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By Andrew Shapiro

One of the things both our industrial clients and our entertainment clients have in common is an increase in the amount of content they need to send abroad. Establishing a foothold for your business in an international market or making sure your latest nature special gains as much revenue as possible form the European market are both excellent reasons to consider producing replication runs for overseas consumers. The only down side, in fact, is the confusing array of standards and compatibility issues that can arise when leaving the USA. Lets take a look at the major considerations in some depth: Read more →

By Andrew Shapiro

In the past few weeks we’ve discussed DVD Video, Blue-Ray and CD or DVD-ROM. I realized recently how long it’s been since I have discussed, at length, the audio CD format with a client. I’m also willing to bet it’s been some time since you have actually considered the audio CD and what its advantages and disadvantages are, or at the very least, what else it can do besides play audio. Read more →

By Andrew Shapiro

DVD, CD-Rom, Audio CD, even web-based delivery; we’ve never had so many options to deliver high quality audio – visual information to our clients and consumers. It can sometimes be a bewildering process to choose between formats. In other cases people begin the conceptualization of a project only to realize, halfway through, that the medium they had in mind does not compliment the requirements of the project at hand. Read more →

By Andrew Shapiro

The high definition format wars have been over for more than a year now and those of us in the production and replication industries can finally breathe a sigh of relief. Or can we? At the end of the last holiday shopping season Sony reported somewhat disappointing sales numbers for their now Read more →

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By Andrew Shapiro

Disc replication and packaging is often the last step in production process. Those of us who regularly work in replication are afforded a unique perspective on the origin and maturity of consumer and industrial video and audio products. Like a Monday morning quarterback we can Read more →

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With widescreen fast becoming the default format, what’s the best way to convert your traditional 4:3 images for widescreen viewing? Read more →

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Chicago, Illinois (February 6th, 2009) – iDEA Media announces early compliance with upcoming Federal mandate concerning the lead content of consumer products intended for use by children. By law all products whose target user is under the age of 12 must pass a strict analysis for dangerous amounts of lead contamination. Read more →