Duplication Vs. Replication

We at RealDVD specialize in both DVD replication and duplication. If you feel confused, don’t worry, because most newcomers to the DVD industry face the same hurdle. With that said, our goal today is to break down the differences between DVD replication and DVD duplication.

DVD Duplication

DVD duplication is the method most commonly used for burning smaller quantities of DVDs. The content that needs to be burned gets extracted from a master disc, verified and then burned directly onto blank recordable DVDs.

Have you ever burned a CD at home? If so, you enjoyed in CD duplication. The premise is that you simply copy data from one master entity onto a bunch of recordable entities. It’s really that simple.

DVD Replication

DVD replication is the preferred method for producing mass quantities of DVDs. For this method, a “glass master” or the original DVD is used to stamp out exact-copy replica DVDs from poly-carbonite.

There difference is that there is no recordable media. The final product is a standard DVD. Furthermore, replication takes more time to complete and thus costs more money than conventional duplication.

Is There A Difference?

There is no technically no difference between duplication and replication, in that both methodologies result in the same outcome: DVD copies. The only difference is the actual manufacturing method. One method relies on recordable media — the other does not.

Unfortunately, there are some compatibility issues to keep in mind. A replicated DVD works on all CD and DVD players, while a duplicated one only works on those that can read DVD-Rs. The good news is most DVD players are compatible with DVD-Rs.

Which One Do You Recommend?

Ultimately, it comes down to quantity. It’s just not realistic to use replication to create thousands upon thousands of DVDs. However, we are willing to work with your budget and time constraints, so give us a try!