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Best way to print labels on DVDs

Discussion in 'DVDR' started by JustinATL, Jan 8, 2007.

  1. JustinATL

    JustinATL Member

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    Hello. I have about 300 VHS tapes I want to burn to DVDs. I have decided to go the route of a DVD/VHS combo box instead of burning the shows from my computer. (I will buy a Panasonic DMR-ES45VS machine.)

    Now I need to figure out a way to label the disks. I have been warned by many people to avoid putting paper labels on the disks like the plague! What should I do? Should I buy a printer? (I don't want to spend too much money on this.) The Epson R260 is an option, but I read several reviews saying that the ink is expensive and the cartriges don't last long. I read something about LightScribe technology. I could buy a DVD burner with this technology. I would put the disk in my computer and label it and THEN move it to the DVD/VHS combo to do the copying. However, I read that LightScribe requires special disks. Is this true? Can I use the Taiyo Yuden disks with this? (See link at bottom of this post to see what I'm talking about.)

    Thanks in advance for the help.

    Justin

    http://www.supermediastore.com/taiyo-yuden-dvd-r-media.html
     
  2. geburuh

    geburuh Regular member

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    I Have used paper labels for 3 years-they are still holding firm.
    Neato & Memorex
     
  3. LOCOENG

    LOCOENG Moderator Staff Member

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    I use an Epson R320 printer...buy printable blanks, they load into a tray and run through the printer, printing directly to the disc. Professional looking results.

    You can get the ink for the Epson online for around $20 for the set, so price isn't that big of a factor considering it is $60 for a certified set of carts.

    http://www.abacus24-7.com/Epson-Stylus-Photo-R300.htm
    http://www.rima.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=R&Category_Code=ENSPR200

    I have a lightscribe drive that I've used about 5 times and the output just can't beat the print on discs. While a neat concept, the technology won't be worth it until it can produce color copies. And as you mentioned, there is a special disc you have to buy to be able to burn the label onto the disc.

    I have some discs with paper labels...if they are handled frequently they can become ratty looking. I much prefer the print to disc DVD's, they have my vote.

    For covers, try here:

    http://www.cdcovers.cc
    http://covers.box.sk/

     

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