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DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO
Series
Disc Publishing System
User Manual
MF Digital Director/Director Pro Series Publishing System User Manual
Revised July 2010
Welcome to the Director/Director Pro System
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This manual and the accompanying illustrations may not be copied, reproduced,
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convenience, MF DIGITAL will honor any service issue related to a defective recorder while under its
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directly or indirectly. MF DIGITAL assumes no responsibility for products NOT purchased through MF
DIGITAL.
Piracy
The copying of audio, video, or software without the permission of the copyright holder is illegal. MF DIGITAL
accepts no responsibility for the copyright use or misuse of this equipment. It is the sole responsibility of the
user to ensure that the legal rights of copyright in duplicating are respected.
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About MF Digital
Thank you for purchasing MF Digital’s DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO
publishing system. MF Digital manufactures a wide variety of software and
audio duplication and production equipment, including manual and fully
automatic Disc duplicators and printers. We hope you will consider us for
all of your production needs.
What To Expect From Your MF Digital DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR
PRO Publishing System
The MF Digital DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO publishing system is
professionally designed and manufactured to give you years of trouble free
operation.
To
avoid
accidental
damage
to
your
new
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO publishing system, please read and
understand this manual thoroughly before operating the unit.
About This Manual
This manual is written for both novice and experienced users. Please read
through this Operator’s Guide from beginning to end before using the unit.
Once having read the manual, follow along chapter by chapter. This will
provide the necessary understanding of your new DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR
PRO publishing system.
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WELCOME TO THE DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO SYSTEM .......................................................................... 2
COPYRIGHT NOTICE.................................................................................................................................................... 2
BLU-RAY / DVD-R/RW RECORDER WARRANTY POLICY ........................................................................................... 2
PIRACY ....................................................................................................................................................................... 2
CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS: .................................................................................................................................... 2
ABOUT MF DIGITAL................................................................................................................................................ 3
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR MF DIGITAL DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO PUBLISHING SYSTEM ......................... 3
ABOUT THIS MANUAL............................................................................................................................................ 3
INSTALLING THE DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO ............................................................................................... 7
WHAT’S IN THE BOX ................................................................................................................................................... 7
PACKING MATERIALS ................................................................................................................................................. 7
THE BEST PLACE TO PUT THE DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO ................................................................................... 7
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS ................................................................................................................................................ 7
LOCATION OF DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO COMPONENTS ....................................................................... 9
FRONT VIEW ....................................................................................................................................................... 9
REAR VIEW................................................................................................................................................................. 9
REMOVING PACKING RESTRAINTS ................................................................................................................ 10
INPUT AND OUTPUT SPINDLES ......................................................................................................................... 10
INSTALLING THE MONITOR, KEYBOARD AND MOUSE ............................................................................ 11
CONNECTING THE MONITOR .................................................................................................................................... 11
CONNECTING THE MOUSE AND KEYBOARD ............................................................................................................. 11
INSTALLING THE NETWORK CABLE .............................................................................................................. 11
CONNECTING THE NETWORK CABLE ........................................................................................................................ 12
STARTING THE DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO FOR THE FIRST TIME ...................................................... 13
POWER CONNECTION AND SETTINGS ........................................................................................................................ 13
APPLICATION STARTUP ...................................................................................................................................... 14
STARTING THE DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO APPLICATION .................................................................................. 14
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO APPLICATION LAYOUT ............................................................................................ 14
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO APPLICATION CONFIGURATION ............................................................................... 15
PRINTER DRIVER (REQUIRED) .................................................................................................................................. 16
OPERATOR’S EMAIL ADDRESS (OPTIONAL) .............................................................................................................. 16
RECORDING SPEED (REQUIRED) ............................................................................................................................... 16
ASYNCHRONOUS MODE (REQUIRED)........................................................................................................................ 17
DESCRIPTION ............................................................................................................................................................ 17
DISABLED ................................................................................................................................................................. 17
JOBS=SYNCHRONOUS (FIFO), DRIVES=SYNCHRONOUS .......................................................................................... 17
LEVEL 0 .................................................................................................................................................................... 17
LEVEL 1* .................................................................................................................................................................. 18
LEVEL 2* .................................................................................................................................................................. 18
JOBS=ASYNCHRONOUS (FIFO), DRIVES=ASYNCHRONOUS ...................................................................................... 18
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DEFAULT JOB FILE FOLDER (REQUIRED) .................................................................................................................. 18
DEFAULT IMAGE FILE FOLDER (REQUIRED).............................................................................................................. 19
DEFAULT LABEL FILE FOLDER (REQUIRED).............................................................................................................. 19
CREATING NEW PRIVILEGES PROFILE ....................................................................................................................... 19
EDITING EXISTING PRIVILEGES PROFILE ................................................................................................................... 21
DELETING EXISTING PRIVILEGES PROFILE ................................................................................................................ 22
CREATING NEW USERS ............................................................................................................................................. 22
EDITING EXISTING USERS ......................................................................................................................................... 23
DELETING EXISTING USERS ...................................................................................................................................... 23
DEFAULT JOB OPTIONS ............................................................................................................................................. 23
SYSTEM DRIVES ....................................................................................................................................................... 25
CONTROLLING THE DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO FROM CUSTOM APPLICATIONS ................................................. 25
CREATING DISC LABELS ..................................................................................................................................... 27
LABEL EDITOR MENU BAR ....................................................................................................................................... 27
CREATING TEXT ....................................................................................................................................................... 28
CHANGING TEXT AND TEXT ATTRIBUTES ................................................................................................................. 29
IMPORTING GRAPHICS .............................................................................................................................................. 29
RESIZING GRAPHICS ................................................................................................................................................. 30
REPOSITIONING TEXT, GRAPHICS AND DATES .......................................................................................................... 31
CENTERING TEXT AND GRAPHICS............................................................................................................................. 31
SAVING THE CURRENT DISC LABEL .......................................................................................................................... 32
OPENING EXISTING DISC LABELS ............................................................................................................................. 33
UTILIZING .PDF FILES FOR PRINTING (COMMAND MODULE CLIENT ONLY) .................................. 34
UTILIZING .PDF FILES FOR PRINTING – CON’T (COMMAND MODULE CLIENT ONLY) .................. 35
CREATING DISC IMAGES .................................................................................................................................... 36
DATA DISC IMAGES .................................................................................................................................................. 36
DATA IMAGE EDITOR TOOLBAR ............................................................................................................................... 37
STATIC AND DYNAMIC CONTENT.............................................................................................................................. 38
ADDING FILES AND FOLDERS .................................................................................................................................... 38
REMOVING FILES AND FOLDERS ............................................................................................................................... 38
CREATING NEW FOLDERS ......................................................................................................................................... 38
NAMING A FOLDER ................................................................................................................................................... 39
SAVING THE CURRENT DISC IMAGE FILE .................................................................................................................. 40
LOADING AN EXISTING SCRIPT FILE .......................................................................................................................... 43
AUDIO DISC IMAGES ................................................................................................................................................. 43
