Printable DVD blanks and cases are becoming quite scarce here in Oz, which is limiting my choices and becoming more expensive than it used to be.
I would be interested to know what medium fellow videographers are delivering their content on. I mainly shoot and edit live events such as weddings, ice skating, concerts, school formals and stage productions. On average, they run at least 90 minutes.
I would love to deliver in 720p or 1080p on a USB memory stick, but have not figured out how to create a menuing system. Whilst memory sticks here are about AUD$8 for an 8GB project, it may seem costlier than a DVD (about $3.50 per set), but I do save on producing the artwork in both time and materials.
Delivering on YouTube or similar doesn’t go down well as there are typically kids involved, so most parents don’t want their kids appearing on the Internet! Of course, that still happens, but I don’t do anything to encourage that!
My system specs: Intel i7 970, GTX570, 12GB RAM, ASUS P6T, Vegas Pro 12 (x64), Windows 7 x64 Ultimate, Vegas Production Assistant 1.0, VASST Ultimate S Pro 4.1, Neat Video Pro 2.6
Very interesting question Nigel. I on the other hand works in the Broadcast
industry, creating Television Commercials, Corporate Videos, Broadcast content
for cable and other range of Advertising mediums, & always deliver at 720p or
1080p. Therefore most of my delivery is done online, where i upload the
finished content in mostly the AVC MP4 or Quicktime PhotoJpeg format to my
clients, but on rare occasions i do put some as Data on DVD Discs for some
clients, its not really a dying format here in Jamaica or the Caribbean, they
are still very accessible here and the population on occasions still use them.
[Nigel O'Neill]“I would love to deliver in 720p or 1080p on a USB memory stick, but have not figured out how to create a menuing system.”
I don’t think anyone expects a menu on a memory stick. I’ve purchased several from my daughter’s dance competitions and all they give you are MP4 files on a stick and that’s all I really expected. Some shops buy memory sticks with their name and logo on it so the stick becomes an advertisement for your business.
DVD’s are still big sellers for private performances here in the US. I buy mine from Mertiline.com and they have no problem supplying them. I assume over time this may change but IMHO, no one has invented a technology to replace the DVD for it’s ease of use and menu capabilities.
Thanks John. I mainly deliver in DVD here as well, but I have noticed that the duplicators are starting to thin out. I have to go to another state 1000 km away sometimes to get a big job done.
For smaller jobs I do myself, I used to be able to go to the local audio-visual store and be spoilt for choice in DVD blanks, but now it’s usually just down to one or two brands.
I think delivering on MP4 in 720p or 1080p is far superior quality-wise and much easier for me to deliver, but a lot of the times people want to be able to find just their performance, hence the query about a menuing system. A lot of people watch it on TV’s or media centres nowadays, so don’t have the ability to quickly navigate like you do on a PC.
Yea, I would imagine that duplication facilities are feeling the pinch. My latest project is for a restaurant promo and they simply want 1080p on a USB stick so that they can upload it to their Facebook page, web site, etc. As Steve said, broadcast projects are entirely delivered on-line now but before that it was HDCAM tape so it’s good to finally say good-bye to tape delivery.