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#1 Dan Salzmann

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 01:46 PM

Just wondering if anyone on the forum is using the DVD's that come with a white printable surface on them and which printers they are using.
I've heard nightmare stories about self-applied labels (using those "stomper things" or spindles or whatever they're called) gumming up slot loaded DVD players and if not super precisely positioned knock the mechanism out of balance or alignment resulting in skipping.
Also heard that these white printable surface DVD's smear easily.
I have a mid-range Epson photo printer that does not have the hardware to print on these and before investing in a new printer I would like to know about how these perform.
I have to make up some limited edition showreels (15 each of 3 different edits) for very specific clients and require a DIY, professional looking solution
Up to now I've been Sharpie marking normal DVD's and needless to say this is not the most professional look.
Any comments, suggestions?
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 02:01 PM

I got a Canon IP4200 to do this, it's not expensive but does a reasonable job. I haven't had any smearing on my printable DVDs, although I've had it on some card surfaces.
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Posted 19 April 2007 - 02:23 PM

I have been using them for a few years and they work well, no smearing. I used an epson stylus photo R200, it was $95 new. Its a little clunky but I've used it to print on hundreds of DVDs with good results.
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#4 Patrick Neary

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 02:53 PM

I second the epson r220, that's what I've been using for my reels, although it's probably been replaced by 15 new models.

Whatever you do, don't go near those horrible stick-on labels, they do fall off in the players!
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#5 Tim O'Connor

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 06:37 PM

I second the epson r220, that's what I've been using for my reels, although it's probably been replaced by 15 new models.

Whatever you do, don't go near those horrible stick-on labels, they do fall off in the players!


What do you folks recommend for programs for doing the artwork for DVD cases?

Any recomendations for DVD burners, for say running 25-50 copies of 5 to 15 minute
programs over a day or weekend?

Do you like the white surface Verbatim DVD-R DVDs?

Thanks.
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#6 Patrick Neary

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 07:11 PM

I just use the epson "print cd" that came with the printer. I think you might have to, because of their tray-feeder and all that. But you can craft the label in photoshop/freehand/whatever, and just bring it in as a jpg and position it as you like. very simple.
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#7 Gary Lemson

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Posted 19 April 2007 - 11:29 PM

I've used Epson R300 and Epson Print CD (with inkjet printable DVDs), and Memorex exPressit for the DVD cases. Epson works very well. Memorex exPressit software works well,too. However, the exPressit package comes with matte style paper.

Edited by Gary Lemson, 19 April 2007 - 11:30 PM.

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Posted 22 April 2007 - 12:56 PM

I'm using Epson R300, single disc printer with full white surface Verbatim DVD-Rs. Have been using this set up for about 2 years now and haven't had a single problem - great for short runs.

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