“CD/DVD Master” is the disc you provide to your us for replication or duplication of that media. Here are some helpful tips for creating a high quality master:
- Always use high quality media. All media is not the same. Do your
research and choose a brand that will produce a high quality disc
- Avoid burning from a network source. If your source files are
on a network drive, copy the files to your local hard drive before
burning a disc. If you cannot move the files to your local drive, please
use the “Copy To Hard Drive First” feature. Your burning software will
create a temporary image file during the burning process. When the burn
is complete, the temporary file is deleted.
- Avoid burning on a laptop computer running on battery power. Fluctuations in available power may yield poor results.
- Always “Finalize” your disc. If you use the drag and drop
interface that is built into some operating systems (Windows XP), be
sure to select “finalize disc”. This will increase the “read”
compatibility in other CD-ROM drives.
- Don’t use packet-writing method to burn master disc. This
method is most common with burner drives that have “re-write”
capabilities. It is similar to the “drag-and-drop” method described
above. This burn method produces discs that cannot be read on many CD-ROM drives. We cannot accept a master that is burned to a Re-Writable (CD-/+RW or DVD+RW) disc.
- Avoid impact or movement of the drive during burn. This can
cause the laser to skip or jump a track, which will produce errors or a
- Use “burn-proof” feature if available. This feature allows the
drive to slow down the burn speed in the event the computer cannot
supply data fast enough. This can increase the total burn time, but the
quality of the disc will be greater.
- Avoid having multiple applications open when burning,
especially those that access the internet or network. This can hinder
your computer’s ability to “feed” data to the burner drive at the proper
rate. Poor quality discs and burn rejects could be the result.
There are exceptions and variables to all the statements above. If
you have any questions regarding how to burn your master, please contact