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First Look: Labelflash™

Posted 05 January 2006 02:35 CET by Jan70


 

 

 

1st look: Labelflash™
Authors: Dee-27 & Jan70
Provided by: CDFreaks
Manufactured: Taiwan 2005

 

With this article, we at CDFreaks would like to give you some insight and a first look regarding the Labelflash™ technique.  We are also going to take a look at the FujiFilm Labelflash™ media. In addition, we will be showing you some writing results done with this media by using a Labelflash™ capable DVD-Writer '“ the NEC ND-4551A.

 

Introduction:


The following text is taken from a press-release:

19. October 2005, Yamaha Corporation and Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. announced the Labelflash™ technology, a new technology that advances the ability to burn high quality images directly into a specialized dye layer on the disc labeling side using laser for data recording. This technology allows consumers to personalize and customize their DVDs with photos, text and graphics, replacing traditional sticker and marker labeling.

Labelflash™ technology allows a consumer to burn pictures and/or write titles on the label side of the DVD discs specially developed for the Labelflash™ system with DVD writers with Labelflash™ function. There is no need for printers and consumables for printing. To obtain high resolution and contrast pictures in blue and silver color, a consumer only needs to turn the disc upside down and insert it into the drive again after recording data. The unique technology burns the image 0.6mm deep into the media in as little as five minutes, creating a more stable and permanent image than traditional printable media that uses the top layer of a disc for labeling. If this system is applied to DVD set-top recorders, a consumer will also be able to burn program titles and thumbnail images more easily.

The technology marries the unique Yamaha DiscT@2 ('Tattoo") technology for picture burning on CD-R data side with the advanced photochemical expertise of Fuji Photo Film, which is a leading company in dye technologies for optical media.

Fujifilm and Yamaha are contacting many major DVD drive, DVD set-top recorder and DVD disc manufactures to encourage them to adopt this system.

About Labelflash(TH) Technology:

  1. Customize the label side of your DVDs with the existing 'data recording laser."
    Labelflash™ system burns pictures directly into a special layer added to the non-data, or label, side of a DVD disc and eliminates the need for special printers, labels or pens.
  2. High quality images on the disc label side
    Labelflash™ utilizes existing recording laser in standard DVD-writers to burn a high contrast and resolution image by changing the blue dye color to colorless. Consumer can choose picture-burning time from 5 min. to 20 min. in accordance with their quality needs.
  3. Stable against vibration while burning pictures
    Labelflash™ utilizes newly developed laser, pick up and rotation control, and high-speed signal processing system of image data. And newly developed Labelflash™ DVD disc structure realizes the optimal focusing setting because the picture-burning layer at 0.6mm deep into the media is the same depth as the data recording layer on the data side.
  4. Longlasting titles and pictures on DVDs
    • Images 'burned" are more durable and stronger against scratches than those printed by printer and others because images are protected by the polycarbonate layer.
    • Labelflash™ system can avoid troubles traditional sticker labeling may have, such as unstable rotation due to weight unbalance and damage to the drive by the possible peeling off of the sticker while operation.

Labelflash™ Specifications:

General Specifications of Labelflash™ System

Laser wave length

655nm

NA

0.65

Picture-burning time

5min(Fast mode) - 20min(High Quality mode)

General Specifications of Labelflash™ Disc

Depth of the picture-burning layer

0.6mm from the disc surface

Dye for the picture-burning layer

Organic Dye

Picture-burning area (radius)

25mm - 58mm

 
 

Around 1 month later (November 2005) '“ NEC Germany released the following press release:

NEC launches the world's first DVD burners with Labelflash™ technology. The PC drives will be available from December onwards. Labelflash™ burns custom motifs, lettering or images onto the top side of DVD blanks. It puts very few restrictions on creativity and design.

For the first time NEC`s wide range of new drives will not only support DVD +R(W) and DVD-R(W) but also DVD-RAM.

