Tech Guy: 7 Habits of Highly Effective Duplication
One question that people often ask is how they can be more effective in their CD/DVD disc duplication. There are dozens of books about effectiveness for people, teens, managers, leaders, and even pirates. Until now, nobody has dared to reveal the “7 Habits of Highly Effective Duplication.” Well today is your lucky day dear reader, because the Tech Guy is on your side! Here are my top tips for effective duplication:
1. Burn a Good Master Disc
When things just won’t work, the problem can often be traced back to the master disc. For CDs and DVDs, make sure to “Finalize” or “Close” your master disc when you are done burning. Check to make sure that “packet writing” is disabled before creating a master disc. Packet-written discs cause problems because of the way they record the Table of Contents (TOC). Also, I strongly advise you do not use ReWritable (RW) discs when making masters. I could go into a long rant on why you shouldn’t use RW discs, but please trust me; it is not a good idea.
2. Test, Test, Test!
When I say test, I’m not talking about final exams here. What I am talking about is checking your master disc before burning. While skipping the test process may save a bit of time in the short term, it will cost you a lot of time in the long term if your master disc is no good. Nobody wants to redo a job because their master disc had a problem so test your discs on as many different devices as you have access to. Test CDs in your stereo and in your car. Test DVDs in your home player, your computer, and on a friend’s DVD player. When everything looks and plays perfectly you’re ready to begin duplicating.
3. Choose the Right Machine
Have you ever wondered why a tennis racket is better for playing tennis than a ping pong paddle? Because the tennis racket was designed to handle a bigger and heavier ball! While a different racket could also work, a full-size racket is the perfect tool for the job. Thinking along those lines, what kind of CD/DVD duplicator would be best for copying 2,000 discs: a 3-drive tower or an 11-drive tower? They’ll both work, but one is better suited to the task than the other. Choose wisely.
4. Use Quality Discs
Of all the discs in the world, which ones are right for you? I generally recommend going with the best discs that you can afford. Good discs will perform better and save you time, money, and frustration. If you have questions about print surfaces, formats, or anything else, simply give us a call toll-free at 877-992-3766. Our sales advisors are experts at helping you choose the best discs for your needs. They love explaining all about discs, like the difference between inkjet and thermal or what makes our Supreme discs better than the competition.
5. Create a Strong First Impression
Create a strong impression by showing attention to detail in every step of your project. When it comes to details like disc artwork and entrapment design, don’t assume that no one will notice a spelling error, blocky image, or crooked text. You should never be too proud to ask for help, which is exactly what the graphic designers at CDROM2GO do best! Trust our experts to assist you with disc and package artwork, from minor adjustments to complete custom designs.
6. Choose Dynamic Packaging
Don’t underestimate the importance of good CD/DVD disc packaging in your projects. Whether you are a wedding photographer, video producer, or musician, the package your discs come in sends a strong message to your audience. Paper sleeves offer a good value, but plastic cases, jewel cases and VarioPac cases offer more style and color options. A dynamic package can enhance your product’s appearance as well as please your audience. Why just satisfy when you can surprise?
7. Don’t Procrastinate!
When you are working on a deadline, being prepared can make a tough job easier. Start by allowing plenty of time to complete a project. Also, it never hurts to have a few extra ink cartridges or ribbons on hand just in case something happens. By being prepared, you can keep your cool when faced with setbacks or problems.
One more thing to keep in mind: prepare for disaster. I have taken too many tech calls in my day where a poor soul only has one machine and a deadline to meet. If your machine does go down (rare, but possible) and you can’t get it fixed in time to meet your deadline, you will wish you had a backup option. It is always easier fall back to a second tower than trying to burn one-at-a-time in your home computer. The Boy Scouts had it right all along, Always Be Prepared.
Duplicating discs does not have to be a chore; with the right attitude it can be a creative and engaging part of your business. By adopting these seven habits, you too can become a highly effective duplicator!