People who would like to make several copies of a given DVD have to choose between replicating the DVD and duplicating it. This article discusses some of the parameters that distinguish these processes from one another.
What They Are
DVD replication refers to the process that is used to "stamp" the content on your DVD onto DVDs that have just been injection moulded. The process can be simply described as making several originals of the DVD that you provided.
DVD duplication refers to copying the information contained on a DVD onto blank DVDs (recordable DVDs). A laser machine is used to copy the information on the DVD onto the empty ones.
DVD replication usually takes more time when compared to duplication. This is because the replication process includes a stage of preparing the stamping mould that transfers the content onto the fresh DVDs. You are therefore likely to complete the task faster in case you opt for duplication.
DVD replication is usually suitable for larger orders, such as when you are making thousands of copies of a DVD. This is because those volumes help to absorb the added cost of making the stamping mould. Conversely, duplication is ideal for smaller orders because no preparatory steps are involved before the copies are made.
DVD replication usually brings down the unit cost of making each copy if you are making a large number of DVDs. This lower unit cost is possible because one stamping mould can produce those numerous copies easily. Duplication is only affordable if you are making a few copies. Duplication becomes very expensive when large numbers are involved because you have to buy the blanks separately before the duplicating machine takes several minutes to produce each copy. Some duplicating machines can make several copies at a go. However, this cannot beat the cost of replication.
Some DVD players may be unable to play duplicated DVDs. However, it is very rare to find a DVD player that will fail to play a replicated DVD. This difference may have more to do with the playing equipment than the method of copying the DVD. You should therefore think about the equipment that you will use to play the DVDs before you select a method to copy them.
Use the information above as you think about the requirements of your project. You will then be able to select the method that will address your needs. You may also talk to a replication expert for help regarding the related aspects of the project, such as how to print labels on those DVDs once they are replicated or duplicated.