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October, 2016

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Our History:

The founders of Pressing Media have been involved in the entertainment industry since 1986. They are proud of the trust that their customers have placed in them; from the largest fortune 500 companies to the smallest independent artists or videographers. They have enjoyed finding solutions for every unique customer and circumstance. Their clients have broadened their horizons as a company and this is demonstrated by their continued relationships with radio, television, communication companies, marketing specialists, advertising agencies, educators, churches, developers, producers, record labels and musicians.

 

Our Locations:

Pressing Media has four primary replication facilities: Santa Ana, California. – Charlotte, North Carolina – ST Lauren, Quebec & Burnaby, British Columbia. We also have partnerships with facilities in Australia, Taiwan, China, and Germany. Our state of the art CD and DVD production lines, offset, digital and silkscreen printers and custom packaging equipment run 24/7 to produce millions of retail ready products every month. Having all of our manufacturing processes in-house gives us the ability to maintain the highest level of quality control, production management, and customer service possible.

From start to finish Pressing-Media, provides turn-key solutions for all your multi-media production needs:

 

Quality Features:

  • All CD, DVD, BluRay formats
  • Centralized locations Globally
  • Modern, dust free, secure manufacturing environments
  • Audio Master Creation, DVD Authoring / Graphic Design & Unique Retail Barcodes
  • Onsite Licensed Glass Mastering / AACS Title Keys / Disc Copy Protection
  • Custom USB Manufacturing / Preloading / Printing / Laser Engraving
  • Blank CDR / DVDR / BDR Laminate, Inkjet, Thermal, Silkscreen & Offset Printing
  • Eco Friendly Custom Cardboard CD / DVD / Direct Mail Packaging
  • Event Banners, Back Walls, Tradeshow Booths, Tents & Stands
  • Custom Apparel / Embroidery / Heat Transfers / Screen Printing
  •  7”/10”/12” Vinyl Records / 180gram & 150gram, Dust Sleeves, Custom Packaging, Inserts & Full Color Options
  • Large Format Signage / Adhesive Vinyl / Static Clings / Canvas / Sintra / Foam Core / Premium Stickers / Event Tickets
  • Tyvek / Plastic / Cloth / Vinyl / Silicone Wrist Bands
  • Digital Download Drop cards, Paper, Plastic or Seed, Unique Codes, Dashboard & Reporting
  • Commercial Printing / Business Identity Items / Catalogues & Magazines / Soft & Hardcover Books / Custom Digibooks

 

Freedom from Defect:

  • Quality control systems
  • Latest equipment
  • Pride in workmanship
  • Consistent output

 

Service:

  • Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful customer service
  • On-time delivery
  • Local delivery by our own fleet
  • Quick responses & daily updates on production until ship date is confirmed

 

Price:

  • Getting more benefits for what you pay
  • Forget the cost of returns and missed deadlines
  • Orders are pressed and billed to order

 

Our Company Values:

  • Integrity
  • Delivering what we promise
  • Customer service that excels
  • Knowing that it’s our customers that have got us to where we are today.
  • Green solutions and environmental impact before profits.
  • Simplicity

 

As proud partners of Minority Owned Businesses we support our local communities by offering employment opportunities and promoting diversity & multiculturalism.

 

Our Guarantee:

Products supplied through Pressing-Media are licensed under the essential patent rights of Philips, Sony, DVD 6C, DVDCCA, MACROVISION & DVD Format Logo Licensing Corporation. Our North Carolina facility is certified Microsoft Partner and has ISO accreditation. We provide our customers with a valid LSCD with each shipment of products, covering the essential patents.

 

Limit Of Liability:

Pressing-Media warrants its products to be free of manufacturing defects and to comply with industry standards and norms.  In the event a product fails due to manufacturing defect, Pressing-Media will replace the defective product to its original customer at no cost, or, in its sole discretion, reimburse the customer for the original purchase price of the defective goods. In no case will Pressing Media be liable for any other cost or value added to defective product.  The customer shall determine the suitability of products supplied by Pressing Media for their intended purpose.

 

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ALBUM RELEASE CHECKLIST

ALBUM RELEASE CHECKLIST
By Bob D’eith
President
Adagio Media
Adagio Music Inc.
 
(excerpt from ” A Career In Music – The Other 12 Step Program) Adagio Music Inc.
 

Prior to releasing any sound recordings to the public, consider the checklist set out below. In fact, many of the items on this checklist need to be taken care of months before the actual street release date, so if you can build these into your Business Plan timeline milestones, then you may find that you do not miss one of the key release requirements.

Distribution

How are you planning to get the release out? There are some easy ways to access online retailers like iTunes by using an aggregator such as Tunecore or CD Baby. Remember that just because you can select “world” for digital distribution, does not mean that you should. Make sure that you have a plan for whatever territory that you are releasing to. Also, consider that if you do get a label interested in another territory, they will want the digital rights. If you have released in their territory, the album would be considered “old” and you have to go through the hassle of trying to delete the album in that territory after the fact.

