If you require CDs or DVDs prepared and manufactured for professional applications, whether it’s because you have to distribute the same information to all of your employees, or because you want to offer it as a promotional gift, knowing the difference between duplication and replication is vital. Although these two methods might appear similar, they actually refer to different processes, and their end result is also different.
What is Duplication?
Duplicating CDs or DVDs is a procedure quite similar to burning them on your own personal computer, since it takes the data from the original disc and writes it on a blank one. The difference between doing it at home and engaging professional services is the sheer volume of discs that can be duplicated via laser recorder by a company. Hundreds of discs can go through the duplication process in towers that are all linked together, allowing for multiple copies of the same data to be created at once.
The turnaround time for CD/DVD duplication is fast, usually a few days, and this method also offers the added benefit of being able to produce smaller quantities of the same original disc, so that you don’t have to pay a lot for a few copies – and you usually don’t need a minimum order.
What is Replication?
As for replication, a blank CD/DVD will have the information stamped on it, not just copied. This means that the disc becomes an exact match for the original – for this reason, you won’t be able to make changes, but replication maintains the integrity of the information very easily. The original disc is always checked for corruption, after which a glass master is created. The process will start after this master is flawless and able to develop a stamper, which can replicate the data into hundreds of blank discs via an injection moulding machine.
Replication is advantageous for large orders and, despite the fact that it is a longer process when compared to duplication, it’s capable of offering an exact copy of the original disc.
Which Should You Choose?
The first thing you want to do is work out how many copies you need, when you need them and even how you want them to look. This last one is because duplicated discs have a green or blue tint on them, while replicated ones lean towards the metallic silver.
If you require a large amount of copies of the same CD/DVD, replication might be the right process for you. Also, nearly all devices are able to read a replicated CD or DVD, so you don’t have to worry about whether or not that will be a future problem. If, on the other hand, you not only prefer fewer copies but also a faster turnaround time, as well as a cost-effective service, then duplication is the best choice for your business.
Both processes offer quality and precision, however, so you can rest assured that whatever you decide in the end, your information will retain its accuracy and reliability at all times.
CD/DVD replication and duplication can be confusing at first glance, so if you require more information about them or are ready to place an order, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0208 900 1191, as our dedicated team is always on hand to answer any questions you might have. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.