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WHAT IS A DUPLICATOR?

Duplicators are disc burning/writing products developed to give users an inexpensive solution to quantity duplication of CD and DVD discs as well as other disc formats newly introduced in the market.

A duplicator consists of 3 major components: a source drive, target drive(s), and a duplication controller card. The controller card is the heart and brain of the drive that controls the data flow between the source and the target(s).

Disc duplicators do NOT burn any copy protected material AT ALL.

USB CONNECTION ADD-ON:

With this external interface connection, one of the burners on the duplicator can be used as an external optical drive from your computer.

Using your computer, you can then create a master disc from the duplicator. We highly recommend this option for users who do not have an optical burner on their computer.

HARD DRIVE ADD-ON:

A hard drive (HDD) can be added and built-in for storage and better performance. A hard drive will increase the burning speed and stability of duplication.

If you have multiply originals which need to be duplicated time after time, the built-in HDD add-on is definitely recommended.

Hard drive add-on is not available for 1 burner duplicator.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Is this DVD duplicator standalone?
2. Is it possible to change the burning speed? What is the recommended burning speed?
3. Can 8x DVD duplicator handle lower speed media such as 1x or 4x?
4. Does it copy CD's as well?
5. Are the duplicators manufactured by Pioneer/Nec/Sony?
6. Is this duplicator compatible with masters created on MAC?
7. Can business card size CD-R's or mini CD-R's be used on this duplicator?
8. Can I copy less than 7 DVDs on 7 target duplicator?
9. Can I check the copies if they are correctly burned?
10. I have very high fail rates on my duplication, what can I do to prevent it?
11. Does the duplication speed affect the quality of the duplicated discs?
12. Is it possible to copy a CD to a DVD or vice versa using your duplicator?
13. Will my DVD duplicator duplicate PAL format?
14. Can I delete items in the hard drive when I no longer need them?
15. Can I select more than one partition from the duplicator hard drive and combine them on to one DVD? 
16. Can I hook up my camcorder/digital camera with the duplicator by USB?
17. Can I save files from a computer hard drive to the duplicator hard drive through USB?
18. Can I connect the duplicator to a computer network & generate duplications from a computer on the network?
 

Q: 1. Is this DVD duplicator standalone?

A: Yes, all of our DVD duplicators are fully standalone with simple one touch buttons to duplicate. No computer knowledge is required AT ALL.

 
Q: 2. Is it possible to change the burning speed? What is the recommended burning speed?

A: Yes, the default speed is the maximum speed that the duplicator and the media can handle. However, users can change the speed and burn at lower speeds.

Our recommended burning speed for optimal settings:

CD: 24x, Audio CD: 24x, DVD: 8x, DL-DVD: 2x, Blu-ray: 2x

Q: 3. Can 8x DVD duplicator handle lower speed media such as 1x or 4x?

A: Yes, 8x duplicator can handle lower speed medias, but it will not copy at 8x speed.


Q: 4. Does it copy CD's as well?

A: Yes.


Q: 5. Are the duplicators manufactured by Pioneer/Nec/Sony?

A: No, they just provide the drives. All the other vital parts such as the controllers, cases, power supply, etc. are from different manufactures. The duplicator is assembled and tested in our warehouse.


Q: 6. Is this duplicator compatible with masters created on MAC?

A: Yes.


Q: 7. Can business card size CD-R's or mini CD-R's be used on this duplicator?

A: Yes.


Q: 8. Can I copy less than 7 DVDs on 7 target duplicator?

A: Yes. it can burn up to 7 discs at a time. You don't have to fill up all the burners.


Q: 9. Can I check the copies if they are correctly burned?

A: You can test duplicated copies for accuracy by performing a "Compare" operation. This function compares the copies to the original master disc by comparing the disc bit by bit. This process ensures the duplication is a 100% exact same copy of the original, providing optimal playback ability. If there is a recording problem, the duplicator will notify you on the display that there was a failure and keep the affected disc in the machine so you can identify which one(s) are defective without disrupting the rest of the duplicating process.


Q: 10. I have very high fail rates on my duplication, what can I do to prevent it?

A: In most cases, high fail rates are due to the readability of your master disc, especially for high-speed duplication. We strongly recommend re-creating your master at a low speed, such as (4x for CD Duplicators and 1x for DVD Duplicators) and using high quality blank media. Then, you can use the recreated disc to be the new master disc which should be used as the source to create duplications. This process is called Master Recreation and it will reduce the fail rate significantly.


Q: 11. Does the duplication speed affect the quality of the duplicated discs?

A: Yes, the higher the speed the more chances that there can be some quality drop-off. However, the amount of diminished quality is very minor and will not make a difference or be noticeable to most people.


Q: 12. Is it possible to copy a CD to a DVD or vice versa using your duplicator?

A: No. One format cannot be duplicated to another. For example, CD's can only be duplicated to CD (including VCD to CD) and DVD's to DVD.



Q: 13. Will my DVD duplicator duplicate PAL format?

A: Yes, our DVD duplicators will duplicate both NTSC and PAL DVD Video format. However, your duplications will be in the same format as the master disc. If you're duplicating the PAL format the duplications will be in the PAL format. The same applies for NTSC.


Q: 14. Can I delete items in the hard drive when I no longer need them?

A: Yes. You can always delete or override data stored on any of your partitions at any time.


Q: 15. Can I select more than one partition from the duplicator hard drive and combine them on to one DVD?

A: No. Each partition represents the exact clone of the master disc. They can not be combined or truncated.


Q: 16. Can I hook up my camcorder/digital camera with the duplicator by USB?

A: No. Even though the camcorder or digital camera has a USB connection, you cannot directly input the data onto the duplicator. You can download the data onto a computer and use the external USB to create a master disc from which to make your duplications on.


Q: 17. Can I save files from a computer hard drive to the duplicator hard drive through USB?

A: No. Computer hard drives and duplicator hard drives are two separate file systems, so they cannot communicate. The USB connection allows the computer to use the duplicator as a CD or DVD external burner. You can use either of those devices to store the data on a disc from a specified CD or DVD drive on the duplicator. Once you create that disc, you can use it as your master disc to load into the hard drive and make your duplications.


Q: 18. Can I connect the duplicator to a computer network & generate duplications from a computer on the network?

A: No. The duplicator can't be controlled by any external connections. However, the duplicator can be connected to an individual computer via USB connection to allow the computer to burn data to specified burners and create a master disc to make the duplications from.