Data submission requirements

To execute your orders smoothly and on time, it is very important to receive the correct and high quality initial material. CD, DVD, Blu-ray (BD) material must comply with data submission requirements and recommendations specified below.

Different CD, DVD, BD formats require different material submission requirements.

You can submit CD, DVD, BD data in two different ways – on a physical CD-R/DVD-R/BD-R storage media or to upload to our FTP server.

1. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

These general data submission requirements introduce the customer to the acceptable data submission fundamentals and requirements.

Each customer must read this material before placing the order. If you are dealing with the specifications which are not mentioned in these requirements, please contact and inform your Client Service manager.

First, make sure your material is prepared properly, without any computer or programming errors (e.g., CD-Audio – without any extraneous sounds, noises, etc.).
Provide at least two identical CD, DVD, BD master disk copies. By using the professional testing equipment we will choose the best quality master which will be used to produce a stamper.

Before a stamper is made only the technical parameters of the medium presented by the customer is checked. It means that we check the correspondence of the given format to the one specified in the order and if it is possible to read it and properly move it to the production system.

If the parameters correspond to the allowed norms, the information is “copied” from the given medium at ratio 1:1, i.e., we do not make any changes neither before nor during the production process, therefore the data given by the customer remains the same. Having made the first print, the data content is checked comparing it with the given medium. We do not use or damage data: we do not change data before manufacturing or later.


WE WARN that the content of presented data is never checked or valuated; this means that the medium is not played on any compatible player (e.g. functioning of menu system present on visual DVD is not visually checked, audio records are not listened, continuous memory compacted discs (CD-ROM) are neither played nor installed into a computer, therefore their operations are neither observed nor controlled). We do not use and derange the given data: we do not change them neither before the production process, nor after it. If the material does not comply with these requirements, we do not take the responsibility for discs quality.


Requirements for CD, DVD, BD data submission using physical media

We accept the material in these formats: DLT, DVD-VIDEO, DVD-AUDIO, DVD-ROM, BD-VIDEO, BD-ROM, CD-AUDIO, CD-VIDEO, CD-EXTRA, CD-ROM, HDD, FLASH.


Notice:

  1. In exceptional cases we can accept the information from hard discs (HDD) or USB key (FLASH). Each information layer has to be placed in separate folders and format has to be DDP 2.00, DDP 2.10, NRG or ISO image.

  2. The data have to be without any copy protection programs like CSS.


FTP use recommendations and requirements for transferred disk images

FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server is designed for direct data exchange via the Internet. Using our FTP server, you can send us your material by saving time and delivery costs.

In order to manage the process smoothly we recommend to follow certain working principles and requirements:

  • The completely prepared material by customer is the disk image (ISO, NRG or DDP 2.0), which can be sent via the Internet or recorded and presented as a physical medium, or a COMPLETELY prepared physical disk (DVD-AUDIO, DVD-VIDEO, DVD-ROM, CD-AUDIO, CD-VIDEO, CD-EXTRA, CD-ROM), where nothing can be changed, corrected or evaluated and is due for replication at 1:1. Only the material prepared as described above is accepted for mastering and stamper production. Individual computer files are not acceptable for mastering and stamper production, they are not sent or processed in any way, not converted and replaced or rerecorded in any media.

  • Individual computer files can be acceptable ONLY for programming works, i.e. pre-mastering/authoring.

  • Use Microsoft Windows operation system. If you use MAC OS, the disc images shall be converted into the format understandable and accessible by programs used in Microsoft Windows system.

  • When transferring the data, do not use standard internet browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or similar, just copying your data.

  • For data transfer we recommend to use client type’s FTP programs, such as FILEZILLA, Core FTP, etc., or browsers which have the inner FTP client, e.g. Mozilla, and are able to restore the data transfer in case of interruption from the same place instead of sending it again without saving what has been sent already.

  • It is recommended to archive huge files (from 1 GB) ISO, NRG or DDP image (or other) into a multi-volume archive (*.rar, *.zip) dividing it into a number of small parts (e.g. 100 Mb each) in order to ensure the image data is not deviated or lost in any manner when sending it via Internet. If you do not have an archiving program, or your program cannot create a multi-volume archive, please contact our experts by email it@bod.lt.

