First Class DVD Cases

The DVD is still a popular form of media for personal and entertainment use, and also for communicating important business information. 

Copy and distribute your DVDs correctly, and you can use them for presentations, promotional material, work samples or instructions for clients and employees. Due to this ease of use and flexibility, DVDs are clearly an effective way to get your professional message across, even in this advanced era of live streaming and downloads. 

Here are a few reasons why DVDs are still an integral part of business media, and why you should use them…
1. They act as a hard copy – it may sound obvious, but many people like to own a hard copy of any important information. It feels more permanent and can be referred to more easily than a download stored somewhere on your PC 

2. They can be much cheaper – blank DVDs are readily available at very affordable prices from reputable manufacturers like Verbatim and JVC, ensuring quality and convenience.
3. Information can be transferred onto them easily – As specialist media duplicators and replicators in the UK we use our expert technology to create copies of your professional DVD. Copy runs can range from 1 to over 1000, whilst maintaining audio/visual quality and data integrity 

4. They work as a marketing method – photography businesses, particularly weddings and events, use DVDs to provide work samples or to give to clients with their finished photographs 

Once you have all DVD copies ready for distribution, you must decide how to present them. You can buy many types of DVD cases online and in shops, which are designed for different levels of protection, holding marketing booklets and containing multiple discs. 

You can benefit from the following features when you buy DVD cases: 
▪ shatter-proof, high quality plastic; clear or coloured  
▪ sturdy M-Lock design 
▪ machine-moulded trays grip DVDs in place 
▪ bulk packs providing excellent value  
▪ you can hold as many as 6 discs in just one case
▪ half size cases for easier storage 
▪ special games replacement cases for Nintendo, PS1/2/3, Xbox and PSP
▪ binder cases for storing up to 10 discs in a durable, 100% polypropylene booklet 

This article highlights the ease of producing large numbers of DVDs through duplication and replication. Choosing the right type of DVD case will add a professional edge and keep the discs safe. These are both small but definitely worthwhile business investments. 

Created On  29 Aug 2013 14:54  -  Permalink

What Is The Difference Between Duplication & Replication?

There are a number of companies who specialise in the duplication and replication of your CD, DVD or Blu-Ray, promising the use of technical processes to give you quality disk copies. But the difference between duplication and replication isn’t always fully explained, leading many to ask themselves, how do I know which service is best for me? The explanation below should settle this question, giving you the confidence to choose the best company to suit your project’s needs. 

Let’s start with the definitions of both words: 

Duplication – "The act or process of duplicating something. A copy. 
                       Synonyms: reproduction – doubling – repetition – reduplication” 
Replication – "The action of copying or reproducing something. A copy. 
                       Synonyms: reply – rejoinder – answer – response – replica – copy”

Both definitions are explained very clearly on a basic level, but any DVD/CD copying novice would still be hard-pressed to tell the difference! 

You could describe the process in simple terms: "CD and DVD duplication is the process of writing or transferring information onto a CD or DVD, or duplicating this information onto the CD or DVD”. 

On the other hand, replication produces higher quality and greater consistency in comparison. In the modern day world where there is more demand in the media industry for the best technology and capacity, replication is often favoured over duplication. 

To understand each process in MORE detail, here is a break-down of the technologies and processes used:
Duplication – using the original disk provided, the duplicator extracts the data and copies/transfers it onto a blank disc (a lot like a printer). During duplication, commonly known as burning, data is etched onto the CD/DVD with a small laser. Duplicating CDs and DVDs reduces the cost of writeable media and produces high quality, low cost results from smaller orders. CD/DVD burners are also convenient, easily transported and economic, although you will notice the best results on short or promo runs under 1000 disks. To duplicate hundreds of CDs or DVDs simultaneously, banks of duplication towers would have to be used. Businesses use duplication processes to "burn” parts lists, manuals, training videos etc, and duplicated disks hold up to 4.7GB per side. 

Replication – replication clones the exact data from the original disk onto a blank disc (a lot like a photocopier). The exact matching results are why it is favoured as the higher quality option. Using the master copy, a "glass master” is created, then a moulding machine creates blank CDs/DVDs moulded from the original. These are 120mm plastic disks which are stamped with the glass master; imprinting the information from the master copy. 

