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SharkBlu™ SATA Blu-ray/DVD/CD Tower Duplicator - Pioneer 15x

SharkBlu™ SATA Blu-ray/DVD/CD Tower Duplicator - Pioneer 15x
  • Product Description
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Copy Protection
  • Options
  • Video
  • F.A.Q.

Introducing the high powered SharkBlu standalone optical Blu-ray, CD and DVD duplicator. The SharkBlu is not only the most advanced duplicator on the market, but is extremely simple to use. With the ability to copy all CD configurations, all DVD configurations including Dual/Double Layer discs, and Blu-ray discs, the SharkBlu is the perfect solution for your duplication needs. The easy to operate control panel offers many advanced features such as; AutoCopy, Load and Copy, Account Management, Hard Drive Partition Naming, and much much more. Beyond the attractive look of this powerful duplicator, the aluminum casing provides the highest protection against heat and dust, two of the most dangerous elements for a duplicator. This allows the unit to provide optimal performance for an extended period of time.

Key Features:

  1. Complete Standalone Operation:
    No PC required to operate the duplicator.
  2. Supports all currently available Blu-ray, CD & DVD discs including Double/Dual layer:
    Can duplicate Single Layer Blu-ray / CD / DVD±R/RW and Double/Dual Layer Blu-ray / DVD±R Formats.
  3. USB 3.0/2.0 CopyConnect:
    Able to connect the duplicator directly to a PC for more convenient duplication of master content via USB 3.0/2.0 connection.
  4. CopyProtection (optional):
    Able to create copy protected DVD Video copies from an original master using the Copy Connect feature. Transfer image files with the embedded protection directly from a PC to the duplicator's internal HDD.
  5. Load and Copy Supported:
    Improved "Load and Copy" to make duplication from Hard Drive faster than ever by simultaneously copy into the blank media while Loading to the hard drive
  6. Continuous Hard Drive Partitioning:
    The HDD partitions are created without limitations using the same amount of space as the actual content size on the disc. No longer do you have to worry about loosing valuable HDD capacity because your duplicator allocates the exact space required without wasting space like standard partitions on other controllers.
  7. Auto DVD Format Conversion:
    Can convert media between DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW automatically.
  8. Industry leading 256MB buffer memory *:
    Keeps all drives burning without pausing (known as buffer underrun) for the most stable and reliable high speed duplication - The higher the memory buffer the less likely to encounter buffer underrun errors.
  9. Supports all common CD Formats with Additional Special format including CD-TEXT, ISRC, Over-Burned CD.
  10. Drive firmware upgradeability:
    Capable of upgrading the drives for selected brands through the Duplicator.
  11. Multi-Language capability:
    The text on the LCD screen can be displayed in English, Spanish, French, Japanese & more. Chinese can be added upon request.
  12. BD Safe Copy **:
    Improves recording and playback compatibility, especially for lower quality BD media.
Additional Features:

  1. AutoCopy feature:
    Fast duplication without pressing any buttons.
  2. Account management (password protection):
    This function will authorize only specific user(s) to operate the duplicator with their preferred settings. Able to assign numerous passwords for multiple users.
  3. Auto-Counter Technology:
    Displays the total number of discs successfully copied compared to desired output for each project.
  4. Hard Drive Partition/Image Name Editing:
    Simply stated you can name the images stored on the hard drive partitions.
  5. User friendly interface with 'easy-to-read' LCD display:
    Offers easy to recognize and use terms and operations on the LCD display for simple usage.
  6. Aluminum Case used to provide a highly functional and attractive exterior:
    Duplicator casing available in metallic silver or midnight black aluminum casing.
  7. Fast Key Support:
    4 fast keys for faster operations.
  8. Power on Self diagnostics:
    Keeps the duplicator functioning optimally.
  9. Disc Info feature:
    Provides the format of the disc & the disc manufacturer's information.
  10. Selectable Disc burning speeds:
    Ability to increase or decrease duplication speed for supported formats.
  11. Creates mix compilation audio CD:
    Able to compile multiple tracks onto a single disc from multiple sources.
  12. Supports both Disk-at-Once and Track-at-Once modes
  13. Automatic format recognition:
    Duplicator recognizes automatically if the discs are CD or DVD as well as the correct format to copy.
  14. Upgradeable for future drive technology:
    Able to upgrade duplicator for installation of future drives.
  15. Future functions upgradeable through firmware:
    Duplicator able to upgrade future software updates via Firmware.
  16. Continuous copying without waiting for cool down:
    No need to stop the duplicator for fear of overheating.
   *Available only on specific models.
**This feature only applies to Blu-ray models when making Blu-ray copies. Additionally, the added mechanism will reduce the overall duplication speed.