  • Cyrillic and symbols are forbidden in the names of files to be sent: ! ?+`~#-.'"()[]&><^%=

  • Diacritic marks are forbidden in the names of the files to be sent. (Diacritic marks are various marks written over or under letters and changing the meanings of some letters (Encyclopedia of the Lithuanian language, 1999)) E.g.: ą č ę ė š ų ū Ä ï ê ĉ ā ć ĩ ģ ļ ķ ǘ ǽ ë


It is MANDATORY to indicate a format (-s) of your project to your Client Service manager by e-mail, (e.g. DVD-VIDEO, DVD-AUDIO, DVD-ROM, CD-AUDIO, CD-VIDEO, CD-EXTRA, CD-ROM), or the type of the disc image of the data format (e.g. DDP, NRG, ISO), as well as its exact name (-s), size and the place (-es) on the server.


Uploading the data to FTP server

  • Make sure that the speed of your internet channel is at least 2 Mb/ps. The optimal duration of data transfer will depend on the speed of your internet.

    1. The speed of our FTP channel is 80/80 Mbps.
    2. The speed of mastering FTP channel is 80/80 Mbp/s 1:1.

  • Mastering FTP server Upload address is ftp://82.135.147.75.

  • FTP account name & passwords are created individually. In order to get the FTP access, please contact your Client Service manager.


NOTICE. To check the disc image we must receive MD5 check sum which has to be put together with disc image on our FTP server.

Our IT and programing specialists will advise you on all technical issues related to data submission requirements, optical media, formats, software, etc.


If you have any questions, please contact us:

Tel. +370 5 2638742, Mob. +370 687 16016, +370 620 39227, +370 616 89250. E-mail: studija@bod.lt.

2. CD DATA SUBMISSION

A completely prepared material by customer is considered to be:

  • Disc image (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_image) (DDP 2.0, .NRG), which may be uploaded via internet (FTP server) or sent as physical medium (CD-R);

  • Physical disc (CD-AUDIO, CD-ROM, CD-EXTRA, CD-VIDEO) completely finished for manufacturing where anything cannot be changed or valuated and which will be used for pressing in ratio 1:1.


Preparation of CD master

  • Use CD-R discs forthe material.

  • Make a record at the slowest possible speed (speed recommended 4x, 8x).

  • Do not use CD RW (rewritable) discs.

  • Use a special pen for making notes on CD.

  • Do not stick ANY stickers or labels on the disc.

  • CD-R masters are not accepted if they are mechanically scratched or damaged in any other way (scratches on any side of the disc, damaged metal cover, finger prints on the surface, dust, fat, or other dirt on the disc, discs were merged with liquids, deformed, were left on direct sunlight or in cold, etc.).

  • Masters have to be provided into original packages. We do not recommend to use paper or plastic wallets, other bags.

  • Use reliable optical media (e.g. VERBATIM, TDK, SONY, PHILLIPS).

  • It is obligated to provide at least 2 identical copies of master, confirmed with a customer’s signature on the disc.

  • CD, DVD, Blu-ray masters cannot be protected with any data protecting programmes (e.g. CSS or other).


Requirements for CD disc images to be sent by FTP

Accepted and used for production disc images are: DDP 2.0, NRG, ISO.

  • CD-Audio – recommended disc image – DDP 2.0, .BIN/.CUE.

  • CD-Extra – recommended disc image – DDP 2.0, .BIN/.CUE.

  • CD-ROM – recommended disc image – ISO, NRG, DDP 2.0.

Attention!

  • When sending disc image or physical master which are CD-Audio or CD-Extra, it is obligated to indicate the number and general duration of sound tracks which are into disc image or physical master.
  • All disc images must be uploaded together with the same name MD5 Checksum files which allow checking the integrity of the image and to verify if any data was not lost during the transfer process, and if this is the same file which has to be used for production. MD5 generator can be found here http://www.winmd5.com/

     

Programmes recommended for disc image creation:

  • Gear Pro Mastering edition

  • ImgBurn (http://www.imgburn.com/)

  • Nero (recommended only in extraordinary cases and not lower than 9 edition)

If you are using other programmes, you should inform about this your Project Manager or consult with our IT specialists. Otherwise we are not taking responsibility of your disc quality.


Notice:

  1. CD masters cannot be protected with any data protecting programmes (e.g. CSS or other).

  2. Master discs and stampers are kept in our factory and are not given back to a customer or to the third parties in any conditions.

