Storage Tip for Digital Photos and Videos: Archival Grade Gold DVDs

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By Alex Judge, Everpresent, (a MAM-A partner)

At EverPresent, our mission is to digitally convert and preserve the sights and sounds of the past. We have clients bring us treasured family memories that they are looking to secure in digital formats for both preservation and to make it easy to share with loved ones. Every day we scan beat up scrapbooks that have been in the family for generations, or transfer film reels that have spent 60 years in a box in an attic or basement. Each client brings in a unique family story to go along with their collection.

It’s a testament to the caring touch of our clients that these formats have made it through the years, and it underscores the importance of transferring these items to a digital format that will similarly stand the test of time, so that the converted digital copies can be passed along through generations, just as the originals have been. Too often we hear word from our clients who have had a hard drive crash or a DVD scratched beyond repair. These folks are skeptical of the durability of transferring over to digital formats, and rightfully so. While digitizing definitely makes these memories easy to share with loved ones in the moment, it’s equally important to ensure that digital files are stored in a durable way in order to pass the memories from generation to generation.

Why Gold DVDs Matter

This is why we offer true Archival quality Gold DVDs to our clients. These DVDs are actually created from 24 karat gold–thin layers prevent corrosion over time, compared to other silver discs. An additional hard coating renders the DVDs virtually impervious to inadvertent smudges and scratches. With the DVDs rated for more than 80 years, clients can be assured that their converted video tapes, slides, photos and film reels will be preserved long into the future. Another benefit to DVD storage in general is that the data can’t be changed or erased once we burn it to the DVD, which eliminates any accidental file deletion.

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Beyond offering Gold DVDs to clients looking to scan and preserve their treasured 35mm wedding negatives or transfer their 16mm film reels to a more secure digital format, Gold DVDs also play an integral part in the backup service we offer to our own clients. When folks want us to help them out with backing up their digital collections, we burn everything to a Gold DVD in addition to keeping it on our servers. This plays a dual role of keeping it safe as well as creating a separate record of the files in case anything happens with the first.

Archival grade Gold DVDs from MAM-A have created incredible value for our clients. Providing a high quality device is the perfect complement to our personalized service and attention to detail. It plays a huge role in our clients trusting us with their precious memories, and it’s a big relief to know that the memories will be safe long after they have been converted into digital formats.

Contact: Everpresent  http://everpresent.com/

Blu-ray Burning Software Review

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By Sean Peek

Blu-ray Discs are the best way to experience movies in your home. The picture quality and sound quality is superior to that of other video formats. This is due in part to the fact that Blu-rays have five times the storage capacity as DVDs do.

Blu-ray technology hit the world intent on revolution. It already has left HD DVD smoldering in the wake of the next-generation format war, and the 15-year reign of the DVD is currently under assault. Armed with high-density data storage that supports HD and 3D formats, the Blu-ray upheaval is poised to strike home videos next. If you have a high-definition camcorder, you will also need a Blu-ray burner and Blu-ray burning software to play those videos on your HDTV.

As televisions get wider, the playback of low-capacity DVDs will get blurrier. Only Blu-rays and Blu-ray burner software are prepared to cope with the increasing demand for high-definition videos. With upwards of 50GB of storage capacity, Blu-rays are perfect for backing up important data and burning Blu-ray movies. In addition, an industry standard scratch-resistant polymer coating makes them slightly more durable than DVDs and CDs.
Of all our Blu-ray burning software comparisons and reviews, the leading choices are Leawo Blu-ray Copy, Blue-Cloner and Leawo Blu-ray Creator. If you want to learn more check out our learning center for more articles on Blu-ray burning software.

Blu-ray Burning Software: What to Look For

Before you commit yourself to a Blu-ray burning software package, ask yourself what you want to do with it. There are many specialized options, and you don’t want to be stuck with something that doesn’t suit your needs.

Disc Options

Look for software that retains playback quality as close to the original as possible. If you are looking to copy your discs completely in their original form, look for Blu-ray writing software that creates an exact 1:1 copy of your disc. The best Blu-ray burning software gives you options to customize your copy, such as eliminating or retaining menus and bonus features. Look for software that can retain existing 3D effects from 3D Blu-ray discs.