SharkBlu™ SATA Blu-ray/DVD/CD Tower Duplicator - Pioneer 15x
Operating Type
Buffer Memory
1~2 Target: 64MB; 3~11 Target: 128MB; 12~15 Target: 256MB
Account Management
32 users (Standard License) or 64 users (Premium License)
HDD Partition Naming*
Up to 14 Characters Per Partition
Internal Interface
USB 3.0/2.0 CopyConnect Feature

CopyProtection Feature
Auto Counter
Language Support
English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and more
(Chinese and Arabic can be ordered on request)
20 x 2 Blue LCD
Hard Drive
500 GB Build-in HDD (Higher Capacity HDD is Available)
Featuring Writer
Pioneer 15x SATA Blu-ray/DVD/CD Writer
Maximum Write Speed
BD-R: 15x BD-RE: 2x
BD-R DL: 14x BD-RE DL: 2x
DVD-R: 16x DVD-RW: 6x
DVD+R: 16x DVD+RW: 8x
DVD-R DL: 8x DVD+R DL: 8x
CD-R: 40x CD-RW: 24x
Formats Supported

BD-R Double Layer, BD-RE Double Layer
DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio
DVD+R Double Layer, DVD-R Dual Layer
CD-ROM (Mode1 & Mode2)
CD-ROM/XA (Mode2 form1 & form2)
CD-DA, Mixed-Mode
Video CD, CD-I, Karaoke CD(VCD)
Photo CD (Single & Multi-session)
CD-Extra, HFS, CD-Bridge
ISO9660, CD-R, CD-RW
Business Card CD-R, 3" Mini CD-R
Firmware Upgradeable
Burn Proof Support
Power Supply
Input : 90 ~ 240 V, Up to 500 WATT max
Operating Humidity
20% ~ 80%
Temperature Extremes
40°C (104°F) / 5°C (41°F)
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*Such spec varies based on the size and number of drives.

Throughput Capacity Per Hour:
Target 123 456 789 101112 131415
 350 MB CD
 *at 40x duplication speed
24 48 72 96 120 144 168 192 216 240 264 288 312 336 360
 2.5 GB DVD
 *at 16x duplication speed
12 24 36 48 60 72 84 96 108 120 132 144 156 168 180
 12.5 GB Blu-ray
 *at 6x duplication speed
5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75

Important Notice
  • Optional USB or USB/eSATA combo device is available.
  • The duplicator will not copy any copy-protected or encrypted disc(s).
  • The actual maximum writing speed may vary. Blank media writing speed is determined by the drives, regardless of what the media manufacturer certifies the blank media writing speed at.

Vinpower Digital has developed the first true standalone duplicator which can offer embedded copy protection. The unique Copy Protection Software (CPS) can embed a proprietary copy protection encryption into any DVD video master through a PC which can then be transferred onto the Vinpower Digital duplicator to produce as many copy protected reproductions as the user needs. Since CPS is software based as apposed to hardware based, there are no issues with compatibility with players like similar models on the market. In addition, CPS protects against both duplication and ripping for a double dose of protection whereas similar applications from competitors cannot block ripping.

In today's savvy hi-tech world, consumers are often purchasing a single video and making copies for their friends which limit the overall sales. If you worked hard and put in a lot of effort and expense into creating your video project, you shouldn't be restricted in the number of units you can sell because you can't afford the high price of replicated copy protection. Instead by using Vinpower Digital's CPS, you can feel secure at a fraction of the expense and time with no minimum or maximum quantities required.

How Copy Protection Works:
1. Load the supplied CPS software onto a suitable PC.
2. Plug in the CPS USB dongle with activated licenses into your PC's USB socket.
3. Take your DVD video master disc or file and by utilizing the special CPS application, follow the steps to embed the copy protection onto the master content.
4. Transfer the new copy protected master content from the PC onto an enabled duplicator via USB/Copy Connect or LAN/Network connectivity
5. Load blank DVD recordable discs into the duplicator's writer drive(s) then locate the transferred file through the duplicator's menu keys from the internal hard drive
6. Initiate the copy process and when the finished discs all successfully copy, these discs will have the copy protection already embedded.

