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Library Offers VHS to DVD Technology For Capturing Memories

CD DVD Printers, DVD-R, NewsNancy Woo17 May 2013

Don’t know what to do with all your old VHS tapes, since you threw out your VHS at your last garage sale a year ago? What about all those precious home movies from back in the day when you’d lug a twenty-pound camcorder to all your kids’ graduation ceremonies?

Well, some public libraries now offer machines to convert home movies on VHS to more durable and more modern DVDs. The library in Hinsdale, a suburb of Chicago, just recently added this technology to their repertoire.

The Hinsdale library has a video editing and copying stations that patrons can use for free. In the past two years, they’ve even updated their technology and re-trained staff twice. The machines are relatively easy to use and straightforward, and allow anyone to transfer files from VHS to DVD. It also offers the option to edit the videos, but this process is a little more advanced. Staff is trained to help people use the Adobe Creative Suite software to edit their videos, like adding a menu and scenes.

The library also uses the technology to make training videos and materials. Library members can even borrow a digital recorder, shoot some footage and then upload the film to DVD all at the library center. Who says libraries and books are outdated? The Hinsdale library provides this great technological service to people all for free.

However, the process is time consuming. Not to worry, people can rent out the room for themselves ahead of time, and the transfer doesn’t have to happen all in one sitting. Also, the process is free but people must bring their own blank DVDs to copy their VHS onto.

What a great service! Check with your local libraries to see if they might offer a similar opportunity.



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How CD Business Cards May Give You The Edge

Everyone in the business world is probably aware of the importance of networking. “Hi, nice to meet you, here’s what I do, and here’s my business card,” is a standard series of statements offered up at company parties, mingling events, conferences and meetings. If you find common ground with someone and want to keep in contact for further opportunities, how will they remember your name and message if not with a business card?

But how many times have you returned home from a day-long conference with a stack of paper cards, most of which you’ll just shove in a drawer somewhere? If you want your skill set and talents to stand out, consider doing something different. Whether you’re a graphic designer, owner of a small business, musician, writer, engineer, entrepreneur, party planner or freelance anything, you’ve probably got a wide skill set that can’t be captured in a tiny 3 by 5 notecard. In today’s competitive world, business card CDs might be one of those things that set you apart from the rest.

Here are a few reasons why CD business cards may be an investment to consider:

  • You can include your resume on the CD, giving your target audience a quick overview of your experience so they can assess whether your experience might be valuable to them. Similarly, you can include information about your company in any number of formats.
  • You can include a carefully chosen portfolio of some of your best work in various forms of media so they can easily assess your talents, whether it’s video, photo, text or data analysis.
  • If you’d prefer, you can dazzle the viewer with a short (5-10 minute) PowerPoint presentation of your experience, skill set and strengths. This can include pictures, videos, excerpts, etc. With a CD, you have the opportunity to use different forms of media to your advantage to surprise and impress.
  • You can include hyperlinks to your presence on the web, including websites or social media accounts that may not have fit on a single paper card. Your target audience should have no problem finding you online.
  • The CD label can be customized just like a business card, and should be simple and eye-catching with just a few pieces of important information, like your name, company and occupation, as well as a short description of the content of the CD, like “resume and portfolio” or “video presentation.”
  • Handing over a CD rather than a paper card full of a clever use of technology will be sure to impress prospective employers or clients and ensure them you’re no Neanderthal. It’s a symbol of your advanced understanding of the way technology is shaping business, and the world.
  • You can play off one of humanity’s fundamental attributes: curiosity. Unless you made a really bad impression in person, like showing up unwashed or insulting your audience, handing over a CD is like giving them a little locked treasure chest that they will probably be curious enough to open, if even just to see what’s on it. It’s like handing them a mystery they can easily solve with a computer and a disc drive. And they probably will.

There are a number of websites that specialize in CD business card duplication, as well as specialized CDs (mini, oblong or even rectangular CDs that mimic the look of actual business cards) that are made specifically for this purpose. You can also simply invest in CD duplication equipment yourself and customize them to your liking. Primera, for example, has a line of CD duplicators, as well as a line of mini business card CDs. Don’t forget to include a professional label and a CD cover to protect the data.

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Inexpensive, Meaningful Holiday Gifts You Can Make At Home

For those on a budget this holiday season, finding gifts for all your loved ones can start looking like a huge pile of money flying out the window of a car as it speeds down the highway at 80 mph. Fortunately, it’s possible to save dough and still give thoughtful, impressive gifts. And the best part? You can make them at home with the right materials.

