To help inform and educate our customer base, we wanted to create an easy way to demonstrate what to ask yourself when dealing with multimedia.

This way, you may be able to save yourself before you hand your project to us.

Here are some common misconceptions that could land you in trouble.

First, know what you want your end product to be. If you are doing a media job with us here are our options for delivery, each of which has it’s own benefits.

Playable DVD- This type of DVD will play in standard DVD players and will open as a playable movie on a computer.

• Most common form of DVD media
• Holds up to 2 hours of video without quality loss (after 2 hours you may experience a drop in quality)
• Plays on most computers but you cannot access the files (well technically you can click here for more info)
• Both Playable DVDs and Data DVDs hold 4.7 GB of space

Data DVD- This type of DVD will not play in standard DVD players and will open as digital files on a computer for copying

• Used primarily as a cheaper alternative to external hard drives/flash drives
• Plays on most computers and you can access the digital files for copying to your computer or social media
• These DVDs are burned using a hard coat, meaning they are more resistant to drops and scratches
• Both Playable DVDs and Data DVDs hold 4.7 GB of space

External Hard Drives- This type of storage is very common for those storing a large amount of multimedia.

• Stores much larger amounts of data than a Data DVD and vary in storage size
• Portability ranges from pocket-sized to desktop mounted and may or may not require additional power
• Some are shock resistant, rain resistant, and drop proof
• Be sure your computer has the correct inputs before buying

LaCie rugged mini

 

 

 

Flash Drives- This type of storage is most common for on-the-go people with basic multimedia needs

• Stores a decent amount of data and still quite a bit more than a Data DVD
• Extremely portable, can be carried in pocket or on a keychain
• Varies in size and durability but most are not resistant to distress
• Be sure your computer has the correct inputs before buying

FTP- This is an online storage option hosted by Horizon Media Express

• Access your digital files from anywhere, whether it is your computer, laptop, or phone
• Password protected so your files are always secure
• Upload new files from anywhere and we can download them and send them wherever you need it
• Most common way of electronic delivery for commercial spots