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Anyone using lightscribe for CD labels?
Eric Isaacs, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 2:33 PM on 06.29.05
->> After completing a review CD for a client I got to wondering about better ways to label CDs. I'm curious if anyone here is using lightscribe technology to laser burn CD labels? How fast is it, how easy to use and how does the finished project look? Is the media considerably more expensive? Any feedback from clients? It looks pretty cool...

http://www.lightscribe.com/

Thanks,

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Patrick Dundr, Photographer
Columbus | OH | USA | Posted: 2:57 PM on 06.29.05
->> Hi Eric,
Lightscribe looks great! If you are doing just text, at high quality it will take about 2 minutes. If you are using graphics at high quality it could take up to 40 minutes. It is well worth the wait. You can print on some of the Epson's but the quality just doesn't compare. As for the cd's, they run about $1.00 each right now, but pricing will be dropping. I am not sure of the price of DVD's. Hope this helps.

Patrick
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Max Waugh, Photographer
Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 7:09 PM on 06.29.05
->> I just installed my lightscribe drive, but haven't used it. Based on the recommendations I received, it looks like a great tool for creating "more professional" media to send to clients.

Lightscribe DVDs just came out recently, btw, so don't expect all stores to have them yet. Staples lists a 10 pack for $16, whereas lightscribe CDs average
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Todd Olson, Photographer
Janesville | WI | usa | Posted: 7:45 PM on 06.29.05
->> where is the cheapest place to buy the lightscribe disks?
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Chris Machian, Photographer, Assistant
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 7:54 PM on 06.29.05
->> Cheapest might be newegg.com

But I have yet to see lightscribe dual layer DVDs, has anyone else?
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Ian L. Sitren, Photographer
Palm Springs | CA | USA | Posted: 12:13 AM on 06.30.05
->> LaCie has double layer DVD with Lightscribe. www.lacie.com
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Chris Machian, Photographer, Assistant
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 1:35 AM on 06.30.05
->> I know the make the burner, but I had trouble finding lightscribe dual layer DVD media. Did I maybe miss something?
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Sean Brady, Photographer
W. Belmar | NJ | USA | Posted: 1:47 AM on 06.30.05
->> Am I missing something with these? I can't find externals, do they make them?
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Juerg Schreiter, Photographer
Fort Lauderdale | FL | USA | Posted: 7:04 AM on 06.30.05
->> I haven't used it yet but thought about trying it.
Here is some more info about it:
http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=13449

J.
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Steven Bridges, Photographer
Knoxville | TN | United States | Posted: 7:59 AM on 06.30.05
->> Here is the link to Lacie's dual layer lightscibe DVD burner. I bought it a few weeks ago but could not find any lightscribe DVDs at that time.

All in all it seems to be a nice burner. It is even setup to use with macs.

http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?pid=10122

Steven
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Darren Whitley, Photographer
Maryville | MO | USA | Posted: 7:38 PM on 06.30.05
->> I have a lightscribe. It's fantastic and there's really no comparison between a label and an indelible burned image. It's very classy and totally appropriate for use with high-end clientel such as a bride and groom.

The burning software is relatively easy to use. You can import images from Photoshop to use for greyscale labels. I don't believe there's a way to make a color label yet.
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Darren Whitley, Photographer
Maryville | MO | USA | Posted: 7:47 PM on 06.30.05
->> BTW, the HP Lightscribe burns CDs/DVDs that can be read by laptop CD/DVD drives. My Samsung DVD burner didn't make disks that could be read by the Matshita slimline CD/DVD drives that are common in laptops ranging from the Mac to my older Sony Vaio and new Gateway tablet at work. The disks made by the Samsung were only readable my PC tower and two Mac desktops.
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Eric Isaacs, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 5:23 PM on 07.01.05
->> Thanks, everyone, for your input. I might just invest in one soon.

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Thomas B. Shea, Photographer
Pearland/Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 12:05 PM on 08.06.08
->> Where can you purchase the hardware for a MAC. I see you can buy just the hardware that burns on the image. I can't seem to find where to purchase the hardware for Mac or the price.

Thanks,

Thomas
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Jody Gomez, Photographer
Murrieta | CA | USA | Posted: 12:10 PM on 08.06.08
->> I tried Lightscribe, however I didn't like it. I went back to printing directly on the CD/DVD's with my HP printer. I like the look of those much better since I can print in color, plus it's much faster as Lightscribe takes too long in my opinion.
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Landon Finch, Photographer
Colorado Springs | CO | USA | Posted: 12:22 PM on 08.06.08
->> Thomas,

I may be wrong here, but I believe you just buy a lightscribe drive and then install the Mac lightscribe software. The hardware seems to be the same for any platform, just the software is different.

http://www.lightscribe.com/downloadSection/mac/index.aspx?id=813

http://arstechnica.com/journals/apple.ars/2006/10/17/5646

And like others have said, it's just way too slow for practical use. 15-30 minutes to burn an image on the disc just isn't worth it. A small amount of text isn't too bad for something that's important (ie for a client).
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Delane B. Rouse, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | US | Posted: 12:30 PM on 08.06.08
->> Lightscribe is WAAAAYYYYYY too slow for me. Typically I'm burning DVD's just as the FedEx guy is ringing the doorbell and he won't wait for those things to finish!!!
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Tony Donaldson, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 12:46 PM on 08.06.08
->> They are slow, but elegant. I have two drives, one is a Lightscribe, so when I'm burning one disc I can be Lightscribing the other, and sometimes I'll scribe one ahead of time. 21 minutes isn't bad if you plan ahead.
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David Ahntholz, Photographer, Photo Editor
Cleveland | OH | USA | Posted: 12:53 PM on 08.06.08
->> You don't have to buy the Lacie drive in order for it to work with the Mac. I bought a Samsung Lightscribe from newegg.com, and put it in an external enclosure. The Mac software (there's several pieces you need), can be downloaded online. The software isn't great, but does what it needs to do.