1.    The Classic CD Mixtape:

Handpicked Music

Everyone’s familiar with the classic romantic mixtape, which used to be recorded on tapes and given out shyly to any romantic interest. Well, tapes are obsolete, and I’m not so sure any romantic partner would too impressed with receiving old technology – but the idea is still a good one. Giving someone close to you (not necessarily a romantic interest) a CD of hand-chosen songs can be extremely meaningful. Introducing someone to new music, maybe some of your favorites or some you think the receiver will especially enjoy, can be one of the best gifts. It conveys an understanding of the receiver’s tastes, and music can be one of the best conduits of feeling. Making Mom or Dad a CD of their favorites mixed with some of yours can be a great way to bond.

Personalized Disc Labeling

However, rather than just handing over a blank disc with some Sharpie scribbles, make it a real gift with professional disc labeling. For example, Lightscribe disc labeling is a cost-effective and high-quality way to make a plain disc stand out (and you can use it for many different recipients). Using a Lightscribe disc labeler and Lightscribe discs, which are coated with a reactive dye that changes colors when combined with the laser light, creates beautiful discs that look store-bought, but are personalized with the flair you give it. You can add pictures, titles, lists or even transfer real photographs.

Personalized CD Sleeve

Finally, creating a personalized sleeve to go in a CD case can really seal the deal. This is where you can write a personal message, add a photo or insert lyrics. If you go the mixtape route, go the extra mile with professional disc labeling and a personalized message in the sleever; this really make the recipient smile.

2.    Handpicked Photo(s) in Frame:

Most people are going to cherish fond memories more than an expensive toy, especially if they know you’re on a budget, so giving the recipient a picture of you and him/her in a handmade or simple frame can be a great way to go. As they say, a picture’s worth a thousand words, so it’s best to make sure that the picture you choose is going to recall a fond time or memory. In order to really wow them, print the picture on high quality photo paper, preferably on an inkjet printer, in order to really make a clean, crisp shot stand out.

For the frame, any simple wooden frame will do to make a personalized mark. A raw wooden frame (before paint or lacquer) can be a great canvas for even the most modest artist. Using oil-based paints, a simple pen or even colorful Sharpies or markers can bring the frame to life. Or if you want to avoid the chance of shaky hands all together, you can use a handy labelmaker, like the one Epson just put out recently, that offers a plethora of colored paper, colored ink, fonts, sizes and pictures. Printing a message or a favorite quote related to the picture can be a simple way to astound them. It looks great, and it’s something they can display proudly in their home.

3.    Photo album on disc:

For those people on your list with stray photos lying around who always say things like, “I’ll get to making that photo album one of these days,” a DVD or CD full of their favorite family or vacation photos can be just the thing they need to spark that flame of memory. Choosing a selection of the best photos from different special events is a great way to organize the pictures for them all in one disc. You can also use a slide show program of your choice if you’d like to offer them a nice way to display the photos from their TV or computer screen.

Like the CD mixtape, using disc labeling technology can really turn this gift from cute into a keeper. Inscribing a personal message means a lot more to most people than anything store-bought. Similarly, enclosing the disc in a case with a personalized CD sleeve can have the same “wow” effect.

Never underestimate the power of a little thought and effort. Especially because these gifts combine professional appearance with a tailor-made approach to rekindling the recipient’s memories, thoughts and feelings, they’re sure to be a hit. With the right creativity, materials and knowledge, a “budgeted” gift can actually be much more meaningful than anything you can find in stores. The stores don’t know your recipient – you do, and they’ll appreciate your showing it.

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How Important is Presentation?

This one’s a no-brainer: a good presentation is key to success.

First impressions may not be the absolute be-all, end-all, but a first impression lasts, and a bad one certainly stinks. No interviewer in his or her right mind is going to hire the sloppy Joe with grease stains covering his slacks, that is, unless he happens to have a genius IQ or just invented a time machine. But even if he fits both of those criteria, he may not even get the chance to make his case since he might be dismissed based on an unprofessional appearance. Initial judgments may not always be correct, but few busy people have time to waste looking at something that seems like it was thrown together at the last minute. Professional folders, packages, resumes and portfolios all endure a higher likelihood of survival on the cutting block when presented neatly, thoughtfully and professionally.

A professional-looking disc label is sure to impress.

When presenting a CD or DVD (which may contain anything from a resume to statistical data to music and videos) to a high-level executive, a job interviewer, potential clients or even possible fans, it is vital to spend a little extra time and money on its appearance. Once the CD changes hands, its first task is to entice the receiver to open it and give it her full attention.