3. DVD DATA SUBMISSION

A completely prepared material by customer is considered to be:

  • Disc image (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_image) (DDP 2.0, .ISO), which may be uploaded via internet (FTP server) or sent as physical medium (DVD-R);
  • Physical disc (DVD-VIDEO, DVD-ROM) completely finished for manufacturing where anything cannot be changed or valuated and which will be used for pressing in ratio 1:1.


Preparation of DVD master

  • Use DVD+/-R disks as a recording media (single-layers for DVD 5, DVD 10 and 2 single-layers for individual DVD 9 layers, or 1 dual-layer).

  • Make a record at a lowest possible speed (speed recommended 4x; 8x).do not use DVD RW (rewritable) discs.

  • Do not stick any stickers on DVD.

  • DVD-R masters are not accepted if they are mechanically scratched or damaged in any other way (scratches on any side of the disc, damaged metal cover, finger prints on the surface, dust, fat, or other dirt on the disc, discs were merged with liquids, deformed, were left on direct sunlight or in cold, etc.).

  • Masters have to be provided into original packages. We do not recommend to use paper or plastic wallets, other bags.

  • Use reliable optical media (e.g. VERBATIM, TDK, SONY, PHILLIPS).

  • It is obligated to provide at least 2 identical copies of master, confirmed with a customer’s signature on the disc.

  • CD, DVD, Blu-ray masters cannot be protected with any data protecting programmes (e.g. CSS or other).


Requirements for DVD disc images to be sent by FTP

Accepted and used for DVD production disc images are: DDP 2.0, DDP 2.10, ISO.

DVD-5 disc image may be: ISO or DDP 2.00

DVD-9 disc images: 0 layer – separate ISO or DDP 2.00; 1 layer – separate ISO or DDP 2.00

DVD-10 requires the disc images of two DVD-5.


Programmes recommended for disc image creation:

  • Gear Pro Mastering edition

  • ImgBurn (http://www.imgburn.com/)

  • Nero (recommended only in extraordinary cases and not lower than 9 edition)


Different DVD types are submitted differently:

DVD-5 and DVD-10

  • Single layer DVD-R, DVD+R is required for DVD-5 production.

  • Two single layer masters are required for DVD-10 production.

  • DLT tape. DLT tapes are compatible with DLT 8000 disc drive and SDLT 320, e.g. DLT Tape III; DLT Tape IIXT or DLT Tape IV; or SDLT Tape I (the data of each layer must be recorded into separate DLT tapes; the record must be in DDP 2.00, DDP 2.10 or CMF format).

DVD-9 and 8 cm DVD

  • Two single layer discs or one double-layer (DL-double layer) masters are required for DVD-9 production. They can be recorded into DVD-R DL, DVD+R DL DVD-R, DVD+R.

  • DLT tape. DLT tapes are compatible with DLT 8000 disc drive and SDLT 320, e.g. DLT Tape III; DLT Tape IIXT or DLT Tape IV; or SDLT Tape I (the data of each layer must be recorded into separate DLT tapes; the record must be in DDP 2.00, DDP 2.10 or CMF format).

If you are using other programmes, you should inform about this your Project Manager or consult with our IT specialists. Otherwise we are not taking responsibility of your disc quality.


Notice:

  1. DVD masters cannot be protected with any data protecting programmes (e.g. CSS or other).

  2. Master discs and stampers are kept in our factory and are not given back to a customer or to the third parties in any conditions.

  3. All disc images must be uploaded together with the same name MD5 Checksum files which allow checking the integrity of the image and to verify if any data was not lost during the transfer process, and if this is the same file which has to be used for production. MD5 generator can be found here http://www.winmd5.com/

4. BLU-RAY DATA SUBMISSION

A completely prepared material by customer is considered to be:

  • Disc image (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_image) (BDCMF type A;)

  • Physical disc (BD-ROM, BD-VIDEO) completely finished for manufacturing where anything cannot be changed or valuated and which will be used for pressing in ratio 1:1.


Preparation of Blu-ray master

  • Use BD-R disks as a recording media (single-layers for BD25, double layers – for BD50).

  • Make a record at a lowest possible speed.

  • Do not use BD-RE (rewritable) discs.

  • Do not stick any stickers on Blu-ray discs.