AUDIO IMAGE TOOLBAR ........................................................................................................................................... 44
ADDING TRACKS ...................................................................................................................................................... 45
SELECTING DISC CAPACITY....................................................................................................................................... 45
REMOVING TRACKS .................................................................................................................................................. 46
EDITING A TRACK ..................................................................................................................................................... 46
CHANGING ISRC CODES AND COPY PROHIBIT FLAGS .............................................................................................. 46
INSERTING, EDITING AND REMOVING SILENCE ......................................................................................................... 47
INSERTING, EDITING AND REMOVING SUB-INDEXES ................................................................................................. 48
SAVING THE CURRENT AUDIO DISC IMAGE .............................................................................................................. 49
LOADING AN EXISTING AUDIO DISC IMAGE .............................................................................................................. 50
CREATING JOBS ..................................................................................................................................................... 51
CREATING NEW JOBS................................................................................................................................................ 51
JOB MENU BAR ........................................................................................................................................................ 52
GENERAL OPTIONS ................................................................................................................................................... 52
JOB ID (REQUIRED) .................................................................................................................................................. 53
USER ID (REQUIRED) ............................................................................................................................................... 53
PASSWORD (REQUIRED) ........................................................................................................................................... 53
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IMAGE (NEEDED IF “COPY” OPTION IS CHECKED) ...................................................................................................... 54
LABEL FILE (OPTIONAL) ........................................................................................................................................... 54
COMMENTS (OPTIONAL) ........................................................................................................................................... 56
QUANTITY (REQUIRED) ............................................................................................................................................ 56
PRIORITY (REQUIRED) .............................................................................................................................................. 56
SAVING THE CURRENT JOB ....................................................................................................................................... 56
LOADING AN EXISTING JOB....................................................................................................................................... 57
SUBMITTING JOBS ................................................................................................................................................ 58
SUBMITTING A JOB ................................................................................................................................................... 58
THE PRODUCTION PROCESS...................................................................................................................................... 59
REMOVING A JOB ...................................................................................................................................................... 60
CLEARING THE COMPLETED JOBS LIST ..................................................................................................................... 60
STARTING A NEW JOB ............................................................................................................................................... 60
ABORTING A JOB ...................................................................................................................................................... 60
VIEWING LOGS....................................................................................................................................................... 61
VIEWING THE ERRORS REPORTED BY DIRECTOR IN THE EVENT VIEWER. .................................... 62
UPDATING JOB RECORDS .......................................................................................................................................... 64
NAVIGATING JOB RECORDS ...................................................................................................................................... 64
DELETING ALL JOB RECORDS ................................................................................................................................... 64
RESUBMITTING JOBS................................................................................................................................................. 64
DUPLICATING EXISTING DISCS ........................................................................................................................ 65
CREATING AN IMAGE FILE ........................................................................................................................................ 65
VIEWING RESOURCES ......................................................................................................................................... 68
UPGRADING DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO SOFTWARE ............................................................................... 69
OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS ..................................................................................................................................... 69
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Installing the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO
Carefully remove the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO publishing system
from the shipping container. Inspect the contents and verify them against
the packing slip. Report any errors in shipping as soon as possible.
What’s in the Box
Your DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO is a complete publishing system
containing all necessary components. The package includes:
• DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO publishing system (either CD/DVD, or
CD/DVD/Blu-ray)
• Power cords
• Operator’s Guide (on CD/DVD)
• Windows license pack
• MF Digital Product & Warranty Registration card
• Printer (see Setup Guide for printer setup)
To obtain optional Director Client software (DClient) software visit
www.mfdigital.com/techsupport.html
Packing Materials
Please retain the original box and packaging in the event that the unit
requires future servicing. This will help to reduce the possibility of damage
occurring in transit.
The Best Place to Put the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO
The best operating location for the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO
publishing system is in a climate controlled area, free of dirt, dust, humidity,
excessive heat, and electronic or electromagnetic interference. Room
temperature should be between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, or between
18 and 23 degrees Celsius. Place the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO on a
solid, steady work surface and allow sufficient room for all incidental work
materials. Provide at least six inches of clearance on all sides of the unit for
ventilation.
Safety Precautions
The system is shipped with a three-prong power connector and must be
used with a properly grounded AC receptacle. DO NOT try to defeat the
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third “ground” prong. All computer peripherals must be properly grounded
and the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO is no exception. The use of a power
conditioner such as an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), or a surge
protector is highly recommended. At the very least you should consider
connecting the PC portion of the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO to a UPS.
The minimum required size is 500VA.
Repairs or alterations should only be attempted by authorized factory
trained technicians. MF Digital reserves the right to void the warranty if
unauthorized service is performed.
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Location Of DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO Components
Front View
Loading Arm
Output Spindle
Reject Area
Input #2
Input #1
Rear View
System
On/Off
Switch
Mouse
Keyboard
Monitor
Network
Power
On/Off
Switch
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Removing Packing Restraints
The DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO ships with a picker arm restraint to
reduce the possibility of damage in transit. This restraint must be removed
before operation or power-on. Remove the foam block above the transfer
arm. Save the foam block, as you will need to return it to its place if you
need to transport the unit in the future.
Input and Output Spindles
The input bin and the output spindle and bins serve as the containers to
store up to 150 blank and recorded discs per bin.
NOTE: See section entitled, Loader Options when activating separate
CD/DVD spindles.
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Installing The Monitor, Keyboard And Mouse
Before operating the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO, the user supplied
monitor, keyboard and mouse must be attached.
Connecting The Monitor
• Place the monitor on either side of the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO
unit.
• Make sure the monitor power switch is set to the off position.
• Connect one end of the power cord to the VAC Out on the monitor and
the other to the wall power outlet.
• Connect the DB15 male connector of the video cable to the High
Density DB15 female Video In port on the back of the host computer.
Connecting The Mouse And Keyboard
• Connect the PS/2 male connector of the mouse cord to the PS/2 female
Mouse In port on the back of the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO. If
using USB, then connect to one of the free USB ports on the rear of the
unit. Keep in mind you may need a free USB port for your printer.
• Connect the PS/2 male connector of the keyboard cord to the PS/2
female Keyboard In port on the back of the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR
PRO. If using USB, then connect to one of the free USB ports on the
rear of the unit. Keep in mind you may need a free USB port for your
printer.
Installing The Network Cable
In addition to operating as a standalone duplicator the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO can be connected to a network to receive
files for pre-mastering or even be remotely controlled by use of the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO’s Network Client Software, or your own
application by way of the Director’s advanced Application Program
Interface (SmartAPI). The unit comes equipped from the factory with
onboard gigabit LAN port for network attachment.
Note:
While networks are commonplace, their connection and interconnection
require specific expertise far beyond the scope of this manual. For our
purposes here, we will assume you either have expertise with networking
computers, or had your unit professionally installed by MF Digital.
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Connecting the Network Cable
Connect a suitable patch cord to the RJ45 network port on the back of the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO unit. A Category 3 or better cable should be
used for 10Base-T, Category 5 for 100Base-T network connection, and
category 5E or 6 for 1000Base-T (Gigabit)
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Starting the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO For the First Time
Before Disc creation or duplication can begin it is necessary to review a few
details.
Power Connection and Settings
• Make sure the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO power switch is set to the
off position or “0”.
• The unit has an auto switching power supply that supports 100 – 240V
AC.
• Plug one end of the supplied power cord into the receptacle at the rear of
the unit and the other end into the wall or UPS power outlet.
CAUTION
Note:
Always use properly grounded receptacles, or severe damage to
your system may result. The use of a surge protector or
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is highly recommended.
The DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO uses Microsoft’s Windows For the
operating system. To get the most out of the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR
PRO it is recommended that users supplement this manual with a
Windows guide.
Starting Up
• Flip the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO power switch to the “on”
position.
• Switch on the power to the printer.
• Wait a minute or two while the system starts up. A series of diagnostic
information will be displayed and once complete the unit will display
the Windows desktop.