Nothing labeled in Sharpie is going to impress anyone. There are many options for professional disc labeling, such as using specialized software, specialized disc labelers or contracting professionals to mass-produce a design of your choice. Because the options for customizing are many, it is important to keep in mind a few things when designing a professional CD label:

•    Be succinct and descriptive – CDs have limited space, so the title should be clear and explicitly about the topic at hand, i.e. the company’s name and project, artist’s name and album, etc.
•    Use enticing language – If, after including the name and title, there is a good amount of space leftover on the CD, consider including a snappy tagline, quote or list of items that might arouse interest in the receiver
•    Use easy to read fonts – Don’t make your audience work hard to uncover the secrets of the CD, especially if you are trying to sell something or persuade someone to open the files. Also, make it easy to read so that later on down the road, the receiver doesn’t forget the relevance of the file and toss it out
•    Use high-quality pictures – If customizing the CD with artwork, make the sure the picture chosen is not pixilated, blurry or otherwise indistinguishable. Keep it simple. Doing a sloppy job with artwork may even be worse than not using any at all. That being said, appropriate, original and topical artwork may be the very thing to grab your receiver’s attention

If using any sort of disc publishing software or online publisher, make sure to test the design before printing hundreds of copies. There are many templates online, or included in purchased software, that can assist in the design process.

Also, including a disc sleeve or sturdy case is highly recommended. Don’t let your CD flop about!

With these simple tips in mind, your professional CD or DVD is sure to be a hit, and at least impress the receiver enough to slide it into their computer. Keeping their attention after that is up to you.

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The Netflix Model: Disc Publisher Rimage Acquires Qumu To Add Streaming Capabilities

CD DVD Printers, Rimage, TechnologyNancy Woo20 October 2011

Moving Towards Two Options Everywhere: DVD and streaming capabilities offered for all

The world of corporate infrastructure is always changing, with one company merging here, another merging there and bits and pieces of the whole breaking off along the way. Two instances have occurred recently of relevance to disc publishing and new media communications.

The first we are all familiar with: Reed Hastings, CEO of the ever-popular Netflix, decided about a month ago to separate the DVD portion of the website from the online streaming into something called Qwikster. After the public vehemently opposed the split and Wall Street stock for Netflix dropped 25%, Hastings picked up his pride and related to the public that he wouldn’t be going through with the separation process.

Whew. When people thought that their beloved Netflix was going to get the axe, and for no apparent reason, many actually started cancelling their Netflix accounts. One of the reasons Netflix is so successful is because of the simplicity and convenience of searching a huge movie and TV database, with options to either stream online or have a DVD mailed to your residence. If these two things were to be separated, the entire scheme of simplicity would have gone down the drain. Good thing Hastings saw his error and listened to his customers before it was too late, because Netflix/Qwikster would have been bye-bye.

Following the theme of maintaining a streamlined process for choosing media, the disc publishing company Rimage has recently acquired Qumu, a video communications company. Unlike Netflix, which was trying to separate the DVD and online streaming portions, Rimage, which publishes content onto discs for clients, has recognized the value of adding media streaming capabilities to their bag of tricks. Qumu is a start-up video communications business, which specializes in technology that can publish video or media straight to smartphones or the Internet.

Rimage has traditionally been a distributor of on-demand Blu-ray, CD and DVD discs. For example, a company might hire Rimage to take their video surveillance and publish that content to discs. Now, with the clever merging of a video communications firm, Rimage will be able to not only take that footage and publish it to discs, the customer will also have the option of having the media sent straight to their computer or smartphone. Following the original Netflix model, Rimage is giving two options: have a DVD sent to you, or stream the material online. It’s brilliant, and in a showdown between Rimage and another disc publisher that can’t offer instant streaming, who do you think will get the customer?

Qumu’s clients are typically in the banking, telecommunications, university, technology and government industries, and the company helps them manage, create and securely distribute video content.

“We’re like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube for the enterprise,” said Ray Hood, chief executive of Qumu in San Bruno, Calif. “We make the video secure and targetable to the right employees.”[1]

Rimage acquired Qumu for $52 million, along with Qumu’s 100 client companies, last week. Rimage is hoping that they will be able to help Qumu expand into markets faster than they would on their own, and in return Rimage adds a valuable capability to their service line.

[1] Takahashi, Dean. (October 10, 2011). “Rimage Acquires enterprise video communications startup Qumu for $52M.” Venture Beat.