  • BD and BD-R masters are not accepted if they are mechanically scratched or damaged in any other way (scratches on any side of the disc, damaged metal cover, finger prints on the surface, dust, fat, or other dirt on the disc, discs were merged with liquids, deformed, were left on direct sunlight or in cold, etc.).

  • Masters have to be provided into original packages. We do not recommend using paper or plastic wallets, other bags.

  • Use reliable optical media (e.g. VERBATIM).

  • It is obligated to provide at least 2 identical copies of master, confirmed with a customer’s signature on the disc.

  • Blu-ray masters cannot be protected with any data protecting programmes.


Comments and Recommendations

  • We can process data from the hard disk drive (HDD), which can be connected via USB or FireWire IEEE 1394 (each layer of data must be stored in separate directories, and the format must be BDCMF type A, ISO image or BD catalogue which contains catalogues BDMV and CERTIFICATE). Disc or images must not be protected by any protections (AACS). AACS protection is implanted separately preparing the material in mastering for further matrix production.

  • Submitted data media (except HDD), as well as the matrix produced from these media, are stored in the factory and are not refunded to the client nor transferred under any circumstances.


Requirements for BD disc images to be sent by FTP

Accepted and used for BD production disc images are: BDCMF Image Type A.


Programmes recommended for disc image creation:

  • Gear Pro Mastering edition

  • ImgBurn (http://www.imgburn.com/)

  • BD-25-50 disc image has to be sent as BDCMF Image Type A format. Also it can be sent as *.iso image, or archived to multi-volume Blu-ray disc catalogue that contains the directories BDMV and CERTIFICATE.

  • It is recommended to archive the disc images (ISO, BDCMF Type A images or Blu-ray catalogue with the directions BDMV and CERTIFICATE) into multi-volume archive (*.rar, *.zip) by dividing it into many small parts (e.g. each of 100 Mb), in order to remain the data not distorted or lost while sending it via internet. If you do not have an archiving programme or are not able to create a multi-volume archive, please contact our specialists.

  • The final completely prepared for replication disc image is considered to be only BDCMF Image Type A or type C (with AACS keys, implanting of keys is paid). All other disc images (ISO, IMG, etc.), also physical Blu-ray discs or archived catalogues (with directions BDMV and CERTIFICATE) are not final, but are appropriate for BDCMF preparation. For additional fee they are converted into BDCMF format.

  • BD masters cannot be protected with any data protecting programmes (e.g. CSS, AACS, etc.).

If you are using other programmes, you should inform about this your Project Manager or consult with our IT specialists. Otherwise we are not taking responsibility of your disc quality.


Notice:

  1. BD masters cannot be protected with any data protecting programmes (e.g. CSS, AACS, etc.).

  2. Submitted data media (except HDD and FLASH), as well as stampers are kept in our factory and are not refunded to a customer or to the third parties in any conditions.

* - All other disc images, (ISO, IMG, etc.), as well as physical Blu-ray discs, or archived and uploaded Blu-ray catalogues (which contains catalogues „BDMV“ and „CERTIFICATE“ are not considered to be as final, but they are appropriate for BDCMF preparation. If the customer is not able to prepare the final BDCMF file, we are converting it for additional fee. This file can be recorded into physical media or uploaded to FTP server.

3. DESIGN DATA SUBMISSION

The layout of colours must be CMYK colours scales.

CMYK colours are being supported only by professional graphic programs, so printed CMYK image may not match RGB image visible on your monitor.


Acceptable formats:

PDF 1.4, PDFX1a, PDFX3 versions.


Requirements:

Centre layout with no smaller than 2 mm overhang (Bleeds) and cutting stamps (crop marks);

Layout objects (characters, logos, texts) must be submitted the vector;

Font size may not be less than 5 points;

All fonts must be outlined; 


Colours are prepared only in CMYK, Grayscale or Pantone colour system (not RGB). Pictures release should be at least 300 dpi resolution;

Use only our submitted templates M1: 1, 300dpi.

Critical elements (text, logo) do not put closer than 2-3 mm from the publication trimming edges, because for cutting edge tolerances an important located objects may be cut off.


Attention: shades, colours are different on white base and metallisation.


You can prepare the artwork by yourself or the preparation of all design work by yourself, or entrust our designers to arrange it for you.