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Application Startup
The DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO is a state-of-the-art disc publishing
system and duplicator. It is designed to create, duplicate, print and verify
most standard disc formats. This startup section will guide you through
starting and configuring the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO application.
Starting the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO Application
To start the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO application the steps are as
follows:
• From the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO desktop, double click the
“DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO” icon on the Windows desktop. The
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO application screen will now be
displayed:
• Place as many blank discs as required onto the input spindle.
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO Application Layout
The DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO application is organized into a sequence
of eight pages accessible by tabs at the top of the screen (System Status,
Create Job, Data Image Editor, Audio Image Editor, Label Editor,
Resources Info, System Setup, System Log). By completing information on
these cards you control the actions of the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO to
create, duplicate and verify discs as well as print discs labels.
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Tabs:
System Status
Create Job
Data Image
Editor
Audio Image
Editor
Label Editor
Resources Info
System Setup
System Log
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Displays the status of jobs after they have been
submitted for production.
Brings together the data or audio contents and label
components of a disc so it can be produced.
Specifies the contents of a data disc to be recorded.
Specifies the contents of an audio disc to be recorded.
Creates labels to be printed on the surface of discs.
Displays the hardware elements connected to the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO.
Defines operating settings and user privileges.
Displays the database of information maintained on all
jobs.
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO Application Configuration
Before creating or duplicating a disc the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO
application must first be configured. The System Setup tab is used to
establish a number of important settings including basic operation
parameters as well as the authorized users and privileges they have using
the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO.
Note: Apply button must be clicked in order for any changes to take effect, except
for modification of users and privileges.
To begin or modify an existing setup of the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO:
• Click the System Setup tab. The screen will now display:
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The System Setup tab is divided into a number of information fields that
must be completed.
Printer Driver (Required)
The Printer Driver pull-down is used to indicate to
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO the type of printer that is installed.
the
• Click the Printer Driver pull down and select your printer.
Operator’s Email Address (Optional)
The OPERATOR’S EMAIL ADDRESS field is a user defined email
address to which a network attached DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO will
send a message when the unit requires attention (such as an empty input
spindle, etc.). The email feature requires the presence of a POP3 or IMAP
server on the network and that an email client account be created for use by
the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO.
Note:
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO sends email via MAPI hence you must
first setup a MAPI email client on the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO.
Make sure you set this client to be used from MAPI based applications.
• Click the Operator’s E-mail Address field and enter an email address.
Leave the field blank if the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO is not
attached to a network or if you do not want to receive unit attention
messages.
Recording Speed (Required)
The Recording Speed pull-down allows you to set the recording speed as
determined by the capabilities of the recorders installed in the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO.
• Click the Recording Speed pull down either for CD, DVD, or Blu-ray (if
equipped) and select the desired recording speed.
• Click Apply to activate the changes.
Note:
For CD: “4x, 8x, 12x, 16x, 20x, 24x, 40x,” or “maximum speed”
For DVD: “6x, 8x, 12x” or “maximum speed”
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Asynchronous Mode (Required)
The Asynchronous Mode pull-down is used to instruct the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO how to process jobs. This affects both how
jobs are handled and how the drives operate. Jobs and drives can run either
synchronously or asynchronously. In the table below you will find each
mode detailed. Let’s define the basic modes first:
Jobs=Synchronous / Asynchronous
When jobs are Synchronous, they are completed in the order in which
they were submitted. Take for example two jobs submitted for one copy
each. The first job is of a 650MB master while the second job is only
10MB. While the second job submitted will be completed prior to the
first job, it will not be outputted to the accept spindle until the second
job has been completed. When jobs are Asynchronous they will be
outputted to the accept spindle as they are completed.
Drives=Synchronous /Asynchronous
Drives can also run either synchronously or asynchronously. In
synchronous mode, all the drives in use for a given job, run in tandem or
parallel to one another. In asynchronous mode, all the drives in use for a
given job, operate independently of each other. For example if you
submit a job for three copies and the drives are operating synchronously,
the copying process will not begin until all drives become ready. On the
other hand, if the same job were submitted with the drives operating
asynchronously, each drive would begin to write as soon as it becomes
ready, independently of any other drives which may also be in use for
this particular job. Asynchronous mode is more demanding of system
resources.
The modes of operation are:
Mode
Description
Disabled
Jobs=Synchronous (FIFO), Drives=Synchronous
When the setting is “disabled”, jobs are processed on a first in/first out
(FIFO) basis such that they will be kept together when placed on the
output spindle. For example, let us say two jobs of one piece each are
submitted. Job 1 is a 650 MB disc and Job 2 is a 10 MB disc. Even
though Job 2 was submitted last, it will completed before Job 1 but it will
NOT be outputted to the accept spindle until Job 1 is done.
Level 0
Jobs=Asynchronous, Drives=Synchronous (Default)
When the setting is “level 0” jobs are still started on a first in / first out
basis, but completed jobs will be outputted when they are done and
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therefore discs will be mixed together on the output spindle. For
example, let us say two jobs of two pieces each are submitted. Job 1 is a
650 MB
disc and Job 2 is a 10 MB disc. Even though Job 2 was submitted last, it
will completed before Job 1 but unlike the DIASBLED mode, it will not
be held but rather immediately outputted to the accept spindle when it is
done. In processing the respective jobs, the two drives in use for each job
will function in tandem such that they will not begin to write until both
drives have become ready.
Level 1*
Jobs=Synchronous (FIFO), Drives=Asynchronous
When the setting is “Level 1”, jobs are processed on a first in/first out
(FIFO) basis such that they will be kept together when placed on the
output spindle. For example, let us say two jobs of two pieces each are
submitted. Job 1 is a 650 MB disc and Job 2 is a 10 MB disc. Even
though Job 2 was submitted last, it will completed before Job 1 but it will
NOT be outputted to the accept spindle until Job 1 is done. In processing
the respective jobs, the two drives in use for each job will function
independently of one another and begin to write as soon as they become
ready.
Level 2*
Jobs=Asynchronous (FIFO), Drives=Asynchronous
When the setting is “level 2” jobs are still started on a first in / first out
basis but completed jobs will be outputted when they are done. For
example, let us say two jobs of two pieces each are submitted. Job 1 is a
650 MB disc and Job 2 is a 10 MB disc. Even though Job 2 was
submitted last, it will completed before Job 1 but unlike the DIASBLED
mode, it will not be held but rather immediately outputted to the accept
spindle when it is done. In processing the respective jobs, the two drives
in use for each job will function independently of one another and begin
to write as soon as they become ready. In this mode, disc placement on
output spindle will be scattered.
• Click the ASYNCHRONOUS MODE pull down and select the desired
“disabled” or “level O” setting (level 1 and level 2 not used).
Default Job File Folder (Required)
The DEFAULT JOB FILE FOLDER field is used to specify the default
location where job files (*.JOB) will be saved. The factory setting
(C:\discDIRECTOR\Jobs\) should be sufficient for most uses. To change
the default setting:
• Click the Browse button below the DEFAULT JOB FILE FOLDER
field.
• Select the volume and DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO where you wish to
save job files.
• Click the OK button.
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Default Image File Folder (Required)
The DEFAULT IMAGE FILE FOLDER field is used to specify the default
location where disc image script (*.ISC) will be saved. The factory setting
(C:\discDIRECTOR\Images\) should be sufficient for most uses. To change
the default setting:
• Click the Browse button below the DEFAULT IMAGE FILE FOLDER
field.
• Select the volume and DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO where you wish to
save disc image files.
• Click the OK button.