System Requirements:
Operating Systems

Windows® 7 (32 Bit, 64 Bit),
Windows Vista® (32 Bit, 64 Bit),
Windows XP (32 Bit, 64 Bit)
Minimum System Requirement for PC
CPU: Pentium 4, 2.4GHz; RAM: 512MB; 1 x Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Port
Administrator User Privilege for above Operation Systems

Available Upgrade
Part Number Description
Upgrade1TB Upgrade Hard Drive from 500 GB Build-in HDD To 1TB
Upgrade2TB Upgrade Hard Drive from 500 GB Build-in HDD To 2TB

Available Add-on
Item Code Item
USBeSATA-MFCC USB 2.0 & eSATA with Multi-File CopyConnect
USBeSATA-CP USB 2.0 & eSATA with CopyConnect & Copy Protection + 5 FREE Licenses
USBeSATA-MFCP USB 2.0 & eSATA with Multi-File CopyConnect & Copy Protection + 5 FREE Licenses
USB3-CP USB 3.0 with CopyConnect & Copy Protection + 5 FREE Licenses
USB3-MFCP USB 3.0 with Multi-File CopyConnect & Copy Protection + 5 FREE Licenses

How do I pick a good Duplicator?
When deciding on purchasing a duplicator, there are a number of key elements to consider when determining which unit and brand would fit your needs the best. Even though price is a strong determining factor, keep in mind what you are getting for the price; will the unit perform as needed? Will the unit grow as your needs grow? Will the company stand behind the product and provide the support you need when you need it? Is the company looking out for your best interest or their own? Most importantly, will the company be around in the future or will they disappear as soon as you need them?

Just like purchasing a computer, home appliance, or even a car, pricing varies depending on performance, reliability, brand name, and manufacturer support. So when you are selecting a duplicator, do not just consider the price, but pay particular attention to these 3 key elements:
1. Design & Component material
2. Manufacturing, Testing, and Shipping procedures
3. Customer Service and Technical Support

I) Design & Component material:
When you look at the SharkCopier duplicator from Vinpower Digital, the first thing you notice is the unique look and design. This attractive design not only differentiates itself through its appearance, but through the use of higher quality and more effective components and parts. It is those parts that ensure a better performing and longer lasting duplicator. There are a number of duplicator providers who just throw components together without taking into consideration quality or effectiveness. The SharkCopier is not assembled with the standard parts and low cost components others use; the SharkCopier is designed to answers to a higher calling, yours! The following components show the added value of the SharkCopier over the competition:

A) Casing (external case): The SharkCopier uses an aluminum casing specially designed by Vinpower Digital created to diffuse the internal heat created by the drives much faster than the standard steel casing. With the SharkCopier's advanced air flow design and aluminum casing, the internal temperature is approximately 10 ~ 15 degrees cooler than alternative cases on the market. Operating the duplicator under lower temperatures will not only allow for continuous use without a need for a cool down period, but also increases the lifetime of the unit while providing better reliability when duplicating. The less heat concentrated on the drives, the better the performance and the longer they will continue to perform.

B) Controller (operating system): The controller for the SharkCopier is specially manufactured for these units and is not available to the general public as other controller brands in alternative duplicators are. For most of the standard controller companies, their focus is more on uniformity to work the same for everyone instead of optimizing the performance and conveniences expected from users of the SharkCopier. In fact, if you took two identical duplicators with the only variables being the controllers, the SharkCopier controller will produce a better disc performance rating every time (using the PIPO scale for measuring disc quality). The controllers are calibrated to optimize the industry recognized best drivers/burners on the market. In addition to compatibility, we make a more powerful controller that ensures proper function and more reliability. The added power allows our controller to perform all the same functions as standard controllers but offers more options and capabilities which benefit the end user dramatically.

C) Drives (writer and reader drives): The SharkCopier only uses the best drives optimized for multi-drive simultaneous duplication to provide the greatest possible performance. The controller is able to manipulate many of the drives on the market directly to provide stable and quality performance that is better suited for duplicator use. Understanding and using the best drives for your particular needs and circumstances is extremely important for both your end product and your pocket book.

II) Manufacturing, Testing, and Shipping procedures
Even if you use the best components and materials to build the duplicator, if the proper care and knowledge to assemble them is not performed, then you will not have an optimized unit. The SharkCopier is assembled by the most knowledgeable and skilled technicians and every duplicator has to pass a 72 hour continuous burn-in test before it's ever released to the public. The SharkCopier is assembled under the strictest Quality Control conditions to ensure every unit sold meets the highest standards in quality and performance.

