Anyone order Custom coverart from DV-Depot ?

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  1. Marc Colella

    Marc Colella Cinematographer

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    I noticed that DV-Depot has custom coverart for sale.

    Anyone order any from them?

    Was wondering what kind of quality to expect, in terms of print detail and paper stock. How does the quality compare to regular off-the-shelf artwork?

    I normally don't care enough to replace my snappers, but the JFK:SE keepcase artwork looks to be a great alternative to Warners current 2-disc snapper snafu.

    Any experience with them?
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    If it's for Warner titles, they've probably struck a deal to get the keepcase artwork sent to rental shops
     
  3. TonyD

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    this thread was just posted to today.
     
  4. Randy B A

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    just last weekend i recieved my first order. they were very nice. printed out on photo paper, legal size i think. there was a white border around the image that had to be trimmed off.
    the snappers are imported from dvd cover art or scanned in if dvd cover art does not have them.
    my first order was for about 20 covers. it can get a bit expensive with shipping from canada, so i will have to do about 20 at a time.
    the service is excellent, and the quality is very good. [​IMG]
     
  5. Aryn Leroux

    Aryn Leroux Screenwriter

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    Thanks for the info about dv-depot
    I Think im gonna order a couple replacement covers. Definately willow that has the great original poster art compared to the terrible dvd artwork. [​IMG]
     
  6. Jeff_HR

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    I've purchased some 25+ covers. I'm impressed by the quality. They not quite as good as some really high quality original art work, but the next best. Pretty fast delivery via DHL.
     
  7. Veli-Matti Reitti

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  8. Jeff Kleist

    Jeff Kleist Executive Producer

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    Veli, it's just terrible, "look-at-my-noggin" style artwork without the nice fantasy of the original.
     
  9. Enrique B Chamorro

    Enrique B Chamorro Supporting Actor

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    The quality of the artwork is only as good as the
    art work provided from www.dvdcoverart.com .
    Fans take from many different sources when they make
    the covers, some are just scans of snapper cases,
    some are completely new designs (I LOVE the Bond covers).
    You can print up all the covers and more at that site.
    DV-Depot is providing a service and printing them up
    for you. The cost to print is very close to what I pay
    at Kinkos on the high quality thermal printer ($1.50 ea).
    At Kinkos, I pay an extra $0.50 to upgrade to heavy stock
    gloss paper, so the print will be more durable.
    The problem with Kinkos, is that you have to pay per
    minute for the computer to send to print job to the
    printer, and you can easily mess up the scale of the
    print job and waste time (=money) and paper (=money).
    So Kinkos total cost for printing + heavy stock + time
    can add up to about $2.50 a cover.
    DV-Depot's resolution matches the quality of the Kinkos
    thermal printer, the paper is more of a regular weight
    stock. The problem is that DV-Depot needs some other items
    so that a weight can be calculated for shipping.
    I bought the slim triple dvd case.
    The shipping prorated to the covers can thus increase the
    cover cost.
    DV-Depot does do a great job of making sure the print
    job is the right size for single or double cases,
    which is a very easy thing to mess up at Kinkos.
    The size of the cover is VERY important for the replacement
    covers for the Star Trek NG covers and cases.
    Another source for cases is www.inetdvd.com .
    You can get colored cases and multidisk cases.
    The slim triple case runs $2.99 at inetdvd
    http://www.inetdvd.com/store/shopexd.asp?id=6164
    while DV-Depot only costs $2.75, so DV-Depot is very fair.
    What I use inet for is for the clear cases!
    I like to print out the alternate covers and then face
    the original covers on the inside facing the disc.
    You get a clear case with double sided covers.
    Very cool looking for the Bond and Alien discs.
    I just did an order with DV-Depot and was very happy
    with the print quality, again the size was right,
    which is very important.
    I do wish they would allow a set shipping just for covers
    and I wish they would offer more of the coverart selection.
     
  10. Paul_Scott

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    well, well, well.
    parts of the superman cover they have look awfully familiar.
    dare i say it? looks like somebody liberated elements from the cover i did.
    i don't know if i should be flattered
    or irritated that they give credit to somebody else.
    just in case anyones interested, or wants a superman jacket to replace the cheesy little snapper,
    your welcome to download one here for free:
    http://www.realitycrash.com/SDVDFINAL.jpg
    wonder how they studios feel about DV-Depot printing out its own covers per request?
    for the record, i had a few covers printed out using a xerox model that printed on a thin matte paper. the glossy stuff off the techtronix looked decent, but it was a little coarser as far as dpi goes. the xerox was almost dye-sub quality, albeit on cheaper matte paper.
    looked very, very sharp.
    that was only at one branch though and i havent been able to find it again.
    anyone interested in more free covers can go here:
    www.realitycrash.com
     
  11. Enrique B Chamorro

    Enrique B Chamorro Supporting Actor

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    DV-Depot is just getting the files from DVDCoverart.
    DVDcoverart gives credit on both of the Superman I and the
    Superman II covers.
    DVDcoverart also has realitycrash as a link.
    I don't think any harm was intended.
    As I went over the costs, DV-Depot is making the covers
    very affordable along with the multidisc cases for items
    like the Star Trek sets, so it is more of a fan service.
    I would take exception to the covers and cases had
    a high cost been associated with them.
    The same fan service is offered from Paul, who
    makes metal clad cases for DVD sets at;
    http://designpaulchampagne.com/index.html
    I have several of his cases and love them.
    In fact, I have put all of the above services together
    and made some unique sets.
    I have the Alien and Evil Dead metal clad case,
    I put Evil Dead 1 & 3 in clear cases with the alternate
    art work facing out, and the original facing in.
    I put Alien 1 & 2 in clear cases with the alternate art
    work facing out, and the original facing in.
    I have the Alien Legacy disc in a DVD case with the cover
    from DVDcoverart.
    I have the soundtrack for Alien 3 and the DVD together
    in a slim double DVD case in the box set.
    If I could find a way to fold my DTS laser disc of Alien 4
    and fit it in with the DVD set, I would!
    [​IMG]
     
  12. Joe_C

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    I love Paul Champagne's stuff. I haven't purchased any of his "normal" movie boxes, but I do have his Evangelion box (which is VERY nice) and will be picking up his Gasaraki and possibly his Trigun boxes.
     
  13. Enrique B Chamorro

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  14. Lafe F

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    There's no real need to print covers on glossy paper, because the clear plastic of keepcases will give the cover a glossy look anyways. Save your printing budget! I normally print mine on high-quality ultra-white matte-finish paper. It's easier to get matte paper in legal size too. I also find that glossy paper needs a long time to dry, or it may smudge or stick when inserted into the keepcase sleeve.

    BTW - does anybody know if the webmaster of the Reality Crash site is alright? He hasn't answered my e-mails since August, 2001.
     

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