Blu-ray Replication for Independent Filmmakers

Blu-ray Replication for Independent Filmmakers

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Despite of the debate over how long Blu-ray will last continues, we cannot ignore the fact that the number of households with Blu-ray players continues to rise and the cost of Blu-ray player has dropped to the consumers’ comfort level.  On top of that, price on high definition TVs is sliding. Like it or not, the demand for high definition video such as Blu-ray is there.

But who will buy a Blu-ray disc instead of streaming from the Internet?  Based on the titles we have helped replicate, we found that contents targeting the baby boomers account for most of the titles. Bill Matson, an independent filmmaker and producer for Fight to the Wall, told us that most buyers of his movies have Blu-ray player at home and prefer Blu-ray to DVD. They won’t mind paying few bucks more for Blu-ray. In fact, these few bucks are good enough to cover the higher replication cost.

I hope I have convinced you on the finance side that releasing a Blu-ray title is not as expensive as what you might have thought.  True, there is AACS license and other minor fees. But once diluted by the volume they will become insignificant.  Your few bucks from the customers will be more than enough to cover that.  What deters you from having a Blu-ray release may be technical and the cumbrous procedure of getting the AACS license. Fortunately we have all the solutions.

Getting the right format for replication

Most Blu-ray authoring software can only output authoring result in BD-MV format.  BD-MV is good for duplication and it is good for you to burn the content onto a Blu-ray recordable.  But if you need to replication, meaning making a glass master and stamper to stamp the disc from raw plastic, then BD-MV is useless.  The acceptable format is called BD-CMF.  There are only few expensive pieces of software on the market that can output BD-CMF, Sony Blu-Print, DoStudio, Roxio DVDit ProHD, and Scenarist BD Studio for example.

To get over this obstacle, New Cyberian will accept Blu-ray replication orders in BD-MV format.  We will convert the BD-MV format into BD-CMF format for you.  Now you can use your Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Encore, and any other authoring software to create your Blu-ray title and don’t have to worry about the technical nuisance.

Getting the AACS license

To make Blu-ray replication process even easier, we will help you apply for the AACS license.  Forget about filling up all the forms and the delay in getting approval from the AACS, New Cyberian will make the application for you on your behalf.  We will send you the invoice from AACS LA, LLC. as a proof that the license fee has been paid.  On the invoice there will be a unique reference number and that number will appear on the mirror band of every Blu-ray disc we replicate for you.

Contact for Blu-ray Replication

Contact New Cyberian if you need to Blu-ray replication. We are the only independent filmmakers friendly company that understands your difficulties and have solutions for you.  Please find out more pricing and production information from our website at www.newcyberian.com.

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6 thoughts on “Blu-ray Replication for Independent Filmmakers

  1. I am about to press 15,000 blu-rays and I am glad that I found you. I have sub-title on my blu-ray. Do you think converting BD-MV to BD-CMF will destory the sub-title?

    I have contacted few replicators before seeing your post. To my surprised, all the people I’ve spoken were ignorant on the technical. One company told me they could take my BD-MV master but once I sent them the master they changed their story. I have no way to come up with a BD-CMF master now. Please help!

  2. Hi Angel,

    Welcome to New Cyberian!

    Let me assure you that converting from bd-mv to bd-cmf will not destroy the sub-title and other features. We have done this so many times. We can give you references if you need.

  3. Hi Issac,

    I am glad that I called you and I have the peace of mind now. You did sound much more knowledgeable than the other people I have talked. Thanks for all the info and suggestions.

  4. Hi Angel,

    This is Jet from New Cyberian. One reminder is the region code. When you author the blu-ray, try not to set the region code unless you absolutely want to limit the audience by region. We had a customer accidentally set the region code to US only and since they are selling the blu-rays at a tourist site, European buyers of their blu-rays would have a hard time watching the video. When we convert your bd-mv to bd-cmf the region code will be carried over. So please watch out!

  5. hi,
    can i send you the master on usb hard drive or thumb drive? i was told writing data on bd-r is not as reliable as writing on hdd or thurmb drive. Can you verify that?

  6. Dear whitepass

    New Cyberian accepts all digital format as master as long as we can read and verify the data. I recommend you create a MD5 checksum for all the files so we can verify them for data integrity.

    If you choose to use BD-R, please send us two copies so in case one copy got scratched or broken we can have another copy as backup. You can also upload the data to file sharing sites such as Dropbox, Sendspace, etc. Make sure to zip the files using winzip or winrar and split the compressed file into chunks of 200MB. Otherwise uploading a 25GB file will take forever and in case there is uploading error you will waste all the data that have been uploaded.

    Regarding whether USB is better then BD-R,.my take is whatever is convenient, use it. I found the claim that one format is better than the other is groundless.

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