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Duplication and Replication

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Duplication and Replication?

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Disc Duplication - Duplication is the standard way quantities  of 1 - 500 CDs or DVDs are produced. The original disc is  placed in a reader which copies the data onto a hard drive.  The master is ejected and blank discs are loaded into the  system. Your data is burned (transferred) to the blank discs.  The information is verified and the copy is then accepted or  rejected. Because disc burn speed has increased greatly  over the years, it is now possible to duplicate large  quantities of CDs or DVDs in a very short time.  Replication - Replication is the method used to produce  mass quantities (over 1,000) of CDs or DVDs. A “glass  master” of your original is made which in turn “stamps” the  data onto blank media. The disc is then printed and  lacquered for protection. Replication generally takes a much  longer time than duplication because of the necessary  added steps which can add 7-14 days to complete. Another  factor is that a “clean room” environment must be  maintained for proper “Mastering”. The slightest piece of  lint, dirt, etc. can flaw the master, with the defect carried  over to the stamped copies. Is There any Difference? - There is no difference in the  disc’s except for a slight compatibility issue between the  two processes. A replicated disc will work on all DVD  players and computer drives. A duplicated disc will work on  players that will read a DVD-R disc. Almost all modern set-  top players and computers can play this format. In short,  there is VERY LITTLE difference between a duplicated or  replicated disc. If you have menus, chapters, alternate  sound tracks, extras, etc. on your original, it will be on the  the new disc regardless of how it was copied. Most  companies are now using duplicated disc’s instead of  replicated ones because of the cost and time saved by this  process and the ever decreasing compatibility issue. 

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