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Primera’s Fastest Disc Printer Introduced to Market

CD DVD Duplicators, CD DVD PrintersHawksM27 January 2011

The Bravo 4100 Series Disc Publishers high-speed desktop disc production are the fastest in class and are also available in Europe, Scandinavia, and the Middle East. In just six seconds, the 4100 Series printers can print full color, 100-percent coverage discs in perfect print quality — a substantial improvement from 20 to 120 seconds per disc on other machines.

The duplicators feature high-speed, built-in recorders to burn and print CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs in large quantities for small-to-medium-to-large size organizations.

“When we decided to build the world’s fastest disc publishers, we had no idea how amazing it would be to watch a full-color, 100 percent coverage disc print in just six seconds,” said Mark D. Strobel, vice president of sales and marketing.

There are three models available, which feature 4800 dpi print quality, seventh-generation disc picking mechanism, and individual CMYK ink cartridges:

-          Bravo 4100 AutoPrinter for print-only applications (100 disc capacity)

-          Bravo 4101 Disc Publishers with one CD/DVD drive (100 disc capacity)

-          Bravo 4102 Disc Publisher with two high-speed CD/DVD drives (100 disc capacity)

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Visa Gift Card Rebates on Select Primera Printers

CD DVD Printers, UncategorizedHawksM21 October 2010

Now through the end of the year, Primera Technology, Inc. is offering Visa gift card rebates on a limited selection of its printers and disc publishers. Certain models of the Bravo, LX-Series label printers and accessories are eligible for up to $2,000 in rebates.

Order any of the following Primera products before Dec. 31, 2010 and fill out the following Primera rebate form to receive a Visa gift card rebate, ranging from $50 up to $2,000 for the Bravo XRP-Blu Disc Publisher. Just make sure to save your UPC barcode, a copy of your final invoice, and the product serial number. Rebate forms must be postmarked Jan. 15, 2010.

Contact a Primera Equipment Expert at today 1-866-409-1090

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Microboards Partners with Epson and Teac to Expand Printing Offerings

CD DVD Duplicators, CD DVD PrintersHawksM20 August 2010

Adding two major duplication equipment distributors to its arsenal, Microboards announced last week the addition of Epson America Inc. and TEAC thermal and inkjet printing products.

Epson products now featured by Microboards consist of the full Discproducer line, including desktop, network, and autoprinters. The Discproducer Network Disc Publisher (PP-100N) is embedded with a processor and hard drive and does not require licensing fees for multiple users. Epson line is highly secure, allowing for physical and electronic security checks, PIN-protected access, and door lock.

“Epson has selected Microboards to distribute its suite of Discproducer solutions because of Microboards’ strong knowledge of the publishing industry and its commitment to the dealer channel”, said Jeff Burroughs, National Channel Sales Manager for Epson System Device Group. “We are looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.”

Through Microboards, Teac will be represented by its line of thermal retransfer printer solutions and supplies, including the Teac P-55 series for sharp, high-quality print jobs. Microboards will also feature Teac’s a USB Flash drive printer and auto printer solutions available in two single printer models up to a 300-disc dual printer solution.

“The Teac offering provides an excellent economic alternative to other Thermal Print offerings in the market,” said John Westrum, Chief Operating Officer for Microboards. “Besides winning on total cost of ownership, Teac’s P-55 printer’s output excels in durability, color brilliance, and clarity.”

The partnership is a huge announcement by Microboards, cementing its position in the market as a one-stop-shop for duplication equipment and strengthening its already robust product line.

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Compare Thermal and Inkjet Disc Printing

CD DVD PrintersHawksM02 March 2010

The technology in the media printing industry has advanced dramatically over the past few years. From MicroBoards, Primera, Epson, to Rimage, printers have a variety of quality options to chose from, but the subtle differences in the brands may better lend themselves to certain market verticals or industry fields.

What is one of the most critical variables to consider? Thermal or inkjet?

Thermal Printing

Thermal is the newer of the two technologies. It applies heat and pressure to transfer the ink from a ribbon to the disc itself to create a permanent bond of ink resin. This technique is often used for monochrome, spot color and full color disc printing and often reduces smudges and drying time because the finished print surface is permanent.

Inkjet Printing

Inkjet (or laser) printing applies droplets of liquid ink to the disc, ejecting liquid from the print head onto the surface. Printers that are capable of printing on CD, DVD and Blu-ray should use inkjet printable discs. These discs have an Ink Absorption Layer. Inkjet printing method is often subject to smudging, especially when humidity is a factor, and should not be shipped in soft plastic envelopes to avoid sticking.

