Friday, June 26, 2009

media Devices

Non-Printable CD-R Media discs - These CDs are supplied in packs of 25 discs up to 100 discs and can either be supplied in cellophane wrap or with a storage caketub. Being Non-Printable means these CDs are branded discs and will usually have their manufacturer's logo on the top surface of the CD. The fastest CDs available is 52x, which is the standard writing speed for most CD Writers. Some 40x or 48x CDs are still available and with any of these CDs you'd expect a full CD to take 3 minutes to write. The maximum storage capacity of these CDs is 700MB with a digital audio capacity of 80 Minutes.

Printable CD-R discs - These CDs are commonly supplied in packs 50 or 100 discs and rarely supplied in smaller packs of 25. Again they are usually supplied in caketubs or cellophane wraps with caketubs being supplied with larger 100 disc packs. Being printable means you can print directly to the top surface of the CD with many of the popular printers available- such as the Epson R220 printer. These CDs come with a full face printable surface or a normal printable surface. Full Face CDs are printable right across the hub meaning no clear hub is present. Normal printable CDs have this clear hub. These CDs are supplied in various speeds with 52x being the most common. Again the maximum storage capacity of these CDs is 700MB with a digital audio capacity of 80 Minutes.

Re-writable CDs - These CDs are called CD-RWs and can be recorded on again and again. These CDs are generally supplied in smaller packs of 10 discs and usually write at slower speeds such as 12x, or 24x. Re-using these CDs is very simple, simply use your recording software to erase the CD and record again. If you keep your CDs free from dirt and scratches these CDs can be recorded on hundreds of times. As with write once CDs the recording capacity is usually 80 Minutes or 700MB.

Lightscribe CD-R - Lightscribe labelling is a new technology that offers consumers and businesses a simple, no-hassle way to burn professional, silkscreen-quality labels on their CDs. Using the same laser that burns data in their CD drives, customers burn their data as always, flip the CD over, reinsert it into the drive and burn a precise, iridescent label. The benefits are no more marker scrawl or adhesive labels to centre, using laser precision and detail you create professional quality labels on your CDs every time. Less hassle, just burn the CD, flip it and burn the label. No extra hardware needed, all you need is a compatible CD and a writer.


DVD-R Media discs - 16x / 8x - These Blank DVD-Rs are for use in drives that support the minus format. These DVDs can only be written to once, have a single recording layer and store a maximum of 4.7GB per disc. They come in both printable and non printable format and are our most popular range. These DVDs are available in different pack sizes from 25 discs up to 100 discs. 16x DVDs are the fastest available and many DVD writers will now support 16x DVD writing; a full 4.7GB disc will take around 9 minutes to record. These DVDs are suitable for Data, Music, Video or Games.

DVD+R discs - 16x / 8x - These DVDs are for use in drives that support the plus format. Similar to the minus format, these DVDs can only be written to once, have a single recording layer and store a maximum of 4.7GB per disc. These DVDs also come in printable and non printable and are available in packs of up to 100 DVDs. Again 16x DVDs are the fastest available, with 8x DVDs being the most popular from our range. Plus format DVDs tend to be more popular with standalone personal DVD recorders installed under TVs, although many people do use them in their computer.

Re-writable DVDs (DVD+RW and DVD-RW) - Re-writable DVDs come in both plus and minus format with a maximum capacity of 4.7GB per disc. These DVDs can be written to many times - by simply erasing the DVD you can re-record as many times as you wish. As long as you keep the DVD free from scratches and dirt, the DVD should last for a very long time. These DVDs are usually supplied in smaller packs of 10 discs and are very popular with standalone personal DVD recorders. These DVDs are suitable for Data, Music, Video or Games.

Dual/Double Layer DVDs (DVD+R DL, DVD-R DL) - As the title suggests these DVDs have two recording layers to allow a maximum storage capacity of 8.5GB per disc. Most DVD recorders sold since 2005 and almost all new ones will support Dual Layer burning, but you're advised to check with the manufacturer before buying. These DVDs can only be written to once and are available as printable and non printable. Dual Layer DVDs are more expensive than single layer DVDs. They used to be very expensive, but now they've come down in price a lot and are closer to single layer discs in gigabytes-per-pound. However, they still tend to be sold in packs of 10 or 25.

Blu-ray media, BD-R Hi-Definition Discs - The successor to DVD technology, Blu-Ray is here and now more affordable than ever! Blu Ray satisfies the public demand for high quality HDTV content arising from increased availability of large screens at affordable prices. In addition, the spread of broadband and interactive TV has increased expectations of enhanced interactivity in packaged media. Blu Ray shares the 12cm diameter and 1.2mm thickness of the current generation of DVD discs, yet is able to deliver hours of High Definition video on a single-sided disc, with 25Gb storage space.

HD-DVD Discs - HD-DVD was Blu-Ray's rival in the attempt to become the "next generation DVD", but Blu Ray won and HD-DVD devices were discontinued. However, if you need HD-DVD media, we still have some supplies left.

DVD-RAM - These DVDs are only compatible with certain recorders. Like re-writable DVDs they can be used many times. Once recorded these DVDs are only compatible with certain players that support the DVD-RAM format.

8cm Media - These DVDs are reduced size mainly for use in camcorders. They are compatible with PC or standalone DVD recorders, but only have a maximum storage capacity of 1.4GB. These DVDs are popular for use in game consoles or used by customers for promotional use. These DVDs can only be recorded once and are available in both plus and minus, minus being the most popular format.

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