Price When Reviewed: 1395 . 1745
If you regularly need to produce small runs of CDs, Primera Technology’s Bravo II Disc Publisher might be for you. It’s a combination disc-duplication and inkjet printing system – ideal for churning out professional-looking CDs or DVDs for passing round your studio or sending out to clients. You create your master and the disc art, and then the Bravo II Disc Publisher does the rest.
The Windows version of Bravo II ships with MicroVision’s SureThing Disc Labeler LE and Sonic’s PrimoDVD 2 for mastering. The programs are effective, but lacking in advanced features. PrimoDVD imports SureThing labels and has dedicated features for the Bravo II’s robotics, and will burn a DVD movie from an image file or as a data job if formatted properly. SureThing Disc Labeler LE is a limited version that doesn’t do jewel-case inserts. The same applies for the Discus labelling software for the Mac – and Mac users should be aware of the Bravo II’s USB 2.0 requirement. Plug-ins for Photoshop, Quark, InDesign, Encore DVD and DVD Studio Pro would be better.
The CD and DVD discs produced using 100-per cent-coverage, full-spectrum colour label didn’t quite look professional – though ICC-based colour matching is supported. The unit took about seven minutes per CD and 19 minutes per 4x DVD.
The Bravo II is a pricey convenience. The initial cost of either £1,400 or £1,750 – depending on what model you get – is only the beginning. There are ink and disc expenses – approximately 70p per CD and £2 per DVD. People who need bigger batches than 50 can get a much better per-unit rate for a 1,000-disc run from a duplication house.