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Take cost into account when picking a service bureau, but keep in mind that you often get what you pay for. It may be worth paying extra to fnd a technically savvy reseller that will ask the right questions, hold your hand as needed, and make sure that your project turns out right. Professional Duplicating Working with Replicators When submitting a work order, be very specifc. Unless you specify Amray cases (the Blockbuster-style cases, with a little plastic hub that holds the center of the DVD) and cigarette-stripped shrink wrap (standard clear plastic wrapping, so named because you pull a strip to open it, just as on a pack of cigarettes), you may end up with DVDs shoved into CD jewel cases. Sit down with your salesperson and go through all the options, from packaging to turnaround time. Complex packaging takes more time and costs more. Consider ordering your discs in bulk paper sleeves or "slimline" cases (the most basic DVD delivery cases), without printing on them, to save on costs and time. To save even more money, you may be able to set up a deal where you pay to replicate 1,000 discs but package only 200 of them. up To speeD Making DVDs Last Your homemade DVDs (which are "burned" using dyes) probably won't last the 100 years expected of commercial DVDs (which are etched with lasers). But don't get too depressed by the occasional article about homemade DVDs "going bad" in a matter of months. Most cases of "DVD rot" come down to one of two things: problems created during manufacturing or poor handling by their owners. There's not much you can do about manufacturing errors, apart from buying name-brand blank DVDs. As for handling, these tips should ensure that your recordable DVDs will last for years: Store your discs in a cool, dry place. DVD-Rs are sensi- tive to both temperature and humidity. In an ideal world, DVDs would love to live in a cupboard that's 68 degrees Fahrenheit with 30 to 50 percent humidity. In the real world, room temperature is fne as long as temperature swings aren't a fact of life. Recordable DVD's hate large changes in humidity, too. Keep your discs out of the light. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light degrades the organic dyes in the recordable layer, possibly making the data on your discs unreadable. Regular light may also hurt your discs, primarily through heat. Don't fex your discs. With their laminated polycarbonate layers, recordable DVDs are very sensitive to of bending or fexing. In fact, the quickest way to destroy your disc is to bend it. So don't. Store your discs in soft envelopes or in cases where you pinch a center hub to release the DVD. Don't store them in CD jewel boxes that have a snap-on hub. Hold discs by the edges. Fingerprints, scratches, and dust on the disc surface interfere with a laser's ability to read data. DVDs are much more sensitive than CDs in this regard, because the data is crammed together so much more tightly. Don't stick on labels. Adhesive labels throw off the disc's balance--and might even ruin your drive when the heat makes the glue melt. Instead, use a CD-safe marker to write on your DVD-Rs. chapter18:idvdsecrets 453