CD and DVD Duplication
By: Kellie Garber
When I was asked to contribute to this article, I thought it might be most beneficial to interview an actual church staff member who uses this type of equipment on a regular basis.
Here, we tap into the experience and knowledge of Charlie Allen, worship technology coordinator at Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Lake, Minnesota. He shares the many ways that he uses his automated CD and DVD duplicating equipment for church projects.
“I currently create a CD of at least one church service each week,” Allen said. “My duplicating and printing equipment has allowed me to make many copies quickly as well as develop theme CDs for easy recognition. For example, mission trip events have one color theme, while regular church service CDs have another color theme.”
“Our church creates and distributes slide shows and videos of each mission trip that the church participates in,” he said. “The disc publishing equipment allows us to print a group photo directly on the disc, which makes for easy recognition and a nice keepsake for those members who participated.”
Important Building Documents
Allen said, “We’ve created copies of a video that was produced of the church’s electrical, fire safety, and plumbing systems.”
“Training materials and sessions are recorded and produced on the disc publishing equipment to share with anyone who wants to extend their learning and skills beyond just the walls of the church,” Allen said.
Allen said, “Many members of our church were interviewed for a video explaining what they have gained by being members of the church. Copies were made of each of the videos and given to the participants to share with friends and family.”
Capturing Special Events
“CDs and DVDs are created for weddings, funerals, or any other memorable event for members who would like to take a copy home with them,” he said.
“Our church hosts a monthly speaker for our confirmation youth and their families,” Allen said. “We then make and distribute copies for those who couldn’t attend the event or for those who simply enjoyed it enough that they’d like a permanent copy.”
“Our choir director often creates a master CD that we then duplicate for at-home practice for the church choir members,” according to Allen.
“Our church provides a high-quality DVD that is offered to visitors and potential new members,” said Allen. “It lets them learn more about our church. This is a nice, very professional way to share what our church is all about. The same content goes on our website, but not everyone is on the Internet or even knows how to access videos. With a DVD, you have a permanent copy that can be played on your television instead of having to gather people around a PC screen.”
2) Why use automated disc duplication equipment? What types of products are available?
According to Allen, “I’ve been told that the newest disc publishing equipment can print a disc in just six seconds. That’s pretty incredible. Although my current unit is quite a bit slower, the automation is the biggest advantage. I can produce quantities of discs without having to manually burn, print pages of sticky labels, and put the labels on while sitting at a PC the whole time. Now, I can do other things while my duplicator chugs away and makes the discs for me.”
With disc capacities as small as 20 with one recording drive and as large as a 2-drive recording system with 100-disc capacity fitted with CD/DVD and even Blu-ray Disc drives, there really is a model for congregations of any size.
The key is finding the one that is the best fit for your church. Consider these factors: print speeds, capacities, cost, quality and reputation of the brand, and ease of use.
No matter which one you ultimately choose, Allen said, “You’ll find that having an in-house duplication system will help you to spread your reach and grow your congregation.”
Kellie Garber is marketing coordinator for Primera Technology, Inc., www.primera.com.