DVD Duplication and DVD Replication: What is the Difference?

DVD Duplication and DVD Replication: What is the Difference?

Without a shadow of a doubt, the question “what is the difference between dvd duplication and dvd replication?” is the one, most asked query in the DVD industry. The many companies providing these services differ greatly in terms of price, turnaround times and methods used making the topic even more confusing for many consumers.

This article will help to clear up any misconceptions that you may have concerning this topic  and will also hopefully provide you with the knowledge and foresight you need to answer those important questions about your project right from the start so you will not be disappointed with your choice later on.

As you may know, the ability to burn data onto a DVD marks one of the biggest data storage breakthroughs of all times. DVDs are used for distributing music and movies and also for low cost ways to manage storage media for software, books, buyer’s guides, training material and much more. In a nutshell, there are three ways to copy a DVD: single copy, DVD duplication and DVD replication.

The single copy process involves making a single copy at a time on a computer or DVD copier. Making single copies is often the process of choice when you want to back up data files or copy music files onto DVDs for your own use. However, if you want to make numerous copies, it is not an efficient method to use.

The DVD duplication process is also called DVD burning and it is involves copying the contents on one DVD to another using a drive. The computer or DVD duplication equipment used etches the data onto a recordable DVD with a tiny laser. DVD burners or duplicators are very popular because they are compact and affordable. This method is perfect for those times you want to make under 1,000 copies. Many companies use DVD duplication for burning their manuals, parts lists and training videos in-house using company computers.

DVD replication is the process that clones the master DVD disc. The first step involves making a ‘glass master’ from the original DVD. Then molds are made from the master and stampers are used for the DVD replication process. Thousands of DVDs can be manufactured this way and at such high numbers, replication produces the lowest cost-per-disk. All DVDs that are for sale commercially have gone through DVD replication. However, most businesses today can get by using DVD duplication because there are not that many companies that need to make thousands of copies of DVDs on a regular basis.

Most mid to large size companies make use of DVD duplication machines or towers as they are called. A typical tower can house multiple drives, a hard disk for storing the original files as well as the hardware and software needed to control and run the machine. Some towers can run unattended and come built complete with robotic arms. For those companies that do not have the budget or time to do the duplicating themselves, there are services available that take care of the duplication for them. The DVDs will be made, printed, packaged and then dropped in the mail.

Hopefully this has helped to make the difference clear. DVD duplication is best for smaller projects while DVD replication is reserved for those times when thousands of DVDs are required.