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Siren DVD Duplication
contender for the big burning marathon is Siren's standalone DVD Duplication
Station. But is complete independence really the right way to go?
The second DVD duplication
solution to reach us at Computer Video was Siren's DVD Duplication Station,
which takes a very different approach to the task of making large numbers
of DVD and CD copies. Unlike the Primera device, this machine has no
printer for decorating disc faces. It does, however, carry seven multi-format
At first glance, the unit looks like a PC - being housed in an uninspiring
beige tower case. But, around the back, there are no connections apart
from power sockets (one input, one output) - and the front is just a
collection of DVD disc trays, broken only by a small central control
panel with an LCD and, along the bottom, a row of 10 LEDs. The model
reviewed here carries one DVD-ROM drive for reading and seven DVD burners,
but cheaper models are available with fewer burners, or CD writers.
As everything is based around accessible EIDE technology, the cheaper
units are easily upgradeable with more burners (up to the maximum of
seven) as and when they're needed.
Another thing that sets the Duplication Station apart from Bravo DVD
Publisher is that it works standalone - independent of a PC. Indeed,
there's no means to connect it to a computer for burning. While some
potential users might feel disappointed that they can't output projects
directly from their authoring software to seven DVD discs, the approach
has the obvious advantage that your computer is free to work on while
discs are being duplicated. With Primera's solution, there's nothing
you can do with the host system until all discs are burned and printed.
On the downside, however, the Duplication Station has no disc auto-changer,
so discs have to be changed between burning sessions, and disc printing
must be carried out separately.
Siren's DVD Duplication Station is a great tool for anyone who finds
themselves repeatedly running off multiple copies of DVD projects. The
appeal becomes clear when you consider that, even with 2x media, seven
discs took 22 minutes to burn - as opposed to two and a half hours if
they'd been one at a time. While the price tag is quite hefty, it's
readily justifiable if you need this sort of functionality. Our only
real grumble about the unit is that burning speeds can't be selected
manually by the user. While we've had no problems burning our video
projects at full speed, many readers feel safer sticking to single-speed
writing, hoping to prevent errors and maximise player compatibility.
And perhaps it's these people that need a duplication tower most of
all, as they're really going to feel the sting when running off multiple
copies! On the whole, though, this is a great machine and one that's
sure to appeal to many freelance professionals.
Read the full review
in February 2004's Computer Video magazine.
Reviewed in this issue:
Primera Bravo DVD Publisher
Siren DVD Duplication Station
Avid Xpress Pro
Canopus Edius 1.5
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Forging ahead in sound
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LaCie Toast 6 burner bundle
ADS Tech USB2 boxes
Budget Canopus ProCoder
Canopus three-way converter
Discreet 3ds max 6
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