Default Label File Folder (Required)
The DEFAULT LABEL FILE FOLDER field is used to specify the default
location where disc label files (*.LBL) will be saved. The factory setting
(C:\discDIRECTOR\Labels\) should be sufficient for most uses. To change
the default setting:
• Click the Browse button below the DEFAULT LABEL FILE FOLDER
field.
• Select the volume and DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO where you wish to
save disc label files.
• Click the OK button.
Loader Options
Shake Disc – By selecting Shake Disc the loader arm will shake the disc
after picking to prevent multiple discs being lifted at the same time.
Though, you should always separate the media as you load to the unit as this
helps prevent discs from sticking together as well.
Spindle Select – By selecting this option the left and right spindles are
separated respectively to DVD and CD. NOTE: Keep in mind, when
selecting this option; you only load 75 Discs in each hopper. As the output
hopper is now shared.
Creating New Privileges Profile
Control access to the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO by restricting use to
only authorized users. The main intent of this is for jobs submitted remotely
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through the included Network Client, or through other client side
applications. New users must first be entered into the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO’s database and their privileges or
permissions assigned.
The first step in entering new users into the database is to create profiles,
which define types or classes of users and their work privileges on the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO. For example, a “Team Leader” profile
might be established for users who need to produce an unlimited number of
discs and a “Team Member” profile created for other users in order to
restrict the number of discs they can produce in a given period of time.
To create a new privilege profile:
• Click the New button below the PRIVILEGES window.
• Complete these required fields
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Editing Privileges
Profile name
Max quantity per day
Max quantity per month
Max quantity per quarter
Max quantity per request
Max requests per day
Max requests per month
Max requests per quarter
Max priority
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Required. Enter the profile name.
Required. Enter the maximum number of
discs this type of user is allowed to
record/print per day.
Required. Enter the maximum number of
discs this type of user is allowed to
record/print per month.
Required. Enter the maximum number of
discs this type of user is allowed to
record/print per quarter.
Required. Enter the maximum number of
discs this type of user is allowed to
record/print per job.
Required. Enter the maximum number of jobs
this type of user is allowed to submit per day.
Required. Enter the maximum number of jobs
this type of user is allowed to submit per
month.
Required. Enter the maximum number of jobs
this type of user is allowed to submit per
quarter.
Required. Enter the maximum priority (1
lowest - 99 highest) this type of user is
allowed to assign a job. Jobs are queued based
on order of submission and priority. Jobs of
higher priority will be queued before jobs of
lower priority. If the priority level is the same,
the job will be processed in order of
submission.
When finished entering the information, click the Save To Database
button.
Editing Existing Privileges Profile
To edit an existing privilege profile:
• Click the privilege profile you wish to edit and click the Edit button
below the PRIVILEGES window. The privileges information boxes will
be displayed.
• Make any changes as needed then click the Save To Database button.
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Deleting Existing Privileges Profile
To delete an existing privileges profile:
• Click the privilege profile you wish to delete and click the Delete button
below the PRIVILEGES window.
• Click the Yes button to confirm.
Note:
You may NOT delete a Profile while users are assigned to it. You must
first either delete or assign the users a new profile, then the profile may be
deleted.
Creating New Users
After creating suitable privileges profiles the next step is to enter new users
and their personal information into the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO’s
database.
To create a new user:
• Click the New button below the USERS window.
• Complete the user information boxes:
Creating New Users
Username
Required. Enter a name for the user.
(15 characters maximum, A to Z, 0 to 9)
First Name
Required. Enter the user’s first name.
(16 characters maximum, A to Z, 0 to 9)
Last Name
Required. Enter the user’s last name.
(31 characters maximum, A to Z, 0 to 9)
Password
Required. Enter the user’s password.
(15 characters maximum, A to Z, 0 to 9)
Confirm Password
Required. Enter the user’s password a second time.
Privileges
Required. Select a defined privileges profile.
Max Quantity
Determined by privileges profile.
Max Requests
Determined by privileges profile.
Max Priority
Determined by privileges profile.
Company
Optional. Enter the user’s company name.
(63 characters maximum, A to Z, 0 to 9)
Department
Optional. Enter the user’s department name.
(31 characters maximum, A to Z, 0 to 9)
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Street Address 1
Street Address 2
City
State/Province
Zip/Postal Code
Country
Phone
Fax
Email
Date Entered
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Optional. Enter the user’s street address.
(63 characters maximum, A to Z, 0 to 9)
Optional. Enter the user’s street address.
(63 characters maximum, A to Z, 0 to 9)
Optional. Enter the user’s city.
(31 characters maximum, A to Z, 0 to 9)
Optional. Enter the user’s state or province.
(15 characters maximum, A to Z, 0 to 9)
Optional. Enter the user’s Zip or postal code.
(15 characters maximum, A to Z, 0 to 9)
Optional. Enter the user’s country.
(15 characters maximum, A to Z, 0 to 9)
Optional. Enter the user’s telephone number.
Optional. Enter the user’s fax number.
Optional. Enter the user’s email address.
Automatic. The DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO
automatically registers the date and time the user’s
information is entered.
• When finished entering the information click the Save To Database
button.
Editing Existing Users
To edit an existing user:
• Click the username you wish to edit and click the Edit button below the
USERS window and the user information boxes will be displayed.
• Make any changes as needed then click the Save To Database button.
Deleting Existing Users
To delete an existing user:
• Click the username you wish to delete and click the Delete button below
the USERS window.
• Click the Yes button to confirm.
Default Job Options
The DEFAULT JOB OPTIONS window allows you to specify which
production options will be enabled on the Job tab when the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO application is started. Setting these defaults
can save time if the type of jobs you produce fall into a regular pattern.
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To change the job option defaults:
• Select or de-select the check box next to the appropriate option:
Default Job Options:
Copy
When checked the Copy option on the Job tab will be
enabled by default.
Verify
When checked the Verify option on the Job tab will be
enabled by default.
Print
When checked the Print option on the Job tab will be enabled
by default.
Simulate When checked the Simulate option on the Job tab will be
enabled by default.
Archive
When checked the Archive option on the Job tab will be
enabled by default.
Using Third Party pre-mastered DVD Image Files on MF Digital
Director
Many DVD authoring and pre-mastering programs have the ability to
create image files. Most will create a UDF compatible image file but
filename extensions can vary. Some applications use .ISO, some .IMG, as
well as various others. These image files can be used in MF
Digital's Director, however they must be renamed *.UDF.
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System Drives
The SYSTEM DRIVES window allows you to specify which hard disk
drives the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO uses exclusively. The factory
settings should be sufficient for most uses.
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO (2604 – 4 Drive): Be sure that drives D,
E, F and G are selected.
Director Office Publisher (2602 – 2 Drive): Be sure that drives D and E
are selected.
Example of DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO
To change the SYSTEM DRIVES:
• Select or de-select the check box next to the appropriate drive.
• Click “Apply” after making the changes.
Controlling the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO From Custom
Applications
In addition to operating the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO from its console,
you have the option to remotely control the system from anywhere on the
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network using your own custom applications or scripts. This is
accomplished using the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO’s Application
Program Interface (SmartAPI) after initial configuration using the System
Setup tab. For additional information see the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR
PRO’s SmartAPI Programmer’s Guide.
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Creating Disc Labels
The first step in creating a disc is to create a label that will be printed on the
surface of the disc. The DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO’s built-in label
design software provides a quick and easy way to create simple disc labels
that contain text and graphics. More sophisticated labels can be created by
using the provided software included with the printer.
