So you may be a musician, or a filmmaker, or the CEO of a corporation. All of you, at one point, have had projects that needed to be taken from your computer and placed on a disc. And most likely, the single copy of that disc needed to be duplicated and distributed. CD duplication, DVD duplication, CD album duplication, which one do you choose? Here are a few tips, broken down by industry, to help you pick your disc duplication solution.
In a corporate environment there are many uses for CD and DVD duplication. You might have a PowerPoint project that needs to be duplicated and distributed, or you may have a report that needs to be presented and distributed. The difficulty lies in choosing which media, CD or DVD, to duplicate or replicate on. For a smaller project you probably want to choose CD media, as most discs can hold up to 74 minutes of audio or 650 MB of data. DVD media typically holds 4.7 GB of information, and the new dual-layer DVD-Rs will hold up to 8.54 GB of info. This would be great for larger or a multiple file duplication project.
Package up the master copy (or copies) to protect them properly while they are being shipped. Placing each copy in its own rigid jewel case and then packaging the cases inside a padded mailer is generally the best method.
Fortunately, it is fairly easy to get professional looking CD’s of your bands music today. The first option is paying someone else to do the work for you. Services, like Copy Cats Media, offer professional quality mastering and cd duplication at an affordable price. Usually, you can buy small quantities at a slightly higher per piece price than buying larger quantities so you don’t have to warehouse a huge stockpile of CD’s.
While CDs may indeed store a lot of data, they are also prone to get damaged if they are not taken cared of properly. Proper care for CDs includes placing them in a CD case where the surface of the CD would be protected from scratches. It also means that the CDs should not be placed in an area where it would be hit directly by sunlight.
If you have a thousand compact discs burned, the price may be more than duplication. However, if you simply want one CD burned, it may be absurd to have one CD replicated mainly because the set-up is so pricey. In CD replication, you have a glass master made, after which a stamper should be created. This is done by custom-made, per order. That’s the reason it’s so expensive.
It sounds like a lot (and I certainly didn’t start out that way), but believe me, at that time just my 3 virtual assistants saved me SO much time, at least 117 hours per month, so I could work on what I do best. That’s almost 3 weeks’ worth of 9-hour days, not even counting lunch or bathroom breaks, and I’m only counting 3 of those people, not the entire team.
Make another list of your strengths and then one of your weaknesses (it’s OK, we all have ’em). Begin to focus on delegating your weaknesses and anything that’s not Client Attraction and client work. You’ll begin to see a MAJOR difference in your re-venues, often as early as within a couple of weeks. When you see more money coming in, you’ll want to outsource ALL you can and it’ll become a game really worth playing. You make mo.re, play more. Everyone wins.