This process is designed to make professional CDs and DVDs for mass production. The silver finish is achieved by coating a thin, reflective layer of aluminium, then a protective lacquer which is hardened using ultraviolet light. 
Replication offers the best resolution and the lowest cost per disk, for projects requiring 1000 disks or more. They hold up to 19GB. 

Regardless of the great differences in processes, duplication and replication both produce equal audio quality and data integrity for your personal or commercial CDs and DVDs. 

Created On  29 Aug 2013 14:48  -  Permalink

A Quick Guide To Choosing The Right CD Case

Once your CD is completed and ready for distribution, the first thing on your mind should be finding the best disk case for your needs. I would highly recommend knowing your options and making a considered choice, as casing will affect the presentation and safety of your CD. Here is a lay-out of the features and benefits of the different types of CD cases available.

Jewel Cases

They come as standard, slim, multi-disk and professional jewel cases and remain the media industry standard. They are fitted with a semi-rigid plastic tray that has a centre hub to secure the CD in place (this is either coloured or clear). The design of jewel cases is ideal for inserting an artwork lining or booklet, in the side-slot and back of the case. 

Chubby Jewel Case/Multi Disc Cases

The features of this case are almost identical to the standard jewel case, however this type of case can contain a number of discs in one case. It is the perfect choice for multiple disc projects. 

Slim-line Case

If you’re looking for CD cases that take up less space and can be shipped more cheaply, slim-line cases are a sensible option. They are half as thick as standard jewel cases but still have a similar front for inserting a booklet or artwork. 


This CD case is made of cardboard with a plastic moulded tray attached to keep the case sturdy. The cardboard case makes screen printing easier and the interior sleeve allows a booklet to be inserted. Some digipaks have folding over gatefold flaps to cover the CD on both sides. 

Clamshell Case

As their name suggests, these cases are shaped like a clamshell to provide extra reliable protection to your CDs. If you are required to transport CDs around, the clamshell design will prevent scratching and other forms of damage. 

Paper Sleeve

This is the simplest and cheapest CD casing option; made out of a paper sleeve with a clear plastic window at the front. This is the most functional choice if you are providing promotional and demo CDs. 

Calendar Case

This type is in the style of a jewel case, and sits open at a 30 degree angle to advertise your printed calendar to others. Using a standard CD case, the lid is folded behind to act as a stand. It is a cheap yet effective form of marketing for your desk or workplace. 

Although this isn’t a full list, these are the most popular varieties of case which will store your CDs safely and professionally. 

Created On  29 Aug 2013 13:37  -  Permalink

Optical Media Still Has Legs!

In a world of streaming Internet radio stations and iTunes downloads, it may seem a bit archaic to be writing about compact discs. And yet the CD is far from dead – in fact, I would argue that CDs are on the cusp of a resurgence. Here is why I think CDs might just make a comeback:

1) Audiophile brands are still in the game

If manufacturers are still making high-end CD players, there must still be a market of people who wish to buy them. While brands like NAD may not be as well known as Sony, Philips, or Toshiba, they are a reputable company in the audiophile world.

For over 40 years, NAD have been making audiophile-grade home theater products. They have recently introduced a new CD player, the C 516BEE, which starts at around £250. That may seem like a lot for a CD player, but it’s only because NAD equipment is built to higher standards than the Sony Discman you used to have.

2. Sales of recorded music are up for the first time in 14 years

Another sign that things are turning around for CDs is a recently published report from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, or IFPI. This comprehensive summary of the music industry shows that in 2012, sales of recorded music increased 0.3% globally – the first increase in the past 14 years! Could part of this increase be due to retail sales? The report indicates that yes, that non-digital revenue was up 9.2% for last year.

3. CDs are compressed, but they sound better than today’s prevailing formats

As strange as it may seem, I think that some audiophiles are slowly beginning to embrace the compact disc format. Historically, audiophiles have been all about the "warm, vintage tone” of vinyl records – a purely analog medium. However, the CD sounds relatively uncompressed in comparison to today’s prevailing formats: MP3s and streaming radio.