To use the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO’s built-in label design software:
• Click the Label Editor tab. The screen will now display:
The Label Editor’s main editing window consists of two concentric circles
that graphically represent the surface appearance of a disc.
Label Editor Menu Bar
Horizontally along the top of the Label Editor window is the menu bar, as
depicted below:
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The menu bar contains eight buttons: New, Open, Save, Delete, Select Font,
Point Mode, Text Mode and Import Picture.
Label Menu Buttons:
New
Creates a new disc label.
Open
Opens an existing disc label file (*.LBL).
Save
Saves the current disc label.
Delete
Cuts the selected item
Select
Used to select the font, style, size and color before creating test
Font
on the disc label.
Used to select a piece of text, date field or graphic image so it
Point
can be moved, modified or deleted.
Mode
Text
Mode
Import
Picture
Used to create text on the disc label.
Used to place a graphic image file created using other software
on the disc label.
Creating Text
Using the Text Mode tool, you can create horizontal text anywhere on your
disc label. In addition, once the text has been entered it can be repositioned
and its font and other attributes changed. To create text:
• Click the Text Mode button on the toolbar.
• Click where you want the type to begin.
• Enter the text you want.
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Changing Text and Text Attributes
To change the attributes of a piece of text once it has been entered:
• Click the Point Mode button on the toolbar.
• Double click the piece of text you wish to change. The screen will now
display:
• To change the text that you previously typed in, edit the contents of the
text box.
• To change the font, style, size or color, click the Select Font button. The
screen will now display:
• After making the changes click the OK button.
• Click the OK button.
Importing Graphics
Using the Import Picture tool, you can place graphics created using other
software anywhere on your disc label. To import a graphics file:
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• Click the Import Picture button on the toolbar. The screen will now
display:
• Select the graphics file you wish to import (supported formats include
BMP, JPG, PCX, PNG, TGA, TIF and WMF).
• Click the Open button.
Resizing Graphics
To proportionally resize a graphic image after it has been imported:
• Click the Point button on the toolbar.
• Click the graphic image you wish to resize. A bounding box will appear
around the image with eight solid squares (handles).
• Click and drag the appropriate handle until the image is the correct size
and release the mouse button.
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Repositioning Text, Graphics and Dates
To reposition a piece of text, a graphic image or a date field after it has been
created or imported:
• Click the Point button on the toolbar.
• Click and hold on the selected text or graphic image you wish to move.
• Drag the text or graphic image to the desired location and release the
mouse button.
Centering Text and Graphics
To center text or graphic images after they have been created or imported:
• Click the Point button on the toolbar.
• Right-click on the text or graphic image. A pop-up menu, as depicted
below, will appear.
• You may center text horizontally only. You may choose to center
graphics horizontally, vertically, or both. Clicking on the “Center” popup menu option centers the graphic horizontally and vertically.
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Deleting Text, Graphics and Dates
To delete a piece of text, a graphic image or a date field after it has been
created or imported:
• Click the Point Mode button on the tool bar.
• Click the piece of text or graphic image you wish to delete.
• Click the Delete button on the menu bar or press the DELETE key on
the keyboard. Optionally, you may right-click on the object as described
in “Centering Text and Graphics” and then select delete in the pop-up
that appears.
Saving the Current Disc Label
Once a disc label has been created, it must be saved in order for the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO to use it as a source label for printing. Disc
labels are saved as files with an “LBL” extension. To save a disc label:
• Click the Save button on the menu bar.
• Select the proper folder where you want to save the disc label file.
• Enter the name for the disc label file and click the Save button.
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Opening Existing Disc Labels
Once a disc label has been saved it can be modified at a later date. To open
an existing disc label file:
• Click the Open button on the menu bar.
• Select the appropriate file and click the Open button.
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Utilizing .PDF Files for Printing (Command Module Client Only)
MF Digital Duplication Systems now allows you
to create your Disc labels using the popular
Adobe Acrobat File, PDF for printing. To make
this process simple, MF Digital has created PDF
templates for you to design your artwork on.
These templates are located on our tech support
page.
http://www.mfdigital.com/techsupport.html
To use these templates, please follow the
instructions below. For this example we will
use Adobe Photoshop.
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Open Adobe Photoshop and from the
File Menu, choose Open. Browse to find
the PDF template that you downloaded
and choose that file, click the open
button. You will be alerted with an
IMPORT PDF dialog window. Fig. A
Click the OK button.
The template will open in Adobe
Photoshop. If you select the IMAGE
menu, then choose Image Size, the image
size dialog will appear, verify the
Document Size, Height & Width reads
the correct size for the template you are
working with. For this example, the
document size reads, 119.94mm x
119.94mm. Fig. B
When laying out text in Photoshop,
Photoshop automatically creates a new
layer, one for each piece of text you add,
should you need to insert a graphic.
From the Layer Menu, choose LAYER>NEW LAYER. Photoshop will insert a
new layer for you. You can then add the
graphic onto this layer.(Yellow Square)
Fig. C
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Utilizing .PDF Files for Printing – Con’t
(Command Module Client Only)
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After you lay out your design, the
template layer needs to be “turned off”.
This simply done by using the layers
palette. (red square, Fig. D) You’ll
notice to the left of each layer is an eye.
Clicking the eye will turn that layer off.
Notice the template now disappears. Fig.
E
You will now need to convert your
design into a PDF file, to do this, make
sure you have Adobe Acrobat installed.
From the File Menu, choose Print.
Under the Printer section of the Print
Dialog, change the Printer name to the
PDF Printer (acrobat versions vary in
names). Fig. F Click the OK button.
You will be prompted to give a name to
the PDF file. The default name that
should be used for Standalone units, is
1.PDF. If this is a multi set of labels,
then label the PDF filename accordingly
(example, 1.PDF, 2.PDF, etc.). Fig. G
CAUTION
Please ensure the Client Machine or
workstation where D-Client is being used,
does not have the “full” version of Acrobat
installed. Instead please install Acrobat
Reader, v 6.0 or higher.
Note: When submitting PDF files for printing via D-Client. The drivers for the
printer in which you are submitting to, must be loaded on the client
machine or workstation as D-Client.
Please ensure that the printer that you are submitting to is set as the default printer.
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Creating Disc Images
After creating a label, the next step in constructing a disc is to specify its
contents (disc image). The DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO creates industry
standard data (Mode 1 ISO 9660 level 2 with Joliet extensions) and audio
(Red Book) discs from scratch as well as duplicates existing discs authored
in most formats. In this section we cover how to create the disc contents
from files residing on the local system or a remote system connected via a
network. If you already have a disc and simply wish to copy it, refer to the
section entitled Duplicating Existing discs.
Data Disc Images
To create a data disc image:
• Click the Data Image Editor tab. The screen will now display:
The Data Image Editor tab is divided into four panes. The top left pane
lists all of the names and icons of the files and folders on the currently
selected disk drive (source). The top right pane displays the contents of any
item you click on in the top left pane along with its icon. The bottom left
pane lists all the names and icons of files and folders on the disc that is
being created (disc image). The bottom right pane displays the contents of
any item you click on in the bottom left pane along with its icon.
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Data Image Editor Toolbar
The toolbar is located horizontally at the top of the application window and
contains ten buttons which are: New, Open, Save, Properties, Disc
Capacity, CD, DVD, DL-DVD, Blu-Ray DVD and Wildcard.
Data Image Editor Toolbar:
New Folder
Creates a new volume.
Open
Opens an existing folder on the disc image.
