Printable DVD's

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Morrmar, May 3, 2004.

  1. Morrmar

    Morrmar Guest

    I've been researching a printer that can print to dvd/cd's for a couple
    of months and finally made the plunge. I couldn't be more satisfied.
    Based on a post a month or so ago from Mark/Mary Ann, I got a Epson
    R200. It's a basic photo printer with the capability to print directly
    to disks. The output if simply phenomenal. The real kicker is I only
    paid $75 USD for it at Staples after using a coupon. It uses the same
    print engine as Epson's higher dollar printers but without the LED and
    memory card slot, it's a _whole_ lot cheaper.

    I had previously made a DVD in Premier for my daughter with lots of
    photos and video clips so I got one of her baby pictures and printed it
    on the DVD with a title. While you can tell it's not a commercial
    silk-screen print, it still looks _very_ professional. For everyone who
    refuses to use a paper label and uses a Sharpie instead, this is a must
    have accessory.

    And it also prints 8X10 prints from my digital camera that are truly
    indistinguishable from what you get from Eckerd/Wal-Mart. Time to give
    my old HP 722c to the kids. <vbg>
    Morrmar, May 3, 2004
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    PTRAVEL Guest

    What brand of printable DVD are you using? I've been tempted to go the R200
    routes myself (though I wish I had seen that coupon), but the only printable
    DVDs I can find here in San Francisco are Memorex, of which I'm not
    particularly fond, and they're only available in quanties of 100 for around
    PTRAVEL, May 3, 2004
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  3. Morrmar

    Morrmar Guest

    What brand of printable DVD are you using? I've been tempted to go
    the R200
    $0.65 a disk here:

    These are printable all the way to the hub as well.

    Outstanding ratings for the merchant here:
    Morrmar, May 4, 2004
  4. Morrmar

    PTRAVEL Guest

    PTRAVEL, May 4, 2004
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    Frank Guest

    It's a basic photo printer with the capability to print directly
    do you print to labels?
    Frank, May 4, 2004
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    Will Dormann Guest

    Thanks for the recommendation. I see an R200 in my future, especially
    if my 750 kicks the bucket. (Or hell, maybe next time it runs out of ink!)

    Does the R200 come with full ink tanks or just "trial" versions?

    Will Dormann, May 4, 2004
  7. Morrmar

    Morrmar Guest

    do you print to labels?

    No, directly on the disk itself.
    Morrmar, May 4, 2004
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    Commentator Guest

    Are there "special" disks required, or will they print, for example, to a
    Ritek white top?
    Commentator, May 4, 2004
  9. Spindle of 100 Memorex Printable DVD+R or DVD-R currently
    at CompUSA for $99. I just bought my second spindle. I'm burning
    with Adobe Encore and Sony DW-U10A and not a single "coaster"
    yet. Labeling with my Epson R300 and loving it. They (third parties)
    seem to be still working out the bugs on re-filling the (expensive)
    ink cartridges.

    I've gone into small-scale production of disks of this content...
    (I shot the stuff and also put the WMVs online).

    OTOH, I got a spindle of printable Ritek CD-R disks and have yet
    to sucessfully burn even ONE with the Sony drive(s). Got a short
    stack of Memorex printable CDRs (when I got the printable DVD+Rs)
    to see if they will work.
    Richard Crowley, May 4, 2004
  10. Morrmar

    PTRAVEL Guest

    Wow! I was just at CompuUSA a few days ago, and the spindle was around
    $170 -- I don't remember the exact price.

    Okay, you've convinced me to gamble. I'll hit CompUSA tomorrow and pick up
    an R200 and a spindle of the Memorex disks.

    PTRAVEL, May 4, 2004
  11. Good luck finding an R200. I waited months for my R300.
    But maybe they have the production hitches worked out now.

    By the time you print the disk and the full-page wrap-around
    cover for the Amaray DVD case, the ink costs ~50 cents each
    (at least by my rough estimate so far).

    I'd be interested in your impression of the video on copyright
    at the URL above. Pretty basic stuff.
    Richard Crowley, May 4, 2004
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    Steve Guest

    Well, this weekend I installed my R200.

    Did a trial print onto a dud printable CD, was OK, tho I only selected
    photo, not 'best photo'.

    Ok, lets print to that white top DVD I just did...

    Looks crap!! WTF ??

    Eh up lad, ink just wipes off clean. Hmmm.
    Try another sort, ditto.

    So beware !!

    I have 75 DVD's I can't print onto. Bugger.

    So, anyone recommend decent (and cheap) printable DVD's in the UK ???
    Steve, May 4, 2004
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    Morrmar Guest

    Are there "special" disks required, or will they print, for example,
    to a
    They need to be labeled ink jet printable.
    Morrmar, May 4, 2004
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    Axel VK Guest

    Does anyone know what the diff is between an Epson R200 and Epson 900?
    I bought a 900 while I was in Singapore (they get all the latest stuff
    before anyone else) and the output on the CD's/DVD's is great!
    Axel VK, May 4, 2004
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    John H Guest

    I don't understand this thread. The Epson R310 (presumably the
    Australian equivalent of the R300) is currently on sale in Melbourne,
    Australia, and I was interested in buying one. But I wanted to see
    printable DVDs in stock, before doing so. I was told that they will
    never come into stock because of the fear that they would be used for
    the production of illegal copies of movies. That seems to be a sales
    guy's nonsense in view of the comments in this thread, which seem to
    suggest that printable DVDs are readily available in the US.

    John H, May 4, 2004
  16. "John H" wrote ...
    Printable DVDs *are* readily available in the US. Both in
    local shops (likely in larger communities) and to anyone via

    The R300 was in extremely limited supply for several months
    after introduction reputedly because of "production problems"
    Rumor that they had supply problems with the LCD display or
    Richard Crowley, May 4, 2004
  17. 2 basic differences I can think of is 1.)separate ink cart for each color
    2.)5760x1440 print rez. Biggest piece of paper is I believe 8x11.
    Corrections and additions to this are welcomed.

    Mike Skuczas
    Michael Skuczas, May 4, 2004
  18. "Decent...........Cheap"? surely a contradiction in terms. Even
    "Decent...........Low Cost" is stretching the imagination! Everyone knows
    the truism about getting what you pay for.

    I personally use Verbatim INKJET-PRINTABLE disks which are not necessarily
    the cheapest per unit but then you shouldn't have to throw any away. They
    are generally considered the best from all points of view and ALL my disks
    look great 'though I do have the top Epson printer. If the results look
    crap then you may have a lousy printer (Epson....unlikely), a faulty
    printer, lousy inks (don't use cheap and nasty, especially with an Epson) or
    incorrect drivers/set-up and if you want it best photo, choose best photo.

    As for wiping them clean the book says they should be left untouched for 24
    hours to dry fully 'though I find they can be gently handled without
    smearing after quite a short time BUT only when using the proper inks on a
    decent surface.
    Maurice Fleisher, May 4, 2004
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    PJB Guest

    not only readily available in the US, but all over Europe

    PJB, May 4, 2004
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    Will Dormann Guest

    "Letter" paper size is 8 1/2 x 11, and the R200 supports it according to
    the specs.

    Will Dormann, May 5, 2004
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