To further ensure that the SharkCopier arrives to the customer in the best condition and to prevent any possible damage caused by the shipping carrier, all of the SharkCopiers are double insulated and packed in a specially designed shipping box. No expense is spared to ensure that the duplicator reaches the customer in the same condition as when it left the show room floor. When the customer purchases new equipment, it should arrive in that manner no matter how it was shipped.

III) Customer Service and Technical Support
Our relationship with the customer does not end after the unit has been sold. The ability to speak to a technician whom is knowledgeable and available when you have questions is a key component when deciding on a duplicator to purchase. Every SharkCopier sold has the full backing and support of RunTechMedia. Our Tech Support will be available to assist you with any question or difficulty the customer may experience for the life of the product. Even though every SharkCopier has a full one year parts and labor warranty, our technicians will be available to walk you through any problem or questions you may have from the first day to the last as long as you own the SharkCopier duplicator. Our technicians work with you directly and actually have technical training and knowledge of every single duplicator to ensure you get prompt and accurate answers and service. Unlike some fly by night companies looking to make a quick buck who are never available or capable of providing answers or service, we stand behind the products we sell and the customers who buy them.

When you look at all of the facts behind what makes a duplicator stand out amongst the competition, the answer is very clear which unit ranks the best, the one that provides the highest compatibility, best performance, longest lasting, and most features. In other words the SharkCopier is what you are looking for.
If a duplicator uses the same number and brand of drives, why would I spend more for one brand of duplicator over another?
Even though the drives are an integral part of a duplicator, they are still just one determinant in a sum of parts that generate an optimal duplicated disc. Take a car for example. Two cars could use the same engine, but the mechanics to make the engine work will determine the type of performance the car will get from the engine. Those added components have varying costs and when you use better quality parts as stated above, it will slightly increase the costs. The price for some of the most important components that dramatically affect the performance of a duplicator can vary by a lot. Take the controller for instance, the price can vary from $10 to over $100. The power supply can differ between $30 ~ $80. This specially designed 500Watt** power supply provides the most reliable and stable voltage for the duplicator ensuring the unit will not die prematurely. The standard steel case compared with an aluminum case can differ between $40 ~ $80. All of these elements are necessary to get the best performance out of the duplicator.

Some vendors just purchase equipment from the drive manufactures, while others will actually WORK in conjunction with the manufactures to ensure the drives offer the best performance needed for multi-drive duplication. They also update each drive's firmware and test all of the drives before they are assembled into the duplicator ensuring the most updated software and compatibility. Many vendors simply assemble the duplicator quickly when an order is received verses a higher quality vendor which will pre-assemble the duplicator and fully test the unit for 3 days to ensure quality before the unit is sold. There are numerous reasons why the price may vary, but isn't higher quality worth a small percentage price difference? When choosing electronic equipment, it's wise to select a unit with higher standards and quality rather than a cheaper unit which will cost you more down the road.