Save
Saves files or folders.
Properties
Displays properties about the image: volume title,
Publisher, Data Preparer, Copyright File, Abstract File
and Bibliographic File
Disc Capacity
Allows selection of capacity of discs loaded into
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO i.e. 74 minute/650MB,
80 minute/700MB, DVD 3.95GB and DVD 4.7GB.
CD
Lets DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO know CD media is
in use.
DVD
Lets DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO know DVD media
is in use.
Blue Ray DVD Lets DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO know Blu Ray
media is in use.
*.* Wildcard
Allows specification of dynamic content
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Static and Dynamic Content
The DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO allows discs to be created from both
static and dynamic content. A finished disc created from static content will
contain the exact files and folders that are specified when the disc image is
created. A finished disc created from dynamic content will contain the files
and folders that exist in specified locations at the time the job is submitted
for recording (rather than when the disc image is created).
For example, specifying dynamic content when creating a disc layout would
allow a job to be run every week that records the contents of a specific
folder onto a disc without having to create a new disc image every time. In
this case the contents of the folder (not the folder itself) can change.
To specify a file or folder on a disc image as containing dynamic content:
• Highlight the Volume which will be using dynamic source then Click
the *.* check box.
Note: Please be sure not to exceed the capacity of the disc being used.
Adding Files and Folders
• Click the desired file or folder in the top left or right pane (source) and
hold down the mouse button.
• Drag the file or folder over the disc icon in the lower right then release
the mouse button
• Files and folders can also be added to the disc image using the Open
button. A box appears choose the image and click he Open button the
image will be added.
Removing Files and Folders
• Click the desired file or folder in the bottom left or right pane (disc
image)
• Right click the file or folder and choose Delete from the toolbar which
appears.
Creating New Folders
• Click the desired root or folder area in the left or right pane (disc
image).
• Click the New Folder button on the toolbar.
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Naming a Folder
• Right click the desired folder in the bottom left or right pane (disc
image).
• Choose Rename from the drop down menu, which appears.
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Saving the Current Disc Image File
Once a data disc image has been created, it must be saved for the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO to use it as a data source for recording. Disc
images can either be saved as script files (with an “ISC” extension) or
physical image files (with an “ISO” extension).
A script file (ISC) contains pointers to the source data files and is used as a
guide at the time of recording the disc. Since a script file does not include
the source data it is best used when producing unique projects with dynamic
content, or when the source data will always be available to the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO. Or, if producing software, a “static” image
would be best to ensure content.
A physical image file (ISO used for CD) or (UDF used for DVD)is an exact
replica of the final disc and contains all of the source data. It is therefore
best used when producing static projects that are recorded on a regular
basis, and when source data will not always be available to the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO. Please note that, depending upon the
amount of data to be recorded, a physical image file can occupy as much as
700 MB (CD) or 4.7MB (single layer DVD) of hard disk space. Note: If
you are equipped with a Blu-Ray system, the resulting image file
extension will be a *.UDF
To save a data disc image script file:
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The file will automatically be saved with the .isc extension
• Click the Save button on the toolbar. The screen will now display:
• Select the volume and directory where you want to save the script file.
• Enter the name for the script file and click the Save button.
To save a disc physical image file:
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Click the Save button on the toolbar. The screen will now display:
Select the volume and directory where you want to save the image file.
Enter the name for the image file.
Change the Save as type to ISO.
This will make a standard ISO 9660 image file to the desired location.
Volume Properties
Volume Label
Publisher
Data Preparer
Copyright File
Abstract File
Bibliographic File
Enter the name you want to call the disc.
Enter the name of the publisher.
Enter the name of the person who prepared the disc.
Enter the file name that provides copyright
information about the disc.
Enter the file name that describes the contents of the
disc.
Enter the file name that provides bibliographic
information about the disc.
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• To Edit the Volume Properties, click on the Properties Button in the
Menu Bar, a window will pop up. Fill in the necessary data as
required.
• When done, click the OK button.
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Loading an Existing Script File
Once a data disc image script file has been saved it can be modified at a
later date.
To load an existing script file:
• Click the Load Script button on the toolbar. The screen will now
display:
• Select the appropriate file and click the Open button.
Audio Disc Images
The DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO creates industry standard audio (Red
Book) discs from scratch that can be played on any home, car or portable
compact disc audio player or computer disc or DVD-ROM drive. Audio
tracks are created using any combination of 44.1 kHz, 16 bit stereo WAV or
MP3 files.
To create an audio disc image:
• Click the Audio Image Editor. The screen will now display:
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The Audio Image Editor tab is divided into three panes. The top left pane
lists all the names and icons of the disk drives available to the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO, as well as files and folders on the currently
selected disk drive (source). The top right pane displays the contents of any
item you click on in the top left pane along with its icon. The bottom pane
lists the names of audio files on the disc, which is being created (disc
image) as well as their type (WAV or MP3), start position and end position,
silence option (inserts silence into the audio disc image) and ISRC code.
Audio Image Toolbar
Horizontally along the top above the panes is a toolbar that contains five
buttons: New, Open, Save, and Disc Capacity.
Image Toolbar:
New
Open
Save
Disc Capacity
Creates a new audio disc image.
Opens an existing audio disc image script folder to
allow selection of an existing file (*.ISC)
Saves the current disc image contents to an audio
disc image script file (*.ISC).
Selects the capacity of the CD-R or CD-RW discs
that are loaded into the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR
PRO: 74 minutes/650 MB or 80 minutes/700 MB.
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Adding Tracks
As depicted below, drag one or more WAV (44.1 kHz, 16 bit stereo) / MP3
(44.1khz) files onto the text. Multiple files may be selected by pressing and
holding down the SHIFT or CTRL key while clicking on the tracks. SHIFT
allows you to select a range of contiguous tracks, while CTRL allows you
to randomly pick multiple tracks. As additional tracks are added, drag and
drop them in at the desired insertion point.
Selecting disc Capacity
On the horizontal toolbar is a button to select the capacity of the disc-R or
disc-RW discs that are loaded into the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO: 74
minute/650MB or 80 minute/700MB (DVD 3.95GB and DVD 4.7GB are
not used).
The Disc Capacity will displayed in the lower right hand corner
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Removing Tracks
• Right click on the audio track you wish to delete.
• Choose Delete Track from the drop down menu.
Editing a Track
• Right click the track to be edited. The screen will now display:
The right hand buttons have the following options:
• Play Selection
• Set IN Point
• Set OUT Point
• Remove Sub index
These options allow custom changes to the tracks. Choosing OK sets the
changes and Cancel cancels the changes.
Changing ISRC Codes and Copy Prohibit Flags
Note:
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO systems equipped with Pioneer DVD-R
drives do not support MF Digital SmartDRIVE features.
The INTERNATIONAL STANDARD RECORDING CODE (ISRC) is an
optional 12-character descriptor that identifies a specific track on an audio
disc. Each track can have its own unique ISRC consisting of 2
alphanumeric characters (country), 3 alphanumeric characters (owner), 2
digits (year of recording) and 5 digits (serial number).
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The COPY PROHIBIT flag is a setting in each track on an audio disc,
indicating whether or not that track can be copied by a digital recorder.
To change an ISRC code:
• Double click the desired audio track in the lower pane. The screen will
now display:
• Enter the code in the ISRC line and click the OK button
To change a Copy Prohibit flag:
• Double click the desired audio track in the lower left pane. The screen
will now display:
• To enable Copy Prohibit select the Copy Prohibit box so that it is
checked, or uncheck the box to disable Copy Prohibit.
