The advantages of DVD Duplication and DVD Replication

The advantages of DVD Duplication and DVD Replication

The business of copying multiple DVDs and CDs has grown tremendously over the last decade, virtually eliminating VHS as the medium of choice for delivering entertainment content or marketing communication. The techniques of copying DVDs differs significantly from the old VHS format, and has become far more cost-effective.

The first step of DVD duplication is to take the data or video from an original file and transfer those images onto a DVD-R or CD. This is done by creating a disc image using a computer program and then burning that image to another disc. The disc image is a single file, built and stored on a hard drive which contains all the information to be copied and transferred to the DVD-R. Once this disc image is transferred onto a DVD, multiple copies can be made using this disc to duplicate onto other blank recordable DVD-R media. Any one of these copies can be used to make further copies. Each copy is the same and should have no variance to the original burnt DVD. The process of creating these multiple copies is known as DVD duplication.

The other method of copying DVDs is known as Replication. DVD Replication requires a glass master and metal stamper to be formed. These mastering processes significantly increase the cost and manufacturing lead-time compared to duplicating a DVD using a PC or MAC.

DVD Duplication has been considered the most efficient and cost effective method or creating DVDs up to approximately 1000. Replication has been considered the more economical method thereafter. The low cost of recordable CD and DVD media coupled with the introduction of high quality UV cured digital disc printing and automatic duplicating equipment has muddied the waters somewhat.

Historically, Replicated DVDs were considered better quality & more reliable than duplicated DVDs. This is no longer the case as the issues involving compatibility experienced in the early days of DVD players and DVD drives in computers, have all but disappeared. CD-R and DVD-R media has greatly improved as has the DVD playing hardware and will play virtually any reasonable quality disc whether it be duplicated or replicated.

While, one could argue that DVD Replication produces a disc that is slightly more robust, can handle heavier treatment and has better longevity, DVD duplication definitely has its place as a method of producing thousands of copies quickly and cost effectively. These days it is highly flexible and allows for the master to undergo multiple changes quickly with further copies being run off immediately. This is proving to be the choice of companies that want to bring their product to consumers with increasingly shorter production lead times.

Similarly, the process has greatly improved with the new breed of high speed Digital 6 colour UV cured disc printers on the market. Artwork can be inexpensively changed and more discs immediately printed with changes. Digital paper printers are also allowing customers to make multiple changes to their DVD Packaging artwork with minimal increase in cost and without increasing the delivery time.

Ultimately DVD duplication and replication are fast, efficient & cost effective ways of producing DVDs, from 10 to 10 thousand units, for the key areas of education and training, marketing & promotions, within both the corporate & government sectors.


Louise Jolly Queensland Branch Manager FATS Digital, a leading Australia-wide company offering Digital Cinema, Broadcast Duplication, Blu-ray, DVD, Authoring, Replication, Duplication, USB, Digital printing and packaging services to the Film, Production and Television Industries. FATS Digital also offers offset, silkscreen, thermal retransfer, inkjet, UV cured 6 colour Digital CD printers and Digital paper printing services.

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