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Mandy Hank
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/8/2004
 

High Resolution CD


I have a printing company that charges .40 each print to burn onto a high resolution CD- this may be a stupid question but can I do that at home for a lot cheaper? If yes- how? I would not consider myself a expert in that department but I can get by. You can imagine the cost if I have 300 photos, it's going to be $120.00, that seems like a lot to me...


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4/14/2006 3:41:45 PM

 
Michael H. Cothran   Sure you can do it at home. It requires three items - A CD burner, computer software for the burner, and blank CD's. Most computers today come with built-in CD/DVD burners, however, I do not recommend using them for controlled DATA burning such as image files. Do a search online, and at your favorite local computer store, for available external CD/DVD burners. They will come with their own software, which may be Roxio Toast. It is a big name in burning software, and that which I use myself. Then, buy blank CD's of the quality you desire, and burn away.
As you are probably suspecting, the initial cost of an external CD/DVD burner will exceed your cost to have your commercial lab burn your 300 images @ 40 each.
FYI - a CD will hold up to 700 MB. A DVD, which I have yet to upgrade to, will hold over 4 GB's (4000 MB) I believe.
Michael H. Cothran


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4/14/2006 4:44:07 PM

 
Karen Rahlf
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/5/2005
  Yikes! Talk about highway robbery. Yes, you can do it much cheaper. There are lots of software packages out there for burning CDs. The ones that came with my computers are Sonic Record Now, and Roxio, but there are plenty of others. Your computer will need a CD drive capable of "writing" to a CD and then you are ready to go. CDs can be purchased cheap and you can burn your own for just pennies.


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4/14/2006 4:46:04 PM

 
Mandy Hank
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/8/2004
  Wow- thanks for the info-I do feel robbed- yuck! Do you know if most photographers do them at home or do most have a much cheaper place than I had to have someone do it for them?


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4/14/2006 5:42:58 PM

 
Michael H. Cothran   Mandy,
With all due respect, I just can't imagine ANY photographer (working in the digital realm) NOT having the capability of burning their own CD's. Who knows, maybe there are, but it just stands to reason, with all the hardware and software available for CD burning, that anyone producing digital image files (especially on a professional level) would have, or 'should have,' this capability.
Go for it.
Michael H. Cothran


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4/14/2006 5:58:22 PM

 
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