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DVD-R Duplication vs DVD Replication - What's the Difference?

Discs are discs right?  Not really… "Duplication" in the DVD industry has become a term used to describe DVD-R burned copies.  All short runs are produced this way.  These discs are made by using blank DVD-Rs, and "burning" the data sequentially into it's dye layer via laser, just as you would burn a DVD-R on your computer, or your studio engineer would burn a master for you of your session files.  "Replicated discs (DVDs) are "pressed" via a glass master that 'writes' the entire disk in one physical stamping operation.  Glass masters require a class 100 (ISO 5) or better clean room or a self-enclosed clean environment within the mastering system.  A full description of this rather remarkable process can be seen at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CD_manufacturing.

What does this all mean for you?

DVD-Rs are an affordable way to produce smaller runs and get product very quickly. Replication plants usually havea a 500 pc minimum and set up charges, but can be much cheaper per-unit.  We can make a DVD-R look a lot like a compact disc, and they sound the same.  Our printer is thermal so your artwork is color-safe and won't smudge.  For the most part they are fairly reliable.  But sometimes DVD-Rs will not play in all DVD players, either because the player does not like the brand of DVD-R or doesn't like DVD=Rs period.  Usually these are older machines, and it is a random occurance. DVDs conform to a univeral standard that all machines recognize.  You will have no playability issues and your discs will be professionally printed via silk-screen or off-set print. But there is a higher minimum qty and the turn time is longer.  Both suit the right need for the right situation.  Give us a call if you need help determining which is right for you!


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