Media Duplication Versus Media Replication

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Media DuplicationSo you have a CD or a DVD and you know you want multiple copies made of that disc for distribution. What you may not know is that you have two options to choose from when it comes to the processes used to create those copies: media duplication and media replication.

With media duplication a machine called a duplicator extracts data from the original disc and then writes or “burns” this data onto a blank disc using a laser. It is essentially the same process that occurs when you burn a disc on your home computer, but it is a done on a much larger scale at a duplication facility (hundreds of discs can be burned at a time thanks to equipment with multiple CD/DVD trays). The media replication process is a bit more complicated because CDs and DVDs are actually manufactured, not just copied. With media replication, a glass master disc is created and used to develop a stamper. The data is then “stamped” into injection molding, creating exact replicates of the original, master disc.

There are many different advantages and disadvantages of the two processes that may make one or the other a more viable option for your needs. For instance, the duplication process is much quicker. 500 plus discs can generally be duplicated in 24-48 hours but can take 7-10 days for replication. Replication also generally requires higher minimums, but the unit costs for each disc are lower.

To discuss which option is right for you and your project, call (727-723-3090) Total Media to speak to one of our media experts!