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Hugh Bennett (hugh_bennett@compuserve.com), an EMedia contributing editor and columnist for Th CD Writer, is president of Forget Me Not Information Systems (www.forgetmenot.on.ca), a reseller, systems integrator, and industry consultant based in London, Ontario, Canada.

Articles By Hugh Bennett
Hugh Bennett | When working with Blu-ray, the need to enter into and comply with various license agreements differs depending upon the circumstance. Since most videographers and duplicators deal in single or (at most) a few hundred discs at a time, the author of EMedialive's Authoritative Blu-ray Disc (BD) FAQ will address licensing issues that pertain to situations where BD content is distributed on writable rather than pressed discs.
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Hugh Bennett | For similar money to Pioneer's BDR-101A, the PX-B900A offers more features including dual-layer BD-R/RE burning, superior blank media support, and CD reading and writing abilities, as well as a functional software suite. That said, it's still early in the game and BD recorders of all stripes need time to mature and reach an affordable price level to attract a larger audience. But Plextor has made a good start.
Posted 26 May 2007 By
Hugh Bennett | With high performance and 25GB-per-layer recording capacity, Blu-ray Disc (BD) promises a brave new world of storage and entertainment. Until now, all this has been so much talk, but BD devices and software are finally emerging, with Pioneer’s BDR-101A leading the pack.
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While not in the same league as its industrial PRV-LX1 cousin, Pioneer’s PRV-9200 ($1,025) is a tremendously useful tool in its own right. Its relative simplicity is welcome and its large built-in hard drive, high-speed DVD recorder, and rudimentary editing abilities are well-suited for all manner of work including budget projects, videotape and camcorder conversions, broadcast capture, and banging out quick proofs-of-concept and prototypes.
Posted 06 Jun 2005 / Eastman Software Positioning Paper [Sep 1999] Issue By
Hugh Bennett | The BravoPro is an affordable and painless in-house DVD production solution that yields professional results and gives you room to grow if your needs don’t immediately justify a system of its speed or capacity.
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Hugh Bennett|Pioneer's latest boasts 16X DVD±R, and is the first Pioneer recorder to offer DVD+R DL
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Hugh Bennett|Though groundbreaking in incorporating a fully functional disc labeler into a standard form-factor DVD recorder, LightScribe will not replace the usual suspects for serious commercial and decorative work.
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The straightforward Scribe EC SA allows copying, verifying, and printing at the touch of a few buttons, as well as audio compilations, simulating operation, executing alignment routines, displaying recorder information, and the like
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Hugh Bennett | Until Primera's Accent Disc Laminator ($3495) came along, desktop disc decoration had seen and done it all. The Accent raises the stakes for inkjet-printable label durability, appearance, and visual authentication. A specialized device best left for volume-batch production situations, the Accent introduces useful and innovative capabilities, and challenges the industry to take note.
Posted 16 Jul 2004 / January 1998 [Volume 7, Issue 1] Issue By
Hugh Bennett | After consumers have begun to make some sense out of writable DVD formats, along comes more confusion. Dual-layer recordable technology is promoted as a significant advance, but where does it fit in the real world?
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Hugh Bennett | From adhesive labels, inkjet printers, and overcoating systems to thermal transfer and re-transfer devices, there is now a desktop device to satisfy discerning tastes and handle most disc-labeling chores. High hopes rest with industry innovators Primera and Rimage and newcomers Epson, Hewlett-Packard, and Casio to advance the state of the art and reach new markets.
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Synopsis: With its well-balanced ratio of recorders to printers, excellent incremental scalability, the attractive redundancy of multiple optional autoloaders, versatile multiplatform control software, and its peerless DVD label output, the Protégé II is a genuine digital studio thoroughbred.
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With its lovable size, full range of features, integrated label printer, and competent operation—all at price to die for—Primera’s Bravo Disc Publisher sets a new standard for personal CD and DVD duplication, and may prove the ultimate digital studio peripheral. Anyone interested in desktop convenience should take a long hard look. While the jury is still out on whether or not the Bravo will be successful in attracting a wider audience—or merely steal sales from more expensive systems—there’s little doubt that it indeed suggests the shape of things to come.
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