CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray Duplication/Replication Tips and Suggestions: Master Disc
So you’re just about ready to send off your duplication or replication project. You have your artwork ready to go and you filled out your IPR form, now you just need to burn the master disc. Before you do, keep in mind that there are a number of factors that could disrupt the playback of your material or even render it useless. Additionally, if you have a specific deadline or precise turnaround time, you cannot afford any delays or issues with your master disc that will slow things down. Other than incorrect artwork setup, a bad or corrupt master disc is the second most common problem associated with the duplication or replication processes. The following Audio and Video Duplication Tips and Suggestions will help ensure your next project goes smoothly and that your master disc features the expected playback.
Use Higher Quality Discs
While many CD, DVD and Blu-Ray disc manufacturers sell both “value-line” and “premium” style discs, using the cheapest discs available is only inviting trouble. Since this is going to be the master disc used in the copy process, it is extremely important to use a higher quality disc to ensure a proper burn and to maintain video and audio playback. A low quality disc could cause several issues with the files contained on your disc. Problems such as skipping portions of your video, audio distortion, and file corruption are all issues associated with low quality discs.
Ensure the Disc is Clean
After you decide on the brand and grade of disc to use, make sure there is no dust, specs, smudge marks, or grease on bottom of the disc. Even though you haven’t burned the discs yet, these types of imperfections can and do affect the quality and playback of your files. Before placing the CD, DVD, or Blu-ray into the drive to burn the contents, check the bottom for these types of flaws. Also, to ensure you are not smudging the bottom of your discs, never directly handle the bottom of the disc.