only choose the ones which they need in order to satisfy their workload expectations which is either calculated at a daily or monthly basis. But most of the times the companies will just resort to services that will fulfill their needs. The companies will resort to such services most of the times, because they will not need them too often and buying a DVD printing machine will not be cost effective.
Outsourcing is what most companies are going for when they need to have DVDs or CDs replicated. They don’t have only the advantage that the specialized companies will be able to handle great amounts of work, but such companies will also be able to have the materials then distributed to various locations.
Also, there are many types of information that can be processed by such companies and this is yet another reason to why most companies will have their DVD or CD replications requirements satisfied by specialized services. The most commonly replicated information is movies, music and software.
In the last years, the companies who offer such services had to upgrade their services and prepare for the new data formats, like the mp3, HD format, and Blu Ray format. Of course, when it comes to software formats, they all had to be accommodated as well.
A thermal disc printer is an example of a blank media and CD/DVD duplicator equipment you should invest in, if ever you want to go into the CD manufacturing business. Although inkjet printing works for less number of prints, a thermal printer is more ideal for making high-volume and personalized disc labels.
Just like other devices, a thermal printer isn’t exactly cheap. This is why you need to get a unit which will fulfill all your disc printing needs. Here are several tips which can help you decide.
What Images are You Planning To Create?
Will you use multiple colors or single color for your disc printing? Are they going to be photo-realistic? Will you use graphics, or will it be all text only? If you prefer not to have full-colored labels, then you can start out with a standard thermal printer.
Standard Thermal Printers Versus Thermal Re-transfer Printers
If the disc printing task you need requires very simple text and graphics, then you should choose a standard thermal printer. It does not produce color blending and only creates spot-color, monochrome labels. If what you need are offset, high quality disc labels with photo-realistic hues. A thermal re-transfer printer is your best bet. Remember that in cheaper, re-transfer units, the images may come out good, but the text can be a bit grainy. This can be avoided if you buy a high-quality re-transfer unit.
The Number of CDs or DVDs to be Produced
It’s best to calculate the amount of CDs and DVDs that you want to produce in a certain period of time. This is crucial when determining the appropriate printing speed for your disc printing. The quickest source for CD labels is the monochromatic thermal disc printer. Single color thermal printers’ speed can print labels for less than five seconds for every disc. On the other hand, photo-realistic disc printing can take a minute for every full-colored disc.
This will ultimately depend on the print speed and the image type and quality you need. Most units can cost 5,000 to 10,000 dollars, depending on their features. Of course, remember that the cost for every print is more crucial than the actual cost of the printer unit itself. Since thermal printers use ribbons and not ink cartridges, you can measure the cost per print more easily. For example, a standard thermal disc printer can cost you two cents for every CD or DVD label you make.
Blank media and CD/DVD duplicator equipment, such as a thermal cd printer, can be costly. Make sure you think and consider your options thoroughly before you settle for the best unit for your business.