DVD duplication and replication – Which is best for your project?

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DVD duplication is a process that is similar to that of burning discs at home, except that it offers a better quality product and stacks of hundreds of duplicated CD-R or DVD-R discs can be produced in a short space of time. Duplication differs from replication, which is where a glass master data copy is used and the image is then used to create an injection mould, and precise replicates of the original disc are made. Whereas duplication produces CD-Rs and DVD-Rs, replication creates CD-ROMs and DVD-ROMs that are essentially duplicates of one another.

Duplication takes an existing CD or DVD and then burns the content onto a CD-R or DVD-R disc, in exactly the same way as burning a disc at home. However, duplication facilities will use more complex and advanced machinery which ensures the integrity of the burned data and can be used to create hundreds or thousands of different duplicate DVD-Rs. The process is quicker than attempting to burn this many discs from your home or office, and it should ensure a better quality of data from the burned DVD-Rs.

The primary benefit of using a DVD duplication service is the speed at which duplication runs can be completed. Burning one disc at a time, from your home of office, means that you would struggle to produce one or two dozen duplicates in a day. Using a professional service, you can expect to have hundreds or even thousands of duplicates created over the course of one day. This makes it the method of choice for those that require a large number of copies.

There are occasions where duplication is not the best option. Dual sided DVDs cannot be copied exactly, because the duplication process only allows for a single layer of information. This may necessitate the use of two discs to contain the same amount of information that could be contained on a single replicated disc, pushing the price up further and requiring the use of dual disc boxes and containers.

Replication is usually less expensive than duplication, and the process can also include the creation and automatic packaging of the discs into jewel, Digipak, or cardboard cases. Duplication plants do not usually have the same level of facilities, and this means that it may be necessary pay for cases separately. A lack of the appropriate machinery means that it may also be necessary for the cases to be put together manually, and the DVDs placed into the packets by hand. This means additional time.

DVD duplication may prove the best option for smaller runs of several hundred discs, and it does offer digital full colour printing of the discs. It can work out to be a little more expensive than replication, which is also considered to be quicker, especially if you want the DVDs packaged in cases when you receive them. Choosing the most appropriate of either duplication or replication will help ensure that you get the best possible service and the best results, whatever the project and whatever your need for duplicated DVDs.

Martin Jonson is director of the UK’s leading DVD/Blu-ray/CD duplication company providing exceptional quality at the lowest UK prices. He offers next day delivery anywhere in the UK and will complete your job quickly with the greatest care. You can connect with him on Google+.

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