What is DVD Duplication?
DVD duplication is the process of ‘burning’ copies of a DVD-R or DVD+R master onto blank DVD-Rs or +Rs, like on a computer with a DVD burner (from now on I will refer only to DVD-Rs, but DVD+Rs can also be used). The results of DVD duplication vary depending on the quality and ability of the DVD burner and of the DVD-R media. DVD duplication companies can do the job for you. They usually do it quicker and cheaper than if you do it yourself and offer printing onto the DVD surface. Also, DVD duplication companies will be able to duplicate DVD9 (dual layer) discs as well as DVD5 (single layer) discs.
When is DVD Duplication used?
DVD duplication is the manufacturing process used to produce 1 to 499 copies of a DVD. DVD duplication is used for these smaller quantities because the high set-up costs of DVD replication make it uneconomical. DVD duplication set-up costs are low, as all that is required for DVD duplication is a blank DVD-R and a DVD burner.
What DVD Duplication Gets You
DVD duplication gives you simple duplicates of your master DVD that will play on most DVD players and computers. The DVD can be printed on the label side and will usually be coloured purple.
In DVD Duplication, what is DVD5, DVD9 and DVD10?
DVD5 is a single sided, single layer DVD disc. DVD duplication is most often for this type of disc, as it can contain up to 120 minutes of high quality video, or up to 4.38GB. They are often advertised as being 4.7GB, but this is untrue. The 4.7GB capacity refers to the Japanese Gigabyte which is defined as 1,000 MB, rather than the 1,024GB we use in the West.
DVD9 is a single sided, dual layer DVD disc. This is a format usually used for DVD replication rather than DVD duplication, which is for larger orders. A DVD9 can hold up to 4 hours of video or 7.95GB of data.
DVD10 is a double sided, single layer DVD disc. Think of it as two DVD5s glued together, back to back. Printing is only possible around the hub as both sides contain data (up to 120 minutes or 4.38 GB per side). This disc has to be turned over for the other side of the disc to be read, much like an old cassette tape. It is not very popular for either DVD duplication or DVD replication.
DVD Duplication Equipment
DVD duplication equipment includes a DVD burner/duplicator and DVD printer. Other DVD duplication equipment includes DVD laminators and automated packaging machines. Automated DVD duplication machines and automated DVD printers from brands such as Rimage, Stordigital, MicroBoards and Primera can be purchased as well as DVD duplication towers. A DVD duplication tower is a good option because of value for money.
DVD Duplication Media
DVD duplication relies on good quality DVD-R blank media to produce good results. Reliable DVD-R brands include HHB, Tayo Yuden, Sony and Ritek. If you decide to do DVD duplication yourself, it is important to choose the correct printable DVD surface type. Using the wrong surface for your DVD printer can produce undesirable results and undermine your DVD duplication project.