Inserting, Editing and Removing Silence
When assembling an audio disc image the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO
application does not insert silences (gaps) between tracks.
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To insert silence between tracks:
• Slide the control to the preferred length of silence. In the example: 48
seconds.
• When done, click OK.
To edit the amount of silence between tracks:
•
Click on the track you wish to edit, use the slider control to edit the
amount of silence required.
To remove silence between tracks:
• Use the slider control, and move it all the way to the left. The clock will
now indicated all zeroes.
Inserting, Editing and Removing Sub-indexes
Sub-indexes are markers used by disc audio players to locate specific points
inside an audio track. Sub-index 0 indicates the start of any silence before
the beginning of a track and sub-index 1 indicates the beginning of a track’s
audio material. Other sub-indexes can also be assigned to allow some audio
players to locate specified material within a track itself.
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To insert sub-indexes in a track:
• Right click the audio track you wish to edit in the lower pane and select
edit track.
• Move the slide control located at the top left (below large clock) to the
location where you want to insert a sub index.
• Click the Add SubIndex button on the right.
Note: In the above example, a sub index was added at 1:05:50
To remove sub-indexes:
• Right click the audio track you wish to edit in the lower pane and select
edit track.
• Highlight the sub index in the Sub index list box on the right.
• Click the Remove Sub Index button.
Saving the Current Audio Disc Image
Once an audio disc image has been created it must be saved so that it can be
used by the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO as an audio source for
recording. Disc images are saved as script files (with an “ISC” extension).
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To save an audio disc image script file:
• Click the Save button on the toolbar. The screen will now display:
• Select the volume and directory where you want to save the script file.
• Enter the name for the audio disc script file and click the Save button.
Loading an Existing Audio Disc Image
Once an audio disc image script file has been saved it can be modified at a
later date.
To load an existing audio disc image script file:
• Click the Open button on the toolbar. The screen will now display:
• Select the appropriate file and click the Open button.
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Creating Jobs
After creating a data or audio disc image, the next step in constructing a
disc is to create or define a job. A job brings together the various elements
of the disc (label, disc image, etc.) so they can be recorded and printed.
Using Third Party pre-mastered DVD Image Files on MF Digital Director
Many DVD authoring and pre-mastering programs have the ability to create image files.
Most will create a UDF compatible image file but filename extensions can vary. Some
applications use .ISO, some .IMG, as well as various others. These image files can be
used in MF Digital's Director, however they must be renamed *.UDF.
Creating New Jobs
To create a new job:
• Click the Create Job tab. The screen will now display:
The Create Job tab is divided into a number of check boxes and
information fields that must be completed.
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Job Menu Bar
Horizontally along the top of the Job tab is a menu bar that contains five
buttons: New, Open, Save, About, Help.
Job Menu Buttons:
New
Creates a new job.
Open Loads an existing job file (*.JOB).
Save
Saves the current job file (*.JOB).
About Displays the current version information of the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO application.
Help
Displays on-screen help.
General Options
Note:
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO systems equipped with Pioneer
DVD-R drives do not support MF Digital SmartDRIVE features.
Vertically along the left side of the Job tab is a series of nine check boxes:
Copy, Verify, Print, Print First, Simulate, Archive, Align, SmartGuard
Media. The first step in creating a job is to set the general options so as to
define which operations the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO will perform
when the job is submitted for production.
• Check or uncheck the option boxes to enable or disable the production
options needed for your job:
General Options:
Copy
Verify
Print
When checked, the discs in the submitted job will
be recorded using the disc image file selected in the
IMAGE field.
When checked, the discs in the submitted job will
automatically be compared against the source files
after recording is completed.
NOTE: Director Blu-ray System Only, audio CDs
are verified via TOC only. All other files will be
verified using the complete source.
When checked, the discs in the submitted job after
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recording will be printed with the disc label selected
in the LABEL FILE field.
When checked, the discs in the submitted job before
recording will be printed with the disc label selected
in the LABEL FILE field.
When checked, the discs in the submitted job will
not be recorded.
When checked, an existing disc is saved to the hard
drive as a physical image file for later recording.
This option is used for duplicating existing discs.
• After setting the general options, complete the required information in
the related information fields:
Job ID (Required)
The JOB ID field is a user-defined descriptor that assists in identifying and
tracking discs produced on the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO. Jobs can be
given meaningful names such as date codes. In addition, jobs may receive
product, invoice or work order numbers.
• Click the JOB ID field and enter a name for the job to a maximum of 20
alphanumeric characters.
User ID (Required)
The USER ID field is a descriptor that assists in identifying and tracking
users operating the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO. User IDs are defined
using the System Setup tab.
• Click the USER ID field and enter your assigned User ID.
Password (Required)
The PASSWORD field assists in controlling access to the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO. Passwords are assigned to specific User
IDs using the System Setup tab.
• Click the PASSWORD field and enter your assigned password.
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Image (needed if “Copy” option is checked)
The IMAGE field is used to specify the data or audio disc image, (ISC or
ISO file) that was previously created, to be used as the data or audio source
for recording. The DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO also accepts standard
Mode 1 data physical image files (such as ISO 9660, MacOS HFS, Unix
UFS and Rock Ridge, etc.) created with other pre-mastering software (such
as Roxio Easy disc Creator and Toast, GEAR Software GEAR Pro, etc.).
• Click the Browse Images button below the IMAGE field. The screen
will now display:
• Select the appropriate file and click the Open button. Leave the field
blank if no image is to be recorded.
Label File (Optional)
The LABEL FILE field is used to specify the disc label (LBL or PRN file),
that was previously created, to be used as the source label for printing.
• Click the Browse Print Files button below the LABEL FILE field the
screen will now display:
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• Select the appropriate file and click the Open button. Leave the field
blank if no label is to be printed.
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Comments (Optional)
The COMMENTS field is a user-defined descriptor that is entered into the
database of all jobs completed by the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO. The
COMMENTS field can contain meaningful information such as
documenting operator observations.
• Click the COMMENTS field and enter your remarks. Leave the field
blank if no information is to be logged into the database.
Quantity (Required)
The QUANITY field is used to specify the number of discs to be recorded
or printed as part of the current job.
• Click the QUANTITY field and enter the number of discs to be
recorded or printed.
Priority (Required)
The PRIORITY field is used to specify the production priority assigned to
the current job (1 lowest - 99 highest). The maximum allowable priority is
determined by a specific user’s privileges assigned using the Setup tab.
• Click the PRIORITY field and enter the priority number.
Saving the Current Job
Once a job has been created it can be saved and used by the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO for future recording. Job files are saved as
job files with a “JOB” extension.
To save a job file:
• Click the Save button on the menu bar. The screen will now display:
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• Select the volume and directory where you want to save the job file.
• Enter the name for the job file and click the Save button.
Loading an Existing Job
Once a job file has been saved it can be modified at a later date.
To load an existing job file:
• Click the Open button on the menu bar. The screen will now display:
• Select the appropriate file and click the Open button.
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Submitting Jobs
After defining or creating a job, the final step in constructing a disc is to
submit the job for production. During the production process the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO uses the job as a guide or map for bringing
together the various elements of the disc (label, disc image, etc.) to print
and record as needed. The DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO processes up to
eight different jobs simultaneously and offers unlimited job queuing.
Submitting a Job
To submit a job for production:
• Complete the details on the Job tab as desired or load an existing job
file.
