Compact discs store 650 MB of data and last for years. New Media Mill makes custom CDs with navigation that delivers your message in powerful, innovative ways.
The compact disc endures as a popular media for the delivery of audio and video as well as text and with good reason. Software enhancements have overcome some of the early complaints about multi-media CDs.
New Media Mill authors CDs in three common formats:
CDs created in this format automatically load a multi-media player into random access memory, enabling users to play audio/video without installing a player onto their computer. Using Macromedia's Flash technology, these CDs can automatically begin with a navigable interface similar to those found on websites, or they can launch directly into a video clip. They can also be built with animated navigational elements, providing an interactive environment that some have likened to a video game for adults.
CDs developed in Hyper Text Markup Language – the code of the web -- are more common than any other. The HTML CD can be programmed to auto-open in a browser, providing an interface that is navigated like a website, with links to still photos, multimedia, documents, even websites. New Media Mill has packed as much as 40 hours of multi-media, audio and slide shows, onto a single HTML CD. Limitations: Users are required to have a multi-media player on their computer to play audio and video. Players can be included at no cost on the CD, with easy-to-use instructions.
This ubiquitous portable document format reader can also be used to present content on a CD, including multi-media, slideshows and, of course, text. Because the Acrobat reader is so common, users may already be familiar with the navigation tricks that permit paging through documents as if leafing through a book, jumping to specific pages, or using the chapter format common found within Acrobat documents.
Limitations: like the HTML format, users are required to have a multi-media player on their
computer to play audio and video. Players can be included at no cost on the CD, with easy-to-use
Authoring: $120 per hour
Encoding multi-media for CD delivery: $100 per hour