See the prices. These include
a full colour direct to disc print, but packaging
is additional as of course everyone wants something different. This
pricing is from a master disc, that is; you already have a disc authored
and just want x amount of copies made. If you have a video that is on
tape, see 02.
How long is a piece of string? There are just too many variables to quote a set price for performing this operation. We do a professional job, editing where required and tidying up either end of the footage. We will make any complexity of menu required, from none to fully fledged powerful interactive material.
Please send me an email outlining the details
of your idea.
Authoring is the process where your finished video, audio, still images,
menus and subtitles etc are all brought together and built into a single
DVD format interactive composition, and generally includes creating
a master disc. It involves building timelines from your video and audio,
setting chapter points, making scene selections, menu and motion
menu design, button creation, button and remote control routing
and navigation, building subtitles or multiple audio tracks, and the
list goes on. The DVD video format can perform many functions, from
simple playback of a single video clip to an advanced customisable interactive
For a single layer disc, I generally recommend one and a half hours.
This allows for menus etc, and retains the highest quality video image.
You can stretch it out longer, but it inversely impinges upon the quality
of the video. There are many other aspects which will also affect the
amount of footage to a modest degree, such as quality of the source
material, stability of the shots etc, all of which influence the data
rate when compressing to mpeg.
Yes, and much more. We not only offer editing, but also compositing
and special effects work as necessary, including 3D work and particle
Yes absolutely! We generally provide a proof disc for your viewing
at no charge after authoring and before
duplication. If this is important to you though, please make mention
of it on ordering whatever work is performed.
There are many reports of DVD discs not playing back correctly with
a label, with the possibilities of cause being either extra inertia
created by the weight of the label or balance issues of due to off centre
assembly. Having performed some testing it does appear to be that the
extra weight is actually the issue and is enough to cause read errors.
It seems to affect DVD-R more than DVD+R media, yet CD’s don’t
seem to suffer any problems possibly due to the less accurate tolerances
compared to those inherent in the DVD design.
When it comes to the English language, not too much. But there is a
growing DVD terminology that differentiates the two in the multiplication
process. Duplication, which is the service we perform, uses a laser
to burn the data onto the disc using multiple DVD writers. In our case
we use a robot that distributes the discs to the drives, moves them
to the printer, then outputs them ready to be packaged. It is generally
suited for runs up to a few thousand. The benefits include very fast
turn around and a lot less initial financial outlay. Replication on
the other hand uses a process of glass mastering and pressing, and is
how the Hollywood discs are produced. The quantities these production
houses require are substantially more, and often require a run of 1000
as a bare minimum, and the benefits of this process are dwindling rapidly.
They were once regarded as being more compatible
than duplicated discs, but technology has won and now this is just becoming
an old wives tale. You will be struggling now to find a DVD player around
that cannot play back a correctly authored DVD-R disc.
A motion menu is one where the menu background is not static, i.e.
it is generally a short video clip that will loop. This is usually tailored
to suit the style and function of each disc, and although it does add
a little in cost to design, it is
a most value enhancing feature on any disc. They commonly will also
contain looping audio, though this can be used on a static menu as well.
Try renting some movies from the local video store for ideas and to
see how it can be done.
The popularity of DVD set top players is gaining at a phenomenal rate.
Research in 2004 from AC Nielsen indicated that 35% of New Zealanders
owned a DVD player. Spread that around in one per household, and account
for those that can also watch it on their PC at home or work, and the
figure of able viewers mushrooms. You can now easily buy a DVD player
far cheaper than a VCR, and in Britain Dixons said its sales of DVD
players outnumbered VCRs by a ratio of 40 to 1! The US National Association
of Recording Merchandisers stated that DVD disc sales surpassed those
of VHS tapes back in 2000, and since then DVD sales have grown 300%,
while VHS sales declined 21%.
Many! Here is a list of some of them:
Well yes, it is possible. But certainly not advisable. It is a lengthy
process, as involved as authoring the disc from scratch such as creating
menus and routing etc, but the main issue is in the format used for
the video compression.
Suffice to say, it is strongly advisable to archive your original footage
in an editable state if you think there is a possibility of the need
to do so again.
Well, who knows? They simply haven’t been around long enough for anyone to know. There have definitely been reports of bad batches of optical media flaking and failing, but these cases seem to be somewhat isolated, and are not evidence enough to abandon the format. Most manufacturers now claim at least 50 to 100 years. We use high quality Verbatim media which should insure you get the best life span available. Analogue video tape (e.g. VHS) has many shortfalls itself, such as mould and magnetic deterioration, and the format is soon to be lost to the swift march of technology.
My advice for long term archiving is simply this: Keep the original
source, but transfer it to the current media of today. So by all means
keep the original VHS tape, but also get a transfer done onto DVD which
should still last long enough to make it to the next technological advancement
in video storage. Don’t forget to keep the method of playback
however! Many people have old slides in the attic, but no longer have
any way of viewing them! So will go the way of the VHS.
Certainly it can be a problem in analogue to analogue reproduction, such as a VHS to VHS copying, but generally with a good quality source such as a high bit rate DVD or digital video tape like a miniDV or digital 8, there is very little to worry about due to reproduction alone. There are typically more factors to consider with quality concerns, such as compression, recompression, quality of the original source etc. As the saying goes, garbage in, garbage out.
Take good quality footage; say a MiniDV tape, shot with plenty of light and smooth camera work, and it will look fantastic on DVD.
Just because your footage might be an old VHS tape that has been in
the attic for years shouldn’t stop you making the transfer now
however. As I said before, making more copies to VHS will only degrade
the image quality further, so putting it once and for all to a digital
format will at least retain its present state.
There are two main titles that it once used to be an acronym for. “Digital
Video Disc” and “Digital Versatile Disc”.
A DVD-Video is a DVD movie, such as one that you might hire from the
local video store. It is played back on either a set top player like
the one under you telly, or can be played back from your computer if
it has a DVD drive and the software installed. Nearly all moderately
spec’d new PC’s now come with DVD drives, and therefore
generally will also have the software loaded and ready to go.
DVD is a great format, with picture quality superior to all common
consumer formats today. Authored properly
it can produce stunning results; however it is only as good as the source
material. We can correct some problems with original footage, and we
also perform editing, so feel free to ask about what might be possible
if you have some video that is in some way below par. Audio can be given
attention as well.
MPEG is an acronym for “Motion Picture Experts Group”,
the team that designed the compression system.