• Click the Submit Job button at the bottom of the Job tab. The screen will
now display:
The screen is now switched to the Status tab where the progress of jobs
submitted for production can be easily monitored. The Status tab is divided
into three panes. The top pane is the JOB QUEUE window which lists all of
the jobs waiting to be processed by displaying their assigned JobID, their
assigned priority, the total number of requested discs as well as the names
of their associated disc image and label files.
The middle pane is the ACTIVE JOBS window that lists all the jobs
currently being recorded or printed by the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO.
Information displayed for each job includes: its assigned JobID, the total
number of requested discs, the number of successful discs produced, the
number of failed discs produced, the time the job was submitted for
production, the immediate status of the job (copying images, loading discs,
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copying discs, unloading discs, etc.), and the estimated time of completion
(E.T.C).
The lower pane is the COMPLETED JOBS window that lists all the jobs
completed by the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO. Information displayed for
each job includes: its assigned JobID, the total number of requested discs,
the number of successful discs produced, the number of failed discs
produced and the time each of the jobs was completed.
The Production Process
During production the blank discs will be loaded one at a time from the
input spindle into the recorders and/or printer. Upon successful completion
the discs will be unloaded onto the output spindle. This process will
continue until the job is complete, and the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO
will then advance to produce the next job in the queue according to its
priority.
However, if the 1st input spindle empties before the job is complete the
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO will then go to the 2nd input spindle. If the
2nd input spindle is empty the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO will go to the
third spindle. If the third spindle is empty the screen will now display:
To continue producing the job, place additional blank discs onto the 1st
input spindle and click the Yes button. To stop the job click the No button
and the remainder of the job will be aborted. The DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR
PRO will then advance to produce the next job in the queue according to its
priority.
Any discs dropped on the reject/centering spike have failed to record
properly and should not be used. Be sure to remove rejected discs
periodically during operation, if the need arises.
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Removing a Job
To remove a pending job from the queue so that it will not be produced:
• Click the job you wish to remove in the JOB QUEUE window.
• Click the Remove Job button.
Clearing the Completed Jobs List
To clear the list of completed jobs:
• Click the Clear List button.
Starting a New Job
To start a new job:
• Click the New button. The screen will now display:
The screen is now switched to the Create Job tab where new jobs can be
created or existing job files can be loaded and submitted for production.
Aborting a Job
To abort a job once its production has begun:
• Click the job you wish to abort in the ACTIVE JOBS window.
• Click the Abort Job button.
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Viewing Logs
The DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO maintains a comprehensive database of
all jobs completed by the unit. The collected information is useful for a
variety of reasons such as, tracking disc usage, helping to diagnose
problems, or even for billing clients. The Log tab provides an easy way to
review the history of all jobs completed by the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR
PRO.
To display the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO’s history log:
• Click the System Log tab. The screen will now display:
The System Log tab consists of one central JOBLOG windowpane,
containing all job related information.
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Viewing the Errors reported by Director in the Event Viewer.
When Director reports errors, they are also reported to the Event Viewer. The Event Viewer is apart of the Windows
Operating System. To view the events in the Event Viewer, follow the steps below.
1. Right Click on the My Computer Icon and Choose Manage from the Context Menu.
2. The Computer Management Window will
appear.
1.
2.
3.
Click the Plus sign next to System
Tools, to collapse the tree.
Now click the Plus sign next to
Event Viwer. You will see another
tree collapse.
Click Application
A list of Events will appear. Red circles with
white X’s show as errors in this list.
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To view the error being reported,
double click the error event in the
list. The Event properties dialog
will now appear.
In the Description field as shown to the right,
the exact error is reported in this case a
COPY error. This field also shows the Drive
ID Number, which Job reported the error,
and the assigned Database Number.
TIP: If you need to export the event list. You can do this by choosing the ACTION Menu, then choose SAVE LOG FILE AS.
Next, choose from either a CSV(comma separate value) or a Tab Delimited TXT file, enter a filename and click SAVE.
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Updating Job Records
To update job records in the history log:
• Click the Refresh button at the bottom of the JOBLOG window.
Navigating Job Records
To navigate among job records in the history log.
• Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the JOBLOG window to move left or
right.
• Use the Database Navigator buttons to advance from record to record or
to move to the top or bottom of the database.
Deleting Individual Job Records
To delete a job record from the history log:
• Click the job name you wish to delete and click the Delete Record
button at the bottom of the JOBLOG window.
Deleting All Job Records
To delete all job records from the history log:
• Click the Purge button at the bottom of the JOBLOG window.
Resubmitting Jobs
To resubmit a job for production:
• Click the job name you wish to resubmit and click the Resubmit button
at the bottom of the JOBLOG window.
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Duplicating Existing discs
In addition to creating industry standard data and audio discs source files,
the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO also duplicates existing discs authored in
most formats.
Creating an Image File
The first step in duplicating an existing disc/DVD is to create an image file
of it on the hard disk drive to be used as the master source for recording.
Image files are saved with an “IMG” extension.
To create an image file of an existing disc/DVD:
• Click the Create Job tab. The screen will now display:
• Check the ARCHIVE box in the general options window. Ensure that no
other boxes are checked.
• Click the QUANTITY field and enter 0.
• Click the JOB ID field and enter a name for the job to a maximum of 20
alphanumeric characters.
• Click the USER ID field and enter your assigned User ID.
• Click the PASSWORD field and enter your assigned password.
• Click the New Image button below the IMAGE field. The screen will
now display:
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• Select the volume and directory where you want to save the image file.
Please note that depending upon the amount of data to be recorded the
image file can occupy as much as 4.7 GB (or 25 to 50 GB if Blu-Ray
equipped) of hard disk space.
• Enter the name for the image file and click the Save button.
• Place your original disc to be duplicated (master disc) on top of the stack
of blank discs on the input spindle.
• Click the Submit Job button. The screen will now display:
The screen is now switched to the Status tab to display the progress of the
submitted job. During production the master disc will be loaded from the
input spindle into the top recorder, and saved as an image file with the
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specified name on the hard disk drive. Upon successful completion, the disc
will be unloaded onto the output spindle.
Recording an Image File
Once created, the image file of the master disc is used as the source for
recording.
To use the image file of the master disc as the recording source:
• Click the Create Job tab. The screen will now display:
• Adjust the general options and complete the information on the Create
Job tab as required. When completing the IMAGE field specify the
image file created from the master disc to be duplicated.
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Viewing Resources
The Resource tab is a simple diagnostic tool that displays the hardware
elements connected to the DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO. These include
the disc autoloader, CD/DVD or Blu-ray recorders and the printer.
To display the hardware elements connected to the DIRECTOR/
DIRECTOR PRO:
• Click the Resources Info tab. The screen will now display:
The Resource Info tab on a properly configured and correctly functioning
DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO system will display one autoloader, four, or
two Blu-ray or DVD-R recorders (including ID string, SCSI channel and
ID, and firmware version) as well as one printer.
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Upgrading DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR PRO Software
Overview of the process
Uninstall Director from the unit by using the “Add/Remove Programs” in
the control panel. The “Add/Remove Programs can be accessed by the
following path; Windows Start Menu> Control Panel> Add/Remove
Programs.
Click on the following link www.mfdigital.com/firmware.html and then
scroll to the Director Publisher Series section, and then click on the link for
“Update Version 3.00b434” to download the software.
Once the zip file containing the software has been downloaded extract the
contents to your desktop.
Double click on the Build434.exe to run the set up wizard and follow the
prompts for the installation process through to completion. Note – You may
be required to select your printer in the system setup tab.
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