The decision to choose between duplication and replication depends upon the circumstances of each individual project. Since the creation processes for replication and duplication are so different, the final products are also very different.
Duplication refers to information that is burned directly to a blank CD/DVD-R. Replication allows for new information to be added during the creation process.Each creation process has advantages and disadvantages. Choosing a creation process comes down to the needs of each individual project. The final product of the duplication process is a CD-R or DVD-R. DVD replication produces a DVD-5, DVD-9, DVD-10 or DVD-18.
What Is Duplication?
Duplication is basically copying a CD or DVD. The data is extracted from the first disc and written onto a blank disc. A home computer will only be able to duplicate one disc at a time. A duplication facility has multiple towers that are all linked together. Hundreds of CDs and DVDs can be duplicated at once. When all of the information has been written onto the new disc, it is then verified with the master disc. Note: you cannot copy a protected DVD if there is data encryption.
Why choose Duplication?
1. Duplication is quick. Turnaround time is usually 2-3 business days.
2. Color printing is usually available at no additional charge.
1. It is more expensive.
2. DVD-R duplicates can only have one layer of data.
3. Hand-assembly is required in most facilities due to small volume runs.
What Is Replication?
Replication actually creates a new disc during the manufacturing stage. There is no CD/DVD-R prior to the replication process. First, the client master has to be evaluated for possible data corruption. Next, a glass master is created. This has relevant data from the client master. When the glass master is complete and free of any flaws, replication can begin. A stamper must be created using the glass master. An injection molding machine uses the stamper to create the CD/DVD replicates. The integrity of the glass master determines the quality of the replicates. It is absolutely crucial to evaluate each step for precision and accuracy. The replicates become flawless clones of the original data. Finally, a micro-thin layer of aluminum is added to the disc before it is lacquered. These measures ensure that the disc is well protected. Discs are printed and then packaged for shipping.
Why Choose Replication?
1. It is less expensive.
2. Printing is available.
3. Replications can have two layers of data.
4. Replication companies usually have machines to assemble discs and cases.
1. Replication takes longer to create. Turnaround time can be as long as 10 business days.
2. Many facilities require large volume orders.
What’s the difference?
Both the duplication and replication processes extract information to create new discs. It is important to understand that the way they are manufactured is different. The final products are also very different. Depending upon how the videos are screened, differences can be seen in the final products. Duplication is often a good choice for many smaller projects. Large volume projects, with special screening needs, may benefit from the replication process. The choice between duplication and replication all comes down to the needs of each individual project.
So now that you are aware of the differences I reommend that you choose a company that does both duplication and replication like this Orlando CD Replication company.