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Tips for Fixing DVD Duplication Drive Problems

ElectronicsHawksM31 December 2010

Before running out to buy the latest and greatest disc duplicator, try our few simple solutions to see if you can solve your equipment problems on your own.

Let’s start with the basics.

Make sure your machine is running quiet and smooth. Any malfunctions may be a result of your equipment not getting the proper ventilation.  And always make sure you try a second or even third DVD just to make doubly sure that your problem isn’t the disc itself; the original disc may just be scratched, smudged, or dirty.

If power is your problem…

There’s no harm in checking the power source itself. Try plugging in other cords into the outlet your malfunctioning device is using, and, as the reverse, try plugging you device into another outlet. Also, make sure your surge protector works in a different outlet. If all those options seem to work, you may just need to replace the power cord of your device and not the entire machine itself.

Considering that internal DVD drives are powered by connector, try another one. If this doesn’t work, the drive is most likely faulty.

If the tray is your problem…

Always start with a reboot; your device may have simply experienced a minor glitch. Upon reboot pay attention to the display to make sure the device shows up as installed hardware. You may have to access your BIOS to see if the device is registered.

The next step is to manually eject the tray using a small, but firm object to fit in the pinhole in front of the drive. You may need to try physically opening the tray by wedging something small — like a paperclip — in between the device and the tray to snatch the disc that’s stuck.

If recognition is your problem…

Access your operating system by clicking on My Computer to show the drives with removable storage. If the drive shows up, select properties by right clicking to see if the “drive is working properly” icon message appears. The absence of the message means the drive is not working properly, and you may be able to update the device driver by rebooting and accessing the cmos set up.

If the drive never shows up it may not be properly installed or the cables may not be properly connected. It’s also possible that you just have a faulty drive or data cable on your hands.

Always remember that the support site for your device may have tutorials, help functionalities, or support services. It’s always important to check for updates for the latest device drivers or patches for your systems.

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Disc Duplicators On the Hook for Securing Licenses to Protected Music

CD DVD DuplicatorsHawksM23 December 2010

You’ve got your company name, you’ve got your equipment, you’ve even got you your first customer. You’re ready to do business. Only problem is your first client is asking you to duplicate a disc that incorporates licensed music and your client doesn’t have the proper paperwork.

It happens all the time. And sometimes, CD duplication and replication companies proceed regardless.

Don’t be one of those companies.

You could be liable for thousands of dollars in penalty fines resulting from non-compliance of the Fairness in Music Licensing Act.

The ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) and BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) are responsible for protecting music licenses on behalf of music creators; between the two, all commercial music licenses are accounted for. The organizations’ sole responsibility is collecting license fees on behalf of musicians, songwriters, composers, and publishers.

As the party potentially accountable for reproducing licensed music, you need to know your responsibilities and those of your customers. Almost all commercial music is licensed and will require a copy of the license agreement before you can copy or replicate a single CD or DVD legally.

License costs will vary depending on circumstances of use, including the nature of use and the frequency of duplication, and while it is your customers’ responsibility to obtain the necessary license rights, you are vulnerable to litigation without the proper paperwork in hand.

In some cases, unfortunately, you may need to be prepared to outright refuse to complete the job.

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Burn DVDs Like a Professional

duplication, DVD-RHawksM17 December 2010

It takes more than just equipment to be able to burn DVDs like a pro.

You will need a DVD ripper to compress your video into an mp3, wav, or ogg files, as well as the capability to compress audio in order to duplicate or replicate your files.

When considering speed, burners are measured in how much faster DVDs will burn than they play, but computer CPU capacity will also play a factor in how well your computer can keep up with the speed of the burner. Keep in mind that your machine will have to be able to convert burned data to DVD-r media on your hard drive. For optimal burning speeds, make sure you have at least 40GB of free space on your machine.

Now that you know the basics, here are some tips for getting the most out of your ripping equipment.

1. Use reliable media. The quality of the DVD-R disc you use will make all the difference in the quantity and the quality of your duplication project. Just keep in mind that price doesn’t always equate to quality in the duplication world, although the cheapest usually isn’t the best.

2. Review your discs. Every batch of discs will include a few faulty or unusable discs even n packs from the most reputable manufacturers. Look for scratches, cracks, spots, or blotches on the underside of every DVD-R disc; any of these physical defects will cause flaws and playback distortions.

3. Keep everything clean. Dust the outside of your DVD burner regularly and make sure to keep the area you handle and store discs clean and uncluttered free of dust, grime, or grease.

4. Research and test-drive software and hardware. When you’re starting out don’t worry about getting the top-of-the line equipment; you’ll want the most user-friendly software with a simple user interface. Also pay close attention to the customer support offered with your equipment.

5. Stay updated. No matter how expensive your equipment is, make it a priority to keep on top of all software and equipment upgrades required and available to you. Burning errors due to software bugs are not something you want to get hung up on in the middle of a job. Register each piece of new equipment to get automatic updates for your system.

6. Pay attention to compatibility. Using a Universal Disc Format (UDF) 1.02 program won’t limit the playability of your replicated discs as opposed to a UDF 1.5, which may experience playability issues on certain systems. Search your program drop-down list to select the right format.

7. Keep it simple. Avoid running other programs or software when in the middle of a burning project to maximize your system’s speed. Keep in mind that you can always slow down the burn speed to reduce the risk of errors.

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STMicroelectronics Simplifies Blu-ray Player Design

ElectronicsHawksM10 December 2010

A new chip from one of the leading ICs will enable the production of smaller, lower-cost Blu-ray players and recorders as Blu-ray becomes more mainstream. STMicroelectronics says its new STODD01 IC power supply, with high-voltage power, can operate the full circuitry of a Blu-ray player, including the driver needed for HD read/write capabilities, by integrating three power supplies.

This new form of integration eliminates the need for multiple individual power supplies, cutting down on component costs, design complexity, production time, and board size. And on top of the fact that STODD01 is already known for highly efficient switched-mode conversion and that is now also incorporates a new shutdown mode to minimize standby power consumers, this new release could open the Blu-ray industry wide open to all types of consumers — lower cost home and mobile HD product buyers.

One major manufacturer has already qualified the STODD01.

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Affordable Blu-ray Recorders May Be in Your Future

Blu-ray MediaHawksM02 December 2010

Panasonic has just announced production of a new Blu-ray recorder, one that may not actually make a huge dip in your wallet. Capable of storing up to 100GB of content on a single BDXL disc, the Panasonic DMR-BR585 is one of the greatest-value Blu-ray recorders on the market at $780.

Thinking about getting into the Blu-ray replication business or just looking for a personal investment, Panasonic may have just answered your prayers. While the DMR-BR585 may be small on price, it’s big on capacity with a 320GB HDD built in. The device also allows for content to be copied from hard disc to Blu-ray and vice versa and comes with an HDMI interface, a USB port, and Ethernet.

Panasonic has yet to announce when distribution will open internationally, but the company will produce 48,000 units monthly — a significant number for Blu-ray technology. As of Nov. 25, units became available to the general public in Japan.

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