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InfoTec Replication vs Duplication

Often, customers enquiring for the first time are unaware of the difference between DVD/CD Replication and DVD/CD Duplication. The decision on whether to replicate or duplicate your project is generally based on quantity of units required, the acceptable turnaround time and the quality desired.

Data capabilities range from about 700MB on a CD to about 4.7GB on a DVD. This can be increased by 'overburn' techniques and new technologies that use a second recordable layer ('dual layer'), which can extend disc capacity to 8.5GB. HD DVD offers up to 50GB data storage capacity. Therefore, accurate and fast data transfer and copying methods become important.

There are two methods from which to choose when DVD Copying CD copying . They are duplication and replication.

  • Duplication: Commonly referred to as “burning”, this is the process of copying the contents of one CD or DVD to another disc using a drive with write capabilities. This method is best for burn runs of less than 1,000 or so. Many companies burn their data using in-house towers, which consist of upto 21 target drives, a hard disk on which to maintain the original source files, and the software to control it all. Some towers even include robotic arms and disc magazines that can hold 25, 50 or 100 discs, so the whole burn operation can be unattended.

  • Replication: This is a manufacturing process which replicates or clones the original master. A glass master is made, then a set of moulds or stampers are made from the master. The stampers are then mounted into an injection-mould machine where a replica of the mold is created. The disc is then coated with a layer of aluminium that is very thin and reflective. Finally, a protective lacquer is spun onto the disc and hardened using ultraviolet light. The replication process is typically considered for runs larger than 1,000.

Outsource your DVD/CD project to a reputable replication company. Earth First Infotec Limited is an established replication company that has proven itself reliable and cost effective in CD and DVD replication for many satisfied customers time after time.

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We will carefully guide you through the process of Replication or Duplication to ensure you, the customer, are satisfied with the final product. Our replication / duplication services are ideal for large scale distribution of DVD content. No order is too large for us to fulfill.

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