One thing that we have changed a handful of times over the years is how we present our final product to our clients. Before they ever put the disc into the DVD player or Blu-Ray player; how your packaging looks already says something about the services you are offering. It is important to make a good first impression. Obviously the quality of the content is of the utmost importance, but great looking discs can’t hurt.
Cut to 2012, today, and Obviouschild Productions is again switching methods. While lightscribe had some nice features, it was always a little flat being only able to print in grey and white. Moreover, as we have made the switch from DVD to Blu-Ray we realized that lightscsribe Blu-Ray discs are really hard to track down. The next evolution for us was to move back to the printer. But not printing stickers. Now blank Blu-Ray media can be printed to directly; that is assuming you have a printer capable of printing direct to disc. Canon makes a number of printers capable of printing directly do disc. I don’t doubt that other manufactures do as well, but we invested in a Pixma line printer for less than one hundred dollars and we now have the ability to print beautiful CD’s, DVD’s, and Blu-Ray Discs. For what it’s worth, we went with the Pixma MG5320 and I would be completely comfortable giving it 5 out of 5 stars. It’s a wonderful machine. Granted, if you have to print a huge quantity of discs, then this may not be the solution for you as ink can be expensive and printing high-quality images can take time. But if you are like me, you probably don’t want to spend 1500 dollars on a dedicated disc labeling device.Over the years, the disc itself could be labeled in a myriad of ways. Seven or eight years ago many people were printing labels that were essentially stickers applied to the face
of the disc. This system was not good because it was hard to get the sticker perfectly centered. Worse still was the fact that many DVD players did not like the label and had problems with the extra weight or the uneven distribution of an off-center sticker causing the disc to skip. Not good. Then along came Light-scribe most professional videographers moved in this direction because it was a cost effective way to handsomely label a CD or DVD.