Today we’ll look at some of the most popular professional CD, DVD and Blu-ray inkjet printers:

MicroBoards Primera Epson Rimage
Ink HP Vivera Ink Lexmark inkjet printing MicroPiezo technology and six color six color cartridges,  3 picoliters uses HP Photo Ret and ColorSmart III color optimization technology
Compatibility Mac/PC compatible Mac/PC compatible PC PC
Software SureThing software SureThing software Standard and Network models include Total Disc Maker, Total Disc Monitor and Total Disc Setup Software; Network models also include Total Disc Net Administrator HP Photosmart Studio
Connection style USB USB USB or Ethernet USB
Standout feature Unattended operation and reduced vibration during printing Tuffcoat and watershield technology and robotics disc transfer with a stepper motor instead of a lead screw Robotics technology and embedded processor/hard drive for storing jobs Data-streaming technology smoothly transmits data to recorder to cut down on down time.


If you have questions or need help finding  the right printer for your company, give us a call. 1-866-409-1090

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Epson Autoprinter Offers Big Bang for its Buck

CD DVD PrintersHawksM23 February 2010

The Epson PP-100AP Autoprinter has been touted as one of the best printers in speed, reliability, and quality for semi-professional printers. Released in January of 2010 by Epson, one of the leading manufacturers of inkjet printing, the Autoprinter has quickly become one of the most ideal solutions for printers who need rapid, large-batch printing at the quality of a professional printer but without the cost.

With four trays, the Autoprinter is capable of finishing up to 95 CD or DVD discs in an hour on the fast print setting, and up to 50 to 75 discs on the higher quality print settings – considered remarkable speed and efficiency for its size and cost. Epson’s sealed patented AcuGrip robotic technology moves the discs from station to station to prevent damage during printing. This printer even offers the novice printer easy-to-use software and templates for print jobs without a prescribed design format.

The Autoprinter houses six printer cartridges that allow for more than 1,000 discs to printed before changing one cartridge, and, when that time comes, printers can save on printing costs by only needing to replace one cartridge at a time. For the more advanced printers, with larger print jobs, up to six printers can be controlled by just one computer.

Technical Specifications

Disc Capacity

Up to 100 discs in standard input/output mode

Print Engine

Epson Photo Quality Inkjet

Number of Drives

No drives – Autoprinter only

Print Method

Inkjet (Dye Ink)

Print Resolution

High-speed 1440 dpi x 720 dpi (Fast mode)

High-resolution 1440 dpi x 1440 dpi (Fine mode)

Max. Print Width4.724″ (120mm)

Ink Cartridges

Black ink, Color ink x 5 colors

Low-ink sensor and LED for each cartridge

Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Light cyan, Light magenta, Black

Capacity: 1000 discs or more (45 – 116 mm, 16,7 % color sharing, continuous printing, mode setting: Fine)

PC Connectivity

Up to six Discproducer Autoprinters can be connected and controller by one PC.  Allows for up to 570+ discs per hour


Total Disc Maker: Job and label creation software

Total Disc Monitor: Displays the job status and devices such as ink status

Total Disc Setup: Controls settings of the Disc producer

Media Types

Inkjet Printable Discs (high quality or glossy) CD-Rs and DVD-Rs Supports regular 12 cm (4.7 inch) discs

Does not support specially-shaped discs

Operating Systems

Windows XP SP2 or later 32-bit Home Edition, Professional.

Windows® 2000 Professional SP4 or later

Windows Vista SP1 or later 32-bit Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Enterprise, Ultimate (When using Vista, use Total Disc Maker Version 1.5 or later).

Recommended System Requirements

CPU: Pentium® 4, 1.4 GHz or higher, or its compatible processor

Windows 2000, Windows XP Memory: 512 MB or larger

Windows 2000, Windows XP HDD: 10GB or larger, 7200 rpm or more

Windows Vista Memory: 1GB or larger

Windows Vista HDD: 25GB or larger, 7200 rpm or more

USB 2.0 (High-speed) USB port: This product cannot be used in USB port of the PC equipped with some ATI’s chipset as follows: ATI’s Southbridge IXP (SB)460 or earlier Individual published performance results may vary depending on processing capacity of PC


Now compatible with Windows Vista


Data Interface

High-speed USB 2.0


AC 100 V to AC 240, Frequency: 50 Hz to 60 Hz



For more information on the Epson Discproducer, please contact us for info and pricing on the Epson Autoprinter:


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