Labelflash™ '“ faster labelling of self-burned DVDs

Innovative Labelflash™ technology simplifies the labelling of self-burned DVDs '“ e.g. for archiving '“ and also enables creative DVD design. It eliminates the need for complex adhesive labelling systems and considerably enhances the durability of the media because, especially in the case of DVD blanks, the paper label can make the medium unreadable.

Labelflash™ delivers high image quality because it enables 256 brightness shades. The labelling process takes only around seven minutes to produce excellent quality results. One special feature is that both the top side and the data side of the blank can be labelled '“ provided that there is enough available memory. Labelflash™ can be used for blanks with a writable Labelflash™ top surface. On these media, the labelled top surface is covered by  0.6 millimetre-thick, robust protect layer which ensures that even labels that are exposed to light are extremely durable.

Multi drives with DVD-RAM '“ all formats in one


For the first time NEC`s wide range of new drives will not only support DVD +R(W) and DVD-R(W) but also DVD-RAM.

NEC's ND-4551A burner is a genuine multitalent: DVD minus and DVD plus media are written at up to 16x DVD speed, while rewritable (DVD +RW) and double-layer DVDs (DVD +R9) are written at up to 8x DVD speed. DVD-RW and DVD-R DL are processed at 6x speed. 5x speed applies for DVD-RAMs. As a read drive, the burner delivers 16x DVD, 5x DVD RAM and 48x CD speed. NEC will also be marketing a lower cost model without Labelflash™, the ND-4550A, which has the same write and read speeds as the ND-4551A.

The two new DVD burners ND-3551A (with Labelflash™) and ND-3550A (without Labelflash™) are also available in two further versions which do not support DVD-RAM. 


ND-4550A / ND-4551A

 


Write speed


Formats


Reading speed


Formats


DVD


             16 x


DVD-R
DVD +R


               16 x

 


DVD-ROM
DVD-R
DVD +R


               8 x


DVD +RW

DVD +R9


               13 x


DVD +RW


                 7 x


DVD +R9


               6 x


DVD-RW

DVD-R DL


               13 x


DVD-RW


                 7 x


DVD-R DL


               5 x


DVD-RAM


                 5 x


DVD-RAM


CD


             48 x


CD-R


               48 x


CD-ROM
CD-R


             32 x


CD-RW


               40 x


CD-RW


ND-3550A / ND-3551A

 


Write speed


Formats


Reading speed


Formats


DVD


             16 x


DVD-R
DVD +R


               16 x

 


DVD-ROM
DVD-R
DVD +R


               8 x


DVD +RW

DVD +R9


               13 x


DVD +RW


                 7 x


DVD +R9


               6 x


DVD-RW

DVD-R DL


               13 x


DVD-RW


                 7 x


DVD-R DL


CD


             48 x


CD-R


               48 x


CD-ROM
CD-R


             32 x


CD-RW


               40 x


CD-RW


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guest
No longer with us
Posted on: 15 Nov 07 15:52
These are usually of good quality
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guest
No longer with us
Posted on: 25 Nov 07 01:37
i think that technology is great but, just bought satellite notebook label flash dvd drive and 1sample disk thanks used labelflash 1 time and now dvds drive will-not read disk none nada nothing...?
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guest
No longer with us
Posted on: 06 Dec 07 16:32
Yeah, good technology - but poor quality blank media (RITEK)!
0 Agree

guest
No longer with us
Posted on: 08 Aug 08 02:55
where do you buy cd's to burn? NOT DVD'S please e-mail me if you know
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guest
No longer with us
Posted on: 28 Dec 08 20:23
Never should have asked me that. I have been trying to find a disc that will work with this label flash and find out they are only available on the internet. Why put the unit in the toshiba laptop if you can't buy them in the market where you buy your laptop? And like rockstar mindi, I also would like cd's to use with the labelflash too. Very, very poor. Not good advertisement for toshiba either.
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