Advantages and Disadvantages Of CD/DVD Replication And Duplication

By: Amelie viz

Upon researching in the markets, you’ll come across two different methods used by the companies to make copies of your CD or DVD. These two methods are named CD/DVD duplication and the next is CD/DVD replication. The results of both these processes are almost similar and only the experts would be able to distinguish between duplicated and replicated discs. In this post, we will have a brief look at the processes of these two methods of disc copying, but let us first quickly go through the advantages and disadvantages of these methods.

Advantages of CD/DVD Duplication

• According to the experts, the standard turn-time is 2-3 business days and this applies even for runs up to 5,000 units.
• You will be offered digital full colour printing also and for this, no prepress charges would be levied.

Disadvantages of CD/DVD Duplication

• Upon researching deeply, you will reveal before yourself that the cost per unit is higher.
• Generally DVDs can have two layers on information on both sides of the disc, but following the duplication process, there is just one layer left. This is a major disadvantage that people have to be aware of.
• You may not be aware, but companies offering only this service run in a small facility with limited options and this clearly impacts the turn time and quality of the result as well.
• Because of limited options, these companies have limited packaging options that mainly include gatefold and just a few others.

Advantages of CD/DVD Replication

• One remarkable advantage is that the cost per unit is very low as compared to duplication.
• You will be offered the both offset printing and screen printing.

Replicated DVDs can contain –

• 1 layer (DVD-5) of information
• 2 layers on one side (DVD-9)
• 1 layer on each side (DVD-10)
• 2 layers on each side (DVD-18)
• Companies offering this service often have good quality facilities as a result of high volume run capability.
• They even have greater packaging options like gatefold, jewel cases, paper/tyvek sleeves, amaray cases, or cardboard sleeves.


• The standard turn-time is 7-10 business days and this could extend significantly for runs exceeding 100,000 units.
• On the contrary, standard duplication turn times are 2-3 business days.
• One more drawback is that most facilities have a minimum order requirement of 1,000 units.

The Processes


• It is similar to burning a CD/DVD on your personal computer where a duplicator extracts data from the master disc and writes it to a blank disc.
• The difference is that the duplication facility burns hundreds at a time on towers that are linked together.
• After the data has been written unto the blank CD/DVD-R, the information is verified with the master

CD/DVD replication

• These discs are created during the manufacturing process.
• Initially, the client master is evaluated for data corruption and then, a glass master is created.
• The glass master is used to develop a stomper that is loaded into an Injection moulding machine that creates discs.

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Amelie viz is associated with designed packaging, a company offering best services in DVD Replication. The services of company also include Book Printing and DVD Manufacture etc.

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