Successful businesses embrace technology and use it effectively. Advancements
in science find their way into the business world and present opportunities to
generate better service and products. Soon after their inception, CD
and replication services were utilized by businesses for sales and marketing
The CD DVD industry employs either duplication or replication methods in order
to produce more than one CD or DVD at a time. It is important to know the difference
or CD replication and duplication in order for a business to find
which process is best for a project. The following article offers information
and tips regarding CD
DVD duplication and replication.
The Difference Between Replication and Duplication
When information is put onto a blank CD or DVD, its referred to as duplication.
Replication, on the other hand, is when information is added during the physical
manufacturing of the disc. The finished products of both methods perform
in the same way, but may appear different to the eye depending on whether
screen or offset printing was used.
CD DVD duplication is very similar to burning a CD on a computer. The duplication
machine extracts information from the master CD and writes the data onto
a blank disc. CD
DVD duplication facilities can produce hundreds of CDs or
DVDs at a time. Once all the data has been transferred and confirmed from
the master copy, the duplication process is complete.
DVD and CD replication takes place during the disc manufacturing process,
rather than copying information onto blank discs. When a DVD
or CD replication service receives a master from a client, the master is meticulously evaluated
for corruption and faults. The service then creates a glass copy of the master,
allowing multiple, exact replicas of the original to be created.
Costs per unit for duplication services are higher than for replication services,
but, when relatively few copies are desired, this is the way to go. Many
duplication facilities are small, limiting their capabilities to duplicate
in high volumes quickly. The CD
DVD duplication process typically takes two
to three business days to produce up to five thousand units. Some vendors
offer digital color printing with no prepress charges.
Replicated CDs cost less per unit than duplicated discs because of the large
numbers produced. Most facilities have a minimum order requirement of one
thousand units. CD
replication can take up to seven to ten business days
to complete. This time can be longer if more than one-hundred thousand units
are desired. Offset and screen printing can be performed by CD replication
services. Many replication facilities can place discs into jewel cases, paper
sleeves, or cardboard sleeves.