Choosing between Duplicate DVD and DVD Disc Replication
Once you have finished creating your music, video, software, and/or video games that you intend to distribute to the market in DVD format, what follows is to reproduce the original disc so as to obtain enough copies for sales purposes. There are two main ways of doing this – either DVD disc replication or duplication. There is no difference between these two methods in the quality of the final product. What determines whether you will be better off by choosing to either make replicate or duplicate DVD copies is the number of copies you aim to produce. As we will discover, these two said processes are substantially different.
Duplicate DVD copies are created via the disc burning process much in the same way we use the DVD writing capability of the DVD ROMs in our computers to make copies of music, soft copies of documents and so forth. In professional disc duplication firms you will find a number of duplicator towers containing several high-speed burning DVD ROMs. The task done here involves loading blank DVDs into the burner drives and then initiating the image burning process. This is a repetitive process which can be very tiring and boring if large a number of copies are required. Considering that the said tasks can hardly be automated, making duplicate DVD is only viable when the maximum copies required are up to 500.
Alternatively, DVD disc replication is viable where large numbers (hundreds of thousands) of copies are needed. In this technique data is derived from the original DVD and transferred to a glass master. From the glass master a metal stamper is created and the stamper is next mounted onto a disc moulding machine which then creates the DVD disc. A replica DVD is then made and is coated with molten aluminium to achieve a reflective layer. This process is automated to ensure that it is done perfectly. Automation always brings economies of scale where a much larger number (500 and over) of discs are required.
There is always the concern that to some degree duplicate DVD copies may not be compatible with certain players even though the original copy was. Disc replication has no compatibility issues and replicated discs tend to last more than duplicated ones.
On average the production of duplicate DVD copies normally takes 2 to 3 working days while disc replication normally takes 10 to 12 working days. It is important to look for reputable disc duplication/replication firms in order to come up with professional and quality end products. Instead of inconveniently running around from one store to the next, you might as well check the internet for online firms that provide these reproduction services but remember to take the necessary precautions to ensure that you are not dealing with con-artists.
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