Tthe only problem I had was the external enclosure was both Firewire and USB2. It wouldn't work with Firewire, but works fine with USB2. After reading online, it sounds like a common problem/fix if using it externally with an USB/Firewire combination enclosure. You can get the drive for $30 or less online (without enclosure). Newegg often will put together package deals with Lightscribe media, too.

The image was a little lighter than I expected, but I think it looks nice and professional.
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Anantachai Brown, Photographer
Jacksonville | FL | | Posted: 12:57 PM on 08.06.08
->> yeah the time to print seems EXTREMELY slow....I print images from my wedding galleries for clients with my Epson R1800. Clients love'em.
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Osamu Chiba, Photographer
Vista | CA | USA | Posted: 1:26 PM on 08.06.08
->> Thomas, this place may have something you're looking for:

http://www.geeks.com/

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Jeff Gritchen, Photographer
Long Beach | CA | USA | Posted: 2:10 PM on 08.06.08
->> Things to note:

The lightscribe drives are dual layer but the lightscribe discs are not.

the drive will burn DL discs from other manufacturers, but they don't make DL lightscribe discs.

Also, in my experience, the label takes 19 minutes to burn no mater if you have one line of text or a graphic.

I'm thinking about getting an Epson printer that can print directly on the disc. I've seen samples and the look great.
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Andrew Sullivan, Photo Editor, Photographer
Kissimmee | FL | USA | Posted: 2:12 PM on 08.06.08
->> I've been double-burning my Lightscribe discs - it burns the image in a bit better - it takes forever, but if Sharpie is your other option then I think thats the way to go for now.


Andrew Sullivan
www.picandrew.com
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Thomas B. Shea, Photographer
Pearland/Houston | TX | USA | Posted: 2:28 PM on 08.06.08
->> I found what I am looking for. In case you are interested
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/542664-REG/LaCie_301226U_d2_DVD_plusm...

Thomas
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Chris Machian, Photographer, Assistant
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 2:36 PM on 08.06.08
->> Often I burn logos and contact info on disks in advance. So I can just burn the data on it if I am in a rush.

I have played with the epson printer, but it is to be too much of a consumer printer and stopped working with in a year. It felt like a disposable printer to me. Also it seemed the colors were always muted.

Andrew, can you describe this double burning?
Won't the burner pick up that the disk already has an image on it? I have had mine kick some disks out because they had finger prints.
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Andrew Sullivan, Photo Editor, Photographer
Kissimmee | FL | USA | Posted: 3:00 PM on 08.06.08
->> Chris, I use a consumer version of Nero that lets you burn multiple disc copies of your lightscribe image, but strangely doesn't kick out the CD/DVD when it finishes the 1st burn. If I set it to 2x, the disc is burned twice and gets deeper dark tones. I suppose I could go 3x to see if the results get even better, but I just don't have that kind of spare time! Also, the second copy seems to register perfectly with the 1st image, I always thought the disc spindown was pretty arbitrary, but apparently not.


Andrew Sullivan
www.picandrew.com
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Joshua Brown, Photographer
Waynesville | NC | USA | Posted: 3:41 PM on 08.06.08
->> What brand of lightscribe is everyone using? I've been using Memorex DVD's and CD's as they are available at the local Staples, but I've not been completely satisfied with the results, especially with the DVD's. Everything seems way to flat. I might try the double burning method as described above, but has anyone found a disc that creates better tones?
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Brett Groehler, Photographer
Duluth | MN | USA | Posted: 3:48 PM on 08.06.08
->> If you want CDs imprinted with your name, company, email , phone etc. call Great Lakes Media Technologies.. in Wisconsin. 1-888-512-0100. For the past five years I have been using their CDs with our university info etc. on them and it saves tons of time and looks professional. Even with the set-up etc.. it each costs less than .40 ea. I buy between 2,500-3,000 at a time. The CDs don't error and are reliable as we use them for our archieves.
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Joshua Brown, Photographer
Waynesville | NC | USA | Posted: 8:57 PM on 08.06.08
->> I have got to say that the double burn lightscribe disc look way better than the single burn. It took 35 minutes for the one disc, but the end results are great. The blacks are a really dark gray (as oppose to a medium gray with single burn). The highlights have more detail and the contrast is much improved. Thank you Andrew for that great suggestion!
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Stanley Leary, Photographer
Roswell | GA | USA | Posted: 9:11 PM on 08.06.08
->> Lightscribe takes too long. I like the speed of printing right on the disk and the ability to use color.

What king of a dayrate are people charging anyway to make a lightscribe disk. I wanted to be a photographer not sitting at my desk waiting for a DVD disk that after you have the label you still need to burn the disk. This can make 1 DVD process take up to 45 to 60 minutes depending on your burner.
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Joshua Brown, Photographer
Waynesville | NC | USA | Posted: 9:28 PM on 08.06.08
->> I tend to (continue) to edit as I burn. I will select the photo I want to use, design the disc and then edit some more while the disc burns. This way, I don't lose 20+ minutes. Lightscribe does indeed take a long time, but the non-degradation of the disc as well as the look makes the process a keeper for me.
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Andy Cripe, Photographer
Corvallis | OR | USA | Posted: 10:52 PM on 08.06.08
->> A local guy, Daryl Anderson, invented this product, we did a story it in 2005.


http://www.gtconnect.com/articles/2005/05/24/news/community/tueloc01.txt
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