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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Producing Attractive Self-Published DVD Media

As I've mentioned before, I find myself experimenting with digital video media more and more, as I discover new ways to use this communication format for multimedia storytelling.

Having started my video editing learning experience with Windows Movie Maker, I've tried a variety of other Non-Linear Editing (NLE) system software, and tinkered with a couple of DVD authoring systems as well.

Most of my creations resulted in online uploads to Youtube, and other Web-based video sharing sites. Being a low-budget self-publisher of video content, my prior efforts to create and duplicate limited numbers of DVDs resulted in unattractive hand-written scribbles on the usual bland silver surface DVD-R discs.

Granted, there are solutions to this problem that include laser engraving the surface of specially designed DVDs, color printing directly onto special matt- or silk-finish discs, or laser printing on adhesive white labels that can be applied to discs.

My preferred choice for quickly producing cost-effective limited quantity DVD projects, is to use pre-colored LightScribe discs or pre-printed designer surface discs.

I've experimented with Verbatim brand discs with excellent results. Their color background DVD-R LightScribe discs -- available in five attractive colors -- are a good choice.

If you're like me, and you have fond memories of the cinema era, then you will really appreciate Verbatim's very unique DigitalMovie DVD media that features a film reel design on the top surface.

The DigitalMovie DVD-R discs offer the best combination of alternatives -- attractive professional design and the convenience of being able to quickly create custom hand-written titles directly on the disc.

Staying with that retro media theme, Verbatim also offers their nostalgic Digital Vinyl CD-R media, designed to look like the 45-rpm single record from a bygone era of the music recording industry.

Armed with these distinctive-looking digital media disc alternatives, and a little creative talent on your part, your next multimedia project -- for business or personal use -- should be an eye-catching contrast to the more typical bland results.