Feature Set

Look for Blu-ray burning software that either retains existing disc menus or allows you to create customized menus for your burned discs. Exceptional software allows you to even copy 3D Blu-rays. If you have multiple files, look for software that can merge those files so that you can burn them all on one disc. Conversely, good burning software also allows you to split large chunks of information and burn that information on several different discs. It is helpful if Blu-ray writer software can compress the data to smaller discs such as DVDs. Look for software that supports multiple languages so that you have access to the software in your native language. If you have damaged discs, look for software that can retrieve data from corrupted discs. Lastly, if you want to export audio from one of your movies, some burning software allows you to extract audio tracks to burn onto a disc.
Ease of Use
The process of copying Blu-rays can be complicated and potentially confusing. Some software offers lots of options and settings to work with, which can become overwhelming. Look for Blu-ray burning software that is not only easy to install, but also comes with a clean and intuitive user interface. Drag-and-drop support and graphical buttons are desirable, as well as simple menus. Software that has a live preview option enables you to preview your selected options before burning a copy of your disc.
Decryption Power

If you plan to back up your personal Blu-ray collection, you will want an application capable of decrypting and ripping videos. This refers to how effectively Blu-ray burning software can remove the copy protection found on commercial Blu-rays. This is necessary in order to copy an encrypted Blu-ray disc. If the software hasn’t been updated in a while or lacks decryption capabilities, its usefulness is limited to copying non-commercial discs such as videos you record on your own.

Output Media
An important aspect of Blu-ray burning software is its ability to create Blu-ray discs. However, if the software can also burn files to DVDs and CDs, then you are not restricted to only using Blu-ray discs, which are more expensive. Another important feature is the ability to burn disk images. Images are virtual copies of a CD, DVD or Blu-ray Disc that serves as a template to burn physical copies quickly and cleanly. Look for software that will not only create these copies, but that can store them on your hard drive as well.

Help & Support
Blu-ray burning can be a confusing process so look for companies that offer technical support through at least a few methods. Look for a company that has online tutorials, either videos or step-by-step guides, to help you through the process. You should also look for a company that offers support via email or live chat in case you run into problems with the software.
If you are looking for a way to back up your movie collection or save important files, then Blu-ray burner software is an ideal way to store all of that information on high-density Blu-ray discs. The best software is easy to use, creates quality copies and has technical support available for when you need it.

At MAM-A Inc. We offer recordable media that is more reliable and longer lasting than any other recording media available today.

MAM-A Inc. is the optical media specialist. We provide the best high quality 24kt pure Gold archive grade recordable media which offers superior longevity.

Our exclusive online store offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest recordable media, including CD-R, DVD-R/+R, DVD+R DL, M-DISC, UDO & BD-R/RE.
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MAM-A Exceeds Expectations for Archival Storage of Critical Data

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MAM-A prides itself on the high, professional quality of our media and to make sure you have the best experiences with playback and archiving.

Our MAM gold CD-R is generally respected as being the best archive grade recordable media available. It works equally as well for images in any photo format, music, text or data — it’s all just zeros and ones to the CD or computer. We are very involved in the photo market and our media is in use in 80% of the photo developing labs that offer our gold media as the “digital negative” for their customers’ photos.

At MAM-A Inc. We offer recordable media that is more reliable and longer lasting than any other recording media available today.

MAM-A Inc. is the optical media specialist. We provide the best high quality 24kt pure Gold archive grade recordable media which offers superior longevity.

Our exclusive online store offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest recordable media, including CD-R, DVD-R/+R, DVD+R DL, M-DISC, UDO & BD-R/RE.
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Tips for De-cluttering Your CD and DVDs Collection.

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Source: Home Storage Solutions

Decluttering your CD and DVDs might be a challenge but most likely either be very easy and quick for you. For some, however it may be something that will take you a fair amount of time over the course of weeks to accomplish.

