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Sports Video Producers Get Added Benefit with Rimage, XOS Digital Partnership

CD-R, DVD DL, DVD-R, RimageHawksM10 May 2011

Rimage, one of the leading providers of on-demand CD/DVD/Blu-ray Disc publishing, has teamed up with XOS Digital to enable sports media organizations to work with a new platform for digital replication services.

With XOS, collegiate and professional media specialists can manage their digital video workflow from the initial content phase to final archive quickly and easily, which is imperative in this fast-paced, deadline-driven field.

Using the Rimage Sports Video Archive and Distribution solution, these professionals can directly export, distribute, and archive their videos — complete digital asset management.

“Across the sports video industry, organizations are realizing the importance of incorporating an archive solution into their digital video workflow. Using both XOS and Rimage solutions provides this ability in one comprehensive package,” said Christopher Wells, senior vice president, marketing and Strategy for Rimage Corporation.

Sports organizations can produce on-demand, professional deliverables and archives with the ease and simplicity of Rimage technology.

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Choosing the Right Media

CD-R, DVD DL, DVD-RHawksM21 April 2011

Making the Right Decision: Guide to the Best Duplication Service for You
If you’re not quite at the stage of being able to do all your duplication projects in house, you may have to consider farming out some or all of the job. But how do you make the right decision for you? First you need to consider all the elements of your project; that way when you’re approaching a potential vendor, you’ll be armed with the knowledge to answer their questions. We’ll break it down, step-by-step to help you approach this decision.

Choosing the Media
For music and other audio files, you’re better off selecting a recordable CD than a DVD. For larger, more complex projects with more data or those that incorporate video, the ideal choice is DVD. But if you have a very large project or for a project that demands the highest quality, you might need to delve into the Blu-ray category. In terms of cost, each medium will go up in price respectively.

Deciding whether to go with a standard template or a customizable one will be dependent on the client’s needs or the purpose of the project. If marketing a unique product, you probably want to consider the customized option. You’ll also want to take into account your timeframe and cost; which will each increase exponentially the slimmer your requirements are. Thinking about how your project will be distributed and to whom is also key; snail mail projects may demand simpler and slimmer packaging, while on-demand, hand distributed projects afford you a little bit more creative freedom and room to go more bulky with your packaging.

You’ll be presented with a variety of options to choose from:
- covers/booklets/inserts – the more complex the cover, the more complex the case
- sleeves (cardboard) – ideal for easy shipping
- cases (plastic and jewel) – offer the option to showcase disc or cover artwork
- bulk wrap – an affordable option for large scale and/or widely distributed projects

Print Style
Matte, high-gloss, full color, black and white… there are so many options. High-gloss will look the most professional, but is that the look you’re going for? Are you printing images or text only? Do you want to use silkscreen printing — best for spot color printing —or offset printing — used for photographs and full-color prints? Answering these types of questions will determine where you go with your project.

Duplication vs. Replication
You’ll need to take into account the three most relevant factors: size of your order, your budget, and your deadline. Duplication is ideal for projects with a run order size of 100 to 500 with a 3-5 day turn around time. The cost will go up as volume increases. Replication is most often used for a mass production project up to one million discs, because instead of making a copy from a burner drive, replication services make a master “mold” of your original disc and stamps the copied information onto the new discs. The turn-around time is longer, 10-15 days, and comes with a lower cost-per-disc ration.

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Verbatim Announces Nationwide Shipment of Blu-ray Re-writabie Double Layer Discs

Blu-ray Media, DVD DL, VerbatimHawksM29 March 2011

THE BD-RE DL discs from Verbatim are now available for shipment across the country to be used by replicators and duplicators from coast to coast in standard Blu-ray players and recorders.

The rewritable discs can be re-written up to 1,000 times and can record as much as 50GB of data – twice as much as a single-layer disc – for multiple audio formats and data as large as 1080p resolution videos.

With the proprietary HardCoat technology from Verbatim, these discs are durable, protecting against smudges, scratches, prints, and dust build up. This protective coat also helps cut down on playback and recording errors.

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New DVD/CD Rewritable Drives Released by Sony Optiarc

DVD DL, DVD-RHawksM22 April 2010

Blu-ray recording is still far from becoming a household commodity. As such Sony Optiarc, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony, is set to debut a new line of CD and DVD optical disc drives, the AD-7260S and the DRX-S77U with improved functionality, portability, and speed.


The internal half-height AD-7260S CD/DVD burner builds on the Sony predecessor the AD-7240S by offering 2MB buffer and supports 24X max DVD+/-R recording, 12X DVD+/-R Double/Dual layer recording, 12X DVD-RAM, and 48X CD-R recording. The product also features auto write functionality. And with Sony’s LightScribe technology AD-7260S users can customize each disc label.

With USB 2.0 connectivity, the external interface DRX-S77U boasts 8x DVD +/-R recording speeds, holding up to 4.7 GB of video, data, music or images. But it doesn’t tap out there, the new lightweight device can also record on 8.5 GB DVD+/-R Double/Dual layer and 4.7 GB DVD-RW discs at 6X speed, as well as DVD+RW at 8X speed, DVD-RAM at 5X speed, and CD-R/RW at 24X.

To increase keep up with the new trend in colored netbooks, Sony is offering the DRX-S77U in a variety of colors, including black, white, pink, and gold. And has released the device with Windows 7 compatibility, as well as in a bundle with Nero 9 DVD/CD mastering software suite.


