Rimage White Paper
Disc Publishing vs. Disc Duplication
When most people think of making large quantities of discs, they think of the term ‘disc duplication’.
Disc duplication can be defined as recording large quantities of identical CD, DVD or Blu-ray discs from
one master disc. There are many products on the market that can perform disc duplication, and it is
quite likely you have the ability to duplicate a disc with the computer you are currently using. Disc
duplication provides an effective and efficient solution for the basic need to distribute a large amount of
the same information.
But what if you need to distribute a large amount of diverse information? For instance, your company
may want to supply marketing material to a wide array of clients, including a personalized message on
the disc to each recipient. Perhaps, you need to supply class materials to students, and you want to
embed a unique code in the disc content that tracks which students completed the material. This is
where disc publishing can provide the solution.
Disc publishing can be defined as making large quantities of unique CD, DVD or Blu-ray discs. Disc
publishing is a more robust form of disc duplication, allowing you to do more than simply make several
copies of the same content. Disc publishing allows you to customize each individual disc, opening up a
world of possibilities for your projects that include discs.
This white paper highlights the main customization features of disc publication.
Disc publishing’s customization features offer distinct advantages over traditional disc duplication
technology. Customization can be achieved in two distinct ways:
• On the disc surface
• In the content of the disc
Customization of the disc surface
The visible surface of each disc in a project can be customized with personalized information or artwork.
Even if the content on all the discs is the same, each disc can be visibly distinct from the next in the
batch. What is the benefit of customizing the disc surface? It saves you, the publisher, time and
resources. Rather than creating individual label files for every disc, the features behind disc publishing
enable you to automate unique label creation. When you use these features, which are similar to the
common mail merge, you only need to create and design the label once. Automation ensures that the
distinct information is included on each label. Unique label information may include:
• Recipients name and address for mailed discs
• Thumbnails of the digital photos included on the CD
• Barcodes with serial numbers
These are just a few examples. The possibilities for disc surface customization with disc publishing are
Customization of the disc content
The content recorded to a disc can be customized, allowing you to create numerous discs with
distinctive content at the same time. Rather than manually creating multiple data sets for a number of
discs, automation allows this task to be done in batches. As with disc surface customization, you only
need to set the parameters for the disc project once. After that, automation takes over, giving you more
time and energy to focus on the fundamental tasks of your business. Here are just a few examples of
what you can do when you use disc publishing to customize the content of your CD, DVD or Blu-ray
• Back up folders on a network location to a set of discs, making sure that each user’s folder is backed
up to his or her own disc
• Archive video content from a shoot, clearly listing each disc’s content on the label
• Record financial reports for individual accounts, ensuring each individual only receives the data from
his or her account
Whatever your content distribution needs may be, disc publishing can help.
Disc publishing has numerous advantages. Most importantly, it allows you to distinguish the external
and internal content of your discs swiftly and easily. The customization features behind disc publishing
not only allow you to store your data cleanly and systematically, they also ensure that you can distribute
information in a convenient and unique package. No matter which industry you are in, disc publishing
lets your professional disc projects go the extra mile.
Rimage disc publication systems are designed to make CD, DVD and Bly-ray publishing simple and
successful. Learn more about Rimage’s disc publishing solutions at www.rimage.com.