When you are preparing a CD / DVD project for duplication or replication, it's important that you prepare the master disc correctly to eliminate any problems or delays. Your master disc should be an exact copy of what you want produced. Make sure you have tested the copy you're going to send on different different players to insure they play as expected. Sometimes older burning software is used and the master will not play across a variety of players due to the software so make sure your disc plays in systems other than the one it was burned on before you send it in. Below are the basic rules you need to follow to assure your project goes smoothly:
There are many brands of media to choose from. With so much low quality cheap media on the market, it's easy to try and save a few cents and use the cheap stuff. Remember, the master is what your copies are going to be made from and low quality media might not produce the best result. It's best to spend a few extra cents and buy higher quality media like Mitsui, Maxell, or Taiyo Yuden. The company performing the work for you should be able to recommend a quality brand for you to use for the master.
After you have completed the master, it's important that you clearly mark it with either a label or marker that is approved for writing on the surface of a disc. Duplication houses work with many different customers that send master on a daily basis. It's important your master is clearly marked to avoid a delay or worse some sort of mix up with another project.
Duplication houses will not test your master on various players. They instead will use a bit by bit verification system and test the copies to the master to insure that they are an exact copy of the master. This is why it's important for you to test your master in several different players to secure it plays as expected. Do not just test it in the system that you burned it on. In some older burners, they can produce a master that will only play well in the system it was created on. If you test it other systems, you will insure it has no playability issues.
If you follow these very basic steps, you should not have a problem with getting your project completed. Remember the vendor performing the service is there to help you and if you have any questions preparing the master, ask them for direction. They would much prefer to help you do it correctly so that there will be no delays in completing the project. Their goal is to make you a happy customer so you use them again and tell all your friends and business acquaintances to use them when they need that type of work done.
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