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Understanding the Difference between Disk Duplication and Replication

CD or DVD duplication is a quick, economical and convenient process of creating multiple copies for a variety of uses. In corporate sectors, it is used for instructional videos, media presentations, training manuals, reports, product catalogues and the like. Moreover, it has been used more creatively in the commercial world for software releases, music albums, films, games and eBooks. Whatever the objective is, disc duplication is certainly a great way of data/audio/video storage and delivery. Virtually every corporate company, non-profit organizations and individuals can make the best use of DVD duplication to meet their needs.

In order to use disk production to your advantage, you must understand how this process actually works, and learn how duplication is different from replication.

DVD Duplication

DVD Duplication refers to the process of copying data on a pre-made disc, also called Digital Versatile Disk-Recordable (DVD-R). First, the disk is loaded into the burner where data is extracted from the master DVD through digital means. Then, the data is pasted into the DVD-R by using a small laser found in burners or duplicators. After that, the machine verifies the transferred data to make sure if the duplication has taken place successfully.

Once duplication is complete, the disc is moved to the printing section, where thermal printers print onto the surface of each new DVD-R or CD-R. Since this process involves minimal setup expenses, it is more convenient and less expensive as compared to the replication process. Therefore, duplication is generally recommended given that a small quantity of discs, preferably less than 1000 discs, is required.

DVD Replication

DVD Replication is aprofessional process in which fresh copies of DVDs are manufactured and then data is copied through automated machines. In this process, raw material is loaded into large disc-molding machines for the production of basic DVDs. A separate glass master DVD is also created to store the original data from the client's source. This data, then, is physically pressed into the blank DVDs, which are further protected with a coating of polycarbonate plastic.

DVD replication is a fully automated process that involves automatic machines for making discs from scratch and then creating replica from glass-made DVD. It takes longer time, generally two weeks or so, than that is needed in simple duplication. However, in terms of per unit cost, this option is cheaper if the required number of copies is above one thousand.

It is also pertinent to mention that the end result of both CD/DVD duplication and replication is almost the same. Whether it is quality and consistency, both yield similar results. Hence it is up to you to decide on which type to go with. The only difference between the two lies in cost-effectiveness in connection with quantity and your required turnaround time.

In brief, DVD duplication provides an easy and economical way for storing and distributing digital data, video resolutions and audio performance to both corporate and individuals.