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A Buyer’s Guide to DVD Media

UncategorizedHawksM15 February 2011

Shopping for the best DVD media doesn’t take a science degree, but it can be easily confusing for anyone unfamiliar with all the terms and specifics that go along with this industry. That’s why we’re breaking down the buying process for you. Here’s a simple guide to help you navigate the aisles (whether physical or virtual) next time you’re in the market for recordable media.

Where to start
If you’re looking for basic recordable media for simple or at-home jobs you can never go wrong with your local electronics store or office supplies establishment. Most likely these organizations will have an online option for you as well. If you’re hoping to buy in bulk, research recordable media suppliers on the Web and you’re bound to find some great deals.

What to look for
The best equipment comes from Japan and Singapore; you’ll find that most companies produce their supplies in these two countries plus Taiwan, Mexico, Hong Kong, Ireland, and India. Taiwan and Hong Kong have the worst reputations of the bunch.
The country of production, however, is not as important as the brand. Not all producers have their own brand, and some company’s products go by a different name in this industry:

XL (Hitachi/Maxell)
MCC (Mitsubishi Chemicals)
PVC (Pioneer)
CMC (CMC Magnetics)

It’s often recommended to avoid store brands because the quality usually isn’t up to par, and the return and exchange policies can run you into some trouble in some circumstances.

The media ID is what will steer you in the right direction; this will indicate the actual disc maker and will help you avoid fakes. The following is a branding guide of the major recordable media manufacturers.

Accu = LEADDATA
Americal = RITEKG01, PRINCO, LEADDATA
Apple = MXL, MCC(-R)
Arita = RITEKG03, RICOHJPN
BenQ = DAXON, FUJIFILM
Bulkpaq = PRINCO, PRODISC, ISO001(+R)
CompUSA = PRINCO(-R), AML, OPTODISC, LD
Datawrite = PRINCO, PRODISC, AN31, RITEKG03
DupEZ = PIODATA, LEADDATA
ESA = CMC
Esbuy = RITEK, LEADDATA, other budget IDs
Fuji = TY(-R), MKM(-RW), MCC, RICOHJPN(+R), PRODISC(-R), FUJIFILM, RITEK
GQ = PIODATA, PRINCO, RITEKG03, RITEKG02, LEADDATA, LD
HP = CMC, RICOHJPN, MCC
Imation = MCC02, RITEKG03, CMC
Intenso = MCC01
KHypermedia = CMC, TTG01
Kodak = Various budget IDs
LiquidVideo = OPTODISC
Matrix = MATRIX, LONGTEN, YIJHAN, MUST
Maxell = MXL, RITEK(-R/Taiwan), RICOHJPN, TYG01
Memorex = MCC003, RITEKG05, RITEKR03, CMCMAG, RICOHJPN,
Memorex (more) = PRODISCS0x, INFODISC, MBI, MCC01
Meritline = Various budget IDs
Mirror = AN31, ONIDTECH, PRINCO
Optodisc = OPTODISC
Philips = CMC
Pioneer = PVC
Princo = PRINCO, Fake TDK
Prodisc = PRODISCS0x, PRODISCF0x, MCC01, MCC02
Ridata, Ritek = RITEKG0x, RITEKM0x, RITEKR0x, RITEKW, RICOHJPN
Samsung = TYG01, BEALL, RITEK
Sonic, Shop4tech = LONGTEN, MATRIX, MUST, YIJHAN, various budget IDs
Sony = SONYD0x, YUDEN, RICOHJPN, MCC
Supermedia, Linkyo = Various budget IDs
TDK = TY, YUDEN, TTG0x, TTH0x, RITEK, RICOH, MXL, CMC(+R), MCC, TDK
Teon = MCC003(+R), CMC(-R)
Verbatim = MCC02, MCC, MKM(DL), CMC, YUDEN, RICOHJPN, RITEKG03

How to use it
Once you’ve chosen your media and you’ve brought it home to use, you can check the advertised write speed against the actual write speed to verify that your equipment and media are operationally sound and to make sure you haven’t purchased a fake.

Most duplicating equipment and software will verify the write speed and run at the correct speed to match the media automatically, but you can manually check with the help of some free tools, including Nero, ADVDInfo, DVDinfoPro, DVDIdenifier, and others.

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New Aleratec Blu-ray Duplicators Hit Market with LIghtScribe

With 12x write speed and a built-in 1TB hard drive, the new DVD duplicator line from Aleratec represents a step into the next generation of disc replication.

“As the prices for Blu-ray media and equipment continue to drop due to increasing demand, our customers find Blu-ray an increasingly attractive option for data distribution,” said Perry Solomon, president and CEO of Aleratec. “In designing these products, we wanted to make sure that they would be relevant for years to come.”

The new pair of professional grade Blu-ray duplicators can burn up to three or seven Blu-ray DVD or CDs at a time, using four “Fast Keys” to command basic functionality. In addition to maximum storage and write capacity, the two units can complete laser-etched labels using LightScribe technology and avoiding inks or ribbons.

With USB 2.0 connectivity, operation is quick and easy whether burning from the hard drive or separate source disc. And there’s no sacrifice of functionality and speed when running print jobs; disc label jobs can be dragged and dropped into the duplicator while duplicator makes disc copies.

This line of Aleratec products features two models: the 1:3 Blu-ray/DVD/CD LightScribe Duplicator SA for $1,399 and the 1:7 Blu-ray/DVD/CD Tower Publisher SLS for $2,699, which are both available now for shipment through dedicated resellers and distribution partners.

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Vinpower Brings Blu-ray Testing Technology to General Market

ElectronicsHawksM01 February 2011

Vinpower Brings Blu-ray Testing Technology to General Market

Held in regard for years as one of the most efficient technologies for testing Blu-ray media, the Stress Tester from Vinpower Digital has been made available to the public for the first time.

After successful adoption by leading media manufacturers, Vinpower released its Stress Tester product to the masses, providing an authentic environment for testing the duplication quality of optical disc media across multiple format and device types.

The Stress Tester product tests the performance of multiple writer drives as they burn content to optical discs — simultaneously or asynchronously — using a single control device. This approach is much more demanding to the device than burning one disc at a time through a computer’s single write drive.

The benefit of Vinpower’s solution is that it allows the user to simultaneously test Blu-ray recordable media on multiple types of devices made by varied manufacturers through different Blu-ray writers. Test results identify whether the devices passes, clearing it for certification as “duplication grade media.” Failed test results will product a report identifying how and where problems occurred.

“Unless you are able to reproduce these extreme situations with recordable media, there is no guarantee that media can hold up,” said Ryan Swerdloff, VP of Marketing and Sales at Vinpower Digital.

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