While these digital mediums suffer from heavy compression (anywhere from 96 kbit/s to 320 kbit/s), CDs are much less compressed at 1,411 kbit/s. A CD still sounds more compressed than a vinyl record, but it’s quite a lot better than streaming.

It’s also a heck of a lot easier to own and maintain a CD player than it is to keep a vintage turntable spinning happily. From expensive needle cartridges to tone arm maintenance, finding a good preamplifier, and selecting an ideal shock-isolated platform, record players are just more work!

4. CDs are incredibly cheap right now, cheaper than records and even digital downloads!

Michael Jackson’s 1982 release "Thriller” is famous for being the best-selling album of all time. You can purchase a digital copy of the full-length album on Apple’s iTunes Store for £6.99

If you hop over to Amazon, you can buy a used copy of the same CD for under a quid. For the whole album. Which you can then rip to your iPod or iPhone using iTunes software. Sounds like a deal to me! Cheap CDs can also be found at eBay,, charity shops, car boot sales, and used bookshops. They are still a great bargain!

What do you think? Are CDs poised to make a comeback, or are they quickly becoming a specialty item in today’s digital world?

Created On  24 May 2013 10:24  -  Permalink


Important News! Do you have photos on your computer?
With the advent of flash media and the ever dropping price of hard disc storage you might think that your precious photo archive is safe. This just isn’t the case; hard drives fail, flash drives fail or get lost forever. The only way you can be 100% sure that your pictures will be there for future generations is to back them up to ARCHIVAL GRADE optical media. We offer the perfect range of discs ideally suited to this purpose.

Falcon Century products offer the most reliable long-term storage solution to preserve your data securely. FalconMedia Century is a premium, high spec archival grade media that provides users with a safe, certified archival storage solution for over 300 years on CD and 100 years on DVD.
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Ultra reliable archioval solution.
Revolutionary reflective layer ensures longevity.
Full face printable surface
Life expectancy - Upto 300 years

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Created On  24 May 2013 10:23  -  Permalink

4 Reasons to use a duplication house...

You can now manufacture you own discs because:
- Burning you own CDs on your desktop can be achieved in less than 5 minutes. 
- Almost anybody with fingers can do it! CD burners are cheaper than ever, the price just keeps going down.
- Things seem perfect for you to produce your own CD at home.

If you thinking doing it yourself is the easiest thing to do, why do professional artists seek professionals to make their CDs? I've seen so many new artists do it to cut expenses and they regret it in the end. If you really, really want to make copies of your album at home, be prepared to:

1. Spend lots of time waiting. Yes, you could wait for each disc to burn, take it out, put another blank disc in. Make a brew, take that one out, put another one in. Take that one out after if fails to write, smash the computer up and spend all your wages on a new computer. Best let the pros do it.
2. Spend more. I ain't making this up - look at the numbers. Take this job as an example, 1000 CDs that have been printed full colour and packed in a jewel case with a gloss 2 page booklet and inlay. What's it going to cost you? Here's the list:  Verbatim inkjet printable discs £198; Standard jewel cases £131; Paper and inlays £160. So that's £489 before you add the VAT.  Then don't forget to add the price of the ink which I don't even want think about. Then add your time, time is money. Best let the pros do it.
3. Get a nervous condition, from all the discs arriving back when they don't work in someone's 1984 CD player. Duplication companies, use the best equipment and give the best service to every customer because their reputation is on the line. Best let the pros do it.
4. Have no time to do CD promotion. Making 1000 copies of your CD at home will leave you exhausted, poor and sick of the sight of your own CD. Plus you won't have any time to do any promotion. Why have a product to sell if nobody knows about it. Best let the pros do it.

Riviera Multimedia Ltd have specialised in duplication and replication services for over 10 years, so you know you will be getting a professional service. Our prices are very affordable and we turn your job around in super fast time!  Call Riviera Today for your very own personal quote, no quantity too small.  Tel:  01226 730606 or email:, or click HERE to request a quotation.
Created On  18 Jan 2013 12:42  -  Permalink
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