Our first range of videos were either burnt onto basic 4.7 GB capacity DVD discs or were shown to training delegates using a projector via a laptop. The requests we were receiving more recently were for hard copies of the video training material so we suddenly found ourselves needing a reputable supplier of DVD duplication services. As the training videos developed and became more detailed and extensive, the size of the video files started to become a real issue. The basic DVDs just didn't have the capacity we needed and this was coupled with the fact that we were being requested for high definition video as oftentimes the video was intended for display during in-house training sessions in front of projector screens with a room filled with trainees.
I was tasked with satisfying this requirement as I was working with the video production team and had some experience with video editing as well as with computer artwork software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. My initial step was to search the internet for UK based companies who were currently offering a DVD duplication service to see if they could offer guidance. As expected, there were rather a few applicable companies with fantastic websites and a great deal of positive customer feedback. My usual approach with these things is to send out an enquiry email and see who gets back to me first so that I can sound them out and make a judgement contact you will be easiest to deal with. About ten minutes after making the enquiry, I had a call from a gentleman named Harry who was a project manager with one of the larger UK based CD and DVD duplication companies. Harry was very knowledgeable and courteous and seemed to be someone who I could happily deal with.
I discussed the details of the project and its requirements with Harry and he advised me to go for Blu-ray DVD duplication. A Blu-ray DVD can hold up to 25GB of video data on a single layer disc and 50GB on a single dual layer disc and so we could easily fit our high definition video files onto a single disc for playback via a Blu-ray DVD player or PC/laptop with a Blu-ray compatible drive. The process for producing an interactive menu is the same as for a basic DVD and so we would be able to work with Harry on that side of the project as well. Blu-ray DVDs are over twice the cost of basic DVDs and duplication costs also have the tendency to be higher due to the larger files and consequential greater length of time required for duplication but we had a rapidly filling order book with the type of client who wouldn't quibble over the price, so not a problem there.
I then went on to discuss duplication quantities with Harry and we decided upon an initial 300 copies of our main title and he supplied me with a quote. Just to satisfy company requirements, I also asked another 2 companies whose representatives had called me back for quotes for 300 Blu-ray DVDs as well. As it turned out there wasn't much in the three prices, so I stuck with Harry as we had struck up a business relationship at this point.
I was lucky to have found a reputable and knowledgeable supplier but I did do a fair amount of research before making a decision which I would thoroughly recommend to anyone else who needs a Blu-ray DVD duplication supplier. The end product was of very first class and all of our clients were suitably impressed and have since been in touch to enquire about the next product. I hope this article will be of use to others looking for this service and that the potential pitfalls and time wasters above can be avoided for a streamlined and efficient project.
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