As far as physical distribution, with retailers going out of business around the world, you may not want to rush into a physical distribution deal. You really have to look at the advantage of doing so. Most of your CD sales will be off-the-stage and mail order.

Make sure that you give yourself sufficient time to set up the release, building in time to manufacture and ship product.

Band/Group/Ensemble Agreement

Band/Group/Ensemble agreement for live performance, songwriting, sales, merchandise, band name ownership, leaving members, new members;

Register sole proprietorship, partnership or limited company

Legal

Do you have a signed producer agreement?
Do you have a mechanical license for any cover songs recorded on your album (CMRRA for Canada)?

Do you have an agreement from any side-players on the recording clearly assigning their performance rights and agreeing that they did not write or co-write any of the songs (if applicable)?

Do you have a songwriting agreement that clearly addresses copyright ownership, administration and songwriting splits? This is particularly important if you co-write with songwriters outside of your band or group. If you can secure the right to administer the copyrights in the songs that would be ideal. Being able to sign film and TV synch licenses and deal with mechanical licensing could end up being a vital right to secure.

Composing/Songwriting

Determine composition/songwriter splits in writing (songwriting agreement); Register songs with SOCAN (work notification forms online SOCAN); Ensure that Private Copying royalties are being collected (i.e. sign agreement with SOCAN to collect these royalties);

Make sure that MAPL CANCON (see below) notifications are on all releases of the song for radio purposes;

Register musical work copyrights with Library of Congress in Washington, DC – this can be done concurrently with sound recording to save filing fees http://www.copyright.gov/ register/ (and/or with Copyright Board of Canada which registers titles of songs http:// www.cb-cda.gc.ca/info/registration- e.html);

Sound Recordings

Ensure that ISRC codes (from Connect Music Licensing formerly AVLA) are digitally encoded on the final master recording (keep these numbers for release information to online distributor);

Set up online release with plenty of time to allow for the tracks to get up online;
If the artist has a distributor, then find out what the distributor requires with part delivery.

Register tracks with Connect Music Licensing formerly AVLA (as label or sound recording owner) and ACTRARACS or MROC (as performers, whether lead or sidemen) to ensure the artist receives both sides of the Neighbouring Rights revenue from radio play and the Private Copying Levy royalties;

Register tracks with Sound Exchange in order to receive royalties on digital cable and satellite radio play in the USA (deal with IRS issues surrounding W8BEN or W8BEN-E forms);

Register sound recordings with Library of Congress in Washington, DC – include songs as well to save on filing fees (sound recordings cannot be registered with Copyright Board of Canada);

Digital and CD artwork

For CDs, make sure that your graphic designer has design specs from manufacturer and that delivery is made precisely as required (otherwise, your release manufacturing may be significantly delayed);

Place copyright notices on all formats released. If CD, then place © and (p) information on actual disk as well as tray card;

Ensure that there is sufficient contact information on all formats to reach the artist, management, label and/or publisher. This is important to ensure that in the event a third party wants to secure licensing, that the correct parties are approached;

MAPL CANCON notification on all physical formats and tray card. This is a graphic that tells radio whether you are considered Canadian Content. The breakdown is music (songwriter Canadian), artist (Artist is Canadian), production (produced in Canada) and lyrics (lyricist is Canadian). You need to be able to black in at least 2 out of the four of these on the MAPL graphic to be considered CANCON. This is important because in most cases stations are required to play 35% Canadian music content;

Secure bar code (usually from manufacturer or distributor) and create catalogue number for all physical format releases; Bar code must appear on the tray card or back of the CD. Catalogue numbers are usually on the spine. If you do not have a CD spine, then this can be added to the tray card as well.

The tray card or back of the CD is important and should include (a) song titles and song times, (b) name of artist, (c) MAPL logo (blacked in where appropriate), (d) legal notices,

(e) bar code, and (f) contact information.

Place producer and credit information on insert – credit should include producer, engineer, studio, mixer, songwriter credits, mastering house, photographer, graphic designer;

Use care with thank-yous to include individuals and companies who helped the artist; Place website address on all insert materials;

Make sure that all song titles with times are included on tray card – this is important, especially for radio and other third party uses that require the song times;

Secure any mechanical licenses prior to release (cover song licenses). If the artist is also the writer, then the artist can also provide this. If there are third party co-writes or covers are being released, then the artist/label can go to the CMRRA to secure the mechanical licenses:

CMRRA Song Clearance (note: if the co-writer is not published, then artists may have to secure a mechanical license directly from the co-writer by agreement). Manufacturers require mechanical licenses prior to pressing.

