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II DVD publisher
numerous copies of DVD projects can be a tedious business. Primera's
Bravo II disc-duplicator-cum-printer turns the job into an automated
process. But who could justify the £2,000 price tag?
makers and DVD authors are often called upon to deliver a batch of discs
for clients. In the case of wedding videos and corporate presentations,
the run won't be big enough to justify the cost of commercial pressing,
but the process of burning 15 or 20 discs one after the other can be
a frustrating waste of time and resources.
A few months ago, we examined two different approaches to small-scale
DVD replication. One was the DVD Duplication Station - a tower unit
from Siren featuring eight drives - one DVD-ROM drive and seven burners.
The other was Primera's Bravo DVD Publisher - a unit combining a single
DVD burner, a disc printer, and a robot arm to move discs from one step
to the next. Siren's solution promised to deliver seven discs in the
time it would normally take to make one, Primera's took longer over
each disc but could not only deliver larger quantities unattended but
also printed directly to discs.
Primera's second-generation duplicator-cum-printer, Bravo II, sees some
basic improvements over the original - in particular a more up-to-date
multi-format DVD burner (a Pioneer DVR-A07) and USB 2.0 support - but
the basic premise is unchanged. There are two spindles on which discs
are stacked - under normal conditions, up to 25 blanks are stacked on
the right and finished discs are delivered over to the left. For larger
runs, the unit offers a kiosk mode in which both sides are filled with
blanks and the burned product slides out of the front of the unit into
a receptacle sold as an optional extra.
Bravo II, like its forerunner, is available for Mac and Windows PCs,
the only difference being the supplied software bundle. The Windows
version reviewed here comes with Sonic Solutions' PrimoDVD 2.0 (previously
Prassi PrimoDVD) for disc burning, and SureThing CD labeller for disc-face
printing. The Mac version features Charismatic Engineering's Discribe
software for burning, plus Discus for label design and printing. The
unit can also be bought as CD-only and printer-only versions.
The potential for Bravo II is vast - from DVD Video, through promotional
CD-ROMs to audio CDs. Stand-alone duplication towers make shorter work
of the disc burning process and don't tie up your PC in the process,
but Bravo's strength is its ability to create an attractive professional
printed disc with minimal fuss. Not only is the robotic device impressive,
but the level of integration between hardware and software is first-rate.
It's rare that we see such specific hardware support within an OEM software
application. Possibly the biggest disappointment with Bravo II is its
price. A ticket of £2,000 puts it well out of reach of most video
enthusiasts, but those that make money from the craft should give it
Read the full review
in September 2004's Computer Video magazine.
Reviewed in this issue:
Layer DVD+R9 burners and software
Primera Bravo II DVD
Apple DVD Studio Pro 3
Neuston Virtuoso MC-500
Canopus ProCoder 2
In September's news:
upgraded to V2.5
Faster, low-cost editing Macs
Matrox Premiere Pro 1.5 drivers
Sorenson squeezes further
Really cool Apple Power Mac
Boris professional FX
Digital arts from onedotzero
Cheaper, faster Mac portables
Formac FireWire hard disks
Edius goes high-end High Def
Steinberg V5 audio updates