LightScribe were demonstrating a clever disk labelling system at the Focus on Imaging show. With the right hardware and software it’s as simple as flipping the disk over once the data is written and the CD/DVD burner then writes the label to the disk. This is summarised as: “Burn, Flip, Burn”.
The costs involved are particularly impressive as the latest versions of all CD/DVD writing software should have built in support for Lightscribe disc labelling. The latest CD/DVD drives should also come with Lightscribe support built in at no extra cost and are expected in the next month. DVD media is priced fairly competitively with discs priced around 50 pence per disk. Another clever feature is that you can add to the label at a later date. The system is portable with drives from Lacie. The label is permenant which is good for copyright or cataloging. The system is ideal for corporate environments where you may not have access to a colour label printer, or easily lose permenant marker pens.
Above, left: A fully printed disc with a full CD graphic shown next to a disc that has simply been labelled with my name and this websites name. The simple disc should be labelled in around 1 – 2 minutes, whereas a full disc print can take 20 – 30 minutes depending on hardware. Newer hardware should label the discs quicker. Above, right: A close up of the labelled disc. Click any of the images to view a larger version.
“LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling is a new technology, invented by HP, which enables CD and DVD images and disk labels to be etched onto discs using the same laser in the optical drive used to burn data. The technology requires three elements to deliver lasting, silkscreen-quality labels: 1) a LightScribe-enabled optical disc drive, 2) LightScribe-compatible media, and 3) LightScribe-supported software applications. HP’s intent is to create a market standard by licensing LightScribe to manufacturers in the computer and consumer electronics markets, including optical disc drive manufacturers, media manufacturers, software providers and computer and consumer electronics brands.”
“LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling (www.lightscribe.com) offers a simple, no-hassle way to burn professional, silkscreen-quality labels onto CDs and DVDs. Musicians or music lovers simply burn their music or video, flip the disc over, and burn a great looking label for a demo CD or a disc of favourite songs or video – no printer, permanent marker or adhesive labelling is required.”
Information on how it works and what’s needed in order to use the Lightscribe disk labelling system:
“What is LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling? LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling is a technology that offers consumers and businesses a simple, no-hassle way to burn professional-looking, silkscreen-quality labels on their CDs and DVDs. Using the same laser that burns data in their disc drives, customers burn their data as always, flip the disc over, reinsert it into the drive and burn a precise, iridescent label.
Highlights – Professional-quality labels: laser precision and detail mean no more marker scrawl or adhesive labels to centre only to have them peel off the disc
Simplicity: no-hassle labels; just burn the disc, flip it and burn the labelCreativity: freedom to combine text and graphics in simple or complex labels that reflect one’s personality and attitude
Convenience: labels can be burned wherever and whenever a disc is burned, no need for a printer.
Key Components – LightScribe Direct Disc Labeling technology consists of three elements:
LightScribe-enabled optical disc drive (ODD) – Minor, low-cost modifications to the optical disc drive enable validation of media types and control of sled position, spindle speed and focus to burn the label on LightScribe-compatible media.
LightScribe-compatible media – A micro-thin, low-cost coating of a highly specialised material on the label side of compatible media absorbs laser light, triggering an image-producing chemical reaction. Consumers can readily identify LightScribe-compatible media through the LightScribe logo, found on media packaging and in the hub of every disc.
LightScribe-supported software applications – Licensed software applications tap lower-level software system services to connect the user experience to the firmware controls and deliver the customer’s desired label to the imaging system.”
LightScribe is supported by the following brands: Hardware: Alienware, Asustek, BenQ, Evesham Technology, Freecom Technologies, HP, I/OMagic, LaCie, Lite-On IT, Medion, Packard Bell, Philips, ProStar Computer and Sager Computer. Media brands: BenQ, HP, Imation, Maxell, Memorex, Philips, TDK and Verbatim. Optical drive manufacturers: Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Lite-On IT, Panasonic Communications, Panasonic Shikoku Electronics, Philips-BenQ Data Storage, Pioneer, QSI and Toshiba-Samsung Storage Technology. Software developers: Acoustica, CyberLink, Droppix, InterVideo, MicroVision Development, Nero, NewSoft Technology, NewTech Infosystems, Roxio, SmileOnMyMac, Sonic Solutions, Medea, Infiniti and Ulead
Free label designs and more information is available on Lightscribe’s website.