**power supply wattage depends on the size of the duplicator and the number of drives.
Are the duplicators made by NEC/Pioneer/Plextor/Sony/TEAC?
No. Even though those companies supply the reading/writing drivers, the actual duplicator is not created by those companies.Many of the vital parts such as the controllers, chassis, power supply, etc. are created and assembled by the duplicator's manufacture.
Will two different brands of duplicator perform the same if they are using the same brand and model of drives?
The answer is No. Two separate duplicators using the same drives will not perform the same if other components differ. The part that has the most dramatic affect on the duplication quality is the controller and the internal temperature of the duplicator. A controller is like the brain of the duplicator which controls all of the signals and commands going directly to the drives. A good controller not only has a larger capacity memory, but also the type of operation system programmed inside is extremely important. While others may use cheap generic controllers, the manufacture of the SharkCopier devoted a lot of time and effort into developing their own highly optimized and advanced controller. The controller for the SharkCopier ensures a more stable duplication with dramatically enhanced compatibility for the drives used. The SharkCopier case utilizes a new airflow design which will quickly and effectively remove heat generated from the drives far better than the competition keeping the whole duplicator cool all times. This reduction in heat allows the drives to perform without interruption or becoming "burnt out". These two factors are the core factors in optimizing the performance of the drives and what would differentiate the capabilities of two duplicators using the same drives with different components.
How does the SharkCopier extend the lifespan of the drives/burners?
The 2 most dangerous elements for any drive are heat and dust. While the drives are in use, they generate a significant amount of heat. In order to prevent the drives from overheating and burning out, a fan is needed to pull the hot air out and suck in fresh air to cool the drives down. The fans built inside of a SharkCopier use a ball barring system, instead of the cheaper plastic solid fans used by many other duplicators, to ensure stable and continuous ventilation. The problem is, the fresh air has no means to enter the duplicator other than through the front of the unit going directly through the front of the drives. This causes the second major threat to a drive, the culmination of dust on the laser head. Unless you're working in a completely dust free environment, there will be dust particles in the air. As the air is sucked through the front of the duplicator those dust particles will collect inside the drives and cloud the laser head. The laser head is the optical nerve center of the drives and conducts the process of burning onto the discs. Just as if your eye glasses developed a built up layer of film and dust on the lenses it would be harder to see through them, the same is true for the laser head. As the dust accumulates it makes it harder for the laser to perform forcing the drive to work that much harder and reducing the lifespan of the drive. The SharkCopier is specially designed with a special "gill" venting system on each side of the case to allow the air flow into the machine without passing through the drive face. This eliminates approx. 80% of the harmful dust from entering into the drive itself and landing on the laser head. To further prevent dust from entering the drives, the SharkCopier is equipped with exterior drive door covers to block harmful dust particles. These drive covers keep the dust out and provide an attractive uniform look for the duplicator itself. In addition, since the case is made out of aluminum, it gets rid of the harmful heat up to 3 times faster than a standard steel case. By dramatically decreasing the amount of heat and dust from disrupting the capabilities of the drives, the SharkCopier can extend the life of the drives by 20% ~ 30%.
Can I burn different titles at the same time by using your duplicator?
No. The duplicator can only duplicate one title at a time.
Can I set my duplicator to copy at the different speeds?
Yes, the duplicator's speed is the maximum speed it can handle. It can be set to record at any speed lower than its maximum speed.
Can my DVD duplicator copy CDs?
Yes, all of our DVD duplicators are capable of coping CD's as well.
Can my duplicator make copies from masters created on an apple computer? / MAC?
Yes. Once you generate a master disc, the duplicator will make an exact digital duplication of the original regardless of what type of computer or program the master disc was created on.
Can the DVD Duplicator also duplicate CD+G discs?
No. Even though the DVD duplicators can duplicate the CD format, they do not have the CD+G feature. In order to duplicate CD+G, you need to purchase our special CD+G duplicator.
Can the duplicators duplicate -R only (or +R only)?
All of our duplicators are able to duplicate both formats. They can either copy DVD-R/RW to DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW to DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW to DVD+R/RW, DVD+R/RW to DVD-R/RW, Double Layer DVD+R to Double Layer DVD+R, and Dual Layer DVD-R to Dual Layer DVD-R.
Do I need to use specific CD/DVD media with a specific duplicator?
No. Our duplicators work with most every brand of media on the market. However, using better quality media will result in better quality duplications.
How could I tell if the duplicated copies are accurate or if they have problems?
You can test duplicated copies for accuracy by performing our "Compare" function. This function compares the duplications to the original master disc by comparing the duplicated disc bit by bit. This process ensures the duplication is a 100% exact duplication of the original, providing optimal playback ability. If there is a recording problem, the duplicator will notify you on the display there was a failure and keep the affected disc in the machine so you can identify which one(s) are defective without disrupting the rest of the duplicating process.
I have very high fail rates on my duplication, what can I do to prevent it?
In most case, high fail rates are due to the readability of your master disc, especially for high-speed duplication. We strongly recommend re-creating your master at a low speed, such as (4x for CD Duplicators and 1x for DVD Duplicators) and using high quality blank media. Then, you can use the recreated disc to be the new master disc which should be used as the source to create duplications. This process is called Master Recreation and it will reduce the fail rate significantly.
If I buy a multi-target duplicator, can I choose to burn on less than the maximum targets available?
Yes. The number of drives on the duplicator is merely the maximum number of duplications you can produce at one time. You can make any number of duplications up to the maximum without any concerns.
If I buy an 16x DVD duplicator, can I use 1x, 4x, or 8x media to copy at 16x?
No. The DVD duplicator will determine the media's maximum certified duplication speed and cannot exceed that rate.
Is my DVD duplicator standalone?
Yes, all of our DVD duplicators are fully standalone with simple one touch buttons to duplicate. No computer knowledge is required AT ALL.
The music CD I copied has crack sounds, why?
The reason is most likely due to the condition of your master. The quality of your blank media also plays a significant part in the finished sound quality. By reducing the duplication speed to say (16x) and using higher quality blank media should resolve the problem.

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