The reason for this is that I’ve found people are either huge collectors of music and/or movies, or they don’t own many discs at all. There doesn’t seem to be much in between.

In addition, this is not a challenge you can do on your own for your whole family. Instead, all family members need to be involved, at least in the decluttering stage, since no one wants their music or movies thrown out without their say so (no matter how much you may personally not like them!)

Once you’ve got everything gathered together the next step in the CD and DVD is to declutter your music and movie collections.

We seriously consider getting rid of anything we have not watched or listened to within the last year. You can either donate or sell your old CDs and DVDs, or pass them onto friends and family.

If you notice you have to declutter lots of these discs, you may also want to consider renting in the future, or buying digitally, instead of purchasing new discs, to keep from developing so much of this clutter.

Another idea is to use a streaming program, such as Netflix, to keep this clutter at bay in the future.

Organize CDs in your collection that you’re keeping.

There are many ways to organize your CDs, including:

* Alphabetically

* Genre

* Kid versus adult; or

* Mood (high energy, relaxing, etc.)

There is really no right way, but instead it depends on the size of your collection and what makes intuitive sense to you and other family members.

However you group them, on shelves or in drawers, you may find it handy to use tabs to help you find the groupings easily when you’re looking for a particular disc. For example, above you can see A-Z tabs which work on shelves for either CDs or DVDs which are alphabetized.

If you’ve got small kids who’ve got their own CDs, I would seriously suggest separating out their music into its own storage area or organizer. (The same goes with DVDs, which I’ll discuss more below).

The reason is kids can’t organize well by many of these categories when they’re younger (three year olds can’t generally alphabetize!) and your categories will quickly get messed up and you’ll get frustrated if you keep them all together.  For both CDs and DVDs, we keep the family friendly stuff down low, and the Mom and Dad old fogey music and movies up higher, out of reach.

When going about the process of organizing your CDs (and DVDs too) a fundamental question you need to ask yourself up front is whether you will keep them in their jewel cases or not, and if not, will you keep the jewel cases in storage or throw them away?

The answers to these questions will impact how much room is needed to house your collection, and also what types of storage solutions you’ll use in your home.

There are pros and cons to about any decision you make, and I’ll list some of them I’ve encountered so you can make an informed decision.
You can keep the liner notes, and list of songs, along with the cover art, all together easily.

The cases can protect the discs from scratches better than some other storage methods, especially if you’re rough on the discs as you transport them around.

There are good reason to get rid of jewel cases They take up quite a bit more room than just the disc itself, significantly increasing the amount of space needed to store your collection of music or movies.

If you keep the cases, but not with your CDs, you’ve still got to find a place to store them. If you throw away the jewel cases and then change your mind, or decide to sell or donate the disc, it will not have its original case and perhaps not all of the liner and other information contained in the original jewel case.

The final step in the CD and DVD Storage and Organization Challenge is to make sure you gather up in one safe location all of your family videos and DVDs, and other such keepsakes. These shouldn’t be scattered throughout the house in several storage locations, but instead should be kept all together.

For example, they don’t make video tapes anymore, so how much longer, if at all, will they be making VCRs? Once you’ve got everything gathered together take the time to label and date (with proximity if necessary) the collection and get it roughly in chronological order.

At MAM-A Inc. We offer recordable media that is more reliable and longer lasting than any other recording media available today.

MAM-A Inc. is the optical media specialist. We provide the best high quality 24kt pure Gold archive grade recordable media which offers superior longevity.

Our exclusive online store offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest recordable media, including CD-R, DVD-R/+R, DVD+R DL, M-DISC, UDO & BD-R/RE.

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3D Printing: What’s All The Fuss About?

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Source: The University of Nottingham’s Official Student Magazine
By:Joanne Blunt

3D printing seems to be the new ‘buzz’ word in science. In fact, much of the ground breaking research advancing this new technology is being done in Nottingham by the Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group.

How does it work?
3D printers break down a 3D model into thousands of horizontal layers. The printer head then builds up the object layer by layer fusing each one together. To make moving parts, the machine simply leaves gaps in the right places in each layer until the object is complete. The process could be compared to making a corkscrew out of a stack of paper, some glue and some scissors. If you cut each piece of paper to the exact shape needed and stacked them on top of each other you would have the correct shape. All you would need to do is stick them together.

Materials such as plastic, metal and even chocolate have been used in the printers. The materials are ejected in powder form and fused together using lasers. Alternatively, the material can be melted in the printer nozzle, then cools and solidifies once ejected. This method allows more than one material to be used at once which enables objects like hearing aids, which need metal circuits and a specifically shaped plastic casing, to be made in one process.

How useful is 3D printing?
Mass production is always going to be cheaper and quicker than 3D printing when it comes to making thousands of identical objects. However, 3D printing is incredibly useful for making unique objects which need a very specific shape, some of which cannot be made by regular manufacturing techniques. It also has the advantage of being portable. This means that very precise objects can be designed and manufactured in remote places.

The benefits of being able to print a correctly sized prosthetic limb for a child in the middle of Africa or a small mechanical part for a space craft on Mars are obvious. This technology also opens up manufacturing to the masses in the same way the 2D printer made the printing of newspapers and leaflets possible for everyone only a few decades ago.

At MAM-A Inc. We offer recordable media that is more reliable and longer lasting than any other recording media available today.

MAM-A Inc. is the optical media specialist. We provide the best high quality 24kt pure Gold archive grade recordable media which offers superior longevity.

Our exclusive online store offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest recordable media, including CD-R, DVD-R/+R, DVD+R DL, M-DISC, UDO & BD-R/RE.

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Digital Media Durability, Usage, Storage & Handling

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Our home movies, photo albums, letters, and paper documents are a vital link to the past. Personal information we create today has the same value. The only difference is that much of it is now digital.

Digital storage media have a limited life. This is why digital preservation requires active management, including regular migration of content from older storage devices to newer devices. The life of storage media are cut short by at least three factors:

1. Media durability
2. Media usage, storage and handling

How Long Will Digital Storage Media Last?

1. Media durability
Computer storage media devices vary in how long they last. The quality and construction of individual media items differ widely. The following estimates for media life are approximate; a specific item can easily last longer–or fail much sooner.

2. Media usage, storage and handling
People have a direct impact on the longevity of storage media:
The more often media are handled and used, the greater the chance they will fail; careful handling can extend media life, rough handling has the opposite effect. Stable and moderate temperature and humidity, along with protection from harmful elements (such as sun and salt) helps keep media alive.

Good-quality readers and other hardware media connections are beneficial; poor connections can kill media quickly.

Media that are not labeled or safely stored can be lost or accidentally thrown away.

Fires, floods and other disasters are very bad for media!

At MAM-A Inc. We offer recordable media that is more reliable and longer lasting than any other recording media available today.

MAM-A Inc. is the optical media specialist. We provide the best high quality 24kt pure Gold archive grade recordable media which offers superior longevity.

Our exclusive online store offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest recordable media, including CD-R, DVD-R/+R, DVD+R DL, M-DISC, UDO & BD-R/RE.

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MAM-A STORE RE-OPENS

Recent changes to the MAM-A-Store:

1. New lower prices.

2. Expanded quantity price breaks for most products.

3. Expanded product offerings, more surfaces and more package sizes.
4. New products.

Contact us with questions:

Online form –   We will contact you or reply within one business day to all inquiries. (Fastest method)

Phone  –  800-594-3591,  availabe 7am – 4pm Mountain Time, Monday thru Friday.

Email – Storeinfo@mam-a.com, We will reply within one business day to all inquiries.

MAM-A Inc. is the CD-R and DVD-R specialist in manufacturing. We produce the best high quality archive grade recordable media.

Our CD-R Media is manufactured in a state-of-the-art clean room environment.

MAM-A Gold discs use Mitsui Chemical’s patented dye and has a characteristic gold color. This combination of dye and pure gold provide superior longevity, high-speed writing and quality recording up to 52X.

Our exclusive online store offers customers a comprehensive selection of the latest recordable media.

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