Marketing and Promotion

Create a marketing plan that sets out a clear strategy for marketing and promoting the artist, including radio, video, touring, online promotion, publicity and other such marketing initiatives;

Create a time-line for the release and marketing. Make sure that all components of the plan are implemented in a manner that maximizes the impact of the release;

Consider hiring a radio tracker to release and track radio for the artist; Consider hiring a publicist to help with the release and touring;

Create a website which has a place for fans to sign up for newsletters on the home page. Make sure that the content is current and kept current at all times. Keep away from heavy flash sites – allow for HTML cut and paste options. Create an area for hi-res photo downloads for press – (pass protect if necessary). Make sure that there is an easy way to purchase product from the artist – Paypal or links to iTunes;

Create a presence online including Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and all other services that may be effective to promote the artist. Be vigilant in responding to friends and fans. Always personalize and try to avoid mass emails or notices;

Consider monetizing your online marketing. For example, YouTube allows you to monetize by approving advertising on your YouTube videos. You will have to register with Google AdSense. Keep in mind, however,  that the expectation of revenue needs to be modest. It is estimated that you need approximately 1 million views to generate $1,500 of revenue from YouTube views.

Create a classy newsletter that gets sent out at least once per month via email; Work with agents to secure touring and support dates;

Apply for festivals and showcases through Sonic Bids or through an agent;

Make sure that all tracks are serviced to film, TV,and video game music supervisors for inclusion in productions.

Merchandise and off-the-stage sales

Consider the registration of the artist name and/or trade names or marks with Trade Mark Office. This is an online application that can be completed relatively cheaply. Note that over time, fees will increase for a registration and the process can take up to two years;

Put a lot of thought into the merchandise being offered. Stay simple and have only a few options to start. Once key successful merchandise has been established, then diversify into other merchandising choices. Do not over-extend inventory. Do not give away product unnecessarily as merchandise is more expensive than CDs.

It is very, very important to be able to prove your sales. FACTOR requires proof of sales for many of its programs. The most reliable sales reporter is SoundScan. The cost is $500 per year and you need to file SoundScan sheets with SoundScan to have those sales registered. You will need to register your release with SoundScan SoundScan title registration If you cannot get your sales registered with SoundScan then consider setting up another form of proof of sales. An inventory sheet signed by the venue owner or promoter of each show would be helpful, but may not work with FACTOR and other funders such as Radio Starmaker.

For more information or to order the book ” A Career In Music – The Other 12 Step Program) Adagio Music Inc. go to

http://www.adagiomusic.ca/

 

 

Source Material for DVD Authoring

DVD MANUFACTURING
- Submitting Masters For Replication / Duplication

In order for your content to be replicated for use on all Consumer DVD players, it is imperative that all supplied
masters are formatted with no modification necessary.

WHAT IS DVD-VIDEO ?

DVD-Video is a standard for distributing video/audio content on DVD media. The format went on sale in Japan in 1995, in the United States, Canada, Central America, and Indonesia in 1997, and in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa in 1998.

What is TS (Transport Stream) Video?

Transport stream (TS) is a standard format specified in MPEG-2 for the transmission and storage of audio, video and data, and commonly used in broadcast systems such as DVB and ATSC. It is also a video stream file format for storing video on DVDs. Transport stream specifies a container format encapsulating packetized streams, with error correction and stream synchronization features for maintaining transmission integrity when the signal is degraded.

Can I Play my Mp4 or AVI on all Consumer DVD Players?

While it is possible for us to replicate a DVD-ROM (Video file on a disc), most Consumer DVD players  have to use MPEG-2 formats to play Video content. Even if you have successfully burned an MP4 to DVD, without converting it correctly, you will still encounter issues in playing MP4 on DVD player:

Regular standalone DVD players can only read movie DVD’s (those are in MPEG-2, and if you view them in Windows Explorer, you see a folder structure with VIDEO_TS, and files like .VOB .IFO and .BUP). Some newer DVD players are DivX-certified and may be able to read data DVD’s (DVD-Rom) with an AVI file encoded in the DivX codec, however, most of the time, you will fail to play MP4 on DVD player so if you want your consumer to be able to play the content you need to submit the proper  folder structure with VIDEO_TS, and files like .VOB .IFO and .BUP to ensure content playability. We can assist in the Authoring of your project to ensure that content is viewed on all consumer players.

Creating Source Material for DVD authoring

If you are converting an existing video program into a DVD, you need to gather your original video and audio material and design graphics for the menus that will weave them together.

In most cases, your video and audio assets will be created and saved as QuickTime or H264 movie files and in standard sound file formats like AIFF, WAV. Your program material should be completely edited, including any special effects, audio fades, and scene transitions, before we encode it.

Menu graphics:  Can be still image files, multilayer Photoshop files, or full-motion video. If you plan to include alternate – language subtitles in your DVD project, you will want to have your soundtrack transcribed and translated professionally.

The most important thing you can do when preparing your assets is to use the highest-quality settings available. If you use high-quality source materials, you’ll get high-quality results.

Any flaws in your material will be revealed on DVD much more quickly than in any other medium.

 

 

 

 

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