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Old September 9th, 2008, 12:32 AM   #1
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I looked in the other section of DVInfo and looks like most do as I am doing and print direct to DVd with Epson 280 Printer.

I hate the look and its not very acurate, Has anoyone else found another way to print DVD's with success, if so with what?
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Old September 9th, 2008, 03:43 AM   #2
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Yeah, dont use colour printable disks at all. Ihate them personally, look home made, smudge if you touch them with even a slightly sweaty hand.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 05:43 AM   #3
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Yeah, dont use colour printable disks at all. Ihate them personally, look home made, smudge if you touch them with even a slightly sweaty hand.
What do you use?
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Old September 9th, 2008, 05:50 AM   #4
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The Taiyo Yuden Watershield discs look good printed - better than the flat matt printables that are so common nowadays. Bit dearer though.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 09:02 AM   #5
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I think the Epson printed disk look look pretty darn good. My problem with the Epson printer is that the I would go through one every 6-months or so. As such, I finally bit the bullet and bought a Pimera Bravo SE. I really love the unattended printing, but I don't think the print quality is better than the Epson. I do agree that the watershield discs are nice (sample came with the printer), but I only use Verbatim media. I use to use a variety way back when but it always came back to bite me in the you know what. I have never had a problem delivering Verbatim media to a client.

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Old September 9th, 2008, 09:15 AM   #6
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The Taiyo Yuden Watershield discs look good printed - better than the flat matt printables that are so common nowadays. Bit dearer though.
Absolutely 100% the best dvds to use. I print them on a Canon pixma i4000 ( there are newer printers out there) and they give a stunning hi gloss professional finish which look as good as pro dvds..

Get the Watersheild. A bit more expensive but worth every penny and when clients see them they go "wow!"
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Old September 9th, 2008, 09:36 AM   #7
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My epson 280 is only a few months old and so many problems already. Now what you see on the screen is NOT what is going to print on the disk. I have a calibrated Eizo 24" monitor so it sure is not that. I deleted the printer and drivers and re installed it and it worked ok for a few disks, now right back to printing way too dark on DVD's I know they are cheap but when you have so many printers, deleting and reinstalling is not always a breeze, some times their are conflicts that have to be worked out. Just a pain.

For now I have came up with a nice clean design, Logo, Information etc and using only maroon and white with no picture. I figure this is better than a crappy looking well designed disk.

I may take the jump into something like the Bravo if nothing new comes out soon. Ideally I would like a stand alone DVD printer that works well for $300-$500. If I go more than that will probably get the duplicator too, or at least one that writes the DVD.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 09:43 AM   #8
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I've had an Epson R200 for two years and never had a problem - works well and the colors look exactly like they do on the screen, so maybe your printer is just a lemon. I primarily use a Disc Makers ElitePro duplicator, and the disks from that look exactly like the disks from the Epson.

Anyway, a strong endorsement here for the Taiyo Yuden Watershield disks. They are truly amazing. They're also available from Disc Makers as "Hydroshield" but that's just a rebranded TY disk.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 11:23 AM   #9
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Dymo's disk painter looks promising!

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Old September 9th, 2008, 04:59 PM   #10
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I looked in the other section of DVInfo and looks like most do as I am doing and print direct to DVd with Epson 280 Printer.

I hate the look and its not very acurate, Has anoyone else found another way to print DVD's with success, if so with what?
Lightscribe may be annoyingly slow, but I haven't had a single person that saw them and wasn't impressed.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 05:10 PM   #11
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Had an Epson and all the usual woes that went with it. Got to the stage it wanted taken out for dinner and a full new set of cartridges before it would even think about printing.

Got a Canon ip4500 and it is lightening quick in comparison and produces sharper prints from what I have seen so far.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 05:31 PM   #12
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My epson 280 is only a few months old and so many problems already. Now what you see on the screen is NOT what is going to print on the disk. I have a calibrated Eizo 24" monitor so it sure is not that. I deleted the printer and drivers and re installed it and it worked ok for a few disks, now right back to printing way too dark on DVD's I know they are cheap but when you have so many printers, deleting and reinstalling is not always a breeze, some times their are conflicts that have to be worked out. Just a pain.
Stuff never prints out the same way as it is on the screen. Afterall, a screen is lit (and even uses different primary colors). But overall, yes, it does seem darker. I just adjust for this by brightening up the image if need be. After a few prints, you should be able to guess and get good.
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Old September 9th, 2008, 09:47 PM   #13
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Might take a loook at silver printable discs. They give an entirely different look.
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Old September 10th, 2008, 01:38 AM   #14
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Old September 10th, 2008, 02:17 AM   #15
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