Sony has yet to release pricing on the two new devices but both products are set to debut in stores soon.

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DVD+R DL a Game Changer for Personal DVD Recording

DVD DLHawksM08 April 2010

DVD±9 format, Double Layer recording technology, also known as Dual Layer DVD, allows for more data to be stored on a single DVD disc – up to 8.55 GB in total-disc capacity, almost double that of 4.7 GB single-disc capacity. Since DVD±9 inception, double layer use has increased steadily over the years, especially as prices dropped.

Sidenote: Which format should I use + or -? With Double Layer blank media, DVD+R DL is by far the most used format. With Single Layer blank media, DVD-R is the most popular format.

So how does Double Layer recording technology work?

In simple terms, dual layer discs are formed with a second physical layer within the disc. The DVD disc reader or player is able to access the second layer of data by shining a laser through the first, transparent layer.

In more technical terms, dual layer discs are formed with two organic dye-recording layers (L0 and L1), which are separated by a single transparent spacing layer. Unlike single layer recordings, with dual layer discs each recording layer has its own wobble pre-groove that’s molded into the polycarbonate base, allowing for individualized control of the disc rotation speed and addressing scheme.  The table of contents in dual layer recording is always embedded in the L0, the first recordable layer.

Two modes exist for dual-layer orientation. The parallel track path (PTP) is used for DVD-ROM. Data is laid down in PTP mode from beginning of the first layer to the end of the first layer and then from the beginning of the second layer to the end. Sequencing for the other dual-layer orientation, Opposite Track Path (OTP), begins with the first layer to the end of the first layer, but then moves from the end of the second layer to the beginning of the second layer.


Disc Capacity Comparison

For comparison, the table below shows storage capacities of the four most common DVD recordable media, excluding DVD-RAM. (SL) stands for standard single-layer discs, while DL denotes the dual-layer variants.

Disk Type

Number of sectors for data (2,048B each)

Capacity in bytes

Capacity in GB

Capacity in GiB





















*Chart source: Wikipedia

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What is a Dual Layer DVD +/- R?

DVD DLHawksM22 September 2009

Most people who know anything about computers know that they are able to record and store their files on CDs and DVDs. They may even know that different kinds of storage media work better for different files. However, they may not know exactly what a dual layer disc is or why it is beneficial.

First, you need to understand how a dual layer disc is different from a regular recordable DVD. The dual layer discs have a second layer (thus the name), that is on the disc. When you have a drive that is able to read and record on the discs, the drive will shine its laser through the first layer to reach the second layer.

The Dual Layer DVD-R and DVD+R can store far more data than one of the regular DVD-Rs or DVD+Rs. The single layer discs that you might have lying around your office can hold 4.7 gigabytes worth of data. While this might seem like quite a lot of space to have on your disc, the dual layer discs can hole twice as much at 8.54 gigabytes.

Recordable DVD has two formats, plus R (+R) and minus R (-R).  Typically minus R (-R) is the most widely used for format single layer DVD, however plus R (+R) is the most widely used format for DVD DL or dual layer DVD. So…….. stick with +R for dual layer DVD and -R for single layer DVD. We get that question alot.

The cost of the dual layer discs can be much higher than single layered discs, and considering the extra amount of space that you have for storage, they are certainly worth the price difference. If you have a lot of data that you want to keep in one place rather than storing it on several discs, then the dual layer discs might be just the thing you need.

However, while they can hold extra data, it does take longer to write to these discs. If this is a factor, then you may wish to continue using the single layer discs.

Most of the DVD recorders and drives on the market today are compatible with these dual layer discs, so you don’t have to worry about using something that your drive won’t be able to read. You should have no trouble, but you might want to do a test run and buy just one disc to make sure that everything works fine.

Something that you should note is that you might get a pause when the laser changes layers. This is something that happens with all of these dual layer discs and it isn’t something you need to worry about and it isn’t a problem with your disc or your drive.

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DVD DLHawksM15 April 2009

Dual layer DVD, DVD+R DL technology is changing the way businesses, consumers, and home users can archive and store their data. Dual layer DVD (DVD+R9) technology first debuted in October 2003 and got released to the popular markets about a year later.

What makes dual layer DVD recording different? Essentially, with single layer discs, you’re limited to storing data on just one layer. With dual layered discs, on the other hand, you can store information on both a first layer (which is semi transparent) AND an underlying second layer. In other words, you almost double the capacity of the DVD+R. The industry standard single layer DVD+R, for instance, holds 4.7 GB; whereas a dual layer disc has a capacity of 8.55 GB.

Most popular DVD recorders and players are compatible with dual layer DVD technology. However, if your computer or optical disc drive is relatively old (2004), you may have some compatibility issues. Check equipment manuals for DVD+R DL compatibility before you purchase dual layer DVD discs.

A little confusion from time-to-time causes customers to ask “which version do I chose +R (plus) or –R (minus)?” With dual layer DVD the +R (plus) format is the more popular version, whereas with single layer DVD, the –R (minus) format is the more popular version. As for the brands, Verbatim tends to be the most popular for DVD+R DL (Dual Layer) and both Taiyo Yuden and Verbatim brands are the most popular for DVD-R (single layer).

Given that the dual layer recording layers are not continuous (obviously), there can be a very slight delay when you transition from the first layer to the second layer. This pause is completely normal and does not mean that the disc is not working. The laser that reads and writes the data will actually focus on the different layers and that is what causes the delay. Most packaging will explain this upfront.

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