If you are producing video for your business, it can be tricky to decide what format to choose for distribution, particularly since there is now so much choice out there. DVDs are still a very popular choice, as it is easy for consumers to buy and use, and also very easy to produce and distribute.

The popularity of DVDs has increased over the years, as it is a great way to store media no matter what the file type is, and be able to view it immediately on a variety of devices, which is important for people who have to travel and present for work, to give one example.

DVD production is a useful and efficient way of getting your video content out to as many consumers as possible at a cost that is affordable, so how does it work and what are some of the benefits?

DVD Duplication vs Replication

When you’re making the decision to put your media onto a DVD, you will discover that you have the option of opting for either duplication or replication as a means of getting it onto the discs. There are a few key differences between the two, and pros and cons to both that make them more suitable for different requirements.

DVD replication allows you to get a huge amount of data onto a disc to an incredibly professional standard. Duplication essentially involves creating a glass master disc from the original data and then creating copies of the disc from this master.

The master is checked for any data corruption, and then a stamper is made which is used to create each individual DVD disc. This means that each individual DVD is made from scratch, with the data built into the disc itself. It produces different kinds of DVDs to those made through duplication.

DVD duplication, however, is an entirely different process that is more similar to burning a disc yourself on your computer at home but on a much larger scale. The data is written onto pre-made DVDs using a laser, and it is recordable, whereas the DVDs created using replication are read only.

Which should you choose?

Duplication is a great choice when you have a small number of DVDs to create, especially if you’re after a run of 500 or less. There is less manual labour than replication, so it works out much more cost effective for small batches of units.

It also has a very quick turnaround time, so it’s ideal if you need your DVDs quickly. Since the data can be rewritten, it’s also good if the data might change unexpectedly.

Replication is quite expensive for under 500 units, as a lot of labour goes into creating a bespoke master disc, so many providers won’t even entertain producing numbers lower than this. However, if you are ordering a large quantity, it actually works out pretty cost-effective.

Due to building the data directly into the disc, it maintains the integrity of the image and audio very well, so the discs produced are superior.

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