What is CD DVD Media Replication?

by VENDIREX on 07/05/2015 - 03:19 pm |

Tag: Document Management

Unlike the simple ‘burning’ required to copy media from your computer onto a disc, CD DVD Replication is a different process with a unique final product as well. Think of the replications as masters and duplications as, literally copies.


Replicated products are created in a very sterile environment. Dust, smoke, pollen or hair could cause enough errors to virtually make the master non-usable. Of course, after production, the CD or DVD will be more resistant to those contaminants.


Let’s take a look at the replication production to see just how dissimilar it is from the duplication process. Quality is monitored throughout the process, to ensure that every single replication is an exact clone (replica) of the original.


  1. the client’s master is evaluated for corruption

  2. the a glass master is manufactured from a client’s original master tape

  3. the new glass master must be determined to be flawless

  4. a nickel stamper is created from your glass master

  5. an injection molding is made from the stamper with polycarbonate substrates (clear discs)

  6. compact CDs and DVDs are produced by metallizing and lacquering of the substrates


There are several positives and a few negatives to using replication, when you compare them to duplications:




  1. unit prices are less than duplications

  2. either screen printing or offset printing can be utilized

  3. replicated DVDs can contain more layers of information than duplications

  4. facilities are geared to higher volume production

  5. auto assembly can be utilized to insert discs into cases or sleeves




  1. turnaround can be 7-10 business days; more for 100k+ units

  2. facilities typically require a minimum order of 1,000 units.

Replication CD stampers produce CD-ROMs, which is a read-only memory disc. Data is extracted in the same way as with duplication, and the final product operates in the same way. They may look different from duplicates, dependent on how the discs were printed (offset, digitally or offset).



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