Glossary

8cm disk

A compact disc measuring only 8 cm in diameter. With an approximate storage capacity of 198 MB, equalising roughly 21 min. 44 sec. of playtime, it is ideal for promotional purposes.

Catalogue number
A unique identity code you choose for your product. All components of the product must be labelled with this code to ensure proper handling of your order.

CD
Compact Disc: a 12cm disc used to store optical, machine-readable, digital data that can be accessed with a laser-based reader such as a CD player.

CD-Audio (CD-DA)
The audio compact disc is a media for storing digitally sampled audio – music records or spoken word.

CD-Extra

FCD Extra is a multisession CD format developed especially for interactive music CDs by Philips, Sony and Microsoft and is described in Blue Book specification. The first session contains audio tracks playable in any player and the second session contains data accessible to computers. The data session is required to use mode 2/XA.

CMYK
Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black (Key Color) are the process colours for 4 colour print (picture or offset print.

CD-Recordable (CD-R)
Recordable storage media.

CD-ROM

Compact Disc - Read Only Memory. Main features consist of the possibility of storing data by means of a compact data carrier, little weight, rapid free-selection access, a relatively cheap and quick possibility of duplication, a favourable price/performance ratio as well as simple and easy handling for the final customer.

CD-RW
Rewriteable compact disc allowing repeatedly to erase the disc and to store data in CD-RW-compatible recorders and CD-RW drives in computers.

CD-Text

The CD-Text feature enables CD-Players to display text information such as artist, title, track names ... etc. CD-Text can be stored on any compact disc containing audio tracks.

Disc menu

The main menu of a DVD-Video disc, from which titles are selected. Also called the system menu or title selection menu. Sometimes confusingly called the title menu, which more accurately refers to the menu within a title from which audio, sub-picture, chapters, and so forth can be selected.

DVD

An acronym for Digital Versatile Disc, is a popular optical disc storage media format. Its main uses are video and data storage. There are several DVD disc varieties: DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, DVD-R(+R) (recordable), DVD-RW(+RW) (erasable and rewriteable), DVD-RAM (writable).

DVD-5
A single-sided single-layer DVD capable of holding 4.7 GB of data.

DVD-9

Single-sided, dual-layer DVD holding 8.5 GB of data. This unique format allows both moulded DVD data halves to be read from the same side of the disc by using a clear bonding agent, a semi-reflective metal layer on the first data disc and by adjusting the focus point of the player to read two layers.

DVD-10
Double-sided, single-layer DVD capable of holding 9.4 GB of data.

DVD Authoring

The process of taking data assets such as video, audio, text, data and combining them into a DVD-Video compliant disc image. The inputs to this process might consist of compressed video files in MPEG-2, compressed audio files in AC-3 and subtitles as bitmap images; the output or end result of the authoring process would typically be a DLT tape with DDP files describing the DVD-Video disc or files with DVD-Video disc image or the DVD-Video disc.

DVD-R
Recordable media to store data or create an individual DVD-Video with a DVD-R Recorder or in a computer with DVD-RW drive.

DVD-ROM
A DVD disc conforming to the DVD File system and specification but not to the DVD-Video or DVD-Audio specified application layer.

DVD-Video (DVD-V)

DVD-Video is a standard for storing video content on DVD media. DVD-Video also supports features like menus, selectable subtitles, multiple camera angles, multiple audio tracks, surround sound etc.

Enhanced CD (ECD, E-CD)
The term “Enhanced CD” is used for various CD technologies that combine audio tracks and computer data. Enhanced CDs are most often produced as Multisession CDs with audio tracks in first session, so the disc is playable in any player without problems, and computer data in CD-ROM format in second session.

Glass mastering
Creating of original carrier for stamper production. Input data from the master modulates a laser beam recorder, which writes to the photoresist layer coated on a glass disk.

Master
VThe term “master” is used for input data or carrier in the format, which is directly usable for the production by pressing without necessity of carrying out any changes or adjustments, e.g. CD-Audio master, DLT-tapes with DDP files, NRG or ISO images, DVDs, ...

Optical storage media
Any data carrier read by a laser.

Offset Print
Print technology where the viscose printing colour is carried from a flat printing block (such as a cylinder stringed with a durex) on the disc. Print resolutions of up to 200 lpi are possible.

Pantone Colours (PMS)
Pantone, a company trademark utilizing a system to mix ink colour to create a library of new colours. Pantone colours are normally used for screenprinting.

Screenprinting
A printmaking technology in which stencils are applied to a screen in a way that when ink is applied it is prevented from passing through the parts of the screen while penetrating the rest of the screen, thereby printing an image on the disc placed underneath. The screen is stretched across a frame and attached to a base in such a manner that it can readily move up and down, so that the disc can be easily placed and removed as required Ink is forced with a squeegee through the unblocked portions of the screen onto the surface beneath.

Varnish
Print surface finish for either label print or paper parts, e.g. gloss or matt.

White Base (Full Base)
White undercoat ensuring colour compliancy of the print on both aluminium and non-aluminium